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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Dow Below 10,000

The Dow has fallen below 10,000 for the first time in months as both fears of the European debt crisis combined with fears of tension in the Korea peninsula has sent stocks all over the world reeling.

Twin fears of global economic contagion and geopolitical turmoil in the Koreas sent the markets reeling for the second day in a row, sending the Dow below 10,000 and volatility surging.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average last closed below 10,000 on Feb. 10 but the bluechips were well below that level at the open amid widespread damage to US equities.
Banks were taking the biggest hit. The SPDR Financial [XLF 14.0405 -0.2895 (-2.02%) ] exchange-traded fund was off 3 percent, mirroring Monday's drop of 2.9 percent in the Standard & Poor's 500 financial sector.
Domestically, the latest housing number was also weak and that added to the pain. Meanwhile, there is good news in all the gloom. Mortgage rates continue to test all time lows and the 30 year fixed rate has planted itself solidly below 5%.
The Dow has now given back about 12% from its highs and that is officially a correction. It was almost certainly finish below 10,000 for the day for the first time in months. Furthermore, each of its 20 components is currently down for the day.
With fears of more European nations about to default, this dynamic doesn't seem like its going away. All safe havens, shorts, as well as gold and other metals have been the top performers during the correction.


AG said...

Sounds like the real question now isn't when will the Fed raise rates, but when will they resume asset purchases?

Anonymous said...

AG I'm not sure they can just yet. As much as they would like to start purchasing again that would undermine just about everything they've touted when it comes to a recovery right?

Besides should the FRB really bow before the stock market or economic data? I don't know you tell me..