S&P 500 Snapshot: Another Day, A Fractional Loss After Four Record Highs

Bummer! Our benchmark S&P 500 was on the verge of setting a full week of record closes, but today's fractional 0.09% decline ended the streak at four days. The index hit is 0.24% intraday high about two minutes into the session. It then sold off to its -0.34% intraday low during the lunch hour. A slow recovery created a late session mini-drama: Would the index go five for five on record closes? But alas it was not to be. Interestingly enough, a week with four record closes and one microscopic loss posted a weekly advance of only 1.49%.

The yield on the 10-year note climbed seven basis points to close at 1.60%.

Here is a snapshot of past five sessions in the S&P 500.

S&P 500

Here is a daily chart of the S&P 500. The preliminary read on rading volume was 13% below its 50-day moving average. That's remarkably low for an options Friday.

S&P 500

A Perspective on Drawdowns

Here's a snapshot of selloffs since the 2009 trough.

S&P 500 Drawdowns

Here is a more conventional log-scale chart with drawdowns highlighted.

S&P 500 MAs

Here is a linear scale version of the same chart with the 50- and 200-day moving averages.

S&P 500 MAs

A Perspective on Volatility

For a sense of the correlation between the closing price and intraday volatility, the chart below overlays the S&P 500 since 2007 with the intraday price range. We've also included a 20-day moving average to help identify trends in volatility.

S&P 500 Snapshot

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Moon Kil Woong 5 years ago Contributor's comment

Great, now the view the #Fed won't raise rates for a few more months is firmly in place. Now what? They put on the thought they may raise rates again so they can play the won't raise rates again card. I think I'm having getting off #zirp deja vu all over again?