Each session this week looked like the next, and today was no
exception, as the Street watched the bears take hold once again.
"Quite simply, it's more of the same," said Schaeffer's Senior
Equity Analyst Joe Bell. "We had a little bit of green early on,
but sellers took control and the momentum continued for one more
day." By the closing bell, the
Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJI)
tumbled to its sixth straight loss and put in its first daily close
below its 160-day moving average since mid-December.
Keep reading to see what else was on our radar today:
And now, a look at the numbers...
- Did Wall Street
"like" Facebook's (
- The major market indexes suffered their
biggest weekly losses of the year
- Go against the current market sentiment:
buy fear, not greed
Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJI - 12,369.38)
touched a session peak of 12,492.97 around midday, and tumbled to
the 12,336.76 mark in the last hour of trading. In the end, it was
a down day, as the Dow slumped 73.1 points, or 0.6% -- bowing to
its worst daily close since Jan. 6. Twenty of the 30 blue chips
finished with losses, as Hewlett-Packard (
) led the laggard with 2.7% drop. Wal-Mart (
) paced the 10 winning issues with a 1.2% jump. For the week, the
Dow buckled 3.5%.
S&P 500 Index (SPX - 1,295.22)
SPX components resting above their 10-day moving
Nasdaq Composite (COMP - 2,778.79)
endured the biggest slump of its fellow benchmarks, sawing off 34.9
points, or 1.2%. The tech-rich index faltered 5.3% on the week.
CBOE Market Volatility Index (VIX - 25.10)
solidified its loftiest perch since Dec. 15. The VIX closed out the
day with a 2.5% increase, and settled 26.2% higher for the
Turning to today's major market stories...
For today's activity in commodities, options, and more, head
to page 2.
Make it six losses in a row for oil futures, as the commodity
continued to be pressured by euro-zone anxiety and concerns about
global demand. Crude for June delivery sank $1.08, or 1.2%, to
close at $91.48 a barrel. Black gold ended the week down 4.8%.
Gold futures extended their reach into positive territory for a
second straight session, buoyed by deal-hunting investors and a
possible safety seekers looking to combat tension in Europe.
June-dated gold popped $17, or 1.1%, to settle at $1,591.90 an
ounce. For the week, the precious metal inched 0.5% higher.
Levels to Watch in Trading
- Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJI - 12,369.38) - support at
11,500; resistance at 14,000
- S&P 500 Index (SPX - 1,295.22) - support at 1,100;
resistance at 1,500
- Nasdaq Composite (COMP - 2,778.79) - support at 2,400;
resistance at 3,400
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