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Fractional Stock Market Decline, But Still Above 1,800

Stock-Markets / Stock Markets 2013 Nov 26, 2013 - 05:50 AM GMT

By: PhilStockWorld

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Courtesy of Doug Short. The S&P 500 closed the day with a fractional loss of 0.13% but remains above the 1,800 benchmark. Meanwhile, its elderly cousin the Dow set another all-time high with a tiny 0.05% gain, and the Nasdaq hit an intraday high above 4,000. However, this benchmark, last seen in the year 2000, didn’t hold to today’s closing. Tomorrow and Wednesday we get some significant economic news, but the only report today was the 10AM Pending Home Sales, which, despite coming in a bit below expectations, didn’t much phase the market. Today’s intraday range of 0.42% was only at the 7th percentile of the 228 market days in 2013.


Here is a 5-minute look at today’s narrow range with a bit of Friday at the front end for context.

The relative lack of volatility and low volume can perhaps be attributed to the lull of a holiday-shortened week.

The S&P 500 is now up 26.38% for 2013.

For a better sense of how these declines figure into a larger historical context, here’s a long-term view of secular bull and bear markets in the S&P Composite since 1871.

- Phil

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