WEEKLY CAPITAL MARKET HIGHLIGHTS:
- Stock markets plunged. The S&P 500 Index nosedived more than 7% during the week, wiping out all of 2018’s gains plus a big chunk of those of fourth quarter 2017. Among equities, small caps outperformed large caps; growth stocks led value stocks; international stocks outperformed domestic stocks; and emerging markets trailed developed markets.
- Stock market volatility skyrocketed. After more than doubling on Monday (2/5) from the previous close, the CBOE Volatility Index, VIX, stayed elevated and closed the week above 30.
- Treasury yields stayed firm despite the equity mark selloff. The yield on the 10-Year Treasury Note stayed above 2.8%, closing in on the 2.9% level.
- Commodity indices fell. Crude oil prices plunged, with the WTI price dipping below $60 a barrel.
- The dollar rebounded. The dollar index climbed back above 90, as the dollar rose against most major currencies except for the Japanese Yen.
- Among major economic data: the January 2018 ISM Non-Manufacturing Index soared to 59.9, the highest since August 2005; the December 2017 trade deficit widened to $53.1 billion, largely due to a jump in imports.
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