The Nasdaq plunged by the most in over 8 months today and broke all the way back to unchanged from the December taper decision of the Fed. All major US equity indices are now negative from the time the Fed decided to slow its flow of free money. The Dow closed below its 200DMA for the first time since December 2012. The S&P 500 closed the furthest below its 100DMA since QE3 started. USDJPY was in charge and everything was higher or lower beta off of that as it broke 102 early then 101 later in the day (with the Nikkei -700 points from the day’s highs). Treasuries rallied around 5bps to fresh 7-month low yields for 30Y. Gold and Silver surged, adding 1% on the day as the USD lost 0.25% on the day (led by the 1% strength in the JPY). VIX smashed to 14 month highs over 21%. Credit deteriorated but stocks are catching down.
Just 8 hours into her reign, QEeen Janet has some work to do…
“Not off the lows”
The coming storm… DOW down 300+ points…worst February start since 1982…Nasdaq down 2.3%…worst monthly start since 1972… #Selloff
— Brian Mahoney (@btmahoney) February 3, 2014
Summing up the JPY carry trade unwind… (h/t @StalingradandPoor)
This is the worst start to a month since 1982 for the Dow and S&P and the worst since records started on the Nasdaq.
The Dow Industrials slammed back under the 200DMA – lowest in over 3 months; down 3% since the taper and down over 7% in 2014
The Nasdaq is down 2.6% – its biggest drop in 8 months – its worst start to a month on record; testing the 100DMA and unchanged to Taper
The S&P dropped 2.2% – its biggest drop since June; lowest in over 3 months and well below its 100DMA – furthest below its 100DMA sicne Nov 2012.
Since the taper, major indices are all negative now…
And since the new year, they are in trouble…
Oops. When the crutch gets kicked out, you fall down.