Thursday, October 9, 2008

Stock Market collapses today....down 7 + %

"The Russell 2000 (NYSE:IWM) shed 47.36, or 8.67%, to 499.20, which marked the lowest daily close since Sept. 30, 2003. For the year, the Russell is now down 34.8%, while the Dow is off 35.3% and the S&P 500 is down 37.4%. The Russell has now closed lower seven consecutive sessions, and 9 of 10. In those 10 days, small caps have collapsed 29.2% in one of the most relentless and powerful bearish displays in market history.

Small-cap stocks continue to under perform the large-cap products through the teeth of this collapse. Just three weeks ago, the Russell 2000 was only down 1.6% for the year, while the Dow was down 14.1%, so the percentage loss spread between the two favored the Russell by 12.5%. Now, the difference is less than 1%. Clearly, the market has made a powerful statement that small caps are seen as more risky during a runaway bear market collapse. Small caps led the way up on the bull market move and they have been leading the way down the last 14 days of trading."

Dan Ross

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