Dow Erases Weekly Gain as Bond Yields Continue to Climb

VIX has spiked to its highest level since August

Managing Editor
Oct 5, 2018 at 12:06 PM
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U.S. stocks are suffering notable losses at midday, as bond yields continue to rise on the back of this morning's jobs data. The S&P 500 Index (SPX) is heading toward its first close below 2,900 since Sept. 17, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJI) has erased its weekly gain. The Nasdaq Composite (IXIC) is down, as well, on track for its worst week since late March. The Cboe Volatility Index (VIX), meanwhile, is trading at its highest levels since August.

Continue reading for more on today's market, including:

  • This struggling video game stock just landed another buy rating.
  • Behind Costco's earnings disappointment.
  • Plus, options traders blast this Muddy Waters short; BKS gets another buyout-related boost; and the biotech slammed with a bear note.

Midday Market Stats Oct 5

Manulife Financial Corporation (NYSE:MFC) is sporting unusual options volume for the second day in a row, with 5,841 puts and 1,388 calls on the tape, nearly eight times the average intraday pace. Most active is the November 16 put, where new positions are being initiated. MFC is down 3.2% at $16.89, just off an annual low of $16.88 -- good news for Muddy Waters, which unveiled a short position on the insurance stock yesterday.
Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE:BKS) is near the top of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) today, after the company yesterday announced it has been exploring buyout options -- which sent the bookseller to its best day since May 2013. This surge pushed BKS back above its early January bear gap and year-to-date breakeven level. Barnes & Noble stock is up 3.5% at $6.88, at last check.
Daily Chart of BKS Since October 2017


Sitting near the bottom of the Nasdaq today is Acorda Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ:ACOR), after Stifel slashed its price target on the biotech to $19 from $25. The downtrending stock is down 6.9% at $17.38, closing in on its mid-September low and bringing its year-to-date deficit to 18.9% year-to-date.

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