Dow Plummets 831 Points as Selling Intensifies Into the Close

Oil ended sharply lower alongside stocks as investors lost their appetite for risk

by Emma Duncan

Published on Oct 10, 2018 at 4:35 PM
Updated on Oct 10, 2018 at 4:35 PM

It was a dramatic sell-off for U.S. markets today, with big-cap growth names taking a hit as the two-year Treasury yield tagged an early decade-plus high. The Dow was down over 836 points at its session low, and the Nasdaq also fell triple digits as FAANG stocks tanked. The S&P, meanwhile, closed below its 50-day moving average for the first time since July 3, and ended lower for the fifth session in a row -- its longest daily losing streak since November 2016.

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

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  • The penny stock that scored a big FDA boost.
  • Plus, the gene therapy stock that could surge; 2 must-buy healthcare stocks; and Amazon's latest partnership.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJI - 25,598.74) tanked 831.8 points, or 3.2%, to mark its worst daily performance since early February. All 30 blue chips ended today in the red, though McDonald's (MCD) fared the best with its 0.9% decline. Meanwhile, Nike (NKE) paced the fleet of underperformers with a 6.8% plunge.

The S&P 500 Index (SPX - 2,785.68) shed 94.7 points, or 3.3%, while the Nasdaq Composite (IXIC - 7,422.05) let go of 316 points, or 4.1%. It was the Nasdaq's biggest daily percentage loss since the Brexit shocker of June 24, 2016, and the SPX's worst showing since February.

As stocks sold off, the Cboe Volatility Index (VIX - 22.96) added 7 points, or 44%. It was the VIX's biggest single-day jump since its 115% pop back on Feb. 5 -- and in the process, the fear gauge set new six-month intraday and closing highs at 22.96, which is well above its year-to-date half-high of 18.66.

Closing Indexes Summary Oct 10

NYSE and Nasdaq stats Oct 10

5 Items on our Radar Today

  1. Just months after its mid-year takeover of Time Warner, AT&T (T) today announced its plans to launch a Netflix (NFLX) streaming rival sometime next year. The platform will be anchored around HBO branding and include content from WarnerMedia. (CNBC)
  2. DSW (DSW) and Authentic Brands announced their plans to purchase Camuto Group for roughly $375 million today. The company -- which manage the licenses of Lucky Brand and Jessica Simpson -- will maintain its third-party product relationships and Connecticut headquarters. (MarketWatch)
  3. The gene-editing stock that could surge 75%. 
  4. Analysts call out 2 must-buy healthcare stocks.  
  5. Dow stock Travelers (TRV) was in focus after landing an Amazon partnership.

Corporate Earnings October 10

Unusual Options Activity October 10

Data courtesy of Trade-Alert

Oil Tanks With Wall Street

Crude futures fell alongside equities in today's trading, as investors fled riskier assets and analysts downplayed Hurricane Michael's potential impact on production. November-dated oil futures shed $1.79, or 2.4%, to close at $73.17 per barrel.

Meanwhile, gold futures found support from the risk-off attitude on Wall Street. December-dated gold added $1.90, or 0.2%, to settle at $1,193.40 an ounce. 

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