Geopolitical Fears Rock Stocks, Bond Yields

The tech sector saw sharp losses in today's trading

by Josh Selway

Published on Aug 12, 2019 at 4:29 PM

Stocks spent the entire day in the red, and losses accelerated into the close, as fear about the state of the global economy weighed. Traders monitored the protests in Hong Kong and falling Treasury yields, sending the Dow to a nearly 400-point loss at the close. Bank and tech stocks were some of the biggest losers on the day, with U.S.-China trade tensions also adding to the risk-off approach.

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJI - 25,896.44) fell 391 points, or 1.5%, with 29 of 30 Dow stocks closing in the red. The only blue chip to manage gains was Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), up 0.1% at the close. Goldman Sachs (GS) paced the losers, giving up 2.8%.

The S&P 500 Index (SPX - 2,882.70) fell 36 points, or 1.2%, and the Nasdaq Composite (IXIC - 7,863.41) gave back 95.7 points, or 1.2%.

The Cboe Volatility Index (VIX - 21.09) added 3.1 points, or 17.4%.

closing indexes aug 12

NYSE and Nasdaq Aug 12

5 Items on our Radar Today

  1. The U.S. budget deficit rose 27% from a year ago in July, a year and a half after the Trump administration passed its signature tax cut law. The Treasury Department is projecting a deficit of over a $1 trillion by year's end. (CNBC)
  2. Morgan Stanley analysts are now expecting the Fed to cut rates in September and October. The firm cited trade, the global economy, and falling inflation expectations in the note. Goldman Sachs made a similar prediction earlier this month. (Reuters)
  3. 3 stocks that sank on bear notes.  
  4. Why China's could be due to pop.
  5. Put traders are betting on more losses for this chemical stock.

corporate earnings aug 12

unusual options activity aug 12

Data courtesy of Trade-Alert

Oil Grabs a Win

Oil prices managed to rise today, despite the fears around the global economy. September crude was up 43 cents, or 0.8%, to close at $54.93 per barrel.

Gold prices got another bump today due to the market weakness. December-dated gold added $8.70, or 0.6% to finish at $1,517.20 an ounce.

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