S&P 500 Snapshot: Flat Finish Friday, But a Modest Weekly Gain
It was a curious Friday around the globe. The Nikkei gave up its gains following an afternoon quake. The Hong Kong market was closed because of a Typhoon. In Europe and the US, most indexes finished flat, except for a modest gain in the NASDAQ, mostly thanks to Microsoft. Our benchmark S&P 500 sold off at the open to its -0.53% intraday low and rose steadily through the session to its 0.05% intraday high at the start of the final hour of trading. But that small gain evaporated in the closing trade to a flat finish, technically a loss of 0.01%.
The yield on the 10-year note closed at 1.74%, down 2 BPs from the previous close.
Here is a snapshot of past five sessions in the S&P 500.
Here's a weekly chart of the index. The 0.38% weekly advance snapped two weeks of decline.
A Perspective on Drawdowns
Here's a snapshot of selloffs since the 2009 trough.
Here is a more conventional log-scale chart with drawdowns highlighted.
Here is a linear scale version of the same chart with the 50- and 200-day moving averages.
A Perspective on Volatility
For a sense of the correlation between the closing price and intraday volatility, the chart below overlays the S&P 500 since 2007 with the intraday price range. We've also included a 20-day moving average to help identify trends in volatility.