Daily Report For Tuesday, Feb 24, 2009
(9:39am ET) Equity prices as shown in the major market indexes are at multi-year lows and traders are in a state of capitulation. By the end of the day, Monday, the DJIA (-250.89 -3.41% to 7114.78), the S&P 500 (-26.72 -3.47% to 743.33), and NASDAQ Composite (-53.51 -3.71% to 1387.72) closed down at support levels going back to the 1990’s. The Toronto Composite (-302.32 -3.80% to 7647.67) and Venture Board (-13.96 -1.56% to 878.94) were down there as well. There were no winning sectors as Healthcare (XLV -2.0%), a major loser, was the best of the lot. Basic Materials (XLB -6.1%), pulled down by Chemicals, led to the downside. The Financials (XLF -3.5%) dropped equal to the broad indexes, and much of the loss was in the REITs ($DJR), which fell -7.8%, and not the banks. Today, JP Morgan (JPM) prudently slashed its dividend, permitting all banks to follow, without each getting hammered. That move was crucial to a base being set [More...]
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