US equity markets are opening the week on a downward note
US equity markets are opening the week on a downward note. The major indices are all down about a 1% with tech and small caps getting hit the hardest. The pullback appears to be based on comments from China's finance minister, who implied stimulus measures are not necessarily in the cards. There's also been a steep decline in momentum stocks the last couple days, particularly among internet and social media names. On the surface, it looks like investors are entering another risk-off phase, at least for the short-term. However, the VIX is not really representing a major bump in volatility, and is still sitting under 14. Perhaps the most interesting development in investor behavior has been the divergence of small caps from the bigger names. While the S&P 500 is up 8% on the year, the Russell 2000 is down nearly 3%.
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