Thursday, December 08, 2011
S&P 500 Volatility: August - December
It's no surprise that the S&P 500 has been extremely volatile over the last four months, but the picture below really brings the point home. Going back to the beginning of August, the S&P 500 is down just about 2%, but over that period the index has seen eight declines of 5% or more and eight advances of 5% or more. To put this volatility into perspective, there were two periods in the 1990s where the S&P 500 went more than a year without a single decline of 5% or more.
With the increased volatility of the market, individual stocks have been seeing major short-term moves. To view the list of most volatilie stocks in the S&P 1500 please click here.
Posted by Bud Fox at 6:40 AM