Dow, S&P Log Worst Thanksgiving Week Since 1932…(Get Ready To Hunker Down, Kiddies…)
November 25, 2011
Stocks closed in negative territory in thin, shortened trading Friday as investors were reluctant to go long ahead of the weekend and amid ongoing worries over the euro zone.
The Dow and S&P posted their worst Thanksgiving week since the Great Depression on a percentage basis.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average erased their gains to finish lower, led by H-P [ HPQ 25.39 -0.39 (-1.51%) ] and Chevron [ CVX 92.29 -1.46 (-1.56%) ].
The S&P 500 and the Nasdaq also ended lower, logging a seventh consecutive decline. Some traders are watching for 1,150 on the S&P as the next key level.
The CBOE Volatility Index, widely considered the best gauge of fear in the market, ended above 34.
Among key S&P sectors, consumer staples and utilities led the gainers, while energy and techs lagged.
“Again, we’re trading on very thin volume—You’re going to have continued downward pressure over the next 30 days,” said Todd Schoenberger, managing director at LandColt Trading. “It’s very difficult to be long this market because you have so many issues—there’s more potential for negative headlines than positive ones.”
In Europe, S&P downgraded Belgium one notch to AA from AA-plus, further underscoring worries over the euro zone debt contagion.
Earlier, EU officials said euro zone member states were discussing dropping private sector involvement from the permanent bailout mechanism.
An Italian T-bill auction offered a fresh indication of investors’ lack of confidence in the country’s newly-appointed government and broader fears that the euro zone debt crisis cannot be contained. Yields shot up to new euro era highs.
This comes after a failed German bond auction earlier this week spooked markets and stoked fears that not even the euro zone’s strongest performers are immune from the debt crisis.
Meanwhile, shoppers flocked to stores on Black Friday, kicking off the holiday shopping season.