Late-Day VIX-Selling Panic Rescues S&P From Red Close Year-To-Date

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The major US equity indices all pushed into negative YTD territory today in yet another pump-dump-and-small-ramp deja vu day. Early strength gave way quicker today as Biotechs bounced off an early dump (but closed back below their 100DMA for 2nd day - first time in 18 months), momo names were crushed (down 10-14% post-FOMC), Citi was banged over 5% (on extremely heavy volume post CCAR), and the NASDAQ tested down (and bounced off) its 100DMA. Treasuries were mixed once again with bear-flattening the dominant theme. The USD ended the day unch on the week with EUR weakness offset by CAD and GBP strength. AUDJPY was in chgarge of stocks most of the day-session. Copper and oil improved as gold and silver slipped more (though bounced at the close). Late-day JPY pump, VIX dump rescued the S&P back to +0.03% return for 2014.

 

All major US equity indices back to unchanged or worse in 2014... the S&P 500 closed +0.03% YTD (Nasdaq, Russell and Dow all red year-to-date)

 

Whocouldanode that financial stocks were getting ahead of themselves?

 

As Citi was crushed...

 

But today saw Biotechs bounce off an early flush ending small green...

 

And high-beta Momos once again...

 

Since The FOMC, Nasdaq and Small caps have been hammered...

 

even as the broad indices bounced on a magical AUDJPY carpet ride as 330RAMP CAPITAL arrived...(note USDJPY was in charge in the pre-open but algos flipped soon after the US open when they could not garner any momo from USD).

 

As VIX-selling lifted the S&P into the green for 2014...

 

FX markets were very volatile but not if you look at the USD Index...

 

As Treasuries continues to bear-flatten...

 

Especially the long-end...

 

Charts: Bloomberg

Bonus Chart: Candy Crushederer...

 

Bonus Bonus Chart: Growth not so Value-able anymore....

 

Bonus Bonus Bonus Chart: Growth is now underperforming Value for 2014...