Nasdaq Breaks 4,000; Collapses To Worst Week Since June 2012

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Equity markets opened down hard, bounced into Europe's close, and then pushed to new cycle lows into the last hour of the day. The Nasdaq hit 4,000 for the first timein over 2 months and closed at its lowest close in 4 months. Around 3pm we saw the standard ramp attempt but it was weak and faded back towards the lows by the close. EURJPY ran the show this afternoon. This is the Nasdaq's worst week since June 2012 (with Nasdaq and Russell -3.5% from the FOMC Minutes alone). All major US equity indices closed red for 2014 (first time in over 2 months). Biotechs fell for the 7th week in a row (the longest losing streak since 1998) in a bear-market -21%. Away from the bloodbath in stocks, bond yields tumbled 8-11bps on the week (with the short-end modestly outperforming)... with 30Y yields (3.47%) at their lowest in 10 months. CAD and EUR weakness today supported modest USD buying but USD Index is -1.3% on the week (biggest weekly drop in 9 months).Commodites were flat today (despite a pump-and-dump in copper early and WTI later) with gold ending the week +1% at $1318.

 

Year-to-Date - not what the status quo was hoping for...

 

It seems the "Taper" was bad for growth...

 

The post-FOMC Minutes Fed Dead Cat Bounce has been well and truly crushed...

 

Nasdaq at 4-months lows and below 4000...

 

Year-to-date, all major US equity indices are now underwater...fr the first time since early Feb...

 

Momentum - or high-growth-hype - names have been dumping since Fed's Tarullo popped the bubble with his "stretched valuations" comments...

 

Biotechs are down 21% (bear market) and have fallen 7 weeks in a row for the first time since 1998

 

Treasury yields tumbled...

 

with 30Y yields at fresh 10-month lows...

 

FX markets were relativley clam today but the USD had its worst week in 9 months...

 

Commodities rallied on the week (though copper and oil saw pump and dumps today)...

 

So Fed is tapering - USD is dumping, bonds are rallying and "growth" stocks are tumbling...

 

Charts: Bloomberg

Bonus Chart: Copper was Gartman'd

 

Bonus Bonus Chart: Will credit be the arbiter of truth once again?