Rip Your Face Off:
Have you heard traders talk about a rip your face off type move? Well that right there was everyone’s collective face getting ripped off.
The following SP500 charts tell you all you need to know about the type of moves we saw last night while the Dow Jones Industrial Average was at one stage down more than 1000 points! To put that in perspective, the Dow has NEVER, yes NEVER traded in a daily range that hit the 1000 point mark. Rip your face off!
With markets opening thin in Asia, emotions were running wild. When markets trade on emotion, things can get out of control quickly and that’s exactly what we saw once we hit US pit open.
The market even hit ‘limit down’ levels after falling as much as 7% from its opening price. When a market goes limit down, it is essentially the exchange hitting a circuit breaker to halt trade and let some of the emotion and dare I say it, the HFT algos cool their boots before the spiral gets out of control.
This is not something that is implemented lightly, with the last time the limit down level was hit being during the GFC.
These rip your face off moves weren’t just confined to stock indices, with Forex markets feeling the full, volatile force of drops too. We’re going to go through some of the charts in the Technical Analysis section of the Vantage FX News Centre later today, so keep an eye on Twitter for updates.
In the mean time for effect, take a look at that USD/JPY daily candle which dropped SIX HUNDRED PIPS on the day, plunging through handle after handle.
So What Now?:
Well now that Black Monday has come and gone, what happens next? Is it over, or is that only just the beginning? We’re not going to take this blog down the doom and gloom ZeroHedge path (although obviously doom and gloom seems to earn quite the following!) but do you really want to be putting your hand out to try to catch this falling knife now?
The media outlets are blaming the slowdown in China as the catalyst that kicked off the market rout. It’s debatable why, but what is certain is that there is a massive crisis of confidence in the markets which wont subside after just a single day.
Things have calmed down in early Asian trade, but I’ll use the analogy of the calm water being sucked out to sea before a tsunami. Stay on your toes.
On the Calendar Tuesday:
NZD Inflation Expectations q/q
EUR German Ifo Business Climate
USD CB Consumer Confidence
Today’s event risk isn’t so much about date releases on the calendar but the different market opens, namely the Chinese stock market open, London Open and NY Pit Open. Check your calendar in your local timezone if you are taking positions around these times.
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Dane Williams – @VantageFX
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