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Death-Crossed Russell Suffers Biggest 2-Day Plunge In 5 Months

Death crosses; Hindenburg Omens; PBOC, BOJ, and ECB hinted at removing the punchbowl; crappy US housing data; and a Chinese IPO takeout hangover weighed on stocks with Russell 2000 the biggest loser (suffering its biggest high-to-low drop from Friday in over 5 months). The Dow is the only index holding post-FOMC gains (Russell down over 2%). Homebuilders are now down 4% from last week's FOMC statement, post-FOMC high-flyer financials have tumbled red (catching down to credit), and only safe-haven healthcare is holding any gains post-FOMC (Biotech -3%). Treasury yields fell led by the short-end (3Y -3.5bps, 10Y -2bps) back under FOMC levels. The USD recovered European session losses to end almost unchanged as considerable AUD and CAD weakness outweighed GBP strength. Despite being clubbed like a baby seal in Asia, Silver rebounded through the day to end -0.3%, gold unch, oil down, and copper -1.6% as China stimulus hopes faded. S&P 500 lost 2,000; Russell is down 2.6% year-to-date (-6.8% from July highs); VIX jumped most in 2 months to ~14. BABA pinned at $90, HLF smashed -10%.

 

Stocks remain notably rich to the Fed Balance Sheet - as its growth slows to a trickle

 

Russell's biggest 2-day swing lower in 5 months... as the death cross hits...

 

An ugly day for stocks...

 

But since FOMC, even uglier...

 

Who could have seen financial stocks getting ahead of themselves?

 

As only healthcare is holdings its post-FOMC gains...

 

The USD ended the day modestly lower - recovering most of the overnight session losses - with CAD/AUD weakness outweighed by GBP and EUR strength

 

Treasury yields fell on the day, back below FOMC levels... sliding into the close...

 

Silver was dumped and pumped, Copper dropped and gold ended unch...

 

A close-up on the silver liquidations and bounce back...

 

Charts: Bloomberg

Bonus Chart: BABA pinned at $90...

 

Bonus Bonus Chart: HLF -10% on heavy volume, no news... where's Icahn?