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The Standard and Poors 500 index (SPX) continued its steady trek lower today, closing down 85 points to 4598, or 1.9% just today. But that is tame compared to the weekly decline at 5.1%. SPX is now down 8.5% since the January 4th open of 4805. Trading volume of the S&P 500 companies ran above the 50-day moving average (dma) all week and spiked higher today on the gap lower at the opening this morning and the break of the 200 dma.

VIX, the volatility index for the S&P 500 options, closed at 28.9% today, up a little over one point. VIX opened the week at 21.2%, so volatility is starting to really crank up. But given the severe market action, this level of volatility is surprisingly low.

I track the Russell 2000 index with the IWM ETF. The owners of Russell have priced everyone out of the Russell 2000 index and option data. That is why I plot the IWM prices. IWM broke below both its 50 dma and its 200 dma in one trading session on January 5th and remains well below its 200 dma today. IWM closed today at 196.99, down 3.76 points or -1.9%. Since January 4th, IWM has declined 12.8%.

The NASDAQ Composite index closed today at 13,769, down 87 points or 2.7%. NASDAQ opened this short trading week at 14,682, completing a large weekly decline of 6.2%. Today’s trading broke the October 4th low from last year. The next support level is 5.5% lower at 13,013. Trading volume was reasonably flat this week, running along the 50 dma.

With this market, what can I say? I am totally in cash and watching for clues of a recovery – not seeing anything even close so far.