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The Standard and Poors 500 index (SPX) fell out of bed after Powell’s remarks Friday at Jackson Hole. SPX closed down 141 points at 4,058, down 3.4% for the day and down 3.2% for the week. However, the S&P 500’s trading volume remained below the 50 day moving average (dma) all week. Even Friday’s decline didn’t spike a significant increase in trading volume.

VIX, the volatility index for the S&P 500 options, opened the week at 22.4%, declined to 21.8% on Thursday, but then spiked up to 25.6% on Friday.

I track the Russell 2000 index with the IWM ETF. IWM closed at 188.98 on Friday, down 3.2% on the day but down much less on the week at -1.6%. Earlier in the week, IWM appeared to find support at the 2021 lows, but Friday broke that support level.

Similar to the other broad market indices, the NASDAQ Composite index closed at 12,142, down 498 points or four percent for the day and down three percent for the week. NASDAQ’s trading volume remained below average all week and didn’t even reach the 50 dma on Friday after Powell’s speech rattled the market.

The markets essentially traded sideways this past week until Friday when traders hit the sell button after Powell’s remarks appeared to suggest plans to continue rate hikes that could cause consumers and businesses significant pain.
 
Friday’s market decline was significant, but trading volume remained weak and generally below the 50 dma. Monday’s follow through will be instructive. Unless we see a bounce or at least a sideways move Monday, I will be moving further into cash.