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“For those who believe, no proof is necessary. For those who disbelieve, no amount of proof is sufficient.” – Ignatius of Loyola

Morning stock market summary

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As the market declines this month, the number of ‘believers’ is starting to shrink, and while they haven’t necessarily turned bearish yet, former bulls are looking over their shoulders.  The prospect of a government shutdown is just one of many concerns weighing on investors this week, and based on the intransigence of both parties, making a deal before the deadline looks increasingly difficult.  The quote above from Ignatius of Loyola may be over 500 years old, but it’s just as applicable today as it was back then.  With each side of the aisle increasingly locked into their tribal ideology, no amount of ‘proof’ is enough to get the other to see ‘the light’.

Futures have been trending higher all morning as the market looks to regroup from yesterday’s beating.  The only data on the economic calendar this morning was Durable Goods orders which came in higher than expected for August (+0.2% vs. -0.5%), but July’s reading was revised down to -5.6% from -5.2%.

With the S&P 500 falling to its most extreme oversold levels of the year yesterday, it should come as no surprise that most of them are also at what we would classify as ‘extreme’ oversold levels.  The only sector even above its 50-day moving average is Energy.  Declines have been broad-based during the sell-off of the last week. Real Estate and Consumer Discretionary are both down 5.81% followed by Technology, Utilities, and Financials which are all down over 4%.  Just to illustrate how bad a week it has been, the two best-performing sectors – Health Care and Energy – are down well over 1%.

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