By the numbers: Stock market collapses on Christmas Eve, heads for worst December ever

Image result for By the numbers: Stock market collapses on Christmas Eve, heads for worst December everThe stock market is ending the year on quite the ugly note. Here is where we stand statistically:

MAJOR INDEXES:

  • S&P 500 closed down -2.71% Monday for its seventh negative day in 8 and its worst day since Dec. 4, when the S&P lost -3.24%
  • Until Monday, the Dow & S&P 500’s worst Christmas Eve ever was back in 1985, when they fell 0.63% and 0.69%, respectively
  • S&P hit a new 52-week low Friday of 2,351.10, its lowest level back to April 2017
  • MTD: S&P is down -14.82% on pace for its worst December ever back to back-tested inception in 1928, with the next worst December in 1931 when the S&P lost -14.53%, and its worst month since October 2008 when the S&P lost -16.94%
  • YTD: S&P is down -12.06% in 2018 on pace for its worst year since 2008 when the S&P lost -38.49%
  • Since Record: S&P is 20.06% below its intraday all-time high of 2,940.91 from Sept. 21 closing in bear market levels
  • The CBOE Volatility Index VIX hit a high so far today of 36.10, its highest level since Feb. 9, when the VIX hit a high of 41.06
  • Russell 2K small caps closed down -1.95% today for their 13th negative day in 14, hitting a new 52-week low today of 1,266.92
  • MTD: Small caps are down -17.37% MTD on pace for their worst month since October 2008, when small caps lost -20.90%
  • YTD: Small caps are down -17.49% YTD on pace for their worst year since 2008, when small caps lost -34.8%
  • Since Record: Small caps are 27.28% below their intraday all-time high of 1,742.09 from Aug. 31, closing in bear market levels
  • Dow closed down -2.91% today for its sixth negative day in 7 and its worst day since Dec. 4, when the Dow lost -3.1%
  • MTD: Dow is down -14.67% MTD, on pace for its worst month since Oct. 10, 2008, when the Dow lost -18.15% and on pace for its worst December performance since 1931, when the Dow lost -17.01%
  • YTD: Dow is down -11.84% in 2018, on pace for its worst year since 2008 when the Dow lost -33.84%
  • The Dow hit a new 52-week low today of 21,792.20, its lowest level since September 2017
  • Since Record: Dow is 19.14% below its intraday all-time high of 26,951.81 from Oct. 3, closing in correction levels
  • NASDAQ closed down -2.21% today for its seventh negative day in 8
  • MTD: NASDAQ is down -15.52% on pace for its worst month since October 2008, when the NASDAQ lost -17.73%
  • YTD: NASDAQ is down -10.29% YTD, on pace for its worst year since 2008, when the NASDAQ lost -40.54%
  • The NASDAQ hit a new 52-wk low today of 6,190.17, its lowest level back to August 2017
  • Since Record: NASDAQ is 23.9% below its intraday all-time high of 8,133.3 from Aug. 30, closing in bear market levels

SECTORS:

  • Sectors: 11 out of 11 sectors were negative today, led by Utilities down -4.27%, turning in their worst day since Aug. 8, 2011, when the sector lost -5.47%
  • 10 out of 11 sectors closed in correction levels or worse today:
  • Energy — 31.24% below their May 21 52-week high, closing in bear market levels
  • Materials — 26.15% below their Jan. 26 record close, closing in bear market levels
  • Financials — down 26.09% from their Jan. 26 52-week high, closing in bear market levels
  • Industrials — 25.23% below their Jan. 26 record close, closing in bear market levels
  • Tech — 24.13% below their Oct. 3 record close, closing in bear market levels
  • Consumer Discretionary — 22.99% below their Sept. 27 record close, closing in bear market levels
  • Communication Services — 22.61% below their Feb. 1 52-week high, closing in bear market levels
  • Consumer Staples — down 17.29% from their Jan. 26 52-week high close
  • Health Care — down 15.63% from its Oct. 1 record close
  • Real Estate — down -12.76% from its 52-week closing high
  • The least negative sector today was Communication Services — down -2.02% today
  • Sectors MTD: 11 out of 11 sectors are negative MTD, led by Energy down -18.1% on pace for its worst month ever through our history back to 1998, the next worst month is October 2008, when Energy lost -18.01%
  • The least negative sector MTD is Utilities, down -6.76%
  • Sectors YTD: 11 out of 11 sectors are negative YTD, led by Energy, down -25.31% YTD
  • Note all the S&P sectors have not closed in negative territory for the year since 200
  • The most positive sector YTD is Utilities, down -2.1%, closely followed by Health Care, down -2.31%

OTHER MARKETS:

  • Gold (FEB) has hit a high so far today of 1,273, its highest level since Jun. 25, when gold traded as high as 1,274.4
  • WTI (FEB) has hit a low so far today of 44.10, its lowest level since July 11, 2017, when WTI traded as low as 43.83
  • MTD: WTI is down -13.37%, on pace for its third straight negative month for the first time since June 2017 and its 4-month losing streak
  • QTD: WTI is down -39.82%, on pace for its worst quarter since Q4 2014, when WTI lost -41.56%
  • YTD: WTI is down -27.06% on pace for its worst year since 2015, when WTI lost -30.47%
  • Brent (FEB) has hit a low so far today of 51.83, its lowest level since Aug. 31, 2017, when Brent traded as low as 50.56
  • Dollar index is trading down -0.48%, on pace for its third negative day in 4
  • MTD: Dollar index is down -0.80%, on pace for its first negative month in 3
  • YTD: Dollar index is up 4.74%, on pace for its fifth positive year in 6
  • US 2-year note yielding 2.5927% vs last Friday’s close of 2.643%, hitting a low today of 2.589%, its lowest level since Aug, 22, when the 2-year yielded as low as 2.587%
  • US 5-yr note yielding 2.5927%, yielding about equal to the 2-year at 2.5927%

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WD’s SanDisk Deal Re-Priced After China Deal Collapses

WD's SanDisk Deal Re-Priced After China Deal Collapses

The US hard-disk maker, Western Digital Corp, said on Tuesday that China’s Unisplendour Corp Ltd had scrapped its planned $3.78 billion investment in the company, a move that in turn alters the terms of Western’s deal for rival SanDisk Corp.

Unisplendour, a unit of China’s state-backed Tsinghua Holdings Co Ltd, dropped its plan to buy a 15 percent stake in Western Digital after the US Committee on Foreign Investment (CFIUS) said it would investigate the transaction.

As a result Western Digital will now present an alternative offer for SanDisk consisting of more Western Digital stock and less cash, the companies said, giving the deal an overall value of $15.78 billion. The original agreement, struck in October, valued the deal at $19 billion.

The collapse of the Unisplendour deal comes during a wave of Chinese takeover interest in US corporations that has already hit a record of $23 billion in announced offers this year, according to Thomson Reuters data. That is nearly double the full-year record reached in 2013.

But China’s ambitions in the US are receiving increased scrutiny from US politicians, who are concerned about putting certain national businesses in the hands of Chinese executives and government officials.

Western Digital said last October that it would revise the cash-and-stock offer for SanDisk if the Unisplendour investment in Western Digital was not successful.

“It was understood that there was a possibility that the Unis investment in WDC may not happen,” said Sumit Sadana, SanDisk Executive Vice President. Sadana said that the value of the deal for Sandisk is now $78.50 per share, down from $86.50 when it was originally struck.

Both companies have said they are committed to the agreement, which is expected to close in the first half of this year.

Western Digital’s stock price has fallen from around $80 per share last October and fell another 7.2 percent to $42.77 on Tuesday.

“I think if you are a Western Digital shareholder, the deal makes a lot of strategic sense,” said Pacific Crest Securities analyst Monika Garg.

Activist shareholder
Western Digital’s move to proceed with the SanDisk deal comes the day after shareholder Alken Asset Management urged the company to scrap it, saying the price was too high.

“We have laid out our case in reasonable details in the letter so there is not much to add,” Alken analyst Vincent Rech said in an email. The London-based fund is pleased with the support it has received, he added.

Western Digital said US, European Union and other regulators had approved the SanDisk deal.

CFIUS, an inter-agency panel led by the US Treasury Department, assesses potential mergers to ensure they do not endanger national security. The panel rarely kills the deals, but several times a year it has informally urged companies to scrap merger plans and they have complied.

China led the countries whose planned US acquisitions and investments for 2014 were probed for security issues, according to a government report.

In January, Philips dropped a plan to sell an 80 percent stake in its Lumileds division to a group that included Chinese investors because of pressure from CFIUS.

Fairchild Semiconductor International Inc said last week that it rejected an offer from a Chinese takeover group, citing concerns that US regulators would stop the sale.

US lawmakers are also pushing for the rejection of a Chinese company’s plan to buy the Chicago Stock Exchange.

[“Source-Gadgets”]