Market Volatility Increases As S&P 500 Ends Four-Week Winning Streak


U.S. stocks closed lower on Friday amid a broad selloff following a rise in bond yields.

The S&P 500 recorded losses for the week after gaining for four straight weeks.

Mega-cap stocks, including, Apple Inc AAPL,, Inc. AMZN and Microsoft Corporation MSFT all moved lower, and were among the biggest drags on the both the S&P 500 and Nasdaq indices.

The Nasdaq 100 dipped 1.95% to close at 13,242.90 on Friday, while the S&P 500 fell 1.29%. The Dow Jones dropped around 292 points to settle at 33,706.74 in the previous session.

Majority of the sectors on the S&P 500 closed on a lower note, with consumer discretionary and information technology stocks recording the biggest plunge on Friday. Health care stocks, however, bucked the overall market trend, gaining around 0.3% in the previous session.

The Chicago Board Options Exchange’s CBOE Volatility Index (VIX) jumped 5.3% to 20.60 points.

What is CBOE Volatility Index?

The CBOE Volatility Index, popularly known as VIX, is a measure of the equity market’s expectation of volatility based on S&P 500 index call and put options.


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