Wednesday and Thursday finally brought some fireworks to a very complacent market. The S&P 500 had not had a 1% move in 74 days until Wednesday’s drawdown.
Rising yields were nailed as the culprit but months of rallying eventually require some sort of shake out – whatever the catalyst. Wednesday’s sell off was the worst day for the S&P 500 since February and the worst for the NASDAQ since June 2016.
The market losses are “a reaction from investors finally realizing we are in a higher interest-rate environment, and given the elevated level of stocks, market participants were likely looking for a reason to sell,” said Charlie Ripley, senior investment strategist for Allianz Investment Management. “Higher interest rates typically bring on tighter financial conditions which could dampen growth going forward and equity markets are reacting to that.”