Analyzing The Risk Of Stocks After The 6.9% Drop

Published Friday, October 12, 2018 at: 7:00 AM EDT

The stock market snapped a six-day losing streak on Friday, with the Standard & Poor's 500 closing at 2767.13.

From its peak all-time close on September 20, to its closing low on Thursday, the S&P 500 plunged 6.9% in the six-day drop.

The volatility in recent days is not so frightening in the context of the last eight-plus years, this chart indicates. The red lines represent the daily percentage change in the average price of a share in the S&P 500 since April 2010, and the black line is the 30-day moving average of the S&P 500 share price.

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This article was written by a veteran financial journalist based on data compiled and analyzed by independent economist, Fritz Meyer. While these are sources we believe to be reliable, the information is not intended to be used as financial advice without consulting a professional about your personal situation.

Indices are unmanaged and not available for direct investment. Investments with higher return potential carry greater risk for loss. Past performance is not an indicator of your future results.

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