Dow Suffers Biggest Ever One Day Points Loss

US stock markets bounced back following the flash crash on Monday but the Dow still ended the session down 4.6%, having suffered the largest one day points loss ever. The Dow shedded more than 1,500 points at one stage, a large chunk of which occurred in a very short period of time.

Naturally there is a lot of questions being asked about the role of automated trading in the collapse and I’m sure the discussion will happen over the coming days but the important thing is that markets have recovered from the initial shock, while at the same time losing a considerable amount in the process.

With this being the second consecutive session in which we’ve had heavy selling, traders are looking for reasons for the decline and whether further downside is to come. Higher yields on the expectation that interest rates will rise faster than expected has been blamed until now and could be responsible for what will hopefully prove to be a brief and healthy correction.

Still, this is unlikely to be what Jerome Powell was hoping when he started his tenure as Fed Chair and already people are asking questions about whether investors were getting ahead of themselves in expecting three or more rate hikes this year. Once the dust settles we’ll surely have a much better idea of whether higher rate expectations are truly to blame for these suddenly shaky markets and a storming return for volatility.

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Craig Erlam

Craig Erlam

Senior Currency Analyst at OANDA
Based in London, England, Craig Erlam joined OANDA in 2015 as a Market Analyst. With more than five years' experience as a financial market analyst and trader, he focuses on both fundamental and technical analysis while conducting macroeconomic commentary. He has been published by The Financial Times, Reuters, the Wall Street Journal and The Telegraph, and he also appears regularly as a guest commentator on networks including Sky News, Bloomberg, CNBC and BBC. Craig holds a full membership to the Society of Technical Analysts and he is recognized as a Certified Financial Technician by the International Federation of Technical Analysts.