Record Calm Stock Market Gets A Shock

After a record run of muted movement, will recent volatility send negative shock waves through stock market?
The recent uptick in stock volatility has some investors on edge (OK, it is mostly just financial news editors on edge). The truth is, while volatility over the past week has seen an increase, it is not all that far away from the historical norm. Last Thursday through Monday, for example, the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) experienced 3 straight ‘volatile’ days, with daily ranges of between 1% and 1.6% on all 3 days. Looking historically, however, we find that the average daily range in the DJIA over the last 90 years is 1.6%. Even during the current bull market since 2009, the average range is 1.08%. Thus, the recent action should hardly be characterized as volatile.
The reason it perhaps seems so tumultuous is because we are emerging from a long stretch of calm in the market – record calm, at that.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Dec 7, 2017.