Volatile market conditions advanced to a higher level last week, with daily swings of +/-1% for the broad market S&P 500 Index. The VIX, a measure of implied stock market volatility, has doubled over the last month. Last week, the large cap-weighted Index was down 2% after a strong rebound on Friday, leaving the Index with a year-to-date price only gain of about 2%. The major news affecting market behavior was concern about global economic growth particularly in the Eurozone and other specific markets, as well as concerns about the spread of the Ebola virus.
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