With the political world in a complete media-induced frenzy, Wall Street took matters in stride eventually giving up ground for the week despite a naked attempt at a rally Friday.
The Dow was up more than 150 points early on Friday morning, but euphoria turned to skepticism as the session wore on, with all the indices slipping back toward what ended up being marginal gains.
Despite the weak action, there was the usual last-half-hour bid, which boosted the the Dow, for a while, to something of a more respectable level. The action was likely a function of short-covering, considering that there may still be short players in the mix, despite eight years of continuous gains without so much as a 15% correction. Such is the level of fraud involved in indices and trading after a full century of Fed interventions, trickery, thievery and mostly, inflation.
Still, at the end of the day, all the averages closed near the low points of their respective sessions, an ominous sign when one considers that the status quo seems to have everything under control in the political, social, and financial arenas, if, what one means by "under control" is $20 trillion of non-payable debt.
Investing used to be fun. Nowadays, it's just painful, whether one is merely watching or participating.
The NASDAQ took the biggest spill of the week, down nearly 1 1/2 percent. Oddly enough, the NASDAQ and S&P both ended the day higher, but each by less than one point. Weird.
Dow Jones Industrial Average
18,138.38, +39.44 (0.22%)
5,214.16, +0.83 (0.02%)
2,132.98, +0.43 (0.02%)
10,533.83, +8.90 (0.08%)
For the week ended 10/14/16:
Dow: -102.11 (-0.56%)
S&P 500: -20.76 (-0.96%)
NASDAQ: -78.24 (-1.48%)
NYSE Composite: -91.36 (-0.86%)