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31Dec2015 Market Close: DOW Closes Down 179 Points, Spooze Off 1%, Nasdaq Down 1.15%, Did You BTFD​?

Written by Gary

Happy New Year everyone. The last session of 2015 closed down with a moderate selloff right at the close ending just short of a major resistance. WTI oil slipped off its session highs to cut its gains in half while the US dollar traded sideways in the high 98's.

Todays S&P 500 Chart

The Market in Perspective

Here are the headlines moving the markets.

Oil ends 2015 down 35 percent; long, painful hangover seen

NEW YORK/LONDON (Reuters) - Oil prices rose on Thursday but fell as much as 35 percent for the year after a race to pump by Middle East crude producers and U.S. shale oil drillers created an unprecedented global glut that may take through 2016 to clear.

Swiss bank Lombard Odier to pay $100 million to resolve U.S. tax probe

ZURICH (Reuters) - Swiss private bank Lombard Odier said it would pay $99.8 million under a non-prosecution agreement with U.S. authorities to settle an investigation into allegations it helped wealthy American clients evade taxes.

Apple shares to close year with worst performance since 2008

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Shares of Apple Inc, the largest U.S. company by market value, are set to finish the year in the red on notable weakness for a stock that had largely been impervious to pain for several years.

Global stocks slip to close year mixed; oil up modestly to end ugly 2015

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Stock and bond markets in major economies were set to close 2015 with a mixed performance, while oil prices and emerging markets cemented big losses during a year that provided few safe places for investors.

America In 2015 (The Chart)

2015 - the year when The Fed hiked rates for the first time in a decade to confirm its own narrative that "everything is awesome" and the US economy can handle 'normalization'.

And/Or

2015 - the worst collapse in US macro-economic data since 2008 on both an absolute and relative to expectations basis.

It was different this time. The 'new normal' pattern has been an optimistic start to the year which then disappoints into mid-year only to resurge and surprise meteoroconomists in the second half of the year as government fiscal year-end spending and some form of stimulus invariably drove surveys back into optimistic territory.

That didn't happen in 2015.

The Good, The Bad & The Ugly From 2015

Via Dana Lyons' Tumblr,

A brief sampling of the best, worst and toughest financial markets of 2015.

Like any year, 2015 had its share of good markets (mainly stocks in or related to F.A.N.G.), bad markets (essentially all commodities, currencies, most bonds and the majority of stocks) and the ugly (most actively managed funds). Among the market segments and indices that we track, today's Chart Of The Day presents the winners of each of the three categories this year (through 12/30/2015).

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The Good: On the heels of a 40% jump in 2014, Venezuela's main IBC Stock Index was up a cool 280% this year. Although, due to currency devaluation, you'd be lucky if you kept any of those 28,000 basis points.

The Bad: Coal stocks were an example of another trend that persisted this year. After closing 2014 some 87% off of its 2008 high, the Dow Jones U.S. Coal Index lost another 80% in 2015. That's why we don't go bottom-feeding when selecting investments.

The Ugly: There were much worse markets in 2015, but the S&P 500 was just plain ugly for anyone trying to figure it out. For one, as of the 2nd to last day of the year, the index was exactly 0.2% away from its 2014 closing price. Furthermore, along the way, it suffered stints of maddening behavior.

From February 3 to August 19, the S&P 500 never closed more than 2.2% away from the 2085 level, up or down ...

U.S. Oil Prices End 2015 Down 30% for the Year

Oil prices capped a second straight year as one of the worst-performing commodities, as a global glut of crude continues to weigh on the market.

Dow on Track for Loss in 2015

Stocks around the world fell on the last day of the year, as the Dow industrials headed for their first annual drop since 2008.

Bond Bears Hope for Relief in 2016

The resilience of the bond market continues to confound many bond bears, offering a cautionary tale for investors and traders betting on lower bond prices in 2016.

What We Read Today 31 December 2015

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January 2016 Economic Forecast: Economic Outlook Continues To Degrade. Now At Post Great Recession Low.

Written by Steven Hansen

Econintersect's Economic Index declined - and is now at the lowest value since the end of the Great Recession. The tracked sectors of the economy which showed growth were mostly offset by the sectors in contraction.Our economic index remains in a long term decline since late 2014.

Futures Movers: Oil drops 31% in 2015 on global crude glut

Oil futures gained ground in the final trading session of 2015, but ended the year with an annual decline of 30.5% in the face of a global crude glut.

Currencies: Dollar posts more than 9% annual gain as curtain falls on 2015

With most traders all but checked out for the final session of 2015, the dollar moved higher Thursday against most of its major rivals.

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