The U.S. stock market, as well as the European equity market, has done a bearish roll over in the past week and a half, and that’s sent the major averages down about 3% since July 28. The selling last week actually erased the year-to-date gains on the Dow Jones Industrial Average, and the bellwether index now is in negative territory for the year.
European equities also are in the red now for 2014, with the benchmark regional exchange-traded fund (ETF), the iShares Europe (IEV), now breaking down below its 200-day moving average. The chart here shows IEV’s rapid descent since hitting a new 52-week high in early July.
The fall of European equities, as well as the recent downtrend in U.S. markets, might make you think that the bear has invaded the entire globe. Well, if you thought that, then you haven’t been looking far enough to the east.
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