Friday, August 17, 2007

Manic Selling In The Markets

Markets today fell very sharply fearing more bad news from the cracks in the credit markets and yen carry trade un-winding. Yen got further strength and breached 112 mark against the dollar, creating more panic among investors and that caused japanese stocks to drop very sharply by 850 points. All other asian markets traded extremely weak and later in the trading session got some respite because of lowering of discount rate by U.S.federal reserve and some short covering. European markets opened in the positive territory and this will have good sentimental impact when U.S. markets opens later today.
Keeping extremely close eye and ear on credit markets will be they key going forward. Any bad news from this front in future will significantly damage already brittle investor/trader confidance.