Friday, October 17, 2008

Dow Jones Industrial Average Up For The Week

It certainly did not feel like the Dow Jones Industrial Average ($INDU) was up 401 points (4.75%) for the week given the high level of volatility. As the weekly Dow chart below details, this was the first week in the last five that the Index ended in positive territory.

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Dow Jones Industrial Average Weekly chart October 17, 2008
The VIX Index ($VIX) reached a surprisingly high level over 81 on Thursday and continues to trade at elevated heights.

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Volatility Index chart, VIX October 17, 2008
A few prominent investors are using this opportunity to build equity positions. The following two articles contain some talking points from Warren Buffett.

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