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1 Nov 2018 AFR) – Growth stocks slugged in October smackdown

(1 November 2018, AFR, p29, by Sarah Turner and William McInnes) ‘Investors dumped expensive growth stocks in October, as the ASX slumped to its worst monthly loss for more than three years, leaving fund managers hopeful that the way is now clear for an end-of-year rally. The S&P/ASX 200 fell 6.1 per cent in October, … Continue reading

1 Nov 2018 (TheAge) – ASX records worst monthly fall in three years

(1 November 2018, The Age, William McInnes) ‘Australian shares have recorded their worst monthly fall since August 2015 during October, with every single sector on the benchmark index closing the month firmly in the red. The S&P/ASX 200 closed Wednesday with a 25.2 point, or 0.4 per cent gain, to 5830.3. But the benchmark finished … Continue reading

29 Oct 2018 (TheAge) – ‘White knuckle’ volatility set to test investors

(29 October 2018, The Age, Business, p20, Timothy Moore) ‘The return of volatility has been a key market theme this year and appears likely to intensify, at least in the short term, from Wall Street to the ASX, which is set to open weaker on Monday. The Dow Jones Industrial Average swung wildly on Friday … Continue reading

27 Oct 2017 (AFR) – When will this rally end: Investors ask the most common question on Wall Street

(27 October 2017, AFR, p31, by Philip Baker) ‘The S&P 500 is now deep into it’s ninth year of gains, and after 50 record highs so far this calender year it’s probably not surprising that Goldman Sachs equity strategist David Kostin says the most common question on Wall Street right now is: “When will this … Continue reading

25 Aug 2017 (AFR) – Why this October is shaping up to be even scarier than usual for markets

(25 August 2017, AFR, p28, by Karen Maley) ‘October has the reputation for being a particularly dangerous month for stocks. After all, the infamous “Black Thursday” of the 1929 Wall Street collapse happened on October 29, and the US sharemarket lost close to a quarter of its value on “Black Monday” – October 19, 1987. … Continue reading

5 Nov 2015 (AFR) – Small Ords October rally highlights stellar year for small caps – banks under pressure

(5 November 2015, AFR, p26,by Vanessa Desloires) ‘Small caps enjoyed a stellar month in October and fund managers expect a strong year ahead as investor faith wanes in the big blue-chip stocks. At the end of October, on a total return basis the S&P/ASX 200 gained just 0.5 per cent over 10 months. But the Small Ordinaries Index jumped 6 per cent and the small industrials sub-index is … Continue reading

12 Oct 2015 (AFR) – Investors mull data dump as US earnings reports kick off

(12 October 2015, AFR, p17, by Stephen Cauchi) ‘Australian shares have just finished their best week in four years in a sign that October is living up to its reputation as a “bear killer” month but there may be choppy seas ahead. This week, investors will face a data dump in the US, China and Australia, coupled with the American earnings season … Continue reading

1 Oct 2015 (AFR) – Witching hour approaches – Bad month makes it a lost decade for ASX

(1 October 2015, AFR, p38, by Philip Baker) ‘It’s volatile all right. And any investor thinking the start of a new month will bring some much-needed calm should remember that Thursday is the first day of October, often called the “witching month” for the sharemarket. The 1929 and 1987 sharemarket crash occurred in October, as … Continue reading

5 Nov 2014 (AFR) – October home sales surge in Sydney, Perth

(5 Nov 2014, AFR, p41, Robert Harley) ‘The number of houses and apartments listed for sale surged in October, to over 364,000, according to analysts, SQM Research … Sydney … Darwin … Perth…’ Read more at (might need AFR login access)

1 Nov 2014 (AFR) – Banks lead October rebound, share revival

(1 Nov 2014, AFR, p40, Sally Rose) ‘October began with shares spiralling towards a technical correction, having wiped out all of 2014’s gains in September’s slump. In a dramatic turnaround, the Australian sharemarket has posted a gain this month, led by the banks, ­closing on Friday 3.4 per cent ahead for the year.’ Read more at … Continue reading

17 Oct 2014 (AFR) – Rollercoaster spells correction

(17 Oct 2014, AFR, p33, Michael Koziol) ‘If there was any doubt global markets were in correction mode, it was ­dispelled on Wednesday night after enormous volatility on Wall Street and in US bonds. The “flash crash” saw 10-year Treasury yields plunge 34 basis points as investors panicked…’ <snipped…> ‘The NASDAQ and ASX200 have both … Continue reading

4 Nov 2013 (AFR) – China’s recovery holding up ahead of major reforms

(4 Nov 2013, AFR, p13, Nerys Avery) ‘A Chinese services-industry index rose for a second month to the highest level this year, adding to evidence the nation’s economic rebound is sustaining momentum as leaders prepare to map out a blueprint for reform. The non-manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index advanced to 56.3 in October from 55.4 in … Continue reading

1 Nov 2013 (AFR) – From little things big things grow

[COMMENT: Some of the regular but interesting share market statistics that get trotted out at the end of month, etc… An interesting read…] (1 Nov 2013, AFR, p22, Peter Wells) ‘Well, yep, it’s the end of October and gee, it hasn’t been a half bad month for shares. The S&P/ASX 200 rose 3.96 per cent, which compares … Continue reading

1 Nov 2013 (TheAge) – October’s little rays of sunshine

(1 Nov 2013, The Age, p27, Max Mason) ‘Black October was anything but for Australian investors, as broad gains, fuelled by speculation that the US Federal Reserve would continue printing money, pushed the local market to five-year highs. For October, the benchmark S&P/ASX 200 Index surged 206.6 points, or 4 per cent, to 5425.5. The … Continue reading

1 Oct 2012 (AFR) – October curse the least of our worries

[COMMENT: This article discusses the statistical likelihood of a market fall in the month of October. It is touched on in my least of Share Market GEMs. The article below includes a graphic showing the average monthly returns in the market from 1992 to 2011 — the worst months and the best months.] (1 Oct … Continue reading