Stocks Edge Lower As EU Debt Woes Spread

Monday, May 24, 2010
Stock Market Commentary:

The major averages ended lower as the dollar rallied after European debt woes continued to spread. As expected volume was lighter compared to Friday’s heavy options expiration levels. Decliners led advancers by more than a 23-to-15 ratio on the NYSE and by nearly a 2-to-1 ratio on the Nasdaq exchange. New 52-week lows outnumbered new 52-week highs on the Nasdaq but trailed on the NYSE. Leadership was narrow on Monday as there were only 4 high-ranked companies from the Leaders List that made a new 52-week high and appeared on the BreakOuts Page, higher than the 0 issues that appeared on Friday. It is difficult for the market to rally without a healthy crop of strong leaders.

Spanish Bank Fails:

Fresh contagion woes spread after Spain said it stepped in to save one of its largest banks. The Bank of Spain put CajaSur, a large Spanish bank, under a provisional administrator after the bank lost 596 million euros ($739 million) on 426 million euros in revenue last year. This sent a slew of financial shares lower across the globe as investors were concerned that more banks will fail. 

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