Dow Jones futures are falling for the second straight day as traders continue watching the performance of the bond market. The index is trading at $31,270, which is 0.40% below yesterday’s close. On the other hand, the fear and greed index has dropped to 52 from last week’s high of […]
Fear and Greed Index
On this page, you will find our latest updates on the CNN Fear and Greed Index.
The CNN Fear and Greed Index in its purest form answers the question, “What is the predominant emotion of the stock market right now?”
It’s a sentiment indicator that tells if equities are undervalued or overvalued. The logic behind it is that too much greed can push stock prices beyond their fair price, while too much fear can cause stocks to slip well below their intrinsic price, as traders don’t act rationally in the short-term.
The Fear and Greed index uses seven indicators to conclude the extent of the market’s fear and greed and measures the market’s sentiment based on these two emotions on a daily, weekly, monthly, and annual basis. The following metrics compose the index and aim to provide a holistic view of the market’s emotions:
- Put and Call Options: How much have put options lagged behind call options?
- Market Momentum: Where is the S&P 500 relative to its 125-day average?
- Stock Price Strength: It counts the number of stocks that have touched 52-week highs vs. 52-week lows on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE).
- Stock Price Breadth: The McClellan Volume Summation Index compares the volumes on rising stocks versus declining ones.
- Safe Haven Demand: How well are stocks performing compared to safe-haven assets like US Treasury bonds?
- Market Volatility: It uses the Chicago Board Options Exchange Volatility Index (VIX) relative to its 50-moving average.
- Junk Bond Demand: What is the spread between junk bonds and safer, investment-grade corporate bonds?
How to use the Fear and Greed Index?
The seven metrics are individually-measured on a scale of 0-100 with lower numbers indicating fear while higher figures pointing to greed. They are then weighted equally to calculate the Fear and Greed Index.
The index is a great tool to help investors and traders get an idea of when it is time to enter the markets. When the Fear and Greed index is trading near its recent extreme lows it hints that a significant bottom in the market is pending. The index should be interpreted with the help of technical analysis to improve entry signals. It is also possible to use the index to figure out when the market is overbought, but at least historically, the indicator is less useful to predict significant highs.
The S&P 500 index is under intense pressure as investors continue focusing on the rising US Treasury yields. S&P futures are trading at $3,830, which is a 3% decline from its record high of $3,950. The Dow Jones and Nasdaq 100 futures are also down by 0.30% and 0.60% while […]
The S&P 500 is hovering near its all-time high as investors remain optimistic about the upcoming stimulus and low-interest rates in the United States. The index is trading at $3,926 in the futures market while the fear and greed index is at 66, signaling that investors are getting greedy. S&P […]
The Dow Jones index is hovering near an all-time high, helped by the overall weak US dollar, strong corporate earnings, and the rising greed in the market. Indeed, the fear and greed index has moved to the greed zone of 57. At the same time, the closely-watched crypto fear and […]
The Dow Jones index slumped yesterday after the FOMC interest rate decision and as investors continued to worry about the state of the market. The index is trading at $30,303, which is the lowest it has been since January 5. At the same time, the fear and greed index has […]
US stocks ended lower yesterday as investors reacted to the overall stronger dollar and the rising political tensions in the United States. The Dow Jones declined by more than 90 points while the S&P 500 and Nasdaq 100 index fell by almost 1%. At the same time, the fear and […]
US stocks tumbled yesterday as investors waited for the outcome of the upcoming Georgia runoff election. The Dow Jones, S&P 500, and Nasdaq 100 indices all fell by more than 1%. This weakness has continued in the futures market. At the same time, the fear and greed index has dropped […]
US futures are struggling today even after the House of Representative and Senate passed the new $900 billion stimulus package. The Nasdaq 100 futures are down by 0.20% while the S&P 500 and Dow Jones dropped by 0.45% and 0.50%, respectively. At the same time, the fear and greed index […]
US stocks declined for the fourth straight day as traders focused on the ongoing stimulus talks in the country. The Dow Jones declined by 185 points while the S&P 500 fell by 0.45%. More than 70% of companies in the S&P were in the red. At the same time, the […]
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