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The Markets: By the Numbers

Traders on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange
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Some important facts about Monday's market movement:

  • The Dow Jones Industrial Average would have to hit 14,930 and the S&P 500 would have to hit 1,665 to enter correction territory.
  • The Dow industrials fell below their 200-day moving average. It's the first time the average has been below its 200 DMA since Dec. 28, 2012.
  • This is the worst start to February since 1982 for both the Dow and S&P 500. Meanwhile, this is the Nasdaq's worst start to February on record.
  • Historically, February ranks as the No. 2 worst-performing month of the year for the Dow industrials and S&P 500, and the fourth-weakest month for the Nasdaq.
  • If the S&P 500 closes at or below 1,770, traders are watching the November lows (1,746). If it continues to decline, next is 1,736, where the market could pause.
  • The Russell 2000 index is now less than 2 percent from entering correction territory.
  • Worst-performing sectors: telecommunications, consumer discretionary, industrials and financials.
  • Best-performing sectors: utilities, health care and technology.
  • The CBOE Volatility Index hit a high of 20.27 on Monday morning—the first time it has topped 20 since Oct. 9.
  • Gold prices are jumping as equities weaken, with bullion now up roughly $22 and above the key technical level of $1,250.