Here's how gold, stocks, bonds and more reacted to the FBI probe into new Clinton emails

Markets got a jolt Friday afternoon when it was revealed that the Federal Bureau of Investigation is looking into new emails related to Hillary Clinton.

Stocks fell, gold and the so-called "fear index" jumped, while the U.S. dollar strengthened against the Mexican peso and Canadian dollar.


  • U.S. stocks erased gains, with health care and financial stocks leading the way lower. The S&P 500 briefly fell below the psychologically key 2,120 level that many traders view as a support preventing further declines.

    "Markets sold off, 12 (basis points) in S&P futures … it increases Trump's chances from very low to slightly higher,' said Ilya Feygin, senior strategist, WallachBeth Capital.

S&P 500 intraday performance Friday
Source: FactSet

  • The iShares Nasdaq Biotechnology ETF (IBB) traded above session lows but was still down 2 percent in afternoon trade. A Clinton victory is generally seen as negative for biotech stocks because of her comments against high drug prices.

  • Gold futures for December delivery spiked to $1,284 an ounce in extended-hours trade to its highest since October 4. Gold had settled up $7.30 at $1,276.80 an ounce earlier in the afternoon.

  • The VanEck Vectors Gold Miners ETF (GDX) traded more than two-thirds of a percent higher, tracking for its first positive day in three.

The 'Fear Index'
VIX intraday performance Friday
Source: FactSet

  • The U.S. dollar climbed 1 percent against the Mexican peso, and hit its highest since March versus the Canadian dollar.

  • But the greenback weakened against other major currencies to below 98.63 — the break-even level for the year. The dollar also erased gains for the week and was on pace to snap a three-week win streak.

  • The euro traded around $1.098 and the yen was near 104.7 versus the dollar as of 2:53 p.m. ET.

U.S. dollar index year-to-date performance

— CNBC's Gina Francolla contributed to this report.