BALTIMORE ( Stockpickr) --Well, the worst week for stocks since November 2008 is finally over, but that doesn't mean that the selling is.
Watching last week's 7.19% slide in the S&P 500 was a lot like watching a train wreck; even when the selloff seemed over, it still had more to go. The selling officially shoved the S&P 500 into negative territory for 2011, a major psychological blow for investors who've been holding out for higher ground. Let's not forget that just a few weeks ago, major indices were taking a stab at multi-year highs -- today, we're breaking records in selling and volatility.
Standard & Poor's downgrade of the U.S.'s AAA credit rating is bound to be the biggest driver of the equity markets as a new week kicks off. While the potential for a downgrade to AA+ had already been priced into stocks, some knee-jerk reaction from investors should be expected this week. We're already seeing it take shape early in today's trading.
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