DJIA High-Low Spread

It is fun when insomnia, curiosity, and a good conversation lead to continuing research. Yesterday, I published a blog about the Dow Jones’ performance in 2018 link. One of my graduate program professors, David Flynn – whom I will shamelessly plug the blog of here: Barter Is Evil – replied about the relative calm period during the summer in the graph that showed daily volumes. I became curious if the spread between the daily high and low price had any correlation with the daily volume.

The 2018 Dow Jones Industrial Average's Performance

What better than to start off the New Year with a blog? This is a follow up to my previous blog about the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA). The DJIA gave many people fits during the last quarter of 2018. Here is a look at its overall performance for the year: Another view of the DJIA’s performance, this time looking at percent change and “level” change, respectively. These charts show values that are indexed to the first trading day of the year, 2 January 2018:

Dow's Trick Or Treat

The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) gave us an interesting, if not a little scary, performance this month. When we look at the difference in closing prices, we can see that it was mostly within a range of +/-500 points: Another view is the percent change in the DJIA, indexing on 1 October 2018 and seeing how it performed: On a similar note, I also looked at the year-to-date performance of the DJIA and noticed that volatility in the closing price occurred in two periods: the one we are experiencing now in October and the other that occurred in the February to April time period.


Introductory Note There has been a lot going on at work and home, and my blogging has suffered from it. I am trying to get back into a regular blogging schedule. I will continue the Burlington County, NJ series later. The Dow Jones Has Had A Couple Of Bad Days… … but these are extreme events. Below is a graph of the distribution of the differences in market closes for the past year: