Here are the S.&P. sector breakdowns for the first five days of October:
Consumer Staples, down 7.2 percent
Telecommunications, down 9.7 percent
Health Care, down 10 percent
Utilities, down 11.6 percent
Energy, down 15.8 percent
Consumer Discretionary, down 16 percent
Industrials, down 16 percent
Information Technology, down 16.3 percent
Materials, down 18.2 percent
Financials, down 20.4 percent
Of the 500 stocks in the index, 12 are up so far in October, and nearly all of them are beaten down financials that bounced a bit from very low prices.
From And You Thought September Was Bad by Floyd Norris, New York Times.