It's Monday morning at 8:38am. The New York Stock Exchange has just shut itself down temporarily, in what is referred to as a 'circuit breaker'. It's a pause for floor traders to 'catch their breath' while frantic transactions are swamping the system. In reality, the computers do most of the buying & selling.
Maria Bartiromo of Fox Business News says that investors are now seeking a larger liquid portfolio ratio. In other works, they want more cash on hand and they sell the stocks which can be sold most quickly. She adds that Russia is trying to crush the Shale Oil boom in the US. She says that Russia is pushing for a Saudi price war.
The table below gives us a broad 6-month perspective on market trends. This image shows how some petroleum stock values have been impacted.