Many expected the worst, but October turned out to be a big treat for investors.
Today`s stocks move in a very narrow range for most of the session but traders did seem to get spooked in the final hour and they sold off. In the end, the Dow was down 73, NASDAQ off nearly 11 and S&P fell six.
But for the month, it was a good one for the bulls. The Dow up about 3 percent, the NASDAQ up about four and S&P 500 up better than 4 1/2 percent or thereabouts.
And with the month of October coming to a close, the nights are cold, and the days are shorter, and investors apparently afraid of very little for now.