The S&P registered a clear break of rising trend. Volume was lighter, so it wasn't necessarily a panic sell. And while it could be viewed as a breakown, the glass half full crew would see this as a drop back into the prior consolidation. The disappointing aspect is that the previous Friday's buying failed to follow through higher.
The Nasdaq experienced higher volume selling - a clear marker for distribution. While Large Caps didn't experience panic selling, Tech stocks weren't as fortunate.
The Russell 2000, squeezed against former support turned resistance and 'bear trap' support, cracks and pushes lower. The worry from here is that Friday's action will trigger a measured move lower. A 40% loss from high would bring it to 778, still 200 points away. However, a measured move from 1,160 to 958, tagged to 1,037, would deliver a target around 835 - which isn't a million miles away from a 40% trim from highs.
One index showing signs of life (for bulls) is the Dow. Note the sharp relative advance against the Nasdaq 100. It was the only index not to register a breakdown on Friday.
For next week, it will be about clawing back the losses of Friday and holding on to those gains. Unfortunately, it's hard to see confidence returning and it may require a break of January swing lows - and a failure on the part of bears/shorts to jump in - before buyers are prepared to return.
You've now read my opinion, next read Douglas' and Jani's.
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