What Was That?

By Jani Ziedins | End of Day Analysis

Jan 13
S&P500 daily at end of day

S&P500 daily at end of day

End of Day Update: 

Stocks gapped higher at the open, but buyers failed to embrace the surge and we crashed into the red by early afternoon. It is difficult to come up with anything constructive to say about this price-action. The market gave bulls the perfect kick-start to setoff a short-squeeze and trigger another wave of dip-buying. If we were oversold, that is exactly what would have happened…but it didn’t.

The obvious takeaway is this market is not oversold and we are not poised to rebound. That means we still have more downside before this correction is done. While today’s volume was higher, this wasn’t capitulation. We didn’t undercut recent lows and even though the intraday move was more than two-percent, the closing loss was a barely noteworthy quarter-of-a-percent. The only people who noticed the enormity of today’s move were the ones who follow the market tick-by-tick. To everyone else, this was another uneventful day.

The market is searching for direction. While we are several percent off the highs, we are also making a series of higher-lows. This pennant pattern can only last so long before the market has to breakout to either the upside or downside. This morning we stubbed our head on the high side, but we also found afternoon support on the low-end.

For all the reasons I listed in previous posts, it looks like we have more downside ahead of us. Breaking 2,000 will set off a wave of selling that takes us down to the 200dma. Fail to hold that and a retest of October’s lows is in the cards. While this could be a plunge over a few days, it could also be a slow grind lower over several months. We will see what happens in coming days, but it is hard to get excited by anything the market is showing us since logging new highs two weeks ago.

Jani

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Jani Ziedins (pronounced Ya-nee) is a full-time investor and writer who has successfully traded stocks and options for more than a decade. He earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines and an MBA and M.S. Marketing from the University of Colorado Denver. His prior professional experience includes manufacturing engineering at Fortune 500 companies, structural engineering, small business consultant, collegiate instructor, and managing investment real estate. He is now fortunate enough to trade full-time from home, affording him the luxury of spending extra time with his wife and two young children.