The S&P 500 popped 2.4% in the biggest up-day since last summer. There wasn’t a clear headline driving Monday’s flurry of buying. Instead, this was a sharp snap-back from last week’s reflexive herd selling that got too carried away.
As I wrote last week, 3,800 was the tipping point. Either we fall over the edge or we bounce decisively off of support. Given the elevated volatility, there really wasn’t anything in between. And fortunately for the bulls, we got that decisive rebound off of support.
Like many people last week, I believe rising interest rates are what is going to kill this bull market. I just don’t think this is that time. Despite everyone trying to call a top, bull markets don’t die with the flip of a switch. Topping in a process that takes months.
We are only days removed from the last record high. If there is one thing we know about weak markets, they don’t keep setting new record highs. Until we see a clear pattern of lower-highs, assume this bull market is very much alive and well.
This bull market will die like all of the others that came before it. But this is not that time.
(Note: The one thing that would make me reconsider all of this above is if the index retreats back to 3,800 over the next few days. If this bounce is the real deal, it shouldn’t look back. If prices retest support so soon after the bounce, the selling isn’t over.)
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Jani Ziedins (pronounced Ya-nee) is a full-time investor and financial analyst that has successfully traded stocks and options for nearly three decades. He has an undergraduate engineering degree from the Colorado School of Mines and two graduate business degrees from the University of Colorado Denver. His prior professional experience includes engineering at Fortune 500 companies, small business consulting, 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 children.