The S&P 500 started the second week of 2023 off well enough, adding more than 1% and extending Friday’s employment-fueled gains. Unfortunately, those midday gains proved fleeting and the index retreated back to breakeven by the close.
Over the last few weeks, we could have written off this impotent price action because institutional money was on vacation and this was nothing more than over-active retail traders running amok. But by now most institutional money managers are back in the office and that means this price action counts.
And Monday’s failed breakout doesn’t look good. Stocks rallied to start the week and rather than embrace the strength, big money turned its back and let prices fall.
While one day can’t kill a market by itself, it can put a serious dent in any rebound attempt. Fall much lower and all of Friday’s gains are vulnerable.
The market is at a critical tipping point and how it responds Tuesday will tell us a lot about the market’s mood going forward. Retreat back to 3,800 over the next few sessions and 3,600 becomes the next most obvious target. But on the other hand, if buyers return Tuesday, Monday’s indigestion is forgotten and 4k is up next.
Plan your next trade accordingly.
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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.