S&P 500 Flirts With Bear Market

The S&P 500 and stock market were under heavy pressure in early trading as the "R" word was thrown around. The S&P 500 was down as much as -2.3% earlier in the session. At the day's lows, the S&P 500 was -20.9% below its intraday high in January, which would signal an entry into a bear market.

There's no official bear market designation on Wall Street. Some will count Friday's decline at the intraday lows as confirmation of a bear market, whereas some may say it's not official until it closes -20% off its high. Regardless, it's the biggest downturn of this magnitude since the rapid bear market in March 2020 at the onset of the pandemic.

The S&P 500 finished +0.01% higher to 3,901.36 on Friday. The DOW rose 8.77 points, or +0.03%, to 31,261.90, and the NASDAQ fell -0.30% to finish the week at 11,354.62. Continue reading "S&P 500 Flirts With Bear Market"

Here's Why Stocks And Bitcoin Are Down

First off, I don’t have to tell you that if you've invested in the stock market, the last couple of months has been downright terrible.

In fact, since the beginning of the year, major stock indexes of every ilk are down. Take a look:

Stocks and Bitcoin


As you can see from this chart, just about everywhere you turn, stocks are getting hammered. Since the beginning of the year, the S&P 500, a good proxy for the broader stock market, is down 16%, the Dow 30 is down 11%, and the tech-heavy NASDAQ is down a whopping 26%. No matter how you slice it, that’s awful. Continue reading "Here's Why Stocks And Bitcoin Are Down"

Bitcoin Falls For Its 6th Straight Week

Bitcoin fought hard to stay around the 30K level on Friday but fell just below that level as the stock market closed on Friday, trading in the 29K range. Unfortunately, it was also unable to escape the crypto bears grip this week, trading as low as 25,401.05, and will end up having its sixth straight week of declines, a record run. The last time it traded this low was in December of 2020.

As for stocks, the market rebounded Friday after suffering heavy losses on the week, with the DOW rising 466.36 points to 32,196.66, or +1.47%. The S&P 500 gained +2.39% to close at 4,023.89, and the NASDAQ jumped +3.82% to end the week at 11,805.00. Continue reading "Bitcoin Falls For Its 6th Straight Week"

Crypto Apocalypse?

Ethereum (ETHUSDBIT) has an annihilation pattern in its chart and I would like to share it with you below as the price of the second largest crypto is approaching the trigger point.

Crypto - Ethereum Chart

You know this famous pattern very well as this model frequently appears in different instruments. I know it looks a little bit weird as the shoulders are not symmetric. However, all parts are in place, and the Head is the highest peak.

The failure to proceed to the upside after breakout beyond this February’s peak of $3,280 dried the demand for the second largest cryptocurrency; it has been building the small Right Shoulder of the pattern. The Neckline has been drawn through the valleys of the Head. Continue reading "Crypto Apocalypse?"

The Truth Behind The Tech Selloff

There’s no doubt about it: Tech stocks have taken it on the chin lately. In fact, the tech sector (NASDAQ) is down 22% since the beginning of the year. That’s a terrible start to the year, no matter how you slice it.

And inside tech, there’s nowhere to hide. Even the biggest and brightest are getting hammered. See for yourself:



This chart shows the year-to-date performance of the stars of tech, the so-called FAANG stocks. The acronym stands for the five prominent players in tech, including Meta (FB), Amazon (AMZN), Apple (AAPL), Netflix (NFLX), and Alphabet (GOOG). Included in the chart is also the performance of the NASDAQ. (Apple was originally excluded from the FAANG club but was added in 2017).

The details are gruesome. Since the beginning of the year, Meta is down 39%, Amazon is down 29%, Apple is down 15%, Netflix is down 67%, and Alphabet is down 20%. All told, those are bone-crushingly bad numbers. Continue reading "The Truth Behind The Tech Selloff"