Stocks Rebound On February 23, But It Isn’t Likely To Last

A pretty crazy day for stocks, with the S&P 500 finishing 3,880, up 13 bps, but had been down as much as 2% at one point. The sell-off came at the opening, with the big, slow grind higher over the balance of the day. This has been the pattern we have seen for a few days.

The trend of lower highs and lower lows continues. The S&P 500 made it all the way back to the downtrend, but that is where it is stopped.

The index tested the 3,800, basically within 20 points of my 3,780 target. But until the downtrend is broken, we have to stick with the lower trend, and I think we are likely to see a retest of those lower prices,d around 3,800.

The other problem is that rates went nowhere during the mini sell-off. They have been stuck around 1.35%, and based on the technicals, the 10-year looks ready to take its next leg higher to around 1.51%.

So, in reality, nothing dramatically today, despite the massive rebound Intraday. Next week may prove to be more problematic, with the ISM reports all due out. That could add extra pressure to inflation worries.

It tells me overall; the markets are not out of the woods just yet.

Additionally, some of you might find this chart interesting. From the March to the February highs, the 61.8% retracement level comes around 2,860. If you look, you will also see that is where a giant gap from April lives. It could be merely a coincidence, or it may be telling us something else. I go over this and much more in a video session today for Reading The Markets on SA marketplace; you can sign up for your free 2-week trial. Bear Case: S&P 500 2,860.

Apple (AAPL)

Apple did not have a great day, and although it seems like the stock mounted this epic comeback, all it did was fill the morning gap. That is not a bullish indication. In fact, it likely suggests that the selling continues tomorrow.

AMD (AMD)

AMD also saw similar price action today, and again, I think this signals a bearish indication, with a likely retest of the $80 level.

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