Shortest Stock Correction Ever

What a day that was. What started off looking like a sea of red not seen in months ended with the Dow and S&P in the green.

It was an overdue plummet- at least that’s what I thought at the start of the day. The Dow was down 360 points at one point, and the Nasdaq was down 3%.

But by the end of the day, Jay Powell played the role of Fed Chair and investor therapist and eased the fears of the masses.

The Dow closed up, the S&P snapped a 5-day losing streak, and the Nasdaq only closed down a half of a percent!

You really can’t make this up.

The day started gloomily with more fears from rising bond yields.

Sure, the rising bonds signal a return to normal. But they also signal inflation and rate hikes from the Fed.

But Powell said “not so fast” and eased market fears.

“Once we get this pandemic under control, we could be getting through this much more quickly than we had feared, and that would be terrific, but the job is not done,” Powell said.

He also alluded to the Fed maintaining its commitment to buy at least $120 billion a month in U.S. Treasuries and agency mortgage-backed securities until “substantial further progress is made with the recovery.

While the slowdown (I’d stop short of calling it a “downturn”) we’ve seen lately, namely with the Nasdaq, poses some desirable buying opportunities, there still could be some short-term pressure on stocks. That correction I’ve been calling for weeks may have potentially started, despite the sharp reversal we saw today.

Yes, we may see more green this week. But while I don’t foresee a crash like we saw last March and feel that the wheels are in motion for a healthy 2021, I still maintain that some correction before the end of Q1 could happen.

Bank of America also echoed this statement and said, “We expect a buyable 5-10% Q1 correction as the big ‘unknowns’ coincide with exuberant positioning, record equity supply, and as good as it gets’ earnings revisions.”

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