Stocks May Be Nearing A Breaking Point

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I keep thinking today is Wednesday, and I’m not sure why. But it is only Tuesday, and the turnaround failed miserably. I have been thinking about the rates, especially in the UK, and what is happening there. I have never seen rates in any market move like that before. I’m wondering, I guess, if there is some gamma squeeze or forced liquidations taking place. The velocity of the move is stunning and unsettling because events like these are how things can break.

It isn’t much different for the US, as I have never seen rates move like this either. So I keep searching for signs of stress in the market, pulling out my 2008 playbook. We are seeing high yield spreads widen, and looking at the ratio of the SHY to HYG; it is clear that we surpassed the June highs.

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These wider spreads drive volatility in the market, which we saw today, with the VIX now trading above 32.

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At this point, I am unsure whether everything breaks, and we see spreads widen dramatically, and the VIX explodes higher, sending the S&P 500 down another 5 to 10%. Or a lid will be put back on the pot for another couple of weeks before the next downturn? That is where we are right now. Either the market will get much worse, or we are due for some hard bounce.

The S&P 500 did make a new intraday low before the end of the month. The index is oversold, but as much as it is oversold, it has been able to rally. Both Monday and Tuesday saw big rallies evaporate by afternoon. So this market appears to be consolidating right now and moving back inside its Bollinger band and removing some of that oversold condition. Another day or two of this could complete wave four.

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NASDAQ (QQQ)

The QQQs are not oversold, with the ETF bouncing off its lower Bolinger band and trading with an RSI of 29.3, which just does not fit my oversold criteria. I’m not sure why the QQQ held up better than the S&P 500 in the last couple of days. It certainly does not fit with the rise in real yields.

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Meta (META)

Meta is now trading below its pandemic lows and appears to be heading back to its 2018 lows. It’s crazy to think this stock could be heading back to $123.

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Zoom (ZM)

There may be something happening beneath the surface of the overall market because today, Zoom was up, and sometimes, it seems like Zoom is a good indicator of where things are heading overall. I will need to watch this tomorrow.

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Biotech (XBI)

The XBI also bounced today after finding some support around $76. Again, this can also be a leading indicator sometimes.

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