The Nasdaq Composite index is down -2% as I write this, so I just wanted to weigh in with all of you.
There are lots of fundamental reasons why the markets and individual stocks are having trouble. You know those already.
From a technical analysis standpoint, I believe the stock market will continue to be in a tough situation through late June. I noted all this to paying subscribers in the Sunday "Caution Ahead" weekly update.
Forgive the mumbo-jumbo, but the indexes remain trapped within a pattern that technical analysts call a "declining wedge" that could last through late June:
I don't really know why markets form these triangle-type patterns. But I've seen this formation more times than I care to remember over the years, often leading up (or in a correction like this one, down) to a climax in the days before a major holiday.
As an example, the chart below shows the Nasdaq index from late 2018.
From October, the index fell 24%. It bottomed out on the last trading day before Christmas, December 24th - and then "magically" started rising again when trading resumed December 26:
My main point? Stay cool. Don't feel like you have aggressively make back losses just yet.
As my Little League batting coach used to yell to me as I walked up to the home plate: "Yastine, you don't have to swing at everything."
Wait for your pitch.
For us, the best pitch may not arrive until late June - or whenever the markets appear ready to break out from the current "declining wedge"
Until then, it's not a bad idea to stay in the dugout, keep any current losses from getting out of control, and bide our time.