S&P 500 Suffers First 1%+ Drop Since April 10 – Is this Bad News?

Today the S&P 500 lost more than 1% for the first time since April 10, 2014. This sell off comes amidst many predictions for a bull market end or market crash. In reality, how significant is today’s loss?

Streaks exist to be broken. The S&P 500 just broke a 66-day streak of not losing more than 1%. April 10 (blue box) was the last time the S&P 500 lost more than 1%.

Is today’s loss a bad omen?

Nowadays everything seems to be a bad omen, otherwise we wouldn’t read headlines such as:

  • “Two signs a market crash is coming”
  • “Bubble paranoia setting in as S&P 500 surge stirs angst”
  • “The indicator that proves the bull market is ending”

The S&P 500 is still within 1.5% of its all-time highs, so calls for a bull market end or crash are no doubt premature (we all know the odds of catching a falling knife).

Could today’s sell off lead to a deeper correction?

Here are a few facts to consider:

  • Today’s loss happened on elevated trading volume. The S&P 500 ETF (NYSEArca: SPY) chart shows other recent high volume declines (dashed red lines). Some of them were followed by additional selling, but most of them were not.
  • The July 8 Profit Radar Report pointed out that 1,955 is important short-term support (on a closing basis) for the S&P 500. This support has yet to be broken.
  • The July 13 Profit Radar Report highlighted key resistance at 1,980 – 1,985. So far the S&P wasn’t able to break above resistance.

In other words, despite today’s sell off, the S&P 500 remains range bound between support and resistance.

So could today’s decline be the beginning of a larger correction? Yes, but it could just as well be a minor buying opportunity.

Trusted indicators certainly have a better track record distinguishing one from another than attention-grabbing headlines.

In fact, one of those trusted indicators has predicted 6 of the last 8 buying opportunities correctly. If this indicator fails (and it’s at a ‘do or die’ point right now), it will foreshadow lower prices.

Here’s a look at this underrated and underappreciated, but accurate indicator:

S&P 500 Short-Term Forecast

Simon Maierhofer is the publisher of the Profit Radar Report. The Profit Radar Report presents complex market analysis (S&P 500, Dow Jones, gold, silver, euro and bonds) in an easy format. Technical analysis, sentiment indicators, seasonal patterns and common sense are all wrapped up into two or more easy-to-read weekly updates. All Profit Radar Report recommendations resulted in a 59.51% net gain in 2013.

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