On Friday, stocks were crushed, with the dropping by more than 3%. The market has been very volatile, and that is because the liquidity in the market has thinned out again, with the top of the book shrinking and the bid/ask spread growing wider.
Liquidity has been a persistent problem since mid-November.
Book Depth vs Bid Ask Spread Chart
2. S&P 500
The S&P 500 was basically in free fall mode on Friday, closing near 4,130, and has now dropped nearly 8.5% since peaking on Apr. 20.
It certainly feels like the sell-off we saw on Friday isn’t over, and given where support is for the S&P 500, we could easily see a drop to around 4,020 on the S&P 500 before getting any bounce mid-week.
SPX Index Chart
The best chance for a rally will come on Wednesday following the . There is a sense of nervousness that the Fed could shock the markets, but I think that is highly unlikely to happen.
Additionally, the FOMC meetings have served as an event where stocks rally following the press conference.
S&P 500 Weekly Chart
At this point, the most obvious place for the S&P 500 to rally back to is around 4,300. However, this will be tricky because a lot of this will depend on where markets are heading into the FOMC news on Wednesday.
So I do not think any rally will last or will start some new bull market. I don’t believe that is likely. I don’t see how this market rallies unless the Fed pivots to a more dovish stance or valuations get low enough that fundamentals can support the market.
I don’t think fundamentals can help this market yet. So lower prices are likely to come after any FOMC rebound.
S&P 500 1-Hour Chart
3. TIP ETF
The iShares TIPS Bond ETF (NYSE:) will also need to be watched because it broke down late in the day on Friday.
Around 2:30, the ETF and real Yields saw a very sharp move, with the surging around -10 bps up to 0 bps.
It isn’t clear what happened, but it was a massive movement in a brief period.
iShares TIPS ETF Chart
Of course, the move higher in real yields was accompanied by a move higher in nominal yields, with the rate rising to 2.94%. The 10-yr rate is again approaching 3%, and it doesn’t seem like there is much standing in its way of climbing to the 3.25 region%.
US 10 Yr Yield Chart
Amazon.com (NASDAQ:) was the biggest loser on Friday, dropping by nearly 15%. Given how poor the results have been the , I think investors have finally given up on the name.
It is all about this support region, around $2,450 to $2,475. If that holds, you can see a rebound up to resistance around $2650; if not, the chart suggests a drop to $2,025.
Amazon Daily Chart
5. Meta Platforms
The only part of Meta Platforms’ (NASDAQ:) was that they weren’t as bad as everyone thought. That doesn’t mean the stock should trade up as much as it did. I would think that the stock fills the gap at around $177 overtime.
Meta Platforms Daily Chart
Tesla (NASDAQ:) looks pretty weak here, and the stock has struggled to get over the technical resistance level at $910. I think this stock is now at a point where the best days are behind it, and the shares are likely to struggle as investors begin to think about the potential growth rate for future deliveries being too high.
I would watch for a break of technical support at approximately $840.
Tesla Daily Chart
7. Advanced Micro Devices
Advanced Micro Devices (NASDAQ:) continues to deflate, and there isn’t much keeping this stock from falling back to $73.50. Yeah, the valuation is getting favorable, but after Intel’s (NASDAQ:) and the weakness in the semis in general, you have to wonder, with AMD results this week, we could see the stock trading sub-$80 very soon.
AMD Daily Chart
NVIDIA (NASDAQ:) has also dropped, and now the shares are approaching $180, with no support after that until the mid-150s.
NVDA Daily Chart
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