S&P 500: A New Correction Beckons?

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The US closed Friday down 3.6%, while the lost as much as 4.2%, the sharpest one-day decline since June 2020.

The decline was triggered by the market reaction to the disappointing reports of tech giants (NASDAQ:) and (NASDAQ:), which in previous quarters acted as a driver of optimism, but ended Friday down 14% and 3.7%, respectively.

S&P 500 Index daily chart.

While on Wednesday and Thursday, we saw that individual high-profile disappointments in the reports did not interfere with the positive dynamics of indices, Friday’s dip suggests that investors’ worries are reaching a new level.

The S&P 500 closed last week at its lowest level since May 2021 last year. The index was in an area where it has found itself repeatedly since February but invariably received support from buyers.

The situation looks more worrying this time, as the week and month closed near the day’s lows. Once again, it looks as if the market has come to the edge of the cliff and now has a good chance of going down.

Technical analysis indicates that the S&P 500 correction crossed a level with a deeper target to follow. From February to the end of April, the index several times supported the dip to 76.4% of the pandemic rally from March 2020 lows to January 2022 highs.

A close below 4200 indicates a move into a deeper correction horizon, up to 61.8% of the post-pandemic rally, near 3800.

A close S&P500 below 4200 indicates a move into a deeper correction horizon

On the side of the bears, this time around, are the actions of the , from which investors expect a 50-point rate hike and the launch of a quantitative tightening program (asset sales with a balance sheet of 95 billion a month). Moreover, investors anticipate that the Fed will warn that it can raise the rate by 50 points (double standard rate hike) in the next few meetings.

Right now, perhaps only the FOMC can bring optimism back to the markets by keeping them from a poorly controlled collapse. However, the big question is whether this is part of the current agenda of the regulator, which has to respond to the highest in more than 40 years paired with a tight labor market.