It’s been a rough week and I think the market is deeply oversold on a wide range of technical metrics, two in particular. Both traders and investors should be aware of these two, following this week’s historic decline in equities. (For more see page 1.)

First, short-term technical indicators are at extreme levels, which have historically supported a rebound. However, while my expectation is for a trading rebound to develop from here, there is no meaningful evidence to state a bottom is developing.
Every technical analyst is taught that support levels are meaningless unless price responds to those levels. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index slicing through theoretical support at its 50- and 200-day moving averages is a case in point.

The next key support levels are at the 4Q19 lows, coinciding with a 50% retracement of the 2019-2020 rebound. The chart below highlights the next key support levels for the SPX that I’m watching for some evidence that the equity market will stabilize.

Interestingly, as I write this note on Friday, the SPX has touched and bounced from its next important support level at its 4Q19 lows at 2855, which is just below a 50% retracement (2870) of the current bull cycle that began in 4Q 2019. I expect this level to hold but should it fail, the...

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