New lows for the year are in. What happens next?

In last week’s outlook, I mentioned that if we don’t recover as early as Monday, I fully expect the markets to start testing the lowest point for this year (i.e. the June lows). Well, we are already here. DOW has already made a new low for the year, and Nasdaq and S&P 500 are almost there. 

I am not seeing any fundamental reason that can lift these markets next week. However, we are at a critical support area, Nasdaq has sold off 18% for the last 5 weeks, and a relief rally is definitely overdue. if the markets can open and stay green on Monday and Tuesday, then we have a fighting chance of a technical bounce here. But if we open deep red on Monday morning, I fully expect another leg lower. And I might even add some extra put spreads to take advantage of the sell-off. 


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Market moving events next week

  • The week is littered with a host of Fed Presidents talking next week. The Fed has shown total indifference to the markets, and I don’t think they have any interest in calming down the stock market at this stage.  Except for Powell’s speech on Wednesday, I am not seeing anything of much interest.
  • CORE PCE on Friday – Fed’s favorite measure of inflation is being released on Friday. Any positive news on this front can be the trigger that these markets need for a bounce here.  

Earnings – None, Nada!

There are no earnings of interest next week. NKE used to be on our list when it was a $100+ stock, but not anymore. Still something to keep an eye on. 

Macro Analysis (VIX)

VIX continues to be in correction territory and this means hedging, dropping trading volume which I have been doing for the last 5 weeks anyway.

Spread Tracker 

  • I have dropped my trading volume drastically as we are in a deep 18% correction. This is evident in no open trades on the spread tracker after 10/7 expiry.
  • I have also been able to effectively hedge all expirations affected by the correction by deploying put spreads on a need basis.
  • I am looking to add trades but need the markets to turn around first.
  • If we see a big red open on Monday morning, I expect another leg lower, so I will add a couple of bear put spreads in an attempt to take advantage of the sell-off

Key Takeaways

  • CORE PCE on Friday
  • If markets open deep red on Monday, I might add a couple of bear put spreads
  • If markets open green on Monday, I will have to wait until Wednesday to see if the rally was fake or does it have any legs.
  • Even if markets turn around here, I will not go ballistic taking bull call spreads as we have that pesky CORE PCE number coming out on Friday.


We are already in Bear Market territory. And a breach of the yearly lows will cause me to adjust this cheat sheet with new numbers and price targets.