- U.S. markets tumbled more than 5% as worries mounted over state of the global economy.
- WTI was $40.45 and brent crude oil $45.46 on 8/22. Still no bottom on oil prices, yet.
- Alibaba shares plunge closer to $68 IPO level.
- Uber projects three-fold rise in 2015 bookings worth $10.84B.
- Valeant to buy female Viagra maker Sprout Pharma for $1B.
Though the bears appear to be in charge in the short-term, for those who are not short the market, we would want to wait for a pull back before trying to chase this sucker down.
We were ready to pick a side at the first indicator of where the market was headed. Wednesday's price action was a hint of what was to come, however it managed to hold at the 200 DMA by the end of the day. However, when the market opened just below the 200 DMA on Thursday, that was our signal to watch for downward action. We initiated a small position shorting small caps on Thursday, August 20th.
The Nasdaq (COMPQ) closed at 4706.04 on August 14th, 2015 versus 5048.23 on August 7th, 2015. We saw signs of deterioration last week and now we have confirmation. These gap downs in the last two days were even more aggressive than that of the SPX and the DJIA. Still the action suggests we are not done and the dust has not settled. Like the DJIA, this would not be a time to chase this price action. We would like to see it pull back and then enter on confirmation of further continuation of bearish action.