Turnaround or bull trap

By 25/01/2022News
Daily trading

Daily trading
25.01.2022 – What a wild ride: in one of the sharpest reversals ever, Wall Street made the bulls happy. After the days of horror, the rebound was also overdue. Was that it now with the correction? We shed light on the pros and cons.

Violent rebound

What a historic day: yesterday’s Monday was only the sixth time since 1988 that the Nasdaq made up a 4 percent intraday loss to close firmer, according to financial blog ZeroHedge. For the S&P 500, it was the biggest intraday comeback since 2008, when the U.S. was mired in the biggest financial crisis of modern times. Until yesterday’s dramatic reversal, the S&P 500 had never had such a bad start to the year since 1920, down about 11 percent, ZeroHedge recalls. The SPX had slumped about 4 percent during the day, to end the day with a slight gain of half a percentage point. On Wall Street, the index fund SPY – also known as Spider, it follows the S&P 500 – saw shares worth about $100 billion. Only in the Corona Panic of 2020 were there more. The VIX fear indicator also made its biggest reversal since the spring of 2020.

Push from the options market

Analysts at SpotGamma attributed the rarely seen volatility to the options market – massive activity emanated from there after the close in Europe. According to the report, a large put seller suddenly appeared, causing a turnaround in the S&P 500 – all of a sudden, long investors jumped in. Which led to a violent short squeeze. Our 50 cents: we wouldn’t be surprised if a major investment bank took advantage of the shallower market with the departure of the Europeans to launch a major attack. In a matter of hours, the VIX collapsed from 39 to 29.

Bearing factors

What remains is the question of whether this was now a major fundamental reversal or just a flash in the pan. As it stands, the Federal Reserve will go through with the interest rate turnaround. And with the tapering that has now been announced several times, it will suck money out of the financial market. The world’s major central banks – above all the European Central Bank – are likely to follow suit. This is because inflation is threatening people’s savings in both the USA and Europe. Moreover, the danger of a large-scale confrontation in Ukraine with Russia remains. If Moscow makes a show of the West, China could try to attack Taiwan.

Bullish arguments

However, many investors believe that the Fed could trigger a recession by braking too hard. Therefore, new quantitative easing may well be a possibility. Morgan Stanley, for example, recently stated that it won’t be long before weaker growth overtakes Fed tigthening as the biggest concern on the trading floor. Further, Russia might only growl, not attack. Or, in a limited operation, annex the territories where mainly Russian-born Ukrainians live. This would lead to increased appeasement in the West and acceptance of the fact.
So: was that it now? Maybe. ZeroHedge sees the Fed’s Plunge Protection Team behind yesterday’s about-face. It may also have just been the result of a brilliant attack by an investment bank. Which speaks for a short-term effect. We note that the S&P 500 continues to trade below the 200-day line, which was last at 4,430 points. And point out that nothing has actually changed in the fundamental situation. This is indicated by the situation in cryptos: Bitcoin barely moved. The situation is likely to brighten only in the long term, when governments declare the end of the Corona pandemic. Anyway – Bernstein Bank wishes successful trades and investments!


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