From the desk of Steve Strazza @Sstrazza
The most speculative areas of the market peaked in Q1 of 2021 and have been under pressure ever since. It’s not just IPOs and SPACs. Areas like biotech, social media, and online retail have completely fallen out of favor too.
Many of the stocks that have been selling off were among the top performers off the COVID lows in 2020. Some of these former leaders are in 60% to 70% drawdowns today.
What a difference a year can make!
Now that we’re getting closer and closer to the first rate hike, the prevailing opinion seems to be that these stocks will remain under pressure. As things currently stand, there’s not much on the charts to suggest they’re ready to turn things around.
On the other hand, some of these industry groups are already more than 30% off of their highs — and that’s at the index level. Eventually, further downside would be inconsistent with the idea that stocks are in a bull market.
For the health of the overall market, we want to see these stocks stop selling off so aggressively. Despite the volatility this week, there are some signs that this is happening.
Let’s dive in and talk about it.