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How Serious Was This Sell-off?

A downgrade of Greek bonds and disappointment over U.S. economic reports resulted in the worst day for the market since August 2010. But is yesterday's selling a one-day phenomenon or a warning that the market is headed lower?

S&P 500 ChartTrade of the Day Chart Key

After breaking above the bull flag and its 20-day and 50-day moving averages and holding for a day, the S&P 500 reversed course on relatively high volume and on breadth of about 5-to-1. The sell-off not only took back all of the gains of the last few days, but threatens to break the S&P 500's broad base at 1,302 to 1,332 and the intermediate trendline (red dash line) at 1,305. In order to reverse this new round of selling, and reaffirm the bullish flag, the S&P 500 must close above 1,345, which was the intraday high on Tuesday. A continuation of selling could threaten the March low at 1,249 and the overall uptrend.

Throughout the year, the weakest sector has been the financials, and yesterday was no exception.

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The Financial Select Sector SPDR (NYSE: XLF ) has broken the important 200-day moving average, confirming to many that a bear market exists in that sector. Support, however, begins at around $15 and extends down to $14, but there is no assurance that this support will hold. Note the new sell signal on the stochastic indicator.

Conclusion: Until the major indices, as represented by the S&P 500, are able to negate yesterday's strong sell-off and move out of the bullish flag, we must revert back to the stance of a cautious bull. Currently, it looks like it's going to be a long summer.

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