Dow Jones Rally Is a Big Bull Trap; Get Out Before Selling Resumes – Analysts

The Dow Jones printed a massive rally on Monday. History shows that big one-day gains are often unsustainable. Analysts see volatility coming.
Dow Jones Industrial Average
The Dow's biggest point gain in history could be nothing more than a bull trap, analysts say. | Image: REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
  • The Dow Jones printed a historical rally on Monday.
  • History shows that big one-day gains are often unsustainable.
  • Analysts see a lot of volatility in the coming days as the market digests developments in the presidential elections and the coronavirus.

The Dow Jones just printed its biggest one-day point gain in history. The index rallied by a massive 1,294 points on Monday for a strong 5.1% gain. In terms of percentage gains, this was its best in over a decade.

Dow Jones records best day ever
The bulls have shown up in droves. | Source: Twitter

The surge comes as the markets price in the possibility of a big rate cut this month. Even if the Fed brings out the heavy guns, history tells us that big gains often occur in a bear market. Widely-followed analysts also believe that this rally is your chance to get out of the stock market before the bloodbath resumes.

Big One-Day Gains Tend to Portend a Bear Market

For the Dow to officially trade in bear territory it must plunge all the way down to 23,600. Even though the index is over 3,000 points above that number, history is not on the side of the bulls.

Investor’s Business Daily revealed that strong one-day rallies are often big bull traps as “bold moves are seldom sustained.” The site put together the nine biggest one-day wonders in the Dow’s history and discovered that big moves up are often followed by a more vicious move down:

  • March 1933 – the Dow gained 15.34% only to slide by 11.5% later.
  • October 1931 – the Dow surged by 14.87% then plunged by 41%.
  • October 1929 – the Dow rose by 12.34% then plummeted by 29.5%.
  • September 1932 – the Dow spiked by 11.37% only to nosedive by 34% after.
  • October 2008 – the Dow skyrocketed by 10.88% then lost 33% in four months.
  • October 1987 – the Dow advanced by 10.15% and consolidated for the next six months.

In short, history tells us that big surges are not opportunities to buy on dips. Instead, they offer investors the opening to sell on strength before the next round of selling resumes.

Analyst: ‘Institutions Are Clearing Their Books Exactly Like 2008’

While many retail investors celebrate the Dow’s historical rebound, some analysts do not share the optimism and euphoria. Billion-dollar hedge fund manager Will Meade said institutions are exploiting this rebound to get rid of their stock holdings.

Will Meade saw this scene before
Will Meade saw this scene before. | Source: Twitter

The former Goldman Sachs analyst took it a step further and said that the markets face tremendous risks in the form of the presidential election and the coronavirus.

Speaking of the presidential election, economist Alex Kruger believes the market will be volatile for some time as it digests the changing tides in the presidential campaign. When asked if the Dow Jones rally is a big bull trap, he told CCN.com,

Always possible. Particularly so if Sanders comes out of Super Tuesday comfortably ahead. But the tide changed today, as Buttigieg and Klobuchar withdrew from the race and are set to endorse Biden. Sanders odds of winning the nomination crashed. The market will likely remain extremely volatile for a while.

He added,

Governments and central banks want prices to hold. Of course, coronavirus infection numbers can toss all of this out the window. These are uncertain times.

Jason Harris of StockHunterTrading.com also believes that a bull trap is in play. He told CCN.com,

Yes it can be a bull trap, if we fail to hold the 200 day moving averages on $SPY and $QQQs. $AAPL and $BA, being big components of the Dow. If Apple sees more downside as they price in the next quarters guidance, then the Dow will fall more. A lot of eyes will be on how fast we can contain the coronavirus in the US now.

Analyst Thinks Bull Market Will Continue for Another 1-2 Years

Todd Butterfield, owner of the Wyckoff Stock Market Institute, is not so pessimistic. He believes that after this storm, the bull market will resume for another one to two years:

I think we will see sideways to higher and maybe another new low for this move in a month or so. Then, I think the resumption of the bull market for another 1-2 years.

It seems like the Dow is wading through turbulent waters for now. If that’s the case, it may be best for investors to stay on the sidelines until the current calms down.

The above should not be considered trading advice from CCN.com. The opinions expressed in this article do not necessarily reflect the views of CCN.com.

Sam Bourgi edited this article for CCN - Capital & Celeb News. If you see a breach of our Code of Ethics or find a factual, spelling, or grammar error, please contact us.

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