There is nothing but selling taking place at this time. Stocks are being sold with a vengeance. This tells us that there are a few large financial institutions that have been caught on the wrong side of this market. In the past, when a major hedge fund or prop desk was under water on a position the other big fish will press there short side bet and drive the nail in the coffin for the struggling firm. We can only wonder who is caught on the wrong side of Bank of America Corp. (NYSE:BAC) at this time. This stock has plummeted lower today by more than 15.0 percent. The rumors are circulating throughout Wall Street that some whale is caught on the wrong side of the tape. This is likely to be what is taking place at this time.
On the flip side, these markets are extremely oversold and extended. This market can certainly go lower over the course of the year, however, in the short term this market is due for some kind of significant bounce in the near term. There are so many stocks that have been decimated over the past two weeks. Many of these stocks are trading around important support levels. Volume has also been massive and this is generally a sign that the selling could be getting close to subsiding.
Often traders and investors usually sell out at these levels when fear increases, however, this is when traders should begin to take small shots at long positions for bounces. Should a stock market bounce occur it may not last very long, although if and when a bounce does take place the short term bounce could be significant. As a good rule of thumb, if you are uncertain just stand aside. There will always be better trading environments.
Some stocks that look attractive at this time include Amazon.com Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN), Citrix Systems Inc. (NASDAQ:CTXS), and Rackspace Hosting Inc. (NYSE:RAX). All of these stocks have pulled back into significant support levels. Traders must still be cautious at this time, if the major stock market indexes continue to break lower everything will trade down with the indexes.