5/23/23 Fake Explosion Brings Real Losses


Stocks opened the week on a positive note Monday. 60% of stocks advanced, while 37% declined.

The major indexes were mostly higher…

  • Dow Jones -0.4%
  • Nasdaq +0.5% 
  • S&P 500 +0.0%
  • Russell 2000 +1.2%


Shortly after the opening bell on Monday, a faked image showing an explosion near the Pentagon spread across social media.

Markets dipped and reached their session lows in the aftermath…

Charts from Finviz

The markets quickly recovered the losses, but the danger of AI-generated media is becoming more and more apparent.

Sector Round Up

The sectors split. 6 of the 11 sectors closed Monday higher.

At the top…

  • Communications (XLC) +0.9%
  • Real Estate (XLRE) +0.7%

At the bottom…

  • Materials (XLB) -0.5%
  • Consumer Staples (XLP) -1.5%


The Nasdaq is now extremely overbought. 

And history tells us a dip is inevitable…

QQQ Daily Candles – Chart by thinkorswim

Just note the magnitude of the ensuing dip can vary greatly, as shown on the chart above.

Our outlook remains bullish. But we are expecting some cooling in the risk-on stocks soon.

There’s nothing to suggest a larger sell-off is in order…


Debt ceiling talks continue to steal the headlines.

The markets are taking the brinkmanship in stride. The general consensus appears to be that a deal will be made in time.

Just remember, anything can happen.


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