The broad market made new lows for 2022 a week ago. That reaffirms the pattern of lower highs and lower lows on the $SPX chart, meaning that the bear market is still intact. There should some support at last week's lows, near 3650. Beyond that, one has to go to a longer-term chart to find support: 3500 and then 3200.
The oversold rally that began with a furor in late May appears to have run its course. $SPX traded in a 100-point range for seven days, before finally breaking down yesterday (June 9th). The red box in Figure 1 denotes that tight trading range. It now seems likely that $SPX will test the May lows, in the 3800-3900 range. A violation of that area would then see a new leg of the bear market beginning.
The trend of $SPX is negative (blue lines on the chart in Figure 1), and just last week saw a new lower low to go along with the repeating pattern of lower highs and lower lows. The trend will be negative until that is reversed.
At the beginning of 1973, the Dow (no one paid much attention to $SPX back then) made a new all-time high, trading up to 1067. The Barron’s Roundtable, a survey of top money managers and brokerage firm analysts, was published at the beginning of 1973 under the (now infamous) headline, “Not A Bear Among Them.” They were all bullish. President Nixon declared that the Vietnam War was over (although it didn’t wind down completely until 1975). However, stocks had a mind of their own (then, and now), and the Dow began to immediately decline.