Should you buy on the market dip?

A collapse in the Japanese markets is weighing on US stocks. Is it an opportunity or a warning sign?

By Anthony Mirhaydari May 24, 2013 11:27AM

Stock market report (© ULTRA.F/Digital Vision/Getty Images)The reality distortion field that had been bolstering global markets has been shattered violently over the past 36 hours, starting with heavy volatility and steep losses in Thursday's Japanese trading session that continued into Friday. The NYSE Composite is moving below its 20-day moving average for the first time since early April as cyclical, economically sensitive stocks pull back.


The Dow Jones Industrial Average ($INDU) has had a particularly wild ride, dropping more than 300 points from its intraday high on Wednesday.


The question is: Should investors buy on this dip ahead of continued gains or take it as a sign to get out of stocks?


To answer that question, one must ask another: Can the status quo continue?


I don't think it can. And as a result, now's the time to book long side profits and move to cash for conservative investors. For more aggressive traders, it's time to prowl for short side opportunities.



That's because the "Goldilocks" scenarios the bulls have relied on for months is finally ending.


Japan can no longer freely destroy its currency and actively try to create inflation without causing damaging energy import price inflation and roiling its vulnerable government bond market -- pushing borrowing costs higher and risking insolvency while also shaking its financial system. Japanese banks have gorged themselves on ultra-low yield JGBs. As yields rise, bond prices fall and pinch bank balance sheets. 


Europe can no longer watch a stronger euro push down the borrowing costs in troubled sovereign countries without suffering a collapse in German export competitiveness as recession spreads to the core of the eurozone project. Not good.


And the United States can no ignore the fact that the Federal Reserve's bond buying -- which is nearing a technical limit as the Fed already owns nearly one-third of all five+ year Treasury bonds -- isn't having an impact on the real economy as the data continues to disappoint to the downside.


And the catalyst for all this reality is the prospect that the monetary policy stimulus could actually end. That started on Wednesday with comments from the Federal Reserve chairman


Bernanke and the release of the May 1 meeting minutes where participants openly voiced concerns about asset price bubbles. With the fundamentals so weak, this market has been fueled by nothing but cheap money liquidity and sentiment.



When that is threatened, people quickly hit the exits since, unlike a fundamentals-based rally, there is an underlying understanding that prices are built upon the greater fools theory; not a turn in the business cycle or a rebound in corporate profitability. Just look at the way the Chinese flash PMI (shown above) is rolling over -- which was another negative catalyst on Thursday. Or how recent regional manufacturing data suggests a deflationary recession could be taking hold (shown below).



So everyone knows it'll be a race for the exits when it turns.


There's a lot of pent up selling pressure, and the bulls are still fighting tooth-and-nail to contain the market's willingness to drop. So we're far from a cathartic, selling climax this market hasn’t had -- and is long overdue for -- since November.



In response to ongoing deterioration in emerging market stocks, I'm adding both the Direxion 3x Emerging Market Bear (EDZ) and the ProShares UltraShort China (FXP) to my Edge Letter Sample Portfolio.


Disclosure: Anthony has recommended EDZ and FXP to his clients.

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May 24, 2013 12:33PM
Anthony, the status quo has been alive and well for quite some time. It's been doing so well that folks are now again at record levels on Margin Debt. We all know how that worked out the last two times. People that manage Stocks Funds will always tell folks to buy something, regardless of the reality. That's why markets can always run much higher than what the fundamentals suggest. Add in the massive Global Money Printing and Cheap Credit, things will never be what they appear to be.

However, it will take more than a day or a week to end the Bull Run. That is unless we have another Black Friday. The status quo has always been suspect, and Uncle Ben knows that all too well.

May 24, 2013 12:57PM
Someday the sky will fall and the author will finally say see, "I've saying this for ever and it happened.
May 24, 2013 12:43PM
What's logic got to do with anything when this idiot is out-of-control in his attitude about asset bubbles? He's crazy A true riverboat gambler. Our economy is using sweat shops and technology to eliminate good paying jobs. Hey Bend over ben what drug are you on man?

Japan's situation is even more dire. They just don't know it yet.
May 24, 2013 12:43PM
Never Fails ....A shallow dip and Anthony comes out of his cave of doom and gloom. This is his moment of glory for his misfit followers.
May 24, 2013 1:20PM
I'm not convinced this "dip" is much of a warning sign, or a buying opportunity.  There's a difference between a correction, a dip and what we have now.  IMO, a correction is at least a 5-10% drop in prices, typically back to some semblance of a support level - clearly we're not there yet.  In my mind, a dip is a 3-4% drop in prices - still not there.  All we've got are a couple of down days strung together.  Granted, this has been a real rarity over the last couple of months, but come on.  It's Friday before a holiday, the traders on Wall Street are getting their boats ready  for the weekend and their pools filled up for the coming summer.  So we're down a percent or two - BFD.  Bernanke's $85 billion check for June will be arriving in the mail at the end of next week and all will be well.
May 24, 2013 12:55PM
OMG!  Now your bearish again. What were you bullish for all of two weeks? 
May 24, 2013 2:17PM
Tony I've been following you for a while and I've got to say you must be one of the dumpest thing going on Wall Street!

Anybody following your advices would go nuts or broke, or both!!!!

May 24, 2013 1:05PM
The government and the elite want power and money. We have elections coming up. How will the president, congress and the fed, react? Let the big boys eat it this time!!!!
May 24, 2013 12:51PM

It really doesn't take anyone seeking answers to questions like: should we buy on the dip? To see the false economics unraveling. 5th day of rioting in Sweden. Bomb threats on airliners. No pulse in any European nation. China in a recession. We had a choice back in 2007... believe Hank Paulsen as he waved empty pieces of paper in the air screaming- Save the banks... or tackle the fool, illuminate the scam and incarcerate every alumni in on it. You printed us into catastrophic loss and failure, Mr. Ben Bernanke, get out and recover all that fake cash from every greedy grubber hoarding it and let's get going on a REAL 21st Century economy. History will look back and ask: who was the stupe who let all those groups gain power over individuality? Obviously, one or more persons who otherwise was weak and incapable of succeeding in life without changing the rules. I wouldn't put a penny in this rigged and toxic market. The "correction" will be globally personified. Expect cataclysmic, be relieved when you emerge with your skin still intact.

May 24, 2013 12:30PM
May 24, 2013 1:37PM
If you can't beatem, joinem right Anthanoy!
May 24, 2013 6:55PM
Anthony is a great doom-and-gloom storyteller. However, he's a terrible investor/trader. He's a contrarian for the sake of being a contrarian. Anyways, look at the picks in his Edge Sample Portfolio. Today, he recommends 3X Ultrashort Emerging Markets (EDZ). However, on May 3rd, he recommended 3X Ultralong Emerging Markets (EDC). He's been telling the same story forever, but he flip flops in his portfolio in a matter of weeks. This guy should be a politician, I'm telling you. The next star of the Tea Party.

Let's face facts folks.


Japan is bankrupt and the BOJ has to print money just to buy it's government issued debt


Europe is bankrupt and has to print money in a werid way as they are not allowed to out right print money in order to by it's government issued debt. And rely on Japan and the US to supply any short fall in money.


USA is bankrupt and the Federal Reserve has to print money just to buy it's government issued debt.


There is no way out of the mess as none of the above countries are producing any wealth. To produce wealth you have to build something of value to other people. Currently all we are building are mountains of debt.


The only way this is going to end and it will end before 2015 is in total collapse.


Which is exactly what the Anti-Christ wants to happen so he can come to power by solving the mess by creating a new world currency and allowing people to exchange their useless money for his money and an oath binding you to his new world order upon pain of death.



May 24, 2013 5:28PM
Anthony, your article makes lot of sense. With weak yen, oil and gas prices hurt the consumer. As bond yields improve debt loaded bank balance sheets suffer. Sooner or later, Japanese market and economy will crash. Jas
May 24, 2013 12:48PM
I'm thinking about investing in Bonds. Would this be a good time to get into the Bond market?
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