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‘Three black crows’ could spell doom for the market

Something highly unusual, and potentially quite bearish, has just happened to the stock market.

On Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, the S&P 500 closed at the lows of the day in three-straight sessions.

It is rare for stocks to close at the dead lows on any given day. Until Monday, it only happened once this year, on March 10.

Now that it’s happened three days in a row, some traders are worried.

“Traders like to watch the tone of the close,” said Scott Nations of NationsShares. “On Monday it meant things were weak. On Tuesday it meant thing were weak. After three days—the tone is just horrible, there’s no other way to look at it. And I don’t know what would turn it around.”

Mark Luschini, chief investment strategist at Janney Montgomery Scott, said that “on a candle chart, those three declines represent ‘three black crows,’ a bearish omen.”

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Craig Erlam

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Based in London, Craig Erlam joined OANDA in 2015 as a market analyst. With many years of experience as a financial market analyst and trader, he focuses on both fundamental and technical analysis while producing macroeconomic commentary. His views have been published in the Financial Times, Reuters, The Telegraph and the International Business Times, and he also appears as a regular guest commentator on the BBC, Bloomberg TV, FOX Business and SKY News. Craig holds a full membership to the Society of Technical Analysts and is recognised as a Certified Financial Technician by the International Federation of Technical Analysts.
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