Also, a number of technical factors are looking strong. For example, the momentum of the market isn't confirming the price declines, and the market is sending out "oversold" signals.
Catalano says that "when you have small-cap and mid-cap outperforming large," as is the case right now, "you generally don't get market crashes or significant declines during that period of time."
In addition, he points out that Dow Theory argues against a crash because "industrials have made a new low, but transports aren't anywhere near a new low." Dow Theory says that a significant trend isn't confirmed until both those Dow Jones indices reach the new highs or lows.
Just a few major data points are coming out next week. Auto and truck sales will be reported on Tuesday by the
Department of Commerce
, and for companies such as
(GM - Get Report)
(F - Get Report)
, which are struggling to retool their operations as their stock prices sink, these numbers could be key.
Collins of Fountain Hill says, "I wouldn't expect any positive sales data from the auto makers. General Motors is hitting lows not seen since the '57 Chevy was cruising around."
employment index will come out on Wednesday. Then, on Thursday morning, the
Department of Labor
will release its monthly report on the unemployment rate, payrolls and earnings.
The jobless rate, which has risen in recent months, is of special concern because of the already weak housing market. Foreclosures are already prevalent, and that usually isn't the case until after the labor market weakens, because people lose their houses after they lose their jobs.
In addition, the consumer is responsible for about 70% of the U.S. economy, so if consumers begin to struggle due to job losses, the economy could take a major hit.
The earnings calendar is light, with
(HRB - Get Report)
reporting on Monday, discount chain
(FDO - Get Report)
and casino company
Isle of Capri
(ISLE - Get Report)
reporting Wednesday and