This column was originally published on RealMoney on Oct. 12 at 12:34 p.m. EDT. It's being republished as a bonus for readers.

The negativity's building. The emails are horrific. People want me to stop talking stocks. They believe that the problem is that stocks have to go down.

All of this is what has to happen to get some sort of a bottom here. We have to have the pessimism build and we have to have a sense that nothing is working.

Then we need an overreaction from the bears. I believe we are getting that, or at least, we were getting that last night, in the vicious selloff of Apple ( AAPL), which, in retrospect, was unwarranted. Plus, we got an amazing selloff in all things Apple for no reason whatsoever, given that the issue is supply -- they can't make them -- not demand. If demand's fine, and it is, the bull will take care of things.

We are entering into the most important days. Tomorrow, the Day of Atonement for the Jewish people, will allow the bears to press their bets in ways that they can only dream of. Whoever is most motivated wins on days like that, and right now, the bears are the most motivated.

That could create something.

Until then, keep your powder dry, sell strength hard, nibble at weakness barely . Remember, my hate mail is perhaps the best indicator of a bottom there is. And it is really hateful now.

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