Investor sentiment around the S&P 500 took a beating on Monday, and the selling may not be over so quickly.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 335 points, or 1.4%, to 24,610, the S&P 500 declined 1.53% and the Nasdaq Composite was down 1.9% as Facebook (FB) shares tumbled nearly 7%. The tech sector was falling the most following Facebook's selloff related to the Cambridge Analytica scandal.
Facebook is a holding in Jim Cramer's Action Alerts Plus.
But it's the S&P 500, which had fought back nicely from the February correction lows, that should have investors most uneasy. With an open below the key 2,751 level on Monday, the S&P 500's rally off last month's lows could be viewed as a false positive. Hence, more selling may in store, suggests technical analysts at Bank of America Merrill Lynch.
"Constructive indicators suggest more upside but the S&P 500 must hold a confluence of tactical support at 2751-2730 to confirm a bullish breakout/retest pattern," writes Bank of America Merrill Lynch technical analyst Stephen Suttmeier. "Should the S&P 500 weaken and break 2751-2730 support, the next major support is 2686 (100-day MA) and 2647 (3/2 higher low)."
Cautions Suttmeier, "If the S&P 500 does not respond to the bullish indicator weight of evidence and cannot surpass last week's 2801.90 high, then we cannot rule out a measured move correction toward 2465-2460."