Stock-Market Rout: Why It’s Too Early to Call Tech Plunge the Start of a Correction

by William Watts
Market Watch

Big rallies often come to an ugly end — and that was certainly the case Thursday for tech stocks and other high-flying sectors that have benefited from momentum-driven waves of buying. But that doesn’t mean a full-fledged correction for the most popular stocks — or the broader market — is under way.

“It’s very difficult to say definitively that something that is up 28% on the year and up [more than 70%] from the bottom going down 4% is a sustainable correction,” said David Bahnsen, chief investment officer at Newport Beach, Calif.-based The Bahnsen Group, referring to the tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite Index. While a potentially brutal Nasdaq correction is likely inevitable, there’s no “formulaic” way to tell when one has started, he said in an interview.

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