Is the Santa Claus rally still possible?

US stocks fell yesterday

On Monday, the three major indexes have gone down as follows:

the S&P 500 lost 0.90%, the Nasdaq went down 1.49% and Dow Jones closed at -0.49%.

The stock market went down due to the recession fear.

S&P 500 Technical Analysis – Daily Chart


The S&P 500 index has been declining every day since the price was rejected to multiple resistance levels on 13 December 2022 (see red circle on the chart).

The index is now trading below all major moving averages, pointing to a bearish trend.

The 3900 level that was previously a support is now acting as a resistance level.

The price is moving down towards the target of 3600, but it could find temporary support at the 3800 level and then at the 3700 level, before reaching the final target.

After all this negative price action of the past days, we could see a relief rally today towards the 50-day MA (red moving average), which will be the first resistance level.

The RSI dropped further to 40, confirming a bearish trend.

Overall, the index price could fall further in the upcoming days, until it reaches the oversold condition on the RSI.

Nasdaq 100 Technical Analysis – Daily Chart

The Nasdaq Index is in a position similar to the S&P 500.

It’s also trading below all the key moving averages and it broke below the support line at 11480.

The trend in the short term looks bearish and we can expect the prices to fall more and test the next support at 10680, in the next few days.

The RSI is at 38, indicating a bearish trend.

Sentiment Indicator – Fear & Greed Index

The market sentiment is at 38 in the “Fear” mode which is much lower than a week ago.

The fear of a recession is affecting investors’ sentiments, which shifted their sentiment from neutral to fearful in a few days.

Is the Santa Claus rally still possible?

The Santa Claus rally is the positive movement of the S&P 500, which usually rises in the last five trading days of the year and the first two trading days of the new year.

Given the current market conditions, it’s likely that the Santa Claus rally might not happen this year, due to fears of a potential recession.

Portfolio Update

Yesterday, I have added more short positions on stocks while keeping my long positions open.

This has allowed my portfolio to make a profit this month, despite the overall market drop.

My view remains bearish at the moment, based on the current economic situation and based on the latest speech from the FED.

I am expecting more downside in the upcoming days, however, I am aiming to make a profit regardless of the market direction.

If you are already copying my portfolio, please keep the copy open.

If you are thinking of copying me, now could be a good time, if you can invest for the long term (years).

Remember to copy the open trades to optimize the copy.

Remember to set the stop loss on the copy at the minimum level, so you don’t get stopped if there is a correction.

Thank you, everyone. Have a nice day!

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1. Create an eToro account here:

2. Verify your account and make a deposit of at least 200 USD (you can deposit in any currency, like GBP and EUR)

3. Go to my profile page:

4. Start the copy (copy open trades and set the lowest stop loss possible, to allow some movement)

5. Enjoy, it’s all automatic. You will make passive income 24/7

Let me know if you have any questions.


Federica Montella

eToro Popular Investor


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Author: Federica Montella
eToro Popular Investor, food lover and blogger. Stock trader and Popular Investor at eToro. I am on a mission to find the best restaurants and food to eat.