Violent Correction Makes JP Morgan an Attractive Buy

02/12/2018 5:00 am EST

Focus: FINANCIALS

Charles Carlson

Editor, DRIP Investor

Since it has been so long since we have had a serious correction — and the latest market setback is causing quite a stir among investors — I thought it would be instructive to review the characteristics of secondary market corrections, asserts Chuck Carlson, editor of DRIP Investor.

First, it is important to remember that secondary corrections can and do occur during primary bull markets, and I believe that is what we are experiencing right now. The primary trend of this market is still bullish, according to the Dow Theory, which makes the latest selloff a secondary correction.

Secondary corrections tend to be violent and abrupt. They tend to last three weeks to three months and tend to be rather violent in terms of the speed of the declines.

Secondary corrections are designed to scare the heck out of investors, which the current correction seems to be doing. These corrections typically will retrace one-third to two-thirds of the previous advance since the last secondary correction.

Determining the last major correction is not easy since 2017 saw barely any declines. However, if you use the April 19, 2017 low of 20,404.49, a one-third retracement of the advance since then would drop the Dow Industrials to around 24,550; a two-thirds retracement would drop the Dow Industrials to 22,500.

The bottom line is that while the recent decline seems especially harsh, it is still well within the parameters of a "normal" secondary correction. Investors should not give the decline too much importance, especially since the market's primary trend remains bullish.

It is important to take advantage of secondary corrections. The financial sector has pulled back with the market, making J.P. Morgan (JPM) a more attractive opportunity. I continue to favor J.P. Morgan among the money center banks and would feel comfortable buying on any weakness.

J.P. Morgan offers a direct-purchase plan whereby any investor may buy the first share and every share directly from the company.

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