(Read more: 'Time running short' for 'new normal': El-Erian)
In fact, Doug Kass at Seabreeze Partners asserted that the market "is broken technically," even as he has taken a short-term long position. In his morning note, he stated:
The problems behind the market's fall from grace are obvious as well: Syria (most presume the strike occurs in the next 1-2 days), a change in the Federal Reserve's leadership (interestingly it has been observed in press that Yellen has not been vetted), (House Speaker John) Boehner's "whale of a fight" over the debt ceiling, the issue of tapering (how much and when), knock-on effects on emerging market weakness (it's been Net Outflows City!), a potential relapse into crisis in the euro zone, the housing stall, and mixed domestic economic data.
Kass is not alone.
Jeffrey Saut, the chief investment strategist at Raymond James, noted technical danger signs: The break of the moving average Tuesday, and a drop below the 1,639 intraday low of Aug. 21 following last week's Fed meeting, after which investors worried that the central bank may begin reducing its $85 billion in monthly bond purchases sooner than the market wants.
(Read more: Investors: Be cautious as Syria looms)
Saut doubts the 200-day moving average, currently at 1,558, will hold and believes the S&P 500 "has an appointment with the repeatedly mentioned level of 1530–1560."
Both Saut and Kass caution against the temptation to go bargain-hunting just yet.
In a note to clients, Saut said:
I continue to believe the game is not worth the candle, and that the rebuilding of the stock market's internal energy is likely going to be released on the downside into mid-September. This is NOT a time to "buy the dips" IMO! In the intermediate term, stocks look lower even if we get a short-term bounce from the oversold condition.
—By CNBC's Jeff Cox. Follow him @JeffCoxCNBCcom on Twitter.