On Wednesday chatter on the Street had everything to do with how much more selling was ahead after the S&P recorded its worst 1-day decline since August.
All 10 Standard & Poor's sectors ended more than 1 percent lower with banks the worst of the bunch. Also, all 30 stocks in the Dow industrials closed in negative territory.
The selling was largely triggered by new economic data which sent investors into a tizzy, as they interpreted the results to mean the recovery had completely lost traction.
For example, the ISM number fell to 53.5 in May -- its worst since September 2009 and new data from ADP showed U.S. private employers added a scant 38,000 jobs in May. Also, Goldman Sachs, along with several other large firms cut their estimates for the all-important jobs number due Friday.
Looking at the technicals, the results weren't any more promising. Wednesday's decline took the S&P through its 50-day moving average, leaving the market vulnerable to more losses.
"I expected that the S&P would be able to hold onto 1,331 or 1,324," says Roger Volz, director of cash equities at BGC Financial in a Reuters interview. "The fact that we keep moving deeper into a corrective mode ... puts us on the sidelines for Friday."
What should you make of the action? How should you position now?