The Tell: Will this ‘buy, cry, die’ chart pattern signal a stock-market bottom?

Have stock-market bulls thrown in the towel, capitulating to the tech-led selloff that this week saw the S&P 500 and Dow Jones Industrial Average erase their 2018 gains while pushing the Nasdaq Composite deeper into correction territory?

That’s an important question because identifying the bottom of a market washout is a contrarian process. And Tuesday’s damage, and the growing alarm around the selloff in the media, has some investors ready to argue that the worst of the carnage may be done.

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In a Wednesday note, Andrew Adams, analyst at Raymond James, pointed to a string of alarming headlines across financial news sites (including a couple from MarketWatch), and a host of other observations that he said offer “promising signs that have prevented us from losing all hope.

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