This from Reuters this morning: Using data back to 1928, the S&P 500 has suffered a 10% or more collapse in a single week, 16 times. On average, over the next week, the index has enjoyed a 4.3% snapback. Looking forward 6 and 12 weeks from a week the SPX closed down 10% or more, on average the index was only up 1.5% and 3.9%, or less than the average week-1 snap-back.

And this is what I would expect from this bounce. A sharp rebound with all the buyers holding their fingers crossed behind their backs. There is no science here, the market isn’t ‘cheap’, the value isn’t obvious and the certainty of any buying is non-existent. It may be right it may be wrong, but don’t think for a moment that the market is safe. It is not.

We are not buying into the bounce - we are thinking of selling into it but haven’t yet – lets just see how it unfolds.

Having said that, for those of you who do want to buy a trade, here are some numbers and the best buying ideas for a snap back. I have broken the list into the TOP 50 by market cap and the NEXT 50. The tables show:

  • The fall from the recent high (the month high) to the recent low (in most cases to yesterday’s low).
  • The bounce from yesterday’s low to the current price (pre-open on Tuesday 3rd March).
  • The fall from the recent high to the price now (pre-open on Tuesday 3rd March).

I have colour coded a few stocks:

Observations - If you believe this is the bottom then here are some of the stocks that will snap back - some of the obvious ideas are in red:

  • Oil stocks (green) – the oil price has been hammered - STO, WPL, ORG, BPT, OSH, WOR - WOR is one of the best oil price proxy trading stocks.
  • Stock market stocks (blue) – MQG, ASX, MFG - MFG is probably the most obvious trade.
  • Growth and Healthcare stocks (orange) – XRO, REA plus Healthcare stocks CSL, RHC, A2M, SHL, RMD - XRO an obvious candidate.
  • Quality (if boring) Industrials (Pinkish) – COL, ALL, WES, TLS, WOW - if you think this is a longer term low - not your best 'trades' for a bounce.
  • Resources (grey) – BHP, RIO, FMG - FMG has been the worst big resources stock in the fall - it has also gone ex-dividend this week.

There are a lot of other stocks in the top 50 shown below – mostly banks, REITs, infrastructure, utilities, gold - stocks that are probably not on the ‘buy for a bounce’ list. Most of them have outperformed in the fall and are not your obvious ‘go to’ trades.

TOP 50


  • There is an interesting group of growth stocks at the top of this (worst performers) list – WTC, ALU, IEL, APT, CAR. WTC the obvious trade.
  • Some more industrials – HVN, QAN, JBH, DMP, TWE - QAN an obvious trade. JBH a market favourite to buy on weakness.
  • More oil related stocks – BPT, OSH, WOR - WOR one of the best oil price proxies.


Some interesting growth stocks in here:

  • Fallen Angels – EML, Z1P, WEB, PME, LNK, AVH, BKL.
  • Travel stocks FLT, CTD.
  • Industrials – BIN.
  • Stock market stocks – IRE, PTM, PPT.


Here are some MARCUS TODAY layman’s language EVALUATION TABLES of the above mentioned most obvious 'buy for a bounce' stock ideas - come a more relaxed market this would make a good portfolio - but not if we are on leg one of a bear market and seeing a dead cat bounce:

The table above is based on these numbers and the key below:


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Marcus Padley

Just had Warren on the phone - says he wouldn't buy Qantas :-)

Christian Walsh

Such quality. Great work!

Bruce Seeley

Thanks Marcus well rounded read.


A deal of work here, thank you Marcus.

Steve Martin

Many thanks for this analysis! Unbelievably generous from Marcus to publicly provide this work.

Ashain Perera

Great work. Thank you.

Maureen Riggs

Thank you Marcus! I am only a itty bitty investor but am grateful for your generous rundown or up here. :)

michael magill

Thanks Marcus. Somebody is going to make some good long term money, just have to make sure it is me.

david rose

Thanks for another great Article, like the Russell Napier reference! 1921, 1932, 1949, 1982 ... 2021?

Mark Dawson

I agree super impressive work Marcus. I'm not sure why I subscribe to other paid share advisory services. Your the best.

Ron Dawson

Thanks Marcus. Always value your honest strait forward approach to providing general advice.


Marcus your analysis is informative understandable and connects. thank you.

Rambo Meyen

nice to get info that is factual with NO BS just good thought out comments well done!

Tony Mola

Great stuff for the watchlist/s. Now for the job of screening and prioritizing these stocks for our own individual purposes (can't go buying everything !!!)....AND then, having the patience to watch and wait for the RIGHT TIME to enter such stocks. Thanks Marcus Padley usual, delivering outstanding quality work and relevant, timely information. Cheers.

Tsitsi Mashonganyika

Excellent article, thank you Marcus.

Kylie Carnegie

Golden analysis. Thanks for your valuable insights... maybe I’ll reconsider that subscription after all... :0)