/In One Chart: This plunge looks a lot like the ones that rocked stocks in 1929, 1987 and 2008 — if it keeps tracking, look out

In One Chart: This plunge looks a lot like the ones that rocked stocks in 1929, 1987 and 2008 — if it keeps tracking, look out


Beware the chop!

The takeaway from this Longview Economics visual (our “chart of the day”) seems to be: Don’t get sucked into the bounces. If history is any indication, a true stock market rout doesn’t happen in a straight line. Choppy trading is part of the process. Big up days tend to follow big down days.

As you can see, fluctuations like we’ve seen this week — the Dow Jones Industrial Average

DJIA, -4.78%

has endured a 2,000-point drop, a 1,000-point rebound and another 1,000-point reversal — aren’t all that unusual when looking through the lens of prior ugly markets.

“A bottom won’t be reached until investors lose all hope,” Longview wrote.

Read: Warren Buffett says it took him 89 years to experience something like this

Of course, with investors rattled by coronavirus and chaos in the oil pits, there doesn’t seem to be much hope in the market Wednesday. At last check, blue chips were down more than 1,200 points and both the Nasdaq Composite

COMP, -4.10%

and S&P 500

SPX, -4.27%

were off 4% each.

If the trend holds, though, another sizeable rebound could be coming. Just keep in mind that selling the bounce has trumped buying the dip in those previous periods of market upheaval.

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