Mini-Manias: Beware Short-Term Trading Frenzies – Like This One

By Elliott Wave International

Most investors know the meaning of a “mania,” i.e., the “Tulip Mania” of the 1600s and more recently, the mania surrounding technology stocks in the late 1990s, etc.

As you might imagine, these manias usually occur during rip-roaring bull markets.

Yet, some “manias” may unfold even during bear-market rallies, and when these “mini-manias” end, they can burn investors just as much as those full blown bull market manias.

For example, consider VinFast, an electric car maker based in Vietnam. The company debuted on the NASDAQ on Aug. 15. Just a week later, we had this headline (Reuters, Aug. 22):

VinFast shares more than double to highest since market debut

The price of the shares went on to much more than “double” in a very short period of time.

Our September Elliott Wave Theorist, a publication which has provided analysis of major financial and cultural trends since 1979 offered this perspective:


The [Elliott wave] rallies peaking in 2023 have had their own mini manias…

As you can see in the chart, a money-losing electrical vehicle company operating out of Vietnam became the sudden focus of an impulsive buying spree lasting only two weeks. But what a spree it was!… VinFast reached a total market value higher than that of McDonald’s and four times higher [than] that of GM. The stock topped… on August 30.

Investors who believe in the future of electric cars went out on a limb pricing VinFast where they did. None of the bidders did any research. They just pressed buy buttons because others were doing it.

Indeed, as a Sept. 9 Bloomberg headline noted:

VinFast’s 504% Rally Burns Traders Playing Greater Fool Theory

Also, since the September Theorist published, VinFast’s share price has continued to plummet.

But what about the broader stock market?

Well, as history shows, dramatic price moves can happen with the main indexes too.

Elliott wave analysis can help you anticipate these price moves.

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This article was syndicated by Elliott Wave International and was originally published under the headline Mini-Manias: Beware Short-Term Trading Frenzies – Like This One. EWI is the world’s largest market forecasting firm. Its staff of full-time analysts led by Chartered Market Technician Robert Prechter provides 24-hour-a-day market analysis to institutional and private investors around the world.