On October 3, I said the Oct. 17 debt ceiling deadline would be breached, but a deal would be reached the following weekend, the 19th and 20th.I reasoned that Treasury Secretary Lew can find ways to stretch the deadline several days without defaulting.
I still don’t believe an agreement will be reached until this weekend. While that breaches the deadline, it won’t trigger default, but it could trigger a downgrade in the U.S. credit rating.
So far, the stock market is telling us a debt ceiling agreement will be reached without default and by tomorrow.
Usually, the stock market is an accurate barometer of things to happen, rising or falling before news breaks.
In my October 3 post, I said I expected the DJIA to hit 12,760 intraday (S&P 500: 1,430) on the Friday, October 18, after the deadline was missed, creating big buying opportunity.
Based on the market’s behavior in recent days, a decline of that magnitude is doubtful – possible, but a real stretch.
CONFIDENCE is the cornerstone and driver for the level of stock prices. I don’t see what is happening in Washington contributing to confidence. Add to that, the prospect for unimpressive Q3 earnings, and this market is approaching overvaluation.
I still believe this bull market has further to run, but not in a straight line.
If the stock market is going to have a negative reaction to default or prospective default, it will be sudden and brutally swift. If one of the big institutions breaks ranks and dumps stocks indiscriminately, the rest will follow, triggering the market circuit breakers along the way.
Just be aware this CAN happen.
In a matter of days, investors who are comfortable buying stocks, will become petrified at the prospect, a sign that it may be a good time to step in, even though human nature is screaming at you not to. We’ll see.
TODAY: Depends on breaking news – conclusive or projected.
Without concrete news, odds favor a range for the DJIA of 15,285 and 14,980, and 1,709 and 1,678 for the S&P 500.
The market will open on the upside, but must be watched for a rally failure. Obviously, it will be driven by the news whipsaw.
Investor’s first read– an edge before the open
S&P 500: 1,698
Nasdaq Comp.: 3,794
Russell 2000: 1,079
Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013 (9:16 a.m.)
STOCKS OF GENERAL INTEREST:
Note: Currently, there is the potential for sharp moves in stocks in response to developments in Washington. Under these conditions, support/resistance levels are suspect.
I have added a “debt ceiling crisis” risk level for some stocks, a price where these stocks could drop to if the debt ceiling decision goes down to the wire and fear escalates. The following are based on technical analysis only and are not to be taken as buy or sell recommendations, but one of many factors that must be considered in the decision process.
Apple (AAPL: $498.68) Positive.
Stock is emerging from a 15-day consolidation, broke through $500 to $502 yesterday before slipping back along with the overall market.. Given a stable market, AAPL can run to $509 - $510 near-term.. Support is $496 - $498. Debt ceiling crisis could take it down to $483.
Facebook (FB: $49.50) Positive, consolidation likely.
Raymond James downgrade from strong buy to outperform may put a lid on FB with selling coming in early in the day when it briefly crossed $50. Could slip to $48.60. Resistance is $50.
IBM (IBM: $184.66) IBM now positive.
Late buying Friday was matched by buying on early morning weakness to close at the high for the day, but uncertainties out of Washington spooked buyers and cut short its run toward $190. What is needed here is for IBM to establish a base above $180 $182.
Pulte Homes (PHM: $15.54) Positive
Its 18-day down-channel is actually a “positive.” Actually, it is a “controlled” correction. Given overall market stability, PHM can move up across $17. More instability suggests a test of $15.28 low posted Oct. 9.
First Solar (FSLR:$43.75) Positive
Ranges widely within a trading day offering traders to exploit extremes. $43 should hold. Resistance is $45.60. Debt Ceiling crisis takes it to $40.75 - $41.65.
Target (TGT: $62.93) Neutral
Retail in general is in question now and TGT is hearing footsteps. Has had buyers in recent days, but needs a push across $64 to improve the pattern.
Hewlett-Packard (HPQ: $22.79) Neutral , but close to turning positive. Distinct little “pennant formation could foreshadow run to $25 - $26.
Support is $22.78.
EBAY (EBAY: $53.97) Positive.
Could run to $57 - $58, but not in this uncertain environment. Support is $53.
Amazon (AMZN: $310.40) Positive.
Couldn’t break above resistance at $310.95 yesterday putting a move to $316 - $320 on hold. Positive break in DC would do the job.
I do not own, nor am I short: AAPL, FB, IBM, PHM, FSLR ,TGT, HPQ, EBAY, AMZN.
ECONOMIC REPORTS: No fewer than eight Federal Reserve officials speak this week during a light reporting week shaping up. Some reports will be delayed due to shutdown, though Federal Reserve based reports and private sector reports won’t. The economy is not currently center stage, though the deadlock in Washington will hurt the economy and confidence and business decisions going forward.
For a detailed account of past and current economic reports, including charts go to: mam.econoday.com - www.mam.econoday.com
Consumer Price Ix. (8:30) PROJ.: Delayed due to shutdown
NAHB Housing Market Ix.(10:00) PROJ.: Index for Oct. 58 unch from Sept.
Fed’s Fisher speaks 6:45)
Fed’s Fisher speaks (7:45)
Housing Starts (8:30) PROJ>: 0.913 million unit rate vs. Aug. rate of 0.891 million
Jobless Claims (8:30)Distorted due to shutdown PROJ: 10/12: 330,000
Industrial Production (9:15) Delayed due to shutdown
Philly Fed Svy (10:00) PROJ.: 15.0 Oct. vs 22.3 Sept. vs. 9.3 Aug.
Fed’s Evans speaks (12:45 p.m.)
Fed’s George speaks (1:45 p.m.)
Leading Indicators (10:00)
Fed’s Evans speaks(2:00 p.m)
Fed’s Stein speaks (4:30 p.m.)
Sep 20 DJIA 15,636 “Raise Cash for October Opportunity”
Sep 23 DJIA 15,451 “Can a Normal Correction Become a Bigger One ?”
Sep 24 DJIA 15,401 “Opportunity Looms as Storm Clouds Form”
Sep 25 DJIA 15,384 “Brinkmanship Starts – What to Do”
Sep 26 DJIA 15,237 “Street Not Worried – Yet Should You Be ?”
Sep 27 DJIA 15,328 “Prepare for an October Buying Opportunity”
Sep 30 DJIA 15,258 “Makings of an October Buying Opportunity”
Oct 1 DJIA 15,129 “Now the Scary Part – the Debt Ceiling – Default ?”
Oct 2 DJIA 15,191 “Potential for a Deadline to be Breached”
Oct 3 DJIA 15,133 “Debt Deal to Miss Oct.17 Deadline – Settle Over the
Weekend – DJIA Bottoms Oct 18, 12,760 (intraday)”
Oct 4 DJIA 14,996 “Weekend Proposal on Shutdown – a Head Fake ?”
Oct 7 DJIA 14, 936 “DJIA 12,760 if Oct. 17 Deadline Missed”
Oct 8 DJIA 14,936 “Don’t Chase This Week’s Rally
Oct 9 DJIA 14,776 “Don’t Buy A Debt Ceiling Solution Rally”
Oct 10 DJIA 14,802 “A Very, Very Dangerous Rally”
Oct 11 DJIA 15,126 “News Whipsaw Can Roil Stock Prices in Coming Days”
Oct 14 DJIA 15,237 “Fear of Default Returns – Trader Alert”
Oct 15 DJIA 15,301 “What If We Default ? What If We Don’t ?
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