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August/September Correction Looms

   I tend to opt for caution when extended up moves lure the Street into a false sense of security, but get more aggressive when stocks plunge to the point the Street opinion is

   I tend to opt for caution when extended up moves lure the Street into a false sense of security, but get more aggressive when stocks plunge to the point the Street opinion is decidedly dour.

   As a result, I think the current move up will give way for an unexpected correction extending well into September.  Just how big a correction will be determined by what kind of news hits the market after a 5% correction has taken place.

   No new negatives suggest a quick recovery.  New negatives, suggest a correction in excess of 8% and as much as 12%.

   Currently, the charts look explosive, which if followed by more upside would provide the BIG money an opportunity to lock in profits.

   Both stock and bond markets got a boost from Friday’s disappointing Employment Situation report which at 161,000 new private sector   jobs  fell short of expectations and short of the optimists looking for a good enough number to encourage the Fed to begin taper as early as September this year.

   Long interest rates took a hit as a result, indicating speculation was misplaced by those who  were betting on better job numbers pursuant to Fed taper beginning this fall.

   Federal Reserve speakers hit the speaking circuit today, tomorrow and Wednesday, but I doubt we will learn anything new.

   A Bloomberg News survey of analysts reveals expectations are for a 3.3 percent increase in Q3 S&P 500 earnings followed by a 9.9 percent increase in Q4 earnings.

   All that can change, but if anywhere near accurate, the market has more than the Fed’s continuing QE to hang its hat on.

   The S&P 500 sells at 15.5 times “estimated” earnings versus an average 13.9 times over the last five years, though Bloomberg doesn’t specify which estimate is used for its calculation.

Investor’s first readan edge before the open

DJIA:  15,658.31

S&P 500: 1,709.67

Nasdaq  Comp.: 3,689.58

Russell 2000:  1,059.81

Monday, August 5, 2013         (9:05 a.m.)



Alert: I have successively accomplished my goal of  helping readers navigate through the plunges in both AAPL and FB and subsequent recoveries.  .I may soon drop coverage and either pick up other fallen angels, or begin the technical tracking of stocks on the move.

   Apple(AAPL: $462.09 )

AAPL has chewed through resistance at $457 and attacked  resistance between $460 and $470.  Support keeps rising under  the stocks low for the day and is now $451.AAPL looks higher.

FACEBOOK (FB – $37.97)

For the   7th day in a row, FB’s daily low exceeded that of the day before, testimony to the increasing appeal the company’s fundamentals.  As expected, some selling stalled its advance around its May 2012 IPO price of $38, buta move across $40  is likely this week..



  A light week for reports on the economy is shaping up with today’s ISM Non-Manufacturing Index coming at 10 o’clock the highlight.  The service industry accounts for close to 90% of our economy. The Fed’s Richard Fisher speaks today at 11:45, Charles Evans tomorrow at 9:30, Charles Plosser Wednesday at 12:30, and Sandra Pianalto at 1:40.


Mortgage rates rising, home prices rising, inventories decreasing !!

   For a detailed account of past and current economic reports, including charts go to:


ISM Non-Mfg. Ix, (10:00):   Proj.: 53 for July vs. 52.2 in June and 53.7 in May.


International Trade (8:30) Proj.: $43.0 billion June

JOLTS (10:00) – Job Openings and Labor Turnover-Designed to be an  improve over unemployment rate. BLS survey based on employment, job openings, quits, layoffs, discharges, etc. The number of “unfilled” jobs – used to calculate job openings rate is a measure of the unmet demand for labor.  Proj.: 3.850 million job openings vs. 3.828 million in May


Consumer Credit (3:00p.m.):  Proj.: $15 billion


Jobless Claims(8:30)  Proj.: 338,000 week ended 8/3  vs. 326,000 the prior week.  Numbers this time of year can be distorted by temporary summer layoffs in auto industry.


Wholesale Trade (10:00)  Proj.: +0.4 pct.

  George  Brooks

“Investor’s first read – an edge before the open”

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