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Big Move in Market for Winner of Tug of War

Tuesday,  September  30, 2014     9:03 a.m.  BEFORE the OPEN

TuesdaySeptember  30, 2014     9:03 a.m.  BEFORE the OPEN


Daily: Boiling down fundamental, technical, economic, monetary, fiscal, psychological, and seasonal data into a quick read.


    The Bulls accounted for themselves quite well yesterday, initially reversing across-the-board selling that lopped off as much as 179 points from the DJIA in early trading.

    Call it volatility, a turf war between Bulls and Bears, a technical correction, or quarter-ending window dressing; this market action sets the stage for a sharp move one way or the other.

    Based on the market’s action during the last two days, the Bulls have a slight edge.  Today is the last day for sales and purchases by money managers in Q3. Tomorrow begins Q4 and a series of sales and purchases that will not show up in Q3 reports.


Support: The 16,934 area has provided solid support for the DJIA, as has 1,965 for the S&P 500 and 4,465 area for the Nasdaq Comp. Breaking below these levels would raise odds of a sharp plunge, possibly back to the August lows (DJIA: 16,333; S&P 500: 1,911; Nasdaq Comp.: 4,321).

Resistance: While the support levels noted above are well defined, resistance levels have edged downward over the last three days and are less easily defined.

    An early warning of a sharp rally would be a break above DJIA 17,150 (S&P 500: 1,987).

    There is a chance here for a powerful rally. The catalyst would be the outlook for earnings over the next nine months. If bright, the Street will overlook known negatives (Russia/Ukraine, ISIS, the Fed, slow growth in China). If outlook is uncertain, a rally would have limits, opening the door for the Bears.

    Assuming a correction in stock prices was overdue, it is important to note that the churning market action over the last seven trading days serves a similar purpose – selling is absorbed by buying, but without serious damage.

Investor’s first readDaily edge before the open

DJIA: 17,071

S&P 500: 1,977                                

Nasdaq  Comp.:4,505  

Russell 2000: 1,117



By technically analyzing each of the 30 Dow industrials then using the Dow “divisor” to convert the data back into the DJIA, I can get a better read on what is primary support and a secondary support.

   As of the 9/25 close:  Resistance: 17,141; Primary Support: 16,746; and Secondary Support: 16,454.

   The resistance and support levels listed daily may differ, since they are shorter term.



   Ukraine/Russia – quiet for now, but has the potential to get uglier.

   ISIS/Iraq/Syria – A Euro/Mid-East coalition has formed to counter ISIL. A full-blown bombing mission has been undertaken, which stands to be ongoing. Psychologically, that stands to play well in America, which has been warned of future terrorist activity.  The possibility of a major war resulting must be considered.



    Big week for economic reports. For detailed analysis of both the U.S. and Foreign economies along with charts, go to Also included is an explanation of each indicator. If you want to know when the next Employment report or any other key report will be released that info is also there under “event release date.”


Personal Income/Outlays (8:30): Personal income rose 0.3 pct. in Aug. after a 0.2 pct rise in July.

Pending Home Sales  Ix. (10:00): Down 1.0 pct in Aug. vs 3.3 Pct. in July.

Dallas Fed Mfg. Ix. (10:30): Rose to 17.6 pct. in Sept. from 6.8 pct in Aug.


ICSC Goldman Store Sales (7:45): Sales dropped 0.2 pct. in Sept. 27 week vs. 4.1 pct. rise in the prior week.  Year/year up 3.6 pct.

S&P Case Shiller Home Prices (9:00):

Chicago PMI (9:45):

Consumer Confidence (10:00):

State Street Investor Confidence Ix. (10:00):


MBA Purchase/Refi Apps (7:00):

ADP Employment Rpt (8:15)

PMI Mfg. (9:45):

ISM Mfg. Ix. (10:00)

Construction Spend (10:00):


Jobless Claims (8:30):

Factory Orders (10:00):


Employment Situation (8:30):

Int’l Trade (8:30):

PMI services (9:45):

ISM Non- Mfg Ix. (10:00)



Sept. 18  DJIA  17,156  Will BIG Money Sell Into Strength ?

Sept. 19  DJIA  17,265  Alibaba Frenzy – a Sell Signal ?

Sept. 22  DJIA  17,279  Another Test for the Bulls

Sept. 23  DJIA  17,172  Rally Now Would Be Risky

Sept, 24  DJIA  17,055  Critical Crossroads for Money Managers

Sept. 25  DJIA  17,210  Back to Tug of War  – Bulls vs. Bears

Sept  26  DJIA  16,945  Moment of Truth for Market’s Direction

*Stock Trader’s Almanac

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