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Tuesday,  August  5, 2014      9:13 a.m.  BEFORE the OPEN SUMMARY:     The market entered a correction mode last week and the bulls will

TuesdayAugust  5, 2014      9:13 a.m.  BEFORE the OPEN


    The market entered a correction mode last week and the bulls will have to make a strong stand this week to prevent  further downside.

    While a number of reasons have been given for last week’s 3.6% slide, angst about a rise in interest rates next year runs high on the list now that it appears the economy is gaining more traction than previously thought.

    Quarterly earnings going forward will have an impact, though the Street is still in the process of nailing those numbers down.

    At some point, the mid-term elections will enter the equation.


    What is happening now is “technical” an imbalance between bulls and bears with the latter calling the shots – for now.

    That can change, but it will take heavy buying at this point to reverse this correction, which has to find a comfort level where buyers are convinced stocks are irresistible buys.

     I have been expecting a sideways consolidation phase, even with a downside bias, one that extends into September/October.

     Yesterday’s bounce was token-technical, the real test starts today with another spike down. The bulls can stop it here with a one-day reversal, where the market recovers all its loss for the day and closes on a strong note.

     Support at DJIA 16,494 (S&P 500: 1927) must hold or a slide below 16,435 (S&P 500: 1,917) is likely.

     Resistance today is DJIA 16,657; S&P 500: 1,949; Nasdaq Comp.: 4,409.

Investor’s first readDaily edge before the open

DJIA: 16,569

S&P 500: 1,938

Nasdaq  Comp.:4,383 

Russell 2000:    1,124


THE FED:                               

    We will hear more cautionary  comments from the Fed going forward in an attempt to ease an interest rate hike when its reality hits early next year. The Fed does not want speculative fever to run rampant prior to the rate increase.

     The Fed’s “easing in” policy is bad news for those who want the feeding frenzy to continue unabated, but good news for investors who opt for  a more stable market and an inevitable crunch instead of crash.

     Along the same lines, Dallas Fed  President, Richard W. Fisher recently indicated the economy was getting significantly closer to “liftoff,” suggesting  to me and obviously others, that interest rates may rise sooner than expected.  Based on various projections that could be Q1 or early Q1.





    At key junctures, I technically analyze each of the 30 Dow industrials seeking a reasonable near-term support and a more extreme support leyel, as well as a short-term resistance level. By technically studying the balances of buying and selling in each stock, then converting that data back to the DJIA using the “divisor” (0.1557159) I can get a better reading on the average itself.  The DJIA is a price-weighted average and subject to distortion by higher priced issues.

     After yesterday’s crunch, Iran my analysis based on the July 31 closeand concluded the near-term upside for the DJIA is now 16,912, a  reasonable downside from here is 16,290 and more extended downside risk to 15,960.

    Note: My daily support/resistance  levels are more short-term oriented



    The economic report schedule is heavy this week with a good balance between housing, service, production and employment

      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.”


Gallup U.S. Consumer spending Measure (8:30): July daily spending was $94 vs. $91 in June.

ICSC Goldman Store Sales (7:45): Same store sales were up 0.2 pct. in the Aug 2 week vs the prior week.  Year/year is at a +4.5 pct. rate.

PMI Services. Ix. (9:45):

Factory Orders (10:00):

ISM Non- Mfg Ix. (10:00):

Global Composite PMI (11:00):


MBA Purchase App (7:00):

Int’l Trade (8:30):


Jobless Claims (8:30):

Consumer Credit (3:00):


Productivity/Costs (8:30);

Wholesale Trade (10:00):



July 22   DJIA   17,051  Significance of Yellen’s Warning

July 23   DJIA   17,086  Feeding Frenzy in Low-Priced Stocks Imminent ?

July 24   DJIA   17, 113 Taper’s End Fully Discounted – 2015 Interest Rates Not

July 25   DJIA   17,083  Is Market Action Setting Stage for a Leg Up ?

July 28   DJIA   17,960  Big Week – Economic Reports/Q2 Earnings

July 29   DJIA   16,982  Quite Before the Storm ?

July 30   DJIA   16,912  Market on the Verge of Big Move ?

July 31   DJIA   16,880  Huge Test for Bulls

Aug.  1    DJIA  16,563  False Alarm, or ………

Aug.  4   DJIA   16,493  Trader’s Buy, but Risks are High.

*I use intraday prices

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