Bulls to be Tested Today

George Brooks |
Tuesday,  September  9 , 2014     9:08 a.m.  BEFORE the OPEN
 
SUMMARY: 
 
   The jury is still out on which way this market is headed in coming weeks.  Friday’s market action suggested underlying strength, but there was no follow through yesterday.
    Money managers seem content with nibbling, but not with buying aggressively in face of uncertainties in the Ukraine and Iraq/Syria. The mid-term elections are only  eight weeks away, and will become more and more important in coming weeks.
   Then too, the Street will want to see if the ending of the Fed’s QE in October has any adverse effect on the economy, and will want to gain a better read on when to expect an increase in interest rates.
    There are enough uncertainties to prompt some selling here, or at least to discourage buying.
    But, all that may be trumped by the Street’s outlook for earnings over the next six-to-nine months. Its outlook is the potential source of another surge in stock prices.    
TODAY:
    For weeks, I have been wary of a September/October correction, but have accepted the potential for a burst of  strength before that.    The market has been trading in a narrow range for 10 days with the S&P 500 hovering a bit above and below the 2,000 level.
Support today is DJIA: 17,093; S&P 500: 1,999; Nasdaq Comp.4,584:
Resistance today is DJIA: 17,137; S&P 500: 2,005; Nasdaq Comp.: 4,598
    Both support and resistance levels here are tight and can be broken quickly, it depends on how this market resolves the tug of war underway over the last  10 days. There is the potential for a 200 – 300 point move in the DJIA here
Investor’s first read – Daily edge before the open
DJIA: 17,111
S&P 500: 2,001
Nasdaq  Comp.:  4,592 
Russell 2000: 1,172
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WHAT ARE THE ODDS OF A BIG CORRECTION OF  8% -12% ?
   Last Friday’s market action increases the likelihood of another surge in stock prices, prior to any decline of significance.
  While the rise in stock prices wasn’t great, the market action of the stocks I reviewed showed a distinct improvement. 
   I have expected a correction in September/October, one that could become significant if news deteriorates in the interim.
   A major correction isn’t factored into many of the Street’s scenarios.  After all the economy is gaining traction, and the Fed  isn’t expected to raise interest rates until mid-2015.
   Outlooks can change quickly, doubts and uncertainties can snowball. Careful !
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EUROPEAN CENTRAL BANK’S ECONOMIC STIMULUS
A surprise economic stimulus move by the European Central Bank (ECB) is driving the euro down sharply. The ECB  cut its refinancing rate, reduced its deposit facility rate , lowered its lending facility, and initiated the purchase of euro-denominated covered bonds  in an effort to jolt European economies out of lethargy. While the U.S. economy continues to inch forward, it could use help from abroad.
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INTERNATIONAL TENSIONS:
   Ukraine/Russia – quiet for now, but has the potential to get uglier.
   ISIS/Iraq/Syria – Euro/Mid-East coalition forming to counter ISIS’s territory and influence quest.
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TECHNICAL ANALYSIS OF EACH OF THE 30 DOW INDUSTRIALS (9/5)  At key junctures, I technically analyze each of the 30 Dow industrials, then using the Dow’s “divisor” convert these results back into the DJIA. I seek a near-term resistance level and a primary and secondary support level.
   As of Aug 29, the near-term resistance level is 17,318; the primary support is 16,990 and secondary support is 16,912.
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INTEREST RATES: On numerous occasions, I have reminded readers that stock prices can rise along with interest rates, but to a point where higher rates draw money away from stocks to bonds and where higher rates adversely impact the economy. Realistically, that point must be a lot higher than the zero-based interest rates existing today. I conceded that the stock market would take a brief hit when a move to higher rates was perceived by the Street, but stabilize before moving higher.
   A recent study by Andrew Garthwaite, chief equity strategist for Credit Suisse concludes just that. Since 1977, he found the S&P 500 peaked no earlier than four months prior to the Fed’s first rate increase, but gained as much as 4 percent in the six months after the first increase. He notes, that while rate rises have increased volatility in the stock market, they did not mark the end of the bull market.
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THIS WEEK’s ECONOMIC REPORTS:
    Very light week for reports.  For detailed analysis of both the U.S. and Foreign economies along with charts, go to www.mam.econoday.com. 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.”
TUESDAY:
NFIB Business Optimism Ix. (7:30):
ICSC Goldman Chain Store Sales (7:45):
JOLTS – Job Openings/Labor Turnover (10:00):
WEDNESDAY:
MBA Mortgage Purchase Apps (7:00):
Wholesale Trade (10:00):
THURSDAY:
Jobless Claims (8:30):
FRIDAY:
Retail Sales (8:30):
Import/Export Prices (8:30):
Consumer Sentiment (9:55):
Business Inventories (10:00):
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RECENT POSTS:
Aug  26  DJIA   17,076  Bull/Bear Tug of War at S&P 2000 Level
Aug  27  DJIA   17,106  Market poised for Sharp Move
Aug  28  DJIA   17, 122 2,000 on S&P 500 – Floor or Ceiling ?
Aug 29   DJIA   17, 079 How Long Will Bulls Prop the Market ?
Sept.  2   DJIA  17,098  What are Odds of a Big Correction of 8% - 12% ?
Sept.  3   DJIA  17,067  Breakout and Run – Followed by a Crunch
Sept. 4    DJIA  17,078  Bulls “Must” Take Charge NOW
Sept. 5    DJIA  17,069  Market to Tip Its Hand Today
A Game-On Analysis,  LLC publication
George  Brooks
“Investor’s first read – a daily edge before the open”
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