Buying Time for Market Clarity

George Brooks |

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Tuesday, April 10, 2012        9:08 a.m. ET

DJIA: 12,929.59    S&P 500:   1382.20

TODAY:  Yesterday’s market probed  my support levels of DJIA:12,914 and S&P 500: 1381  for the second time in two days, rebounded unimpressively, then started to sell off at the close. I said I didn’t think that level would hold, that the market would drop further to DJIA 12,795 (S&P 500: 1369).

What we have here is two new negatives and one uncertainty. A very disappointing Employment Situation report Friday and an increasing concern for Spain’s  survivability, have combined to send investors to the sidelines and trigger selling. Q1 earnings, the uncertainty,  will start to be reported today and at this point  the Street doesn’t appear to know what to expect.

This means that the market will have to probe lower until these two negatives and one uncertainty are discounted, or until we get some clarification.

There are  no major economic reports scheduled  this week, so we can’t expect help there. The magnitude of  Spain’s problems are still not clearly defined, but the fact it is the euro-area’s 4th largest economy demands respect.

Iran has agreed to re-enter negotiations, so that is not a problem now, and it may prove to be a positive insofar as the rise in oil prices is concerned and worries about a military confrontation.

What is needed is “time” to ascertain if the Employment Situation report was an aberration, that the European Community can head off a Spanish meltdown and of course whether Q1 earnings are better or worse than projected.

Whether job growth rebounds or remains disappointing throughout the year is debatable. Analysts at  Bank of America (BAC) see it running closer to 100,000 new hires each month, analysts at JP MorganChase (JPM) and Deutsche Bank (DB) see it closer to 200,000 per month.

 

ECONOMIC REPORTS this week:

TUESDAY:

ICSC Goldman Store Sales (7:45)

Wholesale Trade (10 a.m.) U.S. Treasury budget showed a February budget deficit of $231.7 billion. As a result of increased corporate income taxes and reduced interest payments, the deficit is running 3.3% below a year ago.

WEDNESDAY:

Import/Export Prices (8:30) jumped 0.4% in February due to higher oil prices which were up 1.8% in February alone, 18.4% year over year.

Beige Book (2 p.m.)

THURSDAY:

Jobless Claims (8:30) Declined 6,000 for  the March 31 week to 357,000 bringing the four-week moving average down 4,250 to 361,750.

International Trade (8:30)The international trade gap expanded in January to 52.6 billiom from $50.4 billion in December. The increase in the gap was accounted for by a widened deficit in petroleum goods.

Producer Price Index (8:30) Surged in February 0.4% powered by a 1.3% spike in energy. Core PPI was off 0.2%.

FRIDAY:

Consumer Price Index (8;30)Jumped 0.4% after a 0.2% gain in January. Excluding food and energy, it was up 0.1%.Gas prices were up 6.0%, food prices flat.

Consumer Sentiment (9:55 a.m.) The Reuter’s Univ, of Michigan Consumer Sentiment  Index for March rose to 76.2 vs.75.3

 

 

MONDAY: 

RECENT POSTS:

Mar.13 DJIA:   12,959  “ Threshold of a Big Move ?”

Mar.13 DJIA:   12,959  “Market Ready for a Big Move”

Mar. 14 DJIA: 13,177   “Money Ready to Flee Safe Havens in Search of Stocks”

Mar 15  DJIA  13,194  “Safe Haven Investors Ready to Bolt ?”

Mar. 16 DJIA: 13,252  “A Little Inflation Can’t Hurt”

Mar.19, DJIA  13,232  “ BIG Week for Housing”

Mar.20  DJIA 13,239  “ Market Treading Water as Pols Gird for Warfare”

Mar 21  DJIA: 13,170  “Has Long-Term Bond Market Topped Out ?”

Mar.22  DJIA  13,124   “Euro/China Slowdown Concerns – Just Another Stone in the Wall of Worry ?”

Mar.23  DJIA: 13,046   “Inflation Worries Premature”

Mar. 26 DJIA  13,080   “Buyers on Dips”

Mar.27  DJIA: 13,241   “Bullish Fever Starting to Pick Up Steam”

Mar.28  DJIA  13,197   “Wealth Effect Improving”

Mar.29  DJIA: 13,126   “Big Bounce Today”

Mar.30  DJIA   13,145  “Bulls Still Have the Ball”

Apr. 2    DJIA  13,212  “Corporate Earnings to Take Center Stage”

Apr. 3   DJIA:13,264    “U.S. Economy Regaining Global Leadership”

Apr. 4   DJIA  13,199   “It’s Not the Fed – Market Concerned About Coming Earnings

Apr. 5   DJIA  13.074   “ Uncertainty Over Pending Earnings Reports”

Apr. 9   DJIA  13,060   “ New Negatives + Uncertainty of Earnings Reports”

George  Brooks

 

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