Can a Greek Deal Be Accomplished Over the Weekend?

George Brooks  |

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Friday, February 10, 2012

DJIA: 12,890.46     S&P 500: 1351.96

News out of  Europe  before the market opened yesterday had global markets humming, but the celebration was short-lived, no such deal had been reached, which explains  a modest gain in the DJIA, S&P, etc.

This should come as no surprise; a “deal” will most likely be taken down to the  wire. Greek leaders must  sell the deal to its people and that means fighting  harsh austerity measures to the hilt before giving in.

The Greek government must pass the latest austerity package into law and identify additional 325 million euros of spending cuts before the euro-area countries endorse a second bailout. Additionally, Greece must meet a 14.5 billion euro bond payment by March 20. A deal must be reached in coming days to enable the bailout money to be processed in time to meet the bond deadline.

CONCLUSION:  Odds favor a deal will be reached, and common sense says the euro-area countries and banking community are prepared for the fallout if a deal is not reached to avoid a meltdown.

I can’t see anything happening before Monday so today should be a downer, especially since the stock market has had an uninterrupted run since mid-December.

I can see a drop to DJIA 12,735 (S&P 500: 1330) by today’s close, as buyers retreat to the sidelines and others raise some cash  in face of uncertainty. Expect a mid-day rally but sell off in the last hour.



  • ICSC Goldman Store Sales (7:45 a.m.) by major retailers which account for 10% of total store sales.
  • Consumer Credit (3:00 p.m.) –Consumer credit jumped $20.4 billion November.


  • MBA Purchase Applications (7: 00 a.m.)as a measure of applications at mortgage bankers, this index provides leading indicator of single family home sales and housing construction.


  • Jobless Claims (8:30 a,m.) Initial claims dropped 12,000 for the week ending Jan. 28 to 367,000.  Obviously “down: is good.
  • Wholesale Trade (10:00a.m.) – slowed to 1 0.1 percent gain, Inventory/sales ratio holding at 1.15.


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  • International Trade (8:30 a.m.) Trade gap widened in Nov. due to jump in oil imports and dip in exports. The index is comprised of merchandise and services
  • Consumer Sentiment (9:55 a.m.) Rose  in the final week of January, Sentiments have been soaring since July.

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George  Brooks


**National Journal


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