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Wednesday, October  8, 2014     9: 16 a.m.  BEFORE the OPEN

Wednesday, October  8, 2014     9: 16 a.m.  BEFORE the OPEN


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


   Yesterday, I indicated that a serious warning signal would be flashed if the market declined below DJIA: 16,795; S&P 500: 1,947; Nasdaq Comp.: 4,404.

   A warning signal has been flashed, the message being odds of more downside are vastly increased.

   While October’s rep is for pain, it has proved to be a month of opportunity spawning bull markets in 1974, 1987, 1990, 1998, and 2002, not to  mention many hefty market rallies within bull and bear markets.

   This bull market has defied a host of negatives since early March 2009.

It also benefitted from economic rebounds here and abroad and a sharp rebound in corporate earnings.

    Currently, new negatives are beginning to challenge a market selling close to the all-time highs of an S&P 500 that has appreciated 2003% bottom to top.

    The negatives are well known – ISIS, Ukraine, end of the Fed’s QE and uncertainty about interest rates.

    Newcomers on the block though are a softening in  economies abroad and the impact that a strong dollar stands to have on corporate earnings.

    The International Monetary Fund (IMF) cut its economic outlook for Japan, Brazil, and European countries. Germany’s industrial production is in a tailspin, and China’s growth is lagging. 

    Input from these countries was needed by the U.S. economy to extend future growth here.

    Q3 earnings are expected to increase 4.9% for the quarter, but that estimate is down from 7.8% in July according to a Bloomberg study.

    The Street is still in a quandary over what to expect after QE ends this month and when interest rates will increase.

    This uncertainty is causing increased volatility which one day favors the bulls, the next day favors the Bears.

    Small wonder Mark Twain railed on October as  a “peculiarly dangerous month to speculate in stocks,” though added the other 11 months to his list, as well.


    It looks like some major portfolio adjustments are underway now that Q4 has started.

    Support/resistance levels are more easily read in stable and at extremes in the market. Not so, when a market is dominated by uncertainty or  a news whipsaw.

    Based on what I see here, the Street hasn’t decided which way the market should go. It wants to buy, but is spooked by uncertainties referred to above.

    A rally failure here stands to result in a  spike below DJIA: 16,674; S&P 500: 1,926; Nasdaq Comp.: 4,367, providing nimble traders with a short-term opportunity.


Investor’s first readDaily edge before the open

DJIA: 16,719

S&P 500: 1,935

Nasdaq  Comp.:4,385

Russell 2000: 1,076



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 10/3 close: Resistance 17,009; Primary Support: 16,514; and Secondary Support: 16,267.

   NOTE: These calculations generally hold for longer periods of time, but need to be changed when the market is hit with excessive volatility.

   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.



    Light week for reports on the economy.  FOMC meeting, minutes released Wednesday, but no press conference. 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.”


ICSC Goldman Store Sales (7:45): Up 0.1 pct. in Oct. 4 week vs. drop if 0.2 pct. in the prior week. Yest/year is +3.9 pct.

JOLTS (10;00):  There were 4.835 million jobs open Aug. 31 vs. 4,605 million in Jly.

FOMC Meeting begins


MBA Purchase Apps/ Refi’s (7:00):

FOMC Minutes (2:00):  No Press Conference


Jobless Claims (8:30):

Wholesale Trade (10:00):


Import Export Prices (8;30):



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

Sept. 29  DJIA  17,113  Huge Test for Bulls Today

Sept. 30  DJIA  17,071  Big Move in Market  for Winner of Tug of W ar

Oct.  1    DJIA  17,042  October – Risk or Opportunity ?

Oct.  2    DJIA  16,804  October Opportunity But Angst in Interim

Oct.  3    DJIA  16,801  Rally Today Must Hold

Oct.  6    DJIA  17,009  Best Six Months for Owning Stocks Looms ?

*Stock Trader’s Almanac

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