Investors Beating the Bullish Tune

George Brooks  |

Investor's first read--Brooksie's edge before the open

Friday, Feb, 3, 2012, 9:24 a.m.

DJIA: 12,705,41     S&P 500:  1325,54

I started off this week with an alert to a positive impact from 16 economic indicators that were to be reported, but warned that a drop of 100 Dow points would have to happen first. We didn’t have to wait for the 100-point decline, it came in early trading.  We didn’t have to wait long for a rally, either.


Without a major jolt from abroad, I see 13,000 written all over the DJIA by Tuesday. I don’t like annual forecasts, I don’t think anyone is prescient enough to call shots over a period when any number of global crises can change the game.

We have the potential here for a real hummer, as sideline sitters come in to play and all that money parked in safe places comes out of hiding. (Check headlines below)


  • Personal Income and Outlays (8:30 a.m.): Grew at a slower rate in Nov. vs. Sept.


  • ICSC Goldman Store Sales (7:46 a.m): Accounts for 10% total retail sales.
  • Employment Cost Index (8:30 a.m.): Broadest measure of labor costs.
  • S&P Case-Shiller Home Prices (9 a.m.): Tracks monthly changes in 20 met districts. May provide small clue to housing recovery.
  • Chicago PMI (9:45 a.m.): Regional business conditions (mfg and non-mfg) Slight firming from October to November.
  • Consumer Confidence (10 a.m.): Survey of consumer attitudes go big bump in December.


  • Motor Vehicle Sales (early): Big ticket items in industry with widespread impact.
  • MBA Purchase Applications (7 a.m.): Measures actions and confidence to take those actions.
  • ADP Employment (8:15 a.m.): Includes private hires, not government. Has been upbeat.
  • ISM Manufacturing Index (10 a.m.): Broadly based survey of 300 manufacturers
  • Construction Spending (10 a.m.): Jumped 1.2% in Nov. after a 0.2% drop in October includes both single family houses and multi-family, the latter may be slowing.


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  • Chain Store Sales (early): Monthly volumes of a big cross section.
  • Jobless Claims (8:30 a.m.): Overall trend down with drop of 21,000 for week ending Jan.21.
  • Productivity  and Costs (8:30 a.m.): Stabilizing after early surge in 2011.
  • Employment Situation (8:30 a.m.): A jump of 200,000 in December came on top of a jump of 100,000 in November.
  • Factory Orders (10 a.m.): Basically flat over the past six months. Though October, the indicator was down 0.4%.
  • ISM Non-Mfg Index (10 a.m.): Survey of 375 n

Recent blog headlines:

Jan. 17 DJIA: 12,422   "Market Defying S&P Downgrade – But Rally Must Hold"
Jan. 18 DJIA: 12,482    "World Bank Forecast to Test Bull’s Resolve"
Jan 19 DJIA: 12,578 "What Happens If All That Money Parked in a “Safe” Haven Pours Into Stocks?"
Jan 20 DJIA: 12,623 "Two European Meetings Next Week to Set Tone of the Market"
Jan 23 DJIA: 12,720 "Europeans Seeking Long-Term Economic Cure"
Jan 25 DJIA: 12,675 "Consolidation, Correction Likely though US Stocks Hold Strong Against EU Turmoil"
Jan. 26 DJIA: 12,756 "Fed Would Raise Interest Rates If Inflation Picks Up"
Jan. 27 DJIA: 12,734 "Warning! Tradable Market Action Lies in Waiting"
Jan. 30 DJIA: 12,660 "“HUGE” Week for Economic Indicators"
Jan. 31 DJIA: 12,653  "All That Is Needed Is a Spark"
Feb. 1   DJIA: 12,632 "Week’s Economic Reports Could Be The Springboard"

George  Brooks


**National Journal


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