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Tuesday, October  21, 2014  9:02 a.m. BEFORE the OPEN

Tuesday, October  21, 2014  9:02 a.m. BEFORE the OPEN


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


    While there are serious negatives overhanging this market ( Europe, Russia, ISIS, Ebola), it looks like the major swing factor is the Fed and Q3 earnings plus future expectations.

    We will know next week (Oct. 29) whether the Fed plans to extend bond purchases in light of weakness in Europe’s economy.

    So far, the Street likes Q3 earnings, as the market climbs back out of the September/October 9.9% correction.

    Two questions apply here: One, will the Fed extend bond purchases, if not will that decision adversely impact the market?

    Two, will the BIG money sell into the current rise in stock prices if it sees trouble ahead?


    IBM’s loss of 12.95 points yesterday cost the DJIA 83 points, due to the fact the average is price-weighted, enabling big changes in one or a few of its 30 stocks to impact the average.

    The first major level of resistance is DJIA 16,600; S&P 500: 1,926; Nasdaq Comp.: 4,365, but the real hurdle would be in the area of DJIA 17,000; S&P 500:1,970; Nasdaq Comp.: 4,525.

    Currently, this is a rally after a correction and should run into sellers as it moves up, adding risk to new buying.

    But, the negative news cycle can swing positive, just as quickly as it swung negative. The march of the Islamic State could hit a wall, the fear of Ebola could wane, deflation fear prove unjustified, and Europe’s economic woes take a turn for the better.

    Any one, or a few of these negatives could worsen, turning stocks downward. A lot will be learned from the intensity of this technical rebound and how well it chews away at overhead supply as it moves up.

    If the BIG money wants out, it will be lying in wait at slightly higher prices. If it doesn’t, the “Best Six Months”** for owning stocks (Nov. 1 to May 1) will kick in late this month of in November with an extension of this bull market and increased speculative fever.


Investor’s first readDaily edge before the open

DJIA: 16,399

S&P 500:  1,904                               

Nasdaq  Comp.: 4,316

Russell 2000: 1,094



    Last  week, James Bullard, a non-voting Fed official, stepped in suggesting bond purchases could be extended which would be huge if ultimately true. When? There is  no press conference scheduled after its FOMC meeting next week, Oct. 28.* If they schedule one, odds strongly favor a special announcement indicating if it plans to extend bond purchases, which would be a tipoff. If the Fed is going to do this it will have to this month or in December, since there is no meeting scheduled for November.



    A One-third retracement of the five and a half year bull market would take the DJIA down  to 13,714 (S&P 500: 1,568) and it can get there in face of the right negatives. A one-third retracement of any major move is not out of the question., just not the norm.



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 10/8 close: Resistance 16,735; Primary Support: 15,894; and Secondary Support:15,290.

   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 good possibility of a major war resulting must be considered.



     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):

Existing Home Sales (10:00):


MBA Purchase Apps/Refis (7:00)

Consumer Price Ix (8:30):


Jobless Claims: 8:30):

Chicago Fed Nat’l Activity Ix (8:30):

FHFA House Prices (9:00):

PMI Mfg Ix. (9:45):

Leading Economic Inds. (10:00):

Kansas City Fed Mfg Ix. (11:00):


New Home Sales (10:00):



Oct. 8     DJIA  16,719  Extreme Volatility = Risk, but Opportunity

Oct. 9     DJIA  16,994  Bad News is Good News ?  Pure Insanity ! 

Oct. 10   DJIA  16,544  Last Man Standing – Bear – or Bull ?

Oct. 13   DJIA  16,544  A Dangerous Rally – Dow 16,000 this Week ?

Oct. 14   DJIA  16,321  Technical Bounce  – Easy Does It !

Oct. 15   DJIA  16,315  Risk: DJIA 14,666 (-1,655 pts.) by Oct 31

Oct. 16   DJIA  16,141  Rally Today Off Wednesday Lows Risky

Oct. 17   DJIA  16,117  What If the Fed Doesn’t Delay Taper ?

Oct. 20   DJIA 16,380   Critical Week for Bulls

*Note: Correction: There “is” an FOMC meeting next week Oct. 28-29, there just isn’t a  press conference “scheduled” to accompany it (yet).

** Stock Trader’s Almanac

George  Brooks

A Game-On Analysis,  LL

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