Monday's Market Action - a Signal?

George Brooks |


   Obviously, the big question now is whether the softness in the housing industry and parts of the economy is weather-related, or an internal deterioration in the economy.

   The action in the housing stocks and overall stock market are upbeat suggesting this winter stuff will pass and the economy will gain traction when warmer weather breaks out.

   What more confirmation do you need than the weather has been so horrendous the National Weather Service has developed its “Accumulated Winter Season Severity Index” to track the severity of winters going forward.

    Just to be safe,  investors should get ready for an abrupt change in consumer and investor sentiments when warmer weather breaks out.  The BIG money won’t wait for the winter ice to thaw. If it sees a little daylight it will pounce.


Supportis DJIA: 16,147 (S&P 500:1,842). Breaking that the next support is DJIA: 16,105 (S&P 500: 1,837)

Resistancestarts at DJIA: 16,239 (S&P 500:1,851).

Investor’s first reada daily edge before the open

DJIA:  16,179

S&P 500:  1,845

Nasdaq  Comp.: 4,287

Russell 2000: 1,173

Wednesday, February 26, 2014, 2014   9:13 a.m.



   Housing stocks responded positively last week to bad news, including the

 Housing Market Index, MBA Purchase Apps, and Housing Starts and Existing Home Sales.

   Existing Home Sales were reported Friday, showing a January drop of 7.1% in the Midwest and a 3.1% drop in the Northeast, both hammered by winter storms.  However, weather cannot be blamed  for the 7.3% drop in existing home sales in California.

   After a week of lousy data, the housing stocks  failed to tank. The consensus blames bad weather for at least a good part of the bad news. The ability of housing stocks to hang tough, even rally Friday bodes well for the industry and the economy which is dependent on this critical sector for its momentum going forward.  

      Today, we got the MBA Purchase Apps for the shortened week of 2/21, they were down 4.0%, refi’s were off 11%. New Home Sales come today at 10:00a.m. and Pending Home Sales at 10:00 Friday.

  The following housing stocks were included here to track  the impact of ugly industry data which could be skewed by adverse weather conditions in the Midwest and Northeast.

   If the stocks hold up well in face of expected horrendous data, it could  indicate the Street believes the slump is temporary.If true, this would be good news for the economy as a whole, since  housing is critical to the extension of the economic recovery.

Beazer Homes(BZH: 2/14/14 - $21.26): Turning up after dropping from  a January high of $25.34  Tuesday close: $22,30

 PulteCorp (PHM: 2/14/14 -$20.02): Solid Friday performance, extending recovery from an August low of $14.23.  Tuesday close: $20.68

Toll Brothers (TOL: 2/14/14 - $37.79): High volume breakout Friday from consolidation after  basing out between April and October in the $30 area. Tuesday close: $38.25

KB Homes(KBH: 2/14/14 - $19.03):Grinding out a recovery within a consolidation after Mid-December bottom.  Tuesday close: $19.56

DR Horton(DHI: 2/14/14 - $23.62): Recovering from a September – November base at $18 after a drop from its May, 52-week high of $27.45. Tuesday close: $24.14



A  BEST SIX MONTHS to own stocks – No more corrections ???

   Over the years, the Stock Trader’s Almanac* has expounded on its significant finding that the stock market performs better  between November 1 and May 1 than between May 1 and November 1.

   The Almanac’s  “Best Six” goes back to 1950..  The six months is a snapshot between November and May.  Many major market advances often start before November, but the point made  here is the period between fall and May is where the action is.

  The six months between November 1 and May 1, have consistently outperformed the six months between May 1 and November 1

   Is this going to be another “BEST six months to own stocks ? .   So far, the DJIA is ahead  5.6% since October 31, 2013 even with a 7% correction in the interim. 

   Over of the last 25 years, Nov.1 to May 1, have produced 19 up-years, 3 flats and 3 downers. The best years averaged gains of 11.8% with the best year up 25.6% (1998 – 1999).

   With the market off to a great start in October , it looked like  a BEST six months was a no-brainer. This concerned me, since my research indicated that

prior to the January –February correction, I warned over the last 25 years, there have been 14 corrections ranging between 6% and  16% during this November1  to May1 period. Seven of those started in January, two in December and four in February.

  We have had one correction so far since October 31, another correction is possible, but unlikely. 

   Over the last 25 years, only two corrections occurred during the November 1 to May1 six months.  In 2002 there was a 6.2% correction in January and a 6.5% correction in March/April.  In 2003, there was a 7.0% correction in Nov. 2002/December 2002 and  a 12.9% correction in January/March of 2003.



As January goes, so goes the stock market for the year, according to the January Barometer (JB).* The 3.6% drop in the S&P 500 in January suggests a very challenging year for investors and clearly not as rewarding as 2013 when the S&P 500 rose 29% after a 5.8% rise in the preceding January.

   The JB boasts an 89% accuracy rate over the years with most of its misses explained by unpredictable events, such as war and  extreme bull/bear turning points.

   The rationale for the JB  having predictable value is that a new year is accompanied by year-end and new year portfolio adjustments and decisions based on  projections for the year ahead. It is also a time when institutions receive a lot of new money that must be put to work.

So far in 2014, the S&P 500 is unchanged. However, since January 31, its up 3.6%.  Conclusion: As a barometer, it still suggests a  challenging year for both bulls and bears.




The economic calendar  is loaded this week with both economic and housing reports.

For detailed analysis of both the U.S. and Foreign economies along with charts, go 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.”


Chicago Fed. Nat’l Activity Ix.(8:30) Plunged in Jan.  to a minus 0.39 from a minus 0.03 (revised) in Dec.

PMI Services Flash (8:58) Dropped sharply in Feb. to 52.7 from 56.7. Weather blamed.

Dallas Fed Mfg.(10:30)Unchanged in Jan. but better than projections at 2.5.


FHFA House Price Ix. (9:00): Dec. was up 0.8 pct. vs. 0.1 pct. increase Nov.

S&P Case-Shiller Home Price Ix.(9:00): Increased 0,6 pct. in Dec. vs.  0,9 pct. increase Nov.

Consumer Confidence (10:00): Feb down 1.3 points to 78.1, however Present Situation was up 4.41 points to 81.7

Richmond Fed. Mfg. Ix.(10:00): Feb. slipped to minus 6 from a plus 12

State Street Investor Confidence Ix.(10:00): Confidence among institutional investors rose sharply in Feb. To 123.0 from 114.7 in Jan..


MBA Purchase Apps.(7:00)

New Home Sales (10:00)


Durable Goods Orders(9:30)

Jobless Claims (8:30)

Bloomberg Consumer Confidence Ix.(9:45)

Fed chief Yellen speaks (10:00)

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


GDP – second est. Q4 (8:30)

Chicago PMI (9:45)

Consumer Sentiment (9:55)

Pending Home Sales(10:00)




Feb 4    DJIA 15, 372  A Rally !  How Far ?

Feb 5    DJIA  15,445  Slower Economy to Delay Further Fed Taper ?

Feb 6    DJIA  15,440 Will BIG Money Step In or Step Aside ?

Feb 7    DJIA  15,628  Easy Does It – Rally Failure Possible

Feb 10  DJIA  15,794  Critical Week for Bulls

Feb 11  DJIA  15, 801 Market Crossroads – Up ? or Down ?

Feb 12  DJIA  15,994  Bulls in Charge, but……….

Feb 13  DJIA  15,963 Suddenly, Concern for the Economy

Feb 14  DJIA  16,027 Buyers Panicking ?

Feb 18  DJIA 16,154  A Brief Pause or More Upside ?

Feb 19  DJIA 16,130  Can Market Shake Off Ugly Housing Data ?

Feb 20  DJIA 16,040 Winter Slump – Spring Rebound ?

Feb 21  DJIA 16,133 Housing Hanging Tough – a Harbinger ?

Feb 24  DJIA 16,103 Bull Market – the Pressure to Act

Feb 25  DJIA 16,207 Rally Failure – or Start of Another Up Leg ?

  George  Brooks

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