On December 18, the FOMC will announce its decision to taper or not taper.
The Street has been down this road with the Fed numerous times over the last six months, not to mention the many times it responded negatively to any economic report that was good enough to suggest the Fed could begin tapering.
Bad news was seen by the QE-addicted Street as good news, because it suggested taper out of QE was not imminent.
Employment, production and housing news this week has been upbeat.
The Employment Situation report was released this morning at 8:30 and it beat expectations by a wide margin. November Nonfarm payrolls increased 203,000, Private Sector jobs were 196,000 and the Unemployment Rate dropped to 7.0% from 7.3%.
These are the kind of numbers that will enable the Fed to justify taper, THE BIG QUESTION IS WILL IT DO IT IN DECEMBER ?
After some hesitation following the report, the futures exploded on the upside.
Indicating a strong rebound in the market. While the numbers this week were good, the market is telling us they are not good enough to justify a December taper.
At some point the Fed will taper and do so because the economic numbers are showing accelerating growth, and you know what ? An extension of the economic recovery can’t really be all that bad, can it ?
It is imperative that the economy pick up steam to justify stock prices at this level. The S&P 500 trades at a P/E 20% above norm with most of this year’s 25% increase coming from an expansion of P/E, not earnings growth.
Looks like the Street thinks it is getting it both ways – no Fed taper, but an improving economy, hmmm.
The DJIA should touch 16, 025 (S&P 500: 1,808) intraday. No room here for the bulls for a rally failure where the market gives back most of its gain for the day.
Be careful not to reach for stocks that are marked up at the open.
Investor’s first read– a daily edge before the open
S&P 500: 1,785
Russell 2000: 1,122
Friday, Dec. 6, 2013
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TIMING – OPPORTUNITY STOCKS
The following are based on technical analysis only and are not to be taken as buy or sell recommendations, but as one of many factors that must be considered in the decision process. Comments do not take into consideration earnings reports, or changes in institutional ratings, company guidance. Technical analysis is based on one’s interpretation of the impact buying and selling have on the price of a stock and is therefore not an exact science. News and events can change an interpretation instantly.
Apple (AAPL: $567.90) Positive.
Big News out of China as AAPL iPhone is cleared for marketing to its 759 million subscribers. $600 ? Sellers used the news to take profits when stock crossed $572 yesterday, which is its current resistance. Support is $564.
Facebook (FB:48.34) Positive
No change:Needed a move across $48 to validate recent bottom and set the stage for a renewed up move and got it yesterday. Stock can now start working its way up to the low 50s, though it will encounter sellers along the way, especially profit-takers who bought it before its breakout at $27 in late July.
IBM (IBM: $176.08) Neutral/Negative
IBM is still struggling with an irregular base. Overhead supply between $178 and $181 is very formidable. Without serious buying, IBM will test 52-week low of $172.16. Breaking that takes IBM to $158 – $162.
Pulte Homes (PHM: $17.99) Positive
While PHM got a big boost from Fed Vice-Chair Janet Yellen’s assurance the Fed will continue to accommodate the economic recovery and especially housing, the industry must now demonstrate it can gain traction. That may be in the works with the big jump in October’s New Home Sales. PHM should attract buyers in this area. if housing is a “go.” Near-term risk is $17.25.
First Solar (FSLR:59.78) Positive
Looks like year-end profit-taking with sellers using Wednesday’s strength to sell. FSLR can swing 2 – 3 points intraday. Resistance is $61, Support is $59.50.
Nike (NKE:$78.95) “the inchworm” Positive
No change:Some profit-taking showed up in recent days. Support is $78.25. Crossing $79.25 improves its pattern and sets the stage for higher prices.
Hewlett-Packard (HPQ: $27.25) Positive.
No follow through to Wednesday breakout re-sets support and resistance levels. Very similar to the mid-November reversal which stabilized. Support now is $26.30, resistance $27.60.
Polaris Inds. (PII:135.13) Positive
Yesterday’s market action was bullish suggesting a move across $135 and possibly a new 52 week high above $137.
Amazon (AMZN: $384.49) Positive
Needs a move across $390 to renew uptrend. Support $382.
Pandora Media (P:29.36) Positive.
Sellers used yesterday’s rally to sell. This volatility is typical of Pandora’s trading. This is also characteristic of year-end action. Support is $28.50. Resistance is $30.
THE ECONOMY: HUGE !
Prior to Vice Chair Janet Yellen’s Senate Banking Committee confirmation hearing last week, there was a concern for an early taper. Her testimony seemed to assure the Street that the Fed will continue to accommodate the economic recovery if she becomes chairman.
But the Street is once again worried about an early Fed taper, and this week’s economic reports may just raise its concerns to a higher level.
For detailed analysis of both the U.S. and Foreign economies along with charts, go towww.mam.econoday.com. 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.” HOWEVER: this site will not post data and charts for the Thanksgiving Day week electing to take a week off. The calendar below is current.
PMI Mfg. Ix. (8:58) November index rose to 54.7 from 51.4 October
ISM Mfg. Ix. (10:00) Index rose to 57.3 from 56.4
Construction Spend (10:00) Overall spending in October was up 0.8 pct vs. gain of 0.3% September. Data may be affected by the shutdown
ICSC Goldman Store Sales ((7:45) Down 2.8 pct. for week 11/30
ADP Employment (8:15) 215,000 private sector jobs were added in November, well above forecasts for 170,000.
International Trade (8:30)October trade gap improved due to rising exports. The gap narrowed to $40.6 billion from $43.0 billion
New Home Sales (10:00) Two reports yesterday due to shutdown delays. September New Home Sales dropped 6.6 pct., however, October sales jumped 25.4 pct.
ISM Non- Mfg. Ix. (10:00) The index slipped to 53.9 in November from 55.4.
Fed Beige Book (2:00)
GDP (8:30) Q3 up 3.6 pct, but inflated by estimates for inventory growth
Jobless Claims (8:30) Down 23,000 week ended Nov. 30.
Factory Orders (10:00)Down 0.9 pct. October. Ex transport – flat
Employment Situation (8:30)
Consumer Sentiment (9:55)
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