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Potential For The Debt Ceiling Deadline to Be Breached

I   believe  the best buys occur when stock prices cross down past  the “ouch” point en route to the “I can’t stand it anymore point” where the

I   believe  the best buys occur when stock prices cross down past  the “ouch” point en route to the “I can’t stand it anymore point” where the last thing distraught investors want to do is buy stocks.

   We may get one of those in coming weeks, the crux of my Sept. 20 post, “Raise Cash For October Opportunity.”

    We will see efforts to end the shutdown, but what concerns me  much more is the potential for a snowballing selling panic  as the deadline for raising the nation’s debt ceiling, currently pegged at October 17, approaches.

   Right now, the Street assumes this crisis isn’t anything to worry about, after all there have been more than 72 debt ceiling increases since 1962 without default.

  But  with divisions in Congress never as wide since the Civil War, there is a chance  the  deadline will be missed.

   While the Treasury will likely  come up with  “an out” if the deadline is missed, investors won’t know that until it is announced.


Washington governs by crisis, I see no reason for that to be different this time around, especially this time.

   Expect a “news  whipsaw” to dominate price action.  News of a proposal to end the shutdown, even avert a default will surface almost daily, and they will be rejected by one side or the other, with rallies and plunges in stock prices whipsawing investors who trying to get on the right of the market.

   I view rallies as suspicious, expecting  ugliness in Washington and the stock market to worsen in coming days with  the odds of the debt ceiling deadline to be breached for the first time in our nation’s history.

Investor’s first readan edge before the open

DJIA:  15.191

S&P 500: 1,695

Nasdaq  Comp.3,817

Russell 2000:  1.087

Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013     (9:16 a.m.)


   I am streamlining this format in order to include more stocks.

The following are observations based solely on technical analysis and don’t give consideration to fundamentals or changes in brokerage ratings, earnings guidance/projections, breaking news,  which can  have an immediate impact on stocks, justified or not.  The object here is to sense forces of supply and demand for the stock which affect support and resistance levels frequently.

These are not  buy or sell recommendations, and are not stocks I have recommended.


Note:  Currently, there is the potential for sharp moves in stocks in response to developments in Washington. Under these conditions, support/resistance levels are especially suspect.

I have added a “debt ceiling crisis” risk level for each stock, a price where these stocks could drop to if the debt ceiling decision goes down to the wire and fear escalates.

Apple (AAPL: $487.96) Positive.

Carl Ichan’s comments pressuring management to undertake a big stock buy-back drove it higher yesterday ending a five-day correction and paving the way for a move across $500 (Congress permitting).

Debt ceiling crisis risk: $465

Facebook (FB: $50.42) Positive.

Consolidating 10-day  up-move with resistance at $51. Support is $49.80. FB  has doubled since July.

Debt ceiling crisis risk: $46.50

IBM (IBM: $186.38)Positive.  As expected a buyer entered slightly below $185 with  its stock ending close to its high for the day. Once past $187, IBM  heads for $188- $189. Support now $186. Debt ceiling crisis risk: $175

Pulte Homes (PHM: $16.67)  Positive.

Needs to hold above $16.50.  Needs high volume push across $17.50 to reinforce its positive status. Guess here is it will do that.

Debt ceiling crisis risk: $12.80

First Solar (FSLR:$42.14) Positive, up from neutral with move across $42.

Big move secured a base formation and potential to work its way up  to $43 – $45

Debt ceiling crisis risk: $37.20

Target (TGT: $63.91)Negative.

Struggling in a sloppy base formation after two so-so days. Support is $63.67 and that is iffy. Needs big buyer, which can happen if economy gains traction.

Debt ceiling crisis risk: $59.60.

Hewlett-Packard (HPQ: $21.31)  Negative.

Finally a good day in a sloppy base formation.

Really needs some institutional support – positive research report – aggressive bargain hunter ( if justified). Break below $21 suggests drop to $19.

Debt ceiling crisis risk: $17.90

EBAY (EBAY: $55.79)Positive.

Three day pause about to  launch move across $57. Support $55.70.

Debt ceiling crisis risk: $54.60

Amazon (AMZN: $320.95) Positive.

 No longer consolidating its August  – September gain. Move across $320 indicates potential for near-term move to $325 – $330.

Debt ceiling crisis risk: $303.


  ALSO NEW: This is intended to call attention to unusual  technical activity. Will not be followed daily.  I plan to introduce this feature in the near future, even hoped to do so today, but opting for a better time in light of a high risk environment associated with the possible shutdown and debt ceiling crisis.


(NOTE:I do not own, nor am I short  AAPL, FB, IBM, PHM, FSLR ,TGT, HPQ, EBAY, AMZN.)


ECONOMIC REPORTS:  Another key week for reports on the economy.

The big news will be on jobs with the ADP report coming Wednesday and Employment Situation report coming Friday before the market opens.

   For a detailed account of past and current economic reports, including charts go to: –


Chicago PMI (9:45) PROJ.: Index  54.4 for Sept. vs. 53.0 Aug.

Dallas Fed Mfg. Ix.:(10:30)  PROJ.:  Index for Sept. 6.0 vs. 5.0 for Aug.


ICSC Goldman Store Sales (7:45)   was up 0.2 pct. for  the 9/28 week.

Gallup US ECI (8:30): An Economic Confidence Index encompassing  what the economy is doing now and what it is perceived to be doing in future.

PMI Mfg. Ix.: (8:58)    Ix.  for  final Sept. reading was 52.8 unchanged

ISM Mfg. Ix. (10:00) Sept.  Ix jumped to 56.2 from. 55.7 Aug.

Construction Spending(10:00)   Delayed due to shutdown. Aug. +0.4 pct. vs. +0.6 pct. Jly.


ADP Employment Report (8:15)   PROJ.: Private payrolls Sept. 180,000

Fed’s Bernanke Speaks (3:00)  


Jobless Claims (8:30)   PROJ.:  For week 9/28:  313,000

Bloomberg Consumer  Comfort Ix. (9:45)

Factory Orders (10:00)   PROJ.:   Aug. +0.3pct.   vs. drop of 0.3 pct. Jly.

ISM Non-Mfg. Ix. (10:00) PROJ.: Sept Index 57.0  vs. 58.6 in Aug.

Fed’s Fisher speaks (12:30)

Fed’s Powell speaks (12:45)


Employment Situation (8:30)  PROJ.:Sept. 184,000  vs. 169,000 Aug., Unemployment 7.3 pct.

Fed’s Kocherlakota speaks (1:45)



Sep 16  DJIA   15,376  “No Taper ! No Summers ! Selling Opportunity ?

Sep 17  DJIA   15,494  “No Taper= Rally Followed By a Sell off ?

Sep 18  DJIA   15, 529  “Sell the Taper Rally ?”

Sep 19  DJIA   15,676   “Raise Cash for Better Opportunities”

Sep 20  DJIA   15,636   “Raise Cash for October Opportunity”

Sep 23  DJIA   15,451   “Can a Normal Correction Become a Bigger One ?”

Sep 24  DJIA   15,401   “Opportunity Looms as Storm Clouds Form”

Sep 25  DJIA   15,384   “Brinkmanship Starts – What to Do”

Sep 26  DJIA   15,237   “Street Not Worried – Yet  Should You Be ?”

Sep 27  DJIA   15,328  “Prepare for an October Buying Opportunity”

Sep 30  DJIA   15,258  “Makings of an October Buying Opportunity”

Oct  1  DJIA 15,129  “Now the Scary Part – the Debt Ceiling – Default ?”

*Stock Trader’s Almanac – New edition shortly off the press.

  George  Brooks

“Investor’s first read – an edge before the open”

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The writer of  Investor’s first read, George Brooks,  is not registered as an investment advisor.  Ideas expressed herein are the opinions of the writer, are for informational purposes, and are not to serve as the sole basis for any investment decision. Readers are expected to assume full responsibility for conducting their own research pursuant to investment decisions in keeping with their tolerance for risk. Brooks may buy or sell stocks referred to herein.
















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