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Friday, October  3, 2014     9:19 a.m.  BEFORE the

Friday, October  3, 2014     9:19 a.m.  BEFORE the OPEN


Daily:Boiling down fundamental, technical, economic,

monetary, fiscal, psychological, and seasonal data into a quick read.


    Yesterday’s rally after a big spike down was classic “technical.”  At some point selling is offset by enough bargain hunters to enable a recovery.

    Volatility is simply an ongoing joust between buyers and sellers in responding to  information known and suspected.  Add some fear and greed and you get extremes up and down.

    There appears to have been a lot of portfolio window dressing  at the end of Q3 and beginning of Q4, resulting in a lot of churning up and down.

    Was yesterday a bottom to be followed by new highs as the “Best Six Months for Owning Stocks (Nov. 1 to May 1)”* looms ?

    The market action in coming days will answer that question. Investors who don’t want to wait for an answer can take partial positions. If the market rises, they can average up. If it declines they can average down. The risks and rewards are obvious if they go “all-in.”

    There is overhead supply that must be penetrated  before the market  can go to new highs.


    The market will  open strongly today, as investors scramble to pick up what they perceive as bargains and short sellers cover positions before the weekend.

Resistancetoday is DJIA: 16,913; S&P 500: 1,961; Nasdaq Comp.: 4,459.

Supporttoday is DJIA: 16,776; S&P 500: 1,942; Nasdaq Comp.: 4,419

Yesterday’s close near the highs for the day after taking a big hit (one-day reversal) suggests at least a couple strong days.

    BUT, there is no room for a rally failure – NONE !

    The nine-day 4% drop in the DJIA may have been purely “technical,” a correction after a false breakout to all-time highs in September (“Breakout and Run – Followed by a Crunch” Sept. 3 – “Investor’s first read”)

    The Street is coping with a host of negatives, all known (Russia, ISSIS, the Fed and interest rates, soft economies abroad). If a negative lurks out there that has not yet been discounted by the level of stock prices, the market is headed south.

Investor’s first readDaily edge before the open

DJIA: 16,801

S&P 500: 1,946                                

Nasdaq  Comp.:4,430  

Russell 2000: 1,096



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 9/25 close:  Resistance 17,141; Primary Support: 16,746; and Secondary Support: 16,454.

   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 possibility of a major war resulting must be considered.



    Big week for economic reports.   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.”


Personal Income/Outlays (8:30): Personal income rose 0.3 pct. in Aug. after a 0.2 pct rise in July.

Pending Home Sales  Ix. (10:00): Down 1.0 pct in Aug. vs 3.3 Pct. in July.

Dallas Fed Mfg. Ix. (10:30): Rose to 17.6 pct. in Sept. from 6.8 pct in Aug.


ICSC Goldman Store Sales (7:45): Sales dropped 0.2 pct. in Sept. 27 week vs. 4.1 pct. rise in the prior week.  Year/year up 3.6 pct.

S&P Case Shiller Home Prices (9:00): Down 0.5 pct. July vs. decline of 0.3 pct June.  Year/year is +6.7 pct.

Chicago PMI (9:45): September was 60.5 vs. 64.3 in August

Consumer Confidence (10:00): Index down to 86.0 in September from 93.4  (revised) in August.

State Street Global Investor Confidence Ix. (10:00): Index rose in Sept. to 123.9 from 120.1 in Aug..


MBA Purchase/Refi Apps (7:00): Unchanged in 9/26 week; Refi’s down 0.3 pct.

ADP Employment Rpt (8:15)  September increased 213,000 vs. 202,000 August

PMI Mfg. (9:45): September was 57.5 vs. 57.9 in August

ISM Mfg. Ix. (10:00):  September was 56.6 down from 58.0 in August.

Construction Spend (10:00): Down 0.8 pct. in August  after a gain of 1.2 pct. in July.


Jobless Claims (8:30):Dropped 8,000 in 9/27 week to 287,000.

Factory Orders (10:00): Down 10.1 pct in Aug. after rise of 10.5 pct in July; Ex trans. Drop was 0.1 pct.


Employment Situation (8:30): Sept. up 248,000, Aug. 180,000 (revised) Unemployment  rate 5.9%.

PMI services (9:45):

ISM Non- Mfg Ix. (10:00)




Sept. 18  DJIA  17,156  Will BIG Money Sell Into Strength ?

Sept. 19  DJIA  17,265  Alibaba Frenzy – a Sell Signal ?

Sept. 22  DJIA  17,279  Another Test for the Bulls

Sept. 23  DJIA  17,172  Rally Now Would Be Risky

Sept, 24  DJIA  17,055  Critical Crossroads for Money Managers

Sept. 25  DJIA  17,210  Back to Tug of War  – Bulls vs. Bears

Sept  26  DJIA  16,945  Big Move in Market  for Winner of Tug of War

*Stock Trader’s Almanac

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