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Rally Today off Wednesday Lows – Risky

Thursday, October  16, 2014     8:59 a.m.  BEFORE the OPEN

Thursday, October  16, 2014     8:59 a.m.  BEFORE the OPEN


Daily:Boiling down fundamental, technical, economic,

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


   I  still see DJIA 14,666 and S&P 1,686 by October 31.At the rate it is plunging those levels could be hit Friday or Monday.


    Fear of deflation is mounting so rapidly, panic is setting in fueled by confusion, as well as the Ebola scare.

     Do not be surprised if the Fed steps in to announce  an extension of bond purchases, citing economic woes abroad as a reason.

    That would reverse the market’s tailspin, triggering a sharp rally fraught with risk for investors paying up for stocks that have already exploded. 

    Odds are that rally would fail, and the market would renew its downtrend until a comfort level is reached that discounts negatives, including disappointing future earnings.

    ISIS and Russia are currently non-events, probably because both are getting hammered by plunging oil prices (contrived ?).

    “Deflation” will share headlines along with Ebola in coming weeks. The Street has jousted with inflation for decades, but little is known of deflation.

    What turns a 12% -15% correction into a bear market – down 20%-40% ?

New negatives that hit the market when it hits its correction turning point.

     There are a lot of candidates for that. It could be any of the above.

    We could get a selling climax Friday or first 15 minutes of trading Monday, if panic sets in.  Whether that would be a longer term investing opportunity or short-term trading opportunity is unknown today.

    However, be on the alert for statements by the Fed about extending bond purchases.  That would trigger a sharp rally, if only temporarily.


The market will test yesterday’s lows (DJIA 15,855, S&P 500:1,820, Nasdaq Comp. 4,116. If successful, the market will rebound today and in early trading Tomorrow with resistance starting at DJIA 16,295, S&P 500: 1,880, Nasdaq Comp.: 4,255.


Investor’s first readDaily edge before the open

DJIA: 16,141

S&P 500:  1,862                               

Nasdaq  Comp.: 4,218

Russell 2000: 1.072



    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.

   Good Q3 earnings and projections for Q4 and 2015 could prevent the plunge I see shaping up.  Certain comments by Fed officials about interest rates staying low into late 2015 could delay a crunch, but only temporarily.



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 16,325; Primary Support: 15,722; and Secondary Support: 16,157.

   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.



    A heavy week for reports on the economy.   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.”



NFIB Small Bus. Optimism (7:30): Sept. index was 95.3 vs. 96.1 in Aug.

ICSC Goldman Store Sales (7:45): Down 0.7 pct. in Oct. 11 week : Year/year+3.8 pct.


MBA Purchase Apps/ Refi’s (7:00) Purchases down 1.0 pct. ; Year/year minus 4.4 pct.  Refis up 11 pct Oct 10 week.

PPI-FD (8:30): Up 0.1 pct Sept. vs. unchanged  Aug.

Retail Sales (8:30):  Down 0.3 pct.. Sept vs. gain of 0.6 pct. Aug.

Empire State Mfg. (8:30):  Down 6.17 points Sept. from 5-yr high 27.54


Jobless Claims (8:30): Down 23,000 to 264,000 in Oct. 11 week, lowest since year 2000.

Industrial Production (9:15):

Philadelphia Fed Svy(10:00):

Housing Mkt Ix. (10:00):


Housing Starts (8:30):

Consumer Sentiment (9:55):



Sept. 30  DJIA  17,071  Big Move in Market  for Winner of Tug of War

Oct.  1    DJIA  17,042  October – Risk or Opportunity ?

Oct.  2    DJIA  16,804  October Opportunity But Angst in Interim

Oct.  3    DJIA  16,801  Rally Today Must Hold

Oct.  6    DJIA  17,009  Best Six Months for Owning Stocks Looms

Oct.  7    DJIA  16,991  Volatility: Q3 earnings, ISIS, the Fed, Elections

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

*Stock Trader’s Almanac

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Copper, base metals, and industrial commodities face bearish technical trends, but the fundamentals remain bullish.