Sideways, 3-Month Trading Range Beginning?

George Brooks |

Thursday,  June  12, 2014      RELEASED  EARLY  8:16 a.m.

    Yesterday I urged readers to “watch the trampoline effect for stocks,” adding if the market bounces like an old soft ball, expect more downside; if it bounces like a golf ball it’s bullish.

    The bounce looked more like a softball.  We may have a new negative to deal with – the violence in Iraq. Let’s call it an uncertainty for now, but corrections in the market need an excuse and that may be the reason for this one.

     I can see downside pressure through Friday into early next week.

    Odds are beginning to suggest a sideways trading range for several months, a good opportunity for traders to pick off targeted stocks that get over sold.

    The bulls may just reverse this minor correction to the upside. They should show their hand shortly. If quick to jump in, another leg up is in the cards; it is hard to shut off the speculative fever once it is underway.


    Support today is DJIA: 16,787;  S&P 500: 1,936;  Nasdaq Comp.: 4,307

    Resistance today is DJIA: 16,858; S&P 500: 1,946; Nasdaq Comp.: 4,339

    Breaking through that resistance, new resistance is DJIA: 16,913; S&P 500: 1,949; Nasdaq: 4,340.


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DJIA:  16,843                                   

S&P 500:  1,943

Nasdaq  Comp.: 4,331

Russell 2000:    1,166


    The European Central Bank’s cut of its benchmark interest rate and announcement to employ additional measures to stimulate European economies stands to help the U.S. economy, as well. It did little to boost stock markets abroad which are trading at six-year highs, suggesting the move was already discounted. Even so, let’s consider it a  positive.



    At key junctures, I technically analyze each of the 30 Dow industrials seeking a reasonable near-term support and short-term resistance level. By technically studying the balances of buying and selling in each stock, then converting that data back to the DJIA using the “divisor” (0.1557159) I can get a better reading on the average itself.  The DJIA is a price-weighted average and subject to distortion by higher priced issues.

    As of June 9, the support for this calculation is 16,801 and resistance is 17,176.

Note: My daily support/resistance levels are more short-term oriented.



      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.”


NFIB Small Bus. Optimism Ix. (7:30): May index up to 96.6 from 95.2

ICSC Goldman Store Sales (7:45) Sales down 2.8 pct. in June 7 week from a gain of 2.9 pct. the prior week.  Year/year  now +3.0 pct. vs +3.1 pct.

JOLTS (10:00) Job Openings/Labor Turnover improved beyond expectations with 4.455 million job openings at the end of April vs 4.166 million in March. The hires-to-separations ratio remained unchanged.

Wholesale Trade (10:00). While inventories rose 1.1pct., sales rose 1.3  pct, keeping  the stock to sales ratio                                                                                                                                           


MBA Purchase Apps (7:00) Mortgage apps surged 9.0 pct and refi’s 11.0 pct. in the June 7 week

Treasury Budget (2:00)


Jobless Claims (8:30)

Retail Sales (8:30)

Bus. Inventories (10:00)




June 2    DJIA   16,717 Decision Time for Stocks ?

June 3    DJIA   16,743 Economy “Must” Accelerate,  or…

June 4    DJIA   16,722 Correction in Stocks Without Robust Economic Rebound

June 5    DJIA   16,737 Bulls Must Pick It Up, or Lose the Ball

June 6    DJIA   16,836 Easy Does It ! Dow 20,000, But Not in Straight Line

June 9    DJIA   16,924 Stock Market Breakout – Now What ?

June 10  DJIA   16,943 Greed/Fear Ratio, Not P/Es, Drive the Market

June 11  DJIA   16,945  Watch Trampoline Effect for Stocks

A Game-On Analysis,  LLC publication

George  Brooks

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