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SUMMARY:       The stock market is in limbo waiting for a nudge up or down. There is little in economic news to trigger a big move until Thursday (see Week’s


      The stock market is in limbo waiting for a nudge up or down. There is little in economic news to trigger a big move until Thursday (see Week’s Economic Reports below). We get the FOMC report Wednesday at 2:00. While Fed chief Janet Yellen won’t hold a press conference tomorrow, she does speak at 11:30. I don’t see any major news coming out of the Fed as a result.

      The Street is nervous right now, after Q1 earnings have jolted several key stocks, and Nasdaq has been hammered in face of commentary on the Street that the “techs” are overvalued. Russia’s next move over Ukraine is uncertain even though reportedly it is withdrawing troops from the border between the two countries. 

      In early May, investors withdrew $7.7 billion from equity ETFs, $2.2 billion from equity mutual funds.

       Withdrawals of this magnitude were followed by rebounds in the market 9 out of the last12 times going back to 2000.*    

      There has been a lot of “corrective” action in stock prices  so far this year, which has been masked by the publicity the financial press gives the market every time it rebounds to the new high area.


      It looks like the open will be mixed. If it opens down, watch for momentum. If selling fails to gain traction, the market will reverse sharply and rally.

Supporttoday is:  DJIA16,477;  S&P 500: 1,882;  Nasdaq Comp.: 4,120

Resistancetoday is: DJIA: 16,574;  S&P 500: 1,892;  Nasdaq Comp.: 4,141

      I have a high regard for Robert Doll, head of money management at Nuveen Asset Management. His comments on Bloomberg Radio last week made a lot of sense. He said, “This is the least believed bull markets that I’ve ever seen. From here it’s earnings, it’s fundamentals, it’s 'can the economy grow?' My guess the answer to that question is yes.”

Investor’s first readDaily edge before the open

DJIA: 16,511

S&P 500: 1,885

Nasdaq  Comp.: 4,125

Russell 2000: 1,114

Tuesday,  May  20, 2014      8:55 a.m.


Sell in May and Go Away??

   A popular jingle this time of the year for newsletters and journalists.

   May has offered a number of timely exits, but I don’t buy the “stay away” part, clearly not until November.

   Essentially, it is the backend of the “Best Six Months”* to own stocks (November 1 to May 1). Obviously, the message here is of the two six month periods, May to November is the worst for stocks. 

   This is true, but as I have noted with the Best Six Months, a lot can happen in the interim.

   This bromide can’t be taken as a “given.” Of the 26 years I studied a “top” occurred in May on 10 occasions ranging from May 1 to May 22. Two occurred in June and two in July. No meaningful top occurred in 12 of the years studied.

   On far too many occasions over the last 26 years a May top was followed by a decline, but within months (well before Nov. 1) the market rallied sharply. I see it more as a trading opportunity – i.e. “Sell in May,” but be ready to buy back after a plunge.  



     We cannot have a robust economic recovery from the severe winter months without a rebound in housing. Such a rebound would likely be preceded by an up-move in housing industry stocks.

      Trading in the following stocks has been generally upbeat in recent days, though there is still a seller out there to put a lid on attempts to run.

      So far the numbers are not encouraging, but a sharp drop in long-term interest rates could pull mortgage rates down triggering increased housing activity.

MONDAY: PHM and DHI were quiet, but there was buying in KBH, BZH and TOL. The latter two appeared to have strong buying.


Beazer Homes  (BZH) Monday  $18.82

PulteCorp ($PHM) Monday  $18.76

Toll Brothers (TOL) Monday  $34.37

KB Homes  (KBH) Monday: $15.87

DR Horton  (DHI)   Monday: $21.96



      Aside from a lot of speeches by Federal Reserve officials, this will be a light reporting week. Thursday brings Existing Home Sales and Friday New Home Sales.

      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.”


ICSC Goldman Store Sales (7:45):

Fed’s Plosser speaks (12:30)


MBA Purchase Apps.(7:30)

Fed’ Dudley speaks (10:00)

Fed’s Yellen speaks (11:30)

Fed’s George speaks (12:50)

Fed’s Kocherlakota speaks (1:30)

FOMC Minutes released (2:00)


Jobless Claims(8:30):

PMI Mfg. Ix. Flash (9:45)

Existing Home Sales (10:00):

Leading Indicators (10:00):

Kansas City Mfg. Ix. (11:00)


New Home Sales(10:00)



Apr 30, DJIA   16,535  Sell in May and Go Away ??

May 1   DJIA  16,580  Money Manager Dilemma – Plunge Now

May 2   DJIA  16,558  Big Move in the Offing ?

May 5   DJIA  16,512  Bear Calling Bulls Out

May 6   DJIA  16,530  Wild Ride to Continue

May 7   DJIA   16,401  Tech Headed For Slaughterhouse – Huge Selling Climax  

                          Buy Looms

May 8   DJIA   16,518   Major, Major Bull/Bear Crossroads

May 9   DJIA   16,550  Head & Shoulders Top Nasdaq ??   Careful !

May 12 DJIA   16,583  Market Really Wants to Run, but…..

May 13, DJIA  16,695  Bulls in Wings – Market Needs a Spark

May 14  DJIA  16, 715 What Could Spark a Surge or Plunge

May 15  DJIA  16,446   Market Needs Help from Economy, or…

May 16  DJIA  16,491  Bulls Blinked – But Don’t Get Too Bearish


**Stock Trader’s Almanac


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