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This Week: Spike, Correction: Opportunity

Monday,  June  23, 2014      8:45 a.m.  BEFORE the OPEN    While the stock market has developed a thick skin to international events that in the

MondayJune  23, 2014      8:45 a.m.  BEFORE the OPEN

   While the stock market has developed a thick skin to international events that in the past would have sent it reeling, investors cannot be indifferent to the possibility that suddenly it will dive.

    All it would take is for the Street’s institutional money managers and the BIG money to step aside and let  ordinary selling take its toll.

    This is one of those situations where the lure to BUY is becoming intense, and why not, the market in general is edging up, more importantly, individual situations are beginning to sizzle.

    At some point,  the compulsion to buy will become  unmanageable  as this bull market ramps up comparable to bull markets of the past.

     I call the overwhelming urge to buy the, “I can’t stand it anymore,” compulsion where an investor  can’t wait for the market to open, so he/she can begin making easy money again.

   Before it’s over, Investors are acting like crazed hunters who shoot at anything that moves.  They chase over-priced stocks, penny stocks, rumors, tips, etc., and for a while gains come easily and the less one knows, the more money they make.

   It’s a signal for the BIG money to sell.

   Initially, as the market turns down in the first of many bear market plunges, they see the lower prices as a gift, and load up even more.

    After a 25% to 45% drubbing, they “can’t stand the pain anymore” and sell – right as the BIG money is stepping back in to buy.

    Making money in the stock market is complicated by human nature – fear and greed. Buying opportunities are juiciest when fear runs rampant, and most dangerous when speculative fever is hitting new highs.

    Most serious students of the market know this, but at extremes, knowledge is trumped by emotions – everyone can be at risk.


    While the S&P 500 is ahead 196% in this bull market, speculative fever can surge from here, though not without several short- and intermediate-term corrections intervening.

    Odds favor a spike in prices this week and a  3-4 day correction. A two-to-three month sideways trading range can begin at any time, but it would offer opportunities.

Resistance today is DJIA 16,996, S&P 500: 1,971; Nasdaq Comp.: 4,377.

Support today is DJIA: 16,879;  S&P 500: 1,954; 4,348.

Investor’s first readDaily edge before the open

DJIA:  16947                                    

S&P 500: 1,962

Nasdaq  Comp.:4,368

Russell 2000:    1,188



    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 a more extreme support level, as well as a 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 the close June 20, the near-term upside for the DJIA is 17,117.  Reasonable support is 16,811, more extreme support is 16,718

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



    Look for a very heavy schedule of releases on the economy this week, especially Monday and Tuesday for the housing industry.

      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.”


PMI Mfg Flash Ix. (9:45):

Existing Home Sales (10:00):


ICSC GoldmanStore Sales (7:45):

FHFA HousePrice Ix. (9:00):

S&P Case Shiller HPI (9:00)):

New Home Sales (10:00):

Consumer Confidence (10:00):

Richmond Fed Mfg.(10:00):


MBA Purchase Apps (7:00):

Durable Goods Orders (8:30):

GDP (8:30):

Corporate Profits (8:30):

PMI Services Flash (9:45):


Jobless Claims (8:30):

Personal Income/Outlays (8:30):

Kansas City Fed. Mfg. Ix.(11:00):


Consumer Sentiment (9:55):





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

June 12  DJIA   16,843  Sideways, 3-Month Trading Range Beginning ?

June 13  DJIA   16,734 Iraq Crisis to Create Buying Opportunity

June 16  DJIA   16,775 Uncertainty – A Menace t Stock Prices Near-Term

June 17  DJIA   16,781 Decision Day for Stock Prices – Near-Term

June 18  DJIA   16,808 Market Awaits a Fed QE Exit Strategy

June 19  DJIA   16,906 Wall Street Needs a Dose of Reality 

June 20  DJIA   16,921 Spike Up Likely, No Room for Rally Failure

A Game-On Analysis,  LLC publication

George  Brooks

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

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