Wednesday: Wall Street - Pass, or Fail

George Brooks |


Monday, October  27, 2014     9:03 a.m.  DAILY BEFORE the OPEN


Daily:Boiling down fundamental, technical, economic,

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



   This can be a very defining week for Wall Street. 

   Unless the Fed decides to extend  bond-buying program at its FOMC meeting Wednesday, its stimulus from this source will end this month.

     The big question is, can the Street wean itself off continued stimulus by the Fed, or will it be consumed by an anxiety attack, fearful that higher interest rates are not far off ?

    The Fed’s taper out of QE began in January, so the Street has had enough time to adjust.  Even so, over six years, the Street has developed an addiction to the idea of stimulus, though the positive effects are difficult to pinpoint.

    Just as recently as last week we saw how just the suggestion of a possible extension of bond buying  can juice the stock market.

    Stocks were in free-fall in face a possible slump in Europe’s economies and its adverse impact on the U.S. economy, when St. Louis Fed President James Bullard  hinted on the possibility the Fed would extend its bond buying.

    The Market soared. How much of the market’s action can be attributed to Q3 earnings or Bullard’s comment is a matter of debate, but it illustrates how addicted the Street has become to the idea of Fed stimulus and assurance that interest rates will remain a historic lows.


   If the Street can shake its addiction to Fed stimulus, the market can rise for “real” reasons.

    If not, it will have to adjust downward to a level that it feels discounts the absence of stimulus.

    If neither the economy or stock market can handle an eventual rise in interest rates from next to zero, crash of both becomes a possibility.

    It’s a trade off.  The value of low interest rates versus the economic benefits of  millions of people getting more than a half-assed return on its savings.

    If after a run up  in stocks triggered in part by Bullard’s comment the stock market plunges when the Fed does not extend bond purchases Wednesday, then Bullard has done investors an injustice.

    I think the Fed and others did a great job heading off a  complete meltdown in 2008-2009, but it is time to stop micro-managing the stock and bond market.

    Otherwise, the truth will out at some point in the future and it will get ugly.

The stock market is a great barometer, a great forecaster of present and future conditions turning up and down ahead of  recessions, but outside interference with this mechanism by people in power positions can only lead to problems, big ones, i.e.  “Hands off !”


Investor’s first readDaily edge before the open

DJIA: 16,805

S&P 500:  1,964                               

Nasdaq  Comp.: 4,483

Russell 2000: 1,118



    Last  week , James Bullard, a non-voting Fed official, stepped in suggesting bond purchases could be extended which is huge, but only if it does so. When ?  There is  no press conference scheduled after its FOMC meeting next week, Oct. 28. * If they schedule one, odds strongly favor a special announcement indicating if it plans to extend bond purchases, which would be a tipoff. If the Fed is going to do this it will have to this month or in December, since there is no meeting scheduled for November.



    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.



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 17,298; Primary Support: 16,645; and Secondary Support: 16,542.

   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.



     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 Services –flash (9:45):

Pending Home Sales (10:00):

Dallas Fed Mfg. Ix. (10:30):


FOMC Meeting begins

ICSC Goldman Store Sales (7:45):

Durable Goods (8:30):

S&P Case Shiller Home Price (9:00):

Consumer Confidence (10:00):

Richmond Fed Mfg Ix. (10:00):


FOMC announcement (200): No press conference scheduled (yet)


GDP: Q2c – Final revision(8:30):

Jobless Claims (8:30):


Personal Income/Outlays (8:30):

Chicago PMI (9:45):

Consumer Sentiment (9:55):




Oct. 16   DJIA  16,141  Rally Today Off Wednesday Lows Risky

Oct. 17   DJIA  16,117  What If the Fed Doesn’t Delay Taper ?

Oct. 20   DJIA  16,380   Critical Week for Bulls

Oct. 21   DJIA  16,399   Market Attacking Key Resistance

Oct. 22   DJIA   16,614  Just a Rally of End of the  Correction ?

Oct. 23   DJIA   16,461  BIG Day for Economic Reports

Oct. 24   DJIA   16,677  DJIA – a Portfolio of Small Cap Stocks ?


George  Brooks

A Game-On Analysis,  LL

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

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