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SUMMARY:      The economy appears to be emerging from its long winter hibernation, so we are nearing a MOMENT OF TRUTH.    If the Street uses much improved economic


   The economy appears to be emerging from its long winter hibernation, so we are nearing a MOMENT OF TRUTH.

   If the Street uses much improved economic news to bail out, then we have already seen the spring surge (3.8%) that I have been expecting.

   The Street must be alert to the possibility of another unacceptable move by Russia’s V-Putin. Reportedly, Russia has expanded the range for its bombers into the Asian region, most likely to test air defense responses. This only suggests it is getting more aggressive. It remains an uncertainty overhanging global markets.

    Beyond that, it’s a question of monitoring the prospects for a strong spring economic recovery and surviving Q1 earnings reports with as little damage as possible.

   Do not rule out another downdraft to the DJIA 16,000 level. My December 31, 2013 post warned, “Get Ready for a Wild Ride.” That seems to be playing out.

   This may be a year when tech stocks become screaming “buys,” sometime late summer or fall. Expect a lot of false starts in the interim.


   Same as yesterday – expect a soft open, which is fine, since a drop in prices will give us a “read” on how confident the bulls are about values at this level. Yesterday, the bears had a chance to get something going but failed and the market closed at its high for the day.

    If the bears cannot get something going this week, the bulls will take over and possibly run the table.

   Minor support is: DJIA: 16,517; S&P 500: 1,882; Nasdaq: 4,131

Breaking that, the next support is DJIA: 16,462; S&P500:1,876; Nasdaq: 4,112

Minor resistance is: DJIA: 16,596; S&P 500: 1,891; Nasdaq: 4,148

Wouldn’t investors be better off without quarterly earnings reports? Well, how about just the reports, but no projections or guidance? That would take the “miss” out of the equation, which merely reflects the human fallibility of the Street, management, or both. In so many cases, an investor must score between reporting periods – holding a gain throughout is risky. A “miss” by one or the other can wipe out a nice gain.

Investor’s first readDaily before the open

DJIA:  16,530

S&P 500:  1,884

Nasdaq  Comp.: 4,138

Russell 2000:  1,126

Tuesday, May  6, 2014      9:05 a.m.


Sell in May and Go Away? (Wednesday’s headline)

   That’s a cute little jingle and the media/financial writers enjoy these things, but they can be misleading. May has offered a number of timely exits, but I don’t buy the “stay away” part, clearly not until November.

   You are already seeing articles about this seasonal phenom in the press and newsletters. 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 May22. 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.

   Studies like this have to have a cut-off date, but are really intended to be accepted with an open mind, i.e. as May 1 approaches, move closer to the exit mentally, and be ready to lock in some profits and raise some cash.


   It’s obvious there is a shift in market leadership out of Tech stocks and into lower valuation issues. However, that shift can produce some outstanding buying opportunities  in tech stocks at lower levels. The techs, et al, haven’t had a big run because they didn’t have superior growth potential, or because the Street didn’t like to run them up.

   They will find a level where over-valuation crosses over to under-valuation, perhaps a technical selling extreme when their prices hit the “ouch point.”

    The BIG money may not let that happen, but it would be a good idea for investors to decide which ones they would  be comfortable owning and at what price.  



At key junctures, I technically analyze each of the 30 Dow industrials then convert that data back into a projected DJIA. I seek a reasonable downside and a more severe downside, as well as a projected upside potential. This is a short-term projection, assuming no significant change in news. My reasonable downside was 16,204 and more severe downside: 16,132. The current upside potential was 16,594, which was momentarily topped last Thursday.



   Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) Purchase Applications reported for the April 25 week were down 4.0% and refi’s down 7.0%. Year/year refi’s were down 21%. The sharp drop in refis (y/y) is exaggerated by the fact present refis are compared with exceptionally high numbers a year ago which coincided with exceptionally low 30-year fixed mortgage rates. When rates shot up from 3.5% to 4.5% early last year, refi’s plunged. Always look at raw numbers or a chart when given percent changes over a period of time. The comparisons won’t be a dramatic in Q3 and Q4 when the year-ago numbers drop.

   If new or existing home buyers think these rates are high, they should look back  in time to 6%, 8% and 10% rates. The reality is rates are going up, and so are home prices. At some point, home buyers will have to buy, or the market may be out of reach indefinitely.


Monday, the group consolidated recent gains

Beazer Homes  (BZH)   Thursday: $20.01

PulteCorp ($PHM) Thursday $18.51

Toll Brothers (TOL) Thursday $34.91

KB Homes  (KBH) Thursday $16.71

DR Horton  (DHI)   Thursday $22.98



   Russia’s annexation of Crimea was only the first step in President Putin’s power grab. Undoubtedly, he plans to stir additional unrest in sections of Ukraine where Russian speaking people are in great numbers. A military response by Ukraine would give him reason to invade Ukraine to protect pro-Russians and that would have an impact on global markets, which are vulnerable to begin with.

   One of the factors that turns a normal market correction of 3% to 5% into a much bigger correction (5% to 12%) is new negatives that hit the market when it is about to rebound from the 5% correction. A sharp escalation in the Russia/Ukraine situation could be one of those factors. 

   Be prepared for another Russian incursion.



   A much lighter schedule this week with only one housing related report – MBA Purchase applications coming early Wednesday. Today we get the PMI Services Index and ISM Non-Mfg. Index. 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.”


PMI Services Ix. (9:45): Apr. was 55.0 , up from mid Mar. 54.2 but down from 55.3 end of Mar.

ISM Non-Mfg. Ix. (10:00): Apr. up to 55.2 from 53.1 in Mar..

Global Mfg. Ix. (11:00): April hit six-month  low of51.9 down from March 52.4


ICSC Goldman Store Sales (7:45): Down 2.0 pct. in May 2 week ; Year/year plus 2.0  pct.  Weather a factor (again)

International Trade (8:30):


MBA Purchase Apps (7:00):

Productivity/Costs (8:30):

Consumer Credit (3:00)


Jobless Claims (8:30):


JOLTS –Job Openings/Labor Turnover (10:00)

Wholesale Trade(10:00):



Apr 21 DJIA   16,408  A Very Important Week for Stocks

Apr 22 DJIA   16,449  Stock Market – Coiling Spring ?

Apr 23 DJIA   16,514  Today – a Test for the Bulls

Apr 24  DJIA  16,501  Surge in Stocks – Is Economy Next ?

Apr 25 DJIA   16,501  Bears Put to Test

Apr 28  DJIA  16, 361 Pivotal Week – Economy – Stock Market

Apr 29  DJIA  16,448  Market Direction – Still a Toss Up

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

*Stock Trader’s Almanac

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