Big Test for Bulls

Investor’s first read Daily edge before the open

DJIA: 18,105
S&P 500: 2,104
Nasdaq  Comp.:5,007
Russell 2000:    1,271
Friday, April 17, 2015   9:07 a.m.

CONCLUSION:

   An assault on the all-time highs of

(DJIA 18,288; S&P 500: 2,119; Nasdaq Comp.: 5,042 will have to wait, as sellers were there  to stop the market in its tracks yesterday after a strong mid-day rally. The Russell 2000 hit a new high on Wednesday, but failed to follow through yesterday.  

   Today’s support is DJIA: 18,025; (S&P 500:2,094; Nasdaq Comp.: 4,965).

   Bear in mind the DJIA, S&P 500, the Nasdaq Comp.  are still locked in a three month trading range  (DJIA 17,600 – 18,200; S&P 500: 2,040 – 2,115; Nasdaq Comp.: 4,845 – 5,040). The bulls had their shot, now it’s the bears turn.

    We should get a good read of how strong the bulls are by their reaction to selling in early trading today.

KEY FACTORS: 

-Q1 earnings for some companies will suffer from U.S. dollar’s strength and plunge in oil prices.
-Market still keyed on the Fed and it’s first bump up in interest rates, which with a slight softening in recent economic reports looks like it may happen later rather than sooner.

Concern that the U.S. economy is beginning to slump.

COMMENTS:

A rebound in oil prices is a new uncertainty for the Street to adjust to. Expect the three month trading range to be resolved on the upside or downside within three weeks and the move beyond those borders can be dramatic. Least expected is a plunge.

Note: Source of economic data

For a weekly economic calendar and good recap of  indicators, go to mam.econoday.com.

George Brooks
Investor’s first read
A Game-On Analysis, LLC publication

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