Buying Panic…….or Head Fake

Investor’s first read Daily edge before the open

DJIA:  15,66S&P 500:  1,867
Nasdaq  Comp. 4,506:
Russell 2000:   1,105

Wednesday:  Aug. 26, 2015   9:05 a.m.

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CONCLUSION: 

    The major market averages ran into a wall yesterday shortly after a “gap” open and trailed off for the rest of the day with an accelerated sell off at the close.

    However, buyers showed up in pre-market futures trading today.

    If this confirms a “bottom” Monday, we will have a buyers panic similar to the selling panic Monday.

    But, it really isn’t that easy.

    Resistance will have to be overcome at DJIA: 16,312; S&P 500: 1,948; Nasdaq Comp: 4,690.  As a market rebounds after Monday’s terrifying plunge, it encounters sellers, investors who think higher prices are a “gift” and an opportunity to get out before the market goes down again. There are also sellers who bought in at Monday’s lows and are clipping a quick profit.

    Today, should tell us a lot about the BIG money. It can run the table..

     A rally failure would strongly indicate another ugly plunge.

TODAY:

     As usual, I do not like buying a gap open, since odds are high you will catch the highs for the day, just like yesterday.

     This is a powerful open. Technically, the market should have continued the slide we saw at yesterday’s close.

     Institutions must like what they saw this morning.

     Yesterday’s “Easy Does It” was spot on.

     I say the same for today, but odds are better today’s rally will follow through.

     No room for a rally failure. Today is critical.

 NEWS ENVIRONMENT    

        The following news was a contributor, though most of these issues have been with us for weeks/months.  A breakdown to  a “comfort level” was justified, but not that extreme.  The system is still broken.

-Chinese stock markets worst drop since 2007

-European stocks on verge of bear market (Germany’s DAX off 20%)

-U.S. stocks gapping down

-Commodities at 16-year low.

-currency meltdown

-No one has a clue when the Fed will bump interest rates, including the Fed

-Brent oil below $43, WTI oil below $38.

      NOTE: Some of the Street’s pundits are arguing that this market behavior is unreasonable since the U.S. economy is doing well, if not great. Bear in mind, the stock market has historically been an early warning signal for the beginning of a recession, leading by as little as two months and as much as  13 months.

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NOTE: Support and resistance levels are where I expect the intraday prices of the DJIA, S&P 500 and Nasdaq Comp. to reverse or close. Buyers should be cautious when a resistance level is reached but consider buying when support levels are reached. Sellers should consider taking action when resistance levels are reached and defer selling when support levels are reached. These levels are picked daily and based on my application of technical analysis.
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  • STATUS OF MARKET: Bullish but in a correction  into the fall.
  • OPPORTUNITY: Volatility has set in, market reversed Tuesday after quick plunge and will be rebounding into resistance (again).
  • RISK: Above average with news sensitive market.
  • CASH RESERVE: 25%
  • KEY FACTORS:  Fed decision on rates; strength of economic rebound; Outlook for Q3/Q4 earnings; technical underpinnings weakening
  • CONCLUSION:  Having broken major support levels, the market is probing for a level that discounts uncertainties and negatives.
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SUMMARY 

     The biggest factor here is the U.S. economy.  Will it rebound from its reported Q1 slump, which most likely  was distorted by weather, oil prices, the impact of a strong US dollar, even seasonality ?     Recession does not look like a real risk, so much as a “pause” in the economy.     

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My TECHNICAL ANALYSIS  of the 30 DJIA Companies:  (As of 8/21).

 On occasion, I technically analyze each of the 30 DJIA stocks  for a reasonable risk, a more extreme risk, and an upside potential over the near-term. I add the results of each, then divide by the DJIA “divisor” (0.1498588) to get the DJIA for those levels. This gives me an internal check on the DJIA itself, especially if certain higher priced stocks are distorting the averages,
     As of  August 19,  a reasonable risk is 16,228; a more extreme risk is 15,713. Near-term upside potential is 17,083.

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Note: Source of economic data

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

*Stock Trader’s Almanac

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

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