Critical Dow/S&P Support to Be Tested

Investor’s first readDaily edge before the open

DJIA: 17,763
S&P 500: 2,066
Nasdaq  Comp.: 4,886
Russell 2000:    1,255
Monday, April 6, 2015   9:08 a.m.

CONCLUSION:

     How will the Street take news Friday that the new hires jobs report for March came in well below projections ?  Is the economy beginning to weaken ?  If so will the market get whacked by selling, as pre-market futures today suggest ?

     Then too, indications that the economy is slumping increase the odds that the Fed won’t raise interest rates anytime soon ?  The Street has repeatedly considered that bullish.

     The market  continues to be locked in its Feb. – Mar.  consolidation range (DJIA 17,600 – 18,200; S&P 500: 2,040 – 2,115).  The Nasdaq Comp. is struggling, but  the small company Russell 2000 remains buoyant confirming my conclusion that the Street is opting for greater risk.

    Today’s support is DJIA 17,650. Breaking that 17,600 comes into play, and that is an “iffy” support. Bulls need to step in NOW to prevent a breakdown. S&P 500 must hold above 2,040.
     It would be very bullish if the market rebounds before 11:00 and closes at its high for the day.

 KEY FACTORS: 

Private sector employment (new hires) reported Friday plunged to 129,000 in March from 210,000 in February (revised). 

-Economic  indicators reported last week were mixed.
-Market still keyed on the Fed and it’s first bump up in interest rates.

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

COMMENTS:

The Street is in a quandary and doesn’t  know what to do. Earnings suck, international economies are on the verge of a serious recession, the Street welcomes bad economic news here, so the Fed won’t raise interest rates any time soon, but where else can one put their money ?  It all smacks of great opportunity, but also great risk,  It is what it is, so we must deal with it.  IMHO, there is an enormous amount of outright manipulation of stock prices and earnings period is where a lot of it takes place. Q1 earnings will soon be reported  –  #@*&))#

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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