Market Back Inside 5-Month Trading Range

Investor’s first readDaily edge before the open

DJIA: 17,977
S&P 500: 2,099
Nasdaq  Comp.: 5,071 
Russell 2000: 1,265

Tuesday, July 14, 2015   9:09 a.m.


  • STATUS OF MARKET:  Bull with volatility within consolidation pattern
  • OPPORTUNITY: Whipsaw gives nimble trader chance to exploit extremes.
    Selective profit taking of strength advised. Market has returned to the trading range that contained it for five months.  Big question – Can it hold its ground ?  Bigger question – Can it breakout on the upside ?  Q2 earnings and projections for Q3 and Q4 will decide.
  • RISK: Above average with news sensitive market.
  • KEY FACTORS:  Fed decision on rates; strength of economic rebound; Outlook for Q3/Q4 earnings.
  • CONCLUSION: Whipsaw market suggests buying be made on dips. Not easy because the market always looks like it will go lower when market is declining.  Pick level below the market you think is reasonable, also consider a wild bid, a price below the market where the stock just might drop to in a flurry of selling in the overall market.




     I think the U.S. economy is the key to the direction of stocks from here. The Street would love “firm” but not “robust,” as it would buy time before the Fed bumps interest rates up.

Resistance today:  DJIA: 18,057; S&P 500:2,108; Nasdaq Comp.:5,103.

Support today  DJIA: 17,905; S&P 500:2,091 ; Nasdaq Comp.:5,048


      This has been a classic news whipsaw, hopefully China and Greece’s influence will wane from now, so the Street can focus on the U.S. economy and corporate earnings which will begin to flow this month.

     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 risk, so much as a “pause” in the economy.

      Q2 earnings will begin to flow in coming weeks.  FactSet Research sees year-over-year  for Q2  coming in as a decline of 4.5% with a return to growth developing in Q4 of close to +4.2%.

       Most likely, all this was the reason for the five-month flat trading range that was interrupted by dual negatives (China and Greece).


       BEWARE of crunches in stock prices of companies that “miss” projections, or simply don’t “beat” by enough.  This is an area where I think certain stock prices are manipulated by shorts or institutions that want to accumulate larger positions.




      The guessing game continues – Will the Fed bump interest rates up in September, or later ?

      Obviously, their decision will key on the strength of the U.S. economy where housing is taking the lead and now consumer expectations are soaring.


My Technical Analysis of the 30 DJIA Companies

 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.
     As of  July 2,  a reasonable risk is 17,527; a more extreme risk is 17,380 The upside potential is has dropped with the market’s inability to follow through last week and is now 17,948.  


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-Stock market bubble – China
Q2 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.
Recent strength in employment and housing industry shifting concern from a weakening in the U.S. economy to enough strength to prompt an early bump up in interest rates.


Note: Source of economic data

For a weekly economic calendar and good recap of  indicators, go to


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


Investor’s first read, is a Game-On Analysis, LLC publication for which George Brooks is sole owner, manager and writer.  Neither Game-On Analysis, LLC, nor George  Brooks  is  registered as an investment advisor.  Ideas expressed herein are the opinions of the writer, are for informational purposes, and are not to serve as the sole basis for any investment decision. References to specific securities should not be construed  as particularized or as investment advice as recommendations that you or any investors purchase or sell these securities on their own account. Readers are expected to assume full responsibility for conducting their own research pursuant to investment in keeping with their tolerance for risk










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