Market NEEDS Leadership !

Investor’s first read Daily edge before the open

DJIA: 17,919
S&P 500: 2,119
Nasdaq  Comp.: 5,208
Russell 2000: 1,254

Wednesday,  July 22, 2015   8:28 a.m.

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TODAY:

     Overhead supply  put a lid on stocks starting last Thursday.  It all looks innocent even with yesterday’s drop in the DJIA, which lost 181 points (1.00%). But,  120 points of that loss was in two stocks (IBM -10.10 and United Tech :UTX -7.77), all the while the S&P 500 gave up only0.43% and Nasdaq Comp. 0.21%.
     The correction underway now will seek a comfort level above  DJIA 17,800 (S&P 500: 2,100, Nasdaq Comp.: 5,100), as it factors in Q2 earnings and resulting changes in Q3 estimates and guidance.

     Watch any rally attempts for lack of oomph.  There is overhead supply at these levels. Any drop off in buyers give the bears a chance to hammer bids.

Too many negative “surprises” with Q2 earnings would add to their momentum. Market needs leadership.

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RESISTANCE today: The market will open on the downside. A one-day reversal would at  DJIA: 17,967; S&P 500:2,125; Nasdaq Comp.:5,221. That does not seem likely !

SUPPORT today:   DJIA:17,801 ; S&P 500: 2,133 ; Nasdaq Comp.:5,173.
The DJIA will open 69 points lower just on drops in Apple AAPL: -8.50) and Microsoft (MSFT: -1.90) alone.

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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 turn back 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.
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  • STATUS OF MARKET:  Stocks have skidded to a halt, in face of a flow of  Q2 earnings. 
  • OPPORTUNITY: Volatility has set in and overhead supply is building
  • RISK: Above average with news sensitive market.
  • CASH RESERVE: 25% (up 5%)
  • KEY FACTORS:  Fed decision on rates; strength of economic rebound; Outlook for Q3/Q4 earnings; technical underpinnings weakening
  • CONCLUSION: The Street does not want this party to end even though valuations are above the “norm,” the economy is iffy, and corporate earnings in Q2 will be down. While we need another week or so to get a feel for how the Street  will react to Q2 earnings, a cash reserve is warranted, since I AM GETTING THE IMPRESSION THE STREET’S ESTIMATES ARE RUNNING ON THE HIGH SIDE.

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SUMMARY  (No change)

     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.

      Q2 earnings are coming in and suggest the Street is “over” estimating Q2 and beyond.  Just a feeling I have.  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%. It’s the latter that could sink stocks into an ugly slide.

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THE FED

      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.

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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 16,  a reasonable risk is 18,000c; a more extreme risk is 17,950 The upside potential is has dropped with the market’s inability to follow through last week and is now 18,329. Yesterday, the DJIA broke below 17,950, but 120 points of that was IBM’s loss. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

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KEY EXTERNAL FACTORS: 

-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.

-Greece:  I DON’T  THINK GREECE WILL BE IN THE EURO A YEAR FROM NOW

Note: Source of economic data

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

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

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