Market Poised for a Big Move

Investor’s first read Daily edge before the open

DJIA: 18,312
S&P 500: 2,127
Nasdaq  Comp. 5,020
Russell 2000: 1,255

Wednesday, May 20, 2015   9:14 a.m.


     Both the DJIA and S&P 500 hit new highs again yesterday, but failed to follow through.  The Nasdaq Comp. and Russell 2000 were ho-hummers.

      New highs in the DJIA and S&P 500 should trigger the Street’s computers to signal something, depending on the mindset of their programmers or the algorithms that have been plugged in.

      I still think the best computer is the human mind, conditioned by experience and capable of  adjusting to changing circumstances.   

     There is no Fed press conference today following the release of the FOMC minutes at 2 p.m. today, a solid indication no major policy change is in the offing.

     The Street is hoping for improved economic indicators this week, especially in housing and the leading economic indicators (Thurs. 10:00 a.m.).

      There is increasing speculation that a recession is looming.  Traditionally, the market turns down several months ahead of the beginning of a recession (likewise for a bull market bottom), so the bears may need to put the horse ahead of the cart before any victory laps.

     Housing Starts for April were announced yesterday– up 20.2%, permits up 10.1%, double projections.  Starts beat projections, as well.

Fed Chief Janet Yellen speaks at 1:00 Friday.

      Consider two things:

  1. New highs would get headlines in the press and  attract emotional buying.
  2. Expect institutions to do some selling resulting in the possibility of a  rally failure to follow the new highs. Currently, the DJIA is up 5.3% and S&P and Nasdaq Comp. up 2.4% in 7 days.
  3. If the selling is massive, expect a major correction, i.e. the BIG money has been waiting to pull the plug and new highs is their chance to do it at the best price.
  4. If  massive selling  does not show up, a rally failure and sharp technical correction will be reversed in a day or two and a full scale breakout develop.

Support today is DJIA: 18,295; S&P 500: 2,126; Nasdaq Comp.: 5,065.

Breaking that, a correction to DJIA: 18,235; S&P 500: 2,122; Nasdaq Comp.:5,056 is likely. 

     Two weeks ago, I  headlined  that the month of May will be a crossroads where the market will move decidedly up or down, breaking out of the  three month trading range, roughly (DJIA 17,600 – 18,200; S&P 500: 2,040 – 2,120; Nasdaq Comp.: 4,850 – 5,100).


     The six months period between Nov. 1 and May 1 has historically been the best six months for the stock market.* The six months between May 1 and Nov. 1 has underperformed. Consistent as this seasonal pattern has been, it must be noted that opportunities to trade against these trends have occurred often.  Analysts and the press will make a lot of noise about this phenom in coming months –  be careful.

My Technical Analysis of the 30 DJIA Companies:  

On occasion, I technically analyze each of the 30 DJIA stocks  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  May 14, a reasonable risk is 18,760. The upside potential is19,225 up from 18,334. That would be welcome. 

    Based on what we have seen in Q1 earnings, the current economic reports and timing of a Fed increase in interest rates, that’s hard to believe  – BUT the potential is there now. It needs a spark.


     The quarterly earnings reporting period is being its usual pain in the butt. The biggest detriment to consistent valuations is the Street’s over emphasis on whether a company hits the projections the Street sets which are mostly based on company guidance.  It really shouldn’t matter is a company “misses” or fails to “beat” by enough to pass muster.  Company management shouldn’t be so short-term focused.

   And by the way,  who is wrong with a “miss” – the company or the Street ?


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-Stock market bubble – China
-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. This week is mixed.

Note: Source of economic data

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


*Stock Trader’s Almanac

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


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