Once Again, Bulls Put to the Test

Investor’s first read Daily edge before the open

DJIA: 17,477
S&P 500
: 2,091
Nasdaq  Comp.5,048:
Russell 2000: 1,212

Monday,  Aug. 17, 2015   9:09 a.m.

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TODAY: 

    The Bulls did show up Friday and it was a good day with stocks closing at the highs for the day.  But it was  not a BIG day.  The Bulls will have their work cut  out for them at slightly higher levels.

    A mixed-to-soft open should be tempting to the bulls, though this market is not without uncertainties such as: sluggish global economies, especially China, soft  guidance on corporate earnings; uncertainty on the timing of a Fed increase in interest rates, a slump in commodity prices that generally accompany (lead) economic recoveries,  “pricey” stock valuations.

     If the Bulls are going to override those uncertainties, they will have to step in  now.  This is a case where it smarter to let the market tell you where its strength lies rather than to guess.

     For weeks, I have projected a buying opportunity in the fall (Sept./Oct.), and still see that happening.    

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RESISTANCE:  If the bulls can reverse a soft open, look for  jump to DJIA: 17,587; S&P 500: 2,103; Nasdaq Comp: 5,082.    

SUPPORT: DJIA:17,375; S&P 500: 2,079; Nasdaq Comp.: 5,018.

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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 vulnerable to a continued correction/consolidation 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:  Big week for economic reports plus FOMC meeting and a report (no press conference) at 2:00 Wednesday.
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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 ? So far, results are mixed. Yesterday’s news indicates softness in chain store sales and Consumer Confidence, but a bit of strength in PMI Services  and good strength in Richmond Fed Manufacturing.

     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 8/11).

 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 12,  a reasonable risk is 17,357; a more extreme risk is 17,233. Near-term upside potential is 17,790. Friday’s stability improved the low/high numbers here.

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KEY EXTERNAL FACTORS: 

-Devaluation of the Chinese yuan

-U.S. economy – rebound Q3 and Q4 ?

-Fed increase in interest rates

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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