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Investor’s first read – Daily edge before the open
DJIA: 17,812
S&P 500: 2,089
Nasdaq Comp:5,102
Russell 2000: 1,188
Wednesday: Nov. 25, 2015 10:59 a.m.
Turkey’s downing of a Russian fighter jet yesterday failed to deter buyers who obviously assumed the incident was not enough to start a war.
Reports on the U.S. economy have been favorable enough to keep the Fed on track for an increase in interest rates in December. Apparently, the Street has accepted that as fact and sees U.S. stocks and bonds as the only place to invest safely.
This has been a rough year for money managers, so expect a scramble to put points on the board or at least position portfolios for better results next year.
Based on 62 years of data, the Almanac suggests that traders be long this week but exit Friday, since the Monday after Thanksgiving tends to be a downer. Obviously there have been exceptions over the years and this logic is not suitable for all portfolios. I mention it here for those who plan to sell but stand to benefit from selling Friday rather than Monday.
SUPPORT “today”: DJIA:17,786; S&P 500:2,086; Nasdaq Comp.:5,090
RESISTANCE “today”: DJIA:17,876; S&P 500:2,096;Nasdaq Comp.:5,109
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.
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” (0.149677) 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 November 19, 2015, a reasonable risk is 17,580 a more extreme risk is 17,436. Near-term upside potential is 17,967
 STATUS OF MARKET: Bullish but “at risk” of a correction, especially Fed-based
 OPPORTUNITY: RISK: Risk increases with higher market, but light on the Street is GREEN in spite of negatives.
 CASH RESERVE: 25% – 45% depends on tolerance for risk.
 KEY FACTORS: Fed decision on rates; strength of economic rebound; Outlook for Q3/Q4 earnings; Stimulus Europe/China a catalyst !!
 CONCLUSION: Suddenly, odds of a December bump up in interest rates has increased dramatically. Over the years, the market has sold off when it appeared that an increase was imminent. It did not do so after the announcement Friday, but did on Monday as the Street began projecting the timing of subsequent rate increases in 2016 – 2017.
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
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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