Perfect Storm – Fed Decision + Quad Witching

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DJIA:  16,370
S&P 500:  1,953
Nasdaq  Comp.;4,805
Russell 2000:   1,153

Tuesday:  Sept 15,  2015   8:58 a.m.



      At 2:30, Thursday, we get the answer from the Fed if interest rates will rise slightly from its zero-based policy.  Fed Chief Janet Yellen, holds a press conference at 2:30. Quadruple Witching Friday hits the next day

   Quadruple Witching occurs four times a year and is the day index futures, index options, stock options and stock futures expire.


    Could be !  This gives traders little time to unwind their futures and options positions before contracts expire Friday.  In recent years, traders have unwound positions in advance, but how can they this time not knowing what the Fed will do ?

     Based on surveys, the Street does not believe the Fed will raise rates this time around, so traders are likely be leaning in that direction setting up a perfect storm of chaotic trading should the Fed raise rates.

     If no action is taken by the Fed this month, the next meeting that this cannot happen until December 16. There is no meeting scheduled for November and no press conference scheduled for October. An announcement this important would not be released without  a  press conference

       If a press conference is scheduled for October, everyone would know why, likewise if  a November meeting is suddenly scheduled.

     Economic indicators are mixed with employment numbers suggesting a possible rate rise, but manufacturing and inflation data is saying – not now.

TODAY:  Mixed

SUPPORT today: DJIA: 16,322 ; S&P 500:1,948; Nasdaq Comp.:4,792.

RESISTANCE today: DJIA: 16,447; S&P 500:1,964; Nasdaq Comp.:4,826 .

Obviously, any comment by a Fed official, voting or non-voting, that even hints at a decision would move the market in a big way.  It is a coiled spring with big potential up or down depending on a decision by the Fed.


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” (0.1498588) 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  September 8, 2015,  a reasonable risk is 15,827; a more extreme risk is 15,713. Near-term upside potential is 16,930.  Note: A drop below DJIA 15,713  would be very bearish.


        The following news has been  a contributor to recent market weakness, though most of these issues have been with us for weeks/months. 

-Chinese stock markets worst drop since 2007,  currently rebounding

-European stocks on verge of bear market (Germany’s DAX off 20%)

-U.S. stocks recovering from ugly crunch

-Commodities at 16-year low, but oil stabilizing.

-currency meltdown

-No one has a clue when the Fed will bump interest rates, including the Fed. The latest comment was by N.Y. Fed’s Dudley who said an increase in Sept. is “Less compelling”.

-Brent oil and WTI oil falling again

      NOTE: Some of the Street’s pundits are arguing that this market behavior is unreasonable since the U.S. economy is doing well, if not great. Bear in mind, the stock market has historically been an early warning signal for the beginning of a recession, leading by as little as two months and as much as  13 months.


  • STATUS OF MARKET: Bullish but in a correction  into the fall.
  • OPPORTUNITY: Volatility has set in, market has rebounded from August’s “flash crash”  and is approaching an area of resistance.
  • RISK: Above average with news sensitive market.
  • KEY FACTORS:  Fed decision on rates; strength of economic rebound; Outlook for Q3/Q4 earnings; technical underpinnings weakening
  • CONCLUSION:  Having broken major support levels, the market is probing for a level that discounts uncertainties and negatives.

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


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