Some Traders Will Stay…and Why

Investor’s first read – Daily edge before the open
DJIA: 17,813
S&P 500: 2,088
Nasdaq Comp:5,116
Russell 2000: 1,198
Thursday: Nov. 27, 2015 8:58 a.m.
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Trading should be light today for the obvious reasons. Even so, the “must own” Stock Trader’s Almanac (2016 edition available) has a reason for some traders to hand around at least until 1:00 p.m. when the market closes.
Pre-presidential election years have a record of being the best of the four-year election cycle with presidential election years running a close second. But the eighth year of a two-term presidency is the exception with the S&P 500 losing an average of 10.9% going back to 1901.
This supports my expectation of a major correction in January setting the precedent of a rough year for stocks in 2016.
Based on 62 years of data, the Almanac suggests that short-term traders should consider selling certain positions today, 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.
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SUPPORT “today”: DJIA:17,784; S&P 500:2,084; Nasdaq Comp.:5,109
RESISTANCE “today”: DJIA:17,861; S&P 500:2,094;Nasdaq Comp.:5,129
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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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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” (0.149677) 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
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 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.
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Note: Source of economic data
For a weekly economic calendar and good recap of indicators, go to mam.econoday.com.
*Stock Trader’s Almanac
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George Brooks
Investor’s first read
A Game-On Analysis, LLC publication
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