Street To Parse Yellen’s Words Today

Investor’s first readDaily edge before the open

DJIA: 17,904
S&P 500: 2,096
Nasdaq  Comp.: 5,055
Russell 2000: 1.269

Wednesday, June 17, 2015   9:03 a.m.


     The FOMC will release its report on the economy at 2:00 p.m., Fed Chief Janet Yellen will hold a press conference at 2:30. While a major announcement is not expected, the Street will parse every word of her comments for a clue regarding timing of a bump in interest rates.      

     While Greece’s woes have been a drag, a settlement would remove lift a lid of uncertainty over the market.
  The Russell 2000 has been a powerhouse throughout, an indication the Street is reaching for more risk to achieve gains.

     While this bull market has racked up incredible gains in six years, I do not see the sloppy buying yet, rank speculation with people making overnight gains in low-priced stocks.  I don’t even hear people talking about the market yet.

      Overpriced by a number of yardsticks – YES ! 
      Nevertheless, It is very hard to stop a runaway train, and even more difficult to jump off one.

The intense volatility over the last four months with abrupt surges and plunges in the market involved a corrective process, but more so it represents the potential for  a “top” formation or “base” formation for a big move.

RESISTANCE today is:  DJIA: 18,027; S&P 500: 2,107; Nasdaq Comp.:  5,083

MINOR SUPPORT today is:  DJIA: 17,881; S&P 500:2,093; Nasdaq Comp.: 5,048


     The BIG “Q” here is whether the U.S. economy will rebound from its Q1 slump and how robust that bounce would be.

      The Street is in a quandary. A sharp rebound in the economy would hasten a Fed bump up in interest rates, which to-date the Street has considered to be bearish.  A further slump in the economy would keep interest rates at all-time lows, which so far the Street thinks is bullish.

      However, the economy can only slump so far before the Street changes heart and heads for the exits.

       Last week’s employment and retail numbers were upbeat.  This week May Industrial Production and June Empire State Manufacturing were below forecasts, though the Housing Market Index beat estimates reaching a nine month high. While May Housing Starts slipped, permits for future construction surged to an 8-year high.    


QUESTION:   Will people be able to think independently 20 years from now, or will they have to ask a hand-held computer for the answer ?  Then too, who posts the info they are accessing ? Final question:  If a tree falls in the forest, does a hand held computer hear it ?

    I am far from the smartest person in the country, city, on my block, or in my home, but don’t take over my ability to think things through.

    Think about it (if you haven’t already surrendered that option), where is this going ?



     The four month trading range intact since February is (DJIA: 17,600 to 18,300; S&P 500: 2,040 to 2,130; Nasdaq Comp.: 4,856 to 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.

     The DJIA and S&P 500 are unchanged since April 30.

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” (0.1498588) to get the DJIA for those levels.
     As of  June 5, a reasonable risk is 17,763; a more extreme risk is 17,556 The upside potential is has dropped with the market’s inability to follow through last week and is now 18,160.



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-Stock market bubble – China
Q2 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.
Recent strength in employment and housing industry shifting concern from a weakening in the U.S. economy to enough strength to prompt an early bump up in interest rates.


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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