Trouble if Rally Fails

Investor’s first read Daily edge before the open

DJIA: 17,840
S&P 500: 2,085
Nasdaq  Comp.4,941
Russell 2000:    1,220

Friday, May 1, 2015   9:04 a.m.

     If the market opens on the upside today as pre-market futures trading at 8:50 indicates, that rally will have to  hold or the April 17 support (DJIA: 17,748; S&P 500: 2,073; Nasdaq Comp. 4,919) will be tested.

Resistance is: DJIA: 17,919; S&P 500;2,094; Nasdaq Comp.: 4,987.


    We saw a deviation from the norm in stock trading yesterday.  So often the Street gets a shot of adrenalin when it looks like economic numbers suggest a Fed hike in interest rates is coming later rather than sooner.

     Not so, this time.  The Fed is wary of an increase at this time, due to a softening in the economy after six years of recovery

     I headlined yesterday that the month of May will be a crossroads where the market will move decidedly up or down, breaking out of the  three month trading range, roughly (DJIA 17,600 – 18,200; S&P 500: 2,040 – 2,115; Nasdaq Comp.: 4,845 – 5,050).

     While Q1 earnings have put a damper on stocks, the Street’s negativity may be overdone.  The quarter looks more like a drop of 0.2 percent, down from 3.1 percent a month ago.

     If the Street sees a robust rebound in earnings, expect an upside breakout.  Otherwise, it looks like the sideways trading range will continue, even trend down over the summer months.


     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.

My Technical Analysis of the 30 DJIA Companies
     On occasion, I technically analyze each of the 30 DJIA stocks  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 April 17, a reasonable risk was 17,687; more extreme risk 17,500; and the upside potential: 18,157.   The DJIA peaked at 18,175 yesterday prior to a selloff that started in early trading.

     NEW: As of yesterday’s close (Apr. 27) my new calculations are:  Reasonable risk: 17,887; more extreme risk: 17,640; and near-term upside: 18,334 (a new high).


     The quarterly earnings reporting period is being its usual pain in the butt. The biggest detriment to consistent valuations is the Street’s over emphasis on whether a company hits the projections the Street sets which are mostly based on company guidance.  It really shouldn’t matter is a company “misses” or fails to “beat” by enough to pass muster.  Company management shouldn’t be so short-term focused.

   And by the way,  who is wrong with a “miss” – the company or the Street ?


-Stock market bubble – China
-Q1 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.
Concern that the U.S. economy is beginning to slump. This week is mixed.

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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