Waiting for a “Sign”

Investor’s first readDaily edge before the open

DJIA: 18,070
S&P 500: 2,114
Nasdaq  Comp.5,016
Russell 2000:    1,233

Tuesday, May 5, 2015   8:43 a.m.

TODAY: This week’s employment data is calling the shots for now.

Wednesday (8:15) gives us  the ADP Employment data followed by Friday’s Employment Situation data (8:30), both key as far as the Fed is concerned.

Support: DJIA: 18,017; S&P 500: 2,100; Nasdaq Comp.: 5,003

     Look for a mixed market at the open with the potential for an attempt to top April’s highs of DJIA 18,175 (S&P 500: 2,125).  The Nasdaq Comp. and Russell 2000 have a bit more work to do to beat April highs of 5,119 and 1,260 respectively.
    The Street is coping with a tradeoff – a rebounding economy and a resulting bump  up in interest rates by the Fed,  or a sagging economy, no bump, but the bad stuff that follows, including lower corporate earnings going forward on top of  stocks that are  “pricey” for those conditions.
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     Last week’s post headlined  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 – 2,120; Nasdaq Comp.: 4,850 – 5,100).

     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 ANALYSIS: 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 mam.econoday.com.


*Stock Trader’s Almanac

George Brooks
Investor’s first read
A Game-On Analysis, LLC publication


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