Top Day Recommendations
A bit late but a bit later is better than not at all.
No eco releases. Of course, Greece receives second bail out infusion after agreeing to reduce indebtedness from 160% of GDP to 120%. China also reduced reserve rates on banks suggesting economic weakness there. Iran cuts exports of oil to France and Britain. Of course, Britain doesn’t actually buy Iranian oil but who’s counting. Iran is losing 18% of its exports with the cuts to Europe and this will probably end up going to China. With signs of moderate economic growth and some signs of contractionin China, the Iranian premium in crude is getting excessive. Resistance today is 105.50.
One disorientating thing to today’s trade is the holiday on Monday. Stocks didn’t trade but everything else did in shortened sessions. Still Monday’s trade will be absorbed into Tuesday creating one massive day which has a way of distorting the usual levels of support and resistance.
Week of February 20 - February 24
|Feb||07:00||MBA Mortgage Index||02/18||NA||NA||-1.0%|
|Feb||10:00||Existing Home Sales||Jan||4.50M||4.63M||4.61M|
|Feb||10:00||FHFA Housing Price||Dec||NA||NA||1.0%|
|Feb||09:55||Michigan Sentiment -||Feb||73.5||73.0||72.5|
|Feb||10:00||New Home Sales||Jan||320K||315K||307K|
Numbers are good up until the close of business today. These are strictly technical in nature, not fundamentally based or biased.
U is Up
D is Down
PRD is Potential Reversal Day
S2 is Weekly strong support
S1 is Weekly good support
DS is Daily Support
DR is Daily Resistance
R1 is Weekly Good Resistance
|R2 is Weekly Strong Resistance|
|Levels are for the most active futures contract|
|Daily Support and Resistance|
N.B.: if you initiate a trade using ANY of these numbers use a STOP at least equivalent to 2 ½%.
Repeat: use Stops. Don’t think about using Stops.
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