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Nikkei lower by 14 % at one point in trading

                                     

Top Day Recommendations

3.15.11

Risk trades were definitely “off the table” last night as the Nikkei was lower by 14% at

one point in trading. The possibility of a cracked chamber in reactor #2 elevated radiation

levels in Tokyo, some 140 miles away. Workers at the power plant are allegedly being

exposed to radiation levels 4000 times that of an x-ray. At least Japanese GDP now

accounts for 8.7% of world GDP. It used to account for 18%. This is the biggest 2 day

drop for the Nikkei since 1987. It is difficult to ascertain exactly what’s going on with the

reactors as the main news source is the company that’s running them.

The FOMC meeting will be overshadowed today by world events. Given this environment,

the Fed will signal steadiness in policy. The damage that has been done to the Japanese

economy will have deflationary implications and push the Fed away from tightening.

This Week's CalendarDate

ET Release For Actual Briefing.com Consensus Prior Revised

From

Mar 15 08:30 Empire Manufacturing Mar 17.0 17.0 15.43

Mar 15 08:30 Export Prices ex-ag. Feb NA NA 0.9%

Mar 15 08:30 Import Prices ex-oil Feb NA NA 0.8%

Mar 15 09:00 Net Long-Term TIC Flows Jan NA NA $65.9B

Mar 15 10:00 NAHB Housing Market Index Mar 16 17 16

Mar 15 14:15 FOMC Rate Decision Mar 0.25% 0.25% 0.25%

Mar 16 07:00 MBA Mortgage Index 03/11 NA NA +15.5%

Mar 16 08:30 Housing Starts Feb 545K 570K 596K

Mar 16 08:30 Building Permits Feb 565K 573K 562K

Mar 16 08:30 PPI Feb 0.5% 0.6% 0.8%

Mar 16 08:30 Core PPI Feb 0.2% 0.2% 0.5%

Mar 16 08:30 Current Account Balance Q4 -$110.0B -$110.0B -$127.2B

Mar 16 10:30 Crude Inventories 03/12 NA NA 2.52M

Mar 17 08:30 Initial Claims 03/12 380K 387K 397K

Mar 17 08:30 Continuing Claims 03/05 3750K 3750K 3771K

ET Release For Actual Briefing.com Consensus Prior Revised

From

Mar 17 08:30 CPI Feb 0.3% 0.4% 0.4%

Mar 17 08:30 Core CPI Feb 0.1% 0.1% 0.2%

Mar 17 09:15 Industrial Production Feb 0.5% 0.6% -0.1%

Mar 17 09:15 Capacity Utilization Feb 76.5% 76.5% 76.10%

Mar 17 10:00 Leading Indicators Feb 1.0% 0.9% 0.1%

Mar 17 10:00 Philadelphia Fed Mar 25.0 28.0 35.9

Current views, speculations and suggestions.

They are good till close of business today. These are strictly technical

in nature, not fundamentally based or biased.

Legend

P is Positive

N is Negative

PRD is Potential Reversal Day

S2 is strong support

S1 is good support

DS is Daily Support

DR is Daily Resistance

R1 is Good Resistance

R2 is Strong Resistance

Levels are for the most active futures contract

Daily Support and Resistance

Trend S2 S1 DS DR R1 R2

Emini S+P N 1253.5 1292.25 1271 1300.50 1326 1351

Emini Naz P 2201.75 2285.5 2257 2303 2263.75 2424.75

Yen P 119.15 120.68 121.14 124.22 123.17 124.13

EC N 135.91 137.30 138.49 140.09 140.11 141.53

10 Year P 117.11 118.16 119.21 120.34 119.29 121.07

30 Year P 117.04 118.23 120.02 121.16 121.16 122.22

Soybeans N 12.38 12.86 13.08 13.49 14.00 14.66

Corn N 6.026 6.59 6.45 6.75 7.14 7.64

Apr Gold N 1390.6 1411.8 1410 1432 1447.6 1462.2

May Silver P 32.86 34.37 34.94 36.93 37.07 38.42

May Copper N 384.60 403.50 410 422.90 446.70 470.70

April Crude N 94.53 97.56 97.10 102.56. 105.29 109.98

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.

Use Stops. Some find it appropriate to look at the

margin requirement and use that as a Stop or if

it’s a steep initial requirement, use half. But

whatever you do, stop thinking about any other

alternative and use Stops.

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Futures trading entails considerable risk and is not for

everyone. An account can lose more than its initial

investment.

Stops are not necessarily filled at the stop level. Past

performance is not a guarantee of future results.

 

Charles Kespert

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