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Will the Euro be saved?

Top Day Recommendations

12.08.11

The market edges closer to the EU summit Friday in Brussels. What will be the result? Will the Euro be saved? Will Europe implode? The ECB should be cutting rates today to 1% but that is already baked into the market. Will there be a 900 billion dollar firewall thrown up around the peripherals? It seems that new ECB head Mario Draghi is eager to do what it takes but will the Germans go along? Can they repress their fears of hyper-inflation? Will there be a fiscal compact? Best guess is that they will come up with some working premise to get through the end of the year and the holidays. The gerrymandered result is more than likely going to disappoint the market. What is difficult to look past is the slowdown of the Chinese economy, the fact that Australia actually lost jobs and that Europe seems poised to enter a recession prompted in part by austerity measures. Ultimately, the core of the EU will survive all this but one of the peripherals, probably Greece will default.

Today is rollover day for stock index futures; yes, March will now be the front month going forward.

Week of December 05 - December 09

Date ET Release For Actual Briefing.com Briefing.com Prior Revised
          Forecast Consensus   From
Dec 10:00 Factory Orders Oct   -0.6% -0.4% 0.3%  
05    
               
Dec 10:00 ISM Services Nov   53.0 53.4 52.9  
05    
               
Dec 07:00 MBA Mortgage Index 12/03   NA NA -11.7%  
07    
               
Dec 10:30 Crude Inventories 12/03   NA NA 3.932M  
07    
               
Dec 15:00 Consumer Credit Oct   $7.0B $7.0B $7.4B  
07    
               
Dec 08:30 Initial Claims 12/03   400K 395K 402K  
08    
               
Dec 08:30 Continuing Claims 11/26   3700K 3700K 3740K  
08    
               
Dec 10:00 Wholesale Oct   0.2% 0.2% -0.1%  
08 Inventories    
             
Dec 08:30 Trade Balance Oct   -$44.0B -$44.0B -  
09   $43.1B  
             
Dec 09:55 Mich Sentiment Dec   63.0 65.0 64.1  
09    
               

Numbers are good up until the close of business today. These are strictly technical in nature, not fundamentally based or biased.

Legend

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  
               
  Trend WS2 WS1 DS DR WR1 WR2
Mar U 1131.50 1187.50 1243.50 1267.50 1281 1318
           
ES              
Mar PRD 2108 2206 2291 2342 2372.50 2442
           
Nasdaq (U)            
Dec PRD 126.80 127.47 128.61 128.89 129.11 130.08
           
Yen (U)            
Dec EC U 131.14 132.59 133.46 134.49 135.50 136.95
           
Mar 10 D 127.17 128.19 129.12 130.09 130.24 131.26
           
Year              
               
Mar 30 D 137.17 139.22 140.21 142.16 144.01 146.07
           
Year              
Mar U 11.07 11.26 11.27 11.47 11.39 11.47
           
Soybea              
ns              
March D 5.78 5.86 5.81 5.99 6.09 6.24
           
Corn              
Feb U 1653.9 1701.550 1729 1753 1781 1814
           
Gold              
Mar D 29.89 31.29 32.30 32.90 33.91 35.13
           
Silver              
Mar U 317 338 351 360 371 383
           
Copper              
Jan U 95.38 98.25 99.46 101.73 103.97 104.62
           
Crude              
               

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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Charles Kespert

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