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Advance RETAIL SALES comes in at +0.2%, less than expected. Stocks rebounded overnight due to a better than expected Spanish debt sale ( they sold more than they had initially figured on) and better than expected German consumer confidence figures. Yesterday saw us back at the October lows for both the EC and gold and they are not doing much in the way of clawing back lost ground this morning. The market should flatten out in front of the Federal Open Market Committee meeting. They will come out with their pronouncements about short-term interest rates and their view on the economy at 2:15 this afternoon. Although no one expects surprises, it’s best not to get in the way. The Fed announcement is one instance where it’s better to be late than early.
Week of December 12 - December 16
|Dec||08:30||Retail Sales ex-auto||Nov||0.6%||0.5%||0.6%|
|Dec||14:15||FOMC Rate Decision||Dec||0.25%||0.25%||0.25%|
|Dec||07:00||MBA Mortgage Index||12/10|
|Dec||08:30||Export Prices ex-ag.||Nov|
|Dec||08:30||Import Prices ex-oil||Nov|
|Dec||09:00||Net Long-Term TIC||Oct|
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.
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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Stops are not necessarily filled at the stop level. Past performance is not a guarantee of future results.
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