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John Cofran is a professional individual investor and money manager with 23+ years experience, and over $15,000,000 in assets under management. He is a former Pricewaterhouse auditor with degrees in Finance, Accounting and Economics from Boston College. In addition to building several highly... More
  • Dow and S&P Support Hold Up 0 comments
    Aug 24, 2010 5:06 PM | about stocks: GPS, WIN, KMB, GPC, COP, VZ, RRD, NLY, HCN, EXC, FE, LLY, HPT

    The market continued it's Summer time blues, sinking heavily after existing home sales contracted by more than 27%, worse than economists expected.

    At their worst level, the Dow was off more than 180 points, and the S&P fell by more than 20 points. After the sharp morning sell-off, the markets rallied after key support levels held.

    The Dow managed to hold the 10,000 level at the close, and the S&P managed to hold 1,050. A close below these levels will likely result in further selling to Dow 9,800 and S&P 1,042.

    I am recommending caution for the next 4 - 6 weeks. Use excessive selling in quality tech, retail and high yield stocks to make short-term trading profits. I recommend looking for entry points in (NYSE:GPS), (NASDAQ:WIN), (NYSE:KMB), (NYSE:GPC), (NYSE:COP), (NYSE:VZ), (NASDAQ:RRD), (NYSE:NLY), (NYSE:HCN), (NYSE:EXC), (NYSE:FE), (NYSE:LLY) and (NYSE:HPT).

    Closes below Dow 9,800 and S&P 1,042 likely set us up for new lows for the year. Use this weakness in September and early October to set up for a post-midterm election rally.

    Disclosure: Long: GPC, COP, VZ, NLY, HCN, EXC, FE, LLY and HPT

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