September Rears its Ugly Face

The seasoned financial media will certainly have good, cerebral explanations to explain yesterday’s sell-off. Seemingly it was “monstrous” Hurricane Irma and North Korea, the latter apparently going nowhere anytime soon. Throw in September’s negative seasonality and the story of why the market fell yesterday couldn’t be clearer!

The American stock market fell on Tuesday, the first trading day this week, as North Korea and the West sent tremors rippling through Wall Street. The S&P 500 fell 0.8%, recording its worst trading day since August 17th, financial stocks leading the way lower with their biggest losing day since May 17th. Insurance stocks saw downward pressure after yet another rise in the risk threshold that a new hurricane, named Irma, could hit Florida.

North Korea successfully tested a hydrogen bomb over the weekend which triggered an earthquake with a 6.3 reading on the Richter scale. The ETF tracking South Korea, the EWY, fell 2.8%. Investors, alternatively, increased their exposure to safe-haven assets like gold, which soared 1.1%.

The last time the market fell against the backdrop of concerns regarding North Korea proved itself to be a beautiful buying opportunity. Just a week ago, the indexes opened at a gap down after a ballistic missile cruised over Japan’s skies; stocks, in the 4 ensuing days, rallied day in and day out.

Market players were well aware of the tendency to “buy the bad news” and that’s the reason it didn’t work yesterday. Earlier in the trading day, right after the negative opening, the market attempted to rebound, but when the market fell to the daily opening level, algorithms went into sell-mode.

It’s not the news that’s pushing the selling. It’s the way in which the programs are now responding to the news. “Buying the correction” was too clear and predictable to be able to function in the same way. Nobody has an edge when everybody has the same information.

Despite yesterday’s losses, the technical damage is yet to show up on the charts. The S&P 500 succeeded in producing a daily bottom precisely on the 50-period EM, and from there, bounced back, closing far from the bottom. The NASDAQ also closed above its 50-period EMA.

Is this the beginning of the downtrend the bears had been anticipating for ever so long?! It’s still too early to say! At minimum, some support levels will need to be neutralized for a downtrend to develop. Yesterday, that didn’t happen. In the event the market continues falling and the market test August’s low at the SPY’s 241.83 point level, then, there will be room for worry.

Daily Summary: The S&P 500 fell 0.75%. The Dow Jones ended off 1.07%, the NASDAQ falling 0.93%.

Wednesday: A packed Economic Diary will greet investors today. Investors will continue to eye any and every development in so far as tension between North Korea and the West goes – first and foremost, the U.S.

At 9:45, the service sector PMI index will be released, immediately followed by another indicator, the Supply Managers’ non-manufacturing index coming out at 10:00. The Fed’s Beige Book on the economy will then be released in the afternoon, at 14:00 N.Y. time. The list of companies reporting today before opening includes NAV.

Index Last Daily change
DJX 21,753 (1.07%) Down
SPX 2,458 (0.75%) Down
Nasdaq 6,376 (0.93%) Down


Wednesday’s Hot Stocks: PLAY, COUP, DLTH, HPE, NAV, VRNT

IPOs: None

Have a great trading day!


Economic Calendar


DAY TIME (EST) Event Forecast Impact
Wednesday 8:30 International Trade $-44.6 B Medium
Wednesday 9:45 PMI Services Index 54.6 to 56.9  Medium
Wednesday 10:00 ISM Non-Mfg Index 55.4  Medium
Wednesday 14:00 Beige Book High
Thursday 8:30 Jobless Claims 239 K Medium
Thursday 11:00 Oil Inventories Low
Friday 10:00 Wholesale Trade 0.4 % Medium


Earning Calendar


Symbol Company AM/PM Day
HPE Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company PM Tuesday
PLAY Dave & Buster’s Entertainment, Inc. PM Tuesday
CASY Casey’s General Stores, Inc. PM Tuesday
NAV Navistar International Corporation AM Wednesday
VRNT Verint Systems Inc. PM Wednesday
DCI Donaldson Company, Inc. AM Thursday
DVMT Dell Technologies Inc. AM Thursday
SAIC Science Applications International Corporation PM Thursday
FNSR Finisar Corporation PM Thursday
PAY VeriFone Systems, Inc. PM Thursday
KR The Kroger Co. AM Friday


Today’s Picks – Day Trading!
Symbol Breakout Breakdown Momentum Momentum
VFC 64.25 DG MPC
TEVA 15.32   CCL
MNK 35   ALL


New York Strategy Swing

# Date Stock Long\


Statues Data Close Profit\


1 2.8.2017 AKAM Short Close 3.8.2017 -1.12%
2 3.8.2017 NKE Long Close 8.8.2017 +0.02%
3 4.8.2017 SBUX Short Close 16.8.2017 +2.40%
4 8.8.2017 NTAP Long Close 9.8.2017 -1.17%
5 22.8.2017 ATHM Long Close 23.8.2017 +0.16%
6 23.8.2017 AAP Short Close 26.8.2017 +0.98%
7 28.8.2017 CREE Short Close 30.8.2017 -0.86%
8 30.8.2017 TRIP Long Open   +3.79%
9 1.9.2017 VNTV Long Open -0.59%


Today’s Picks – Swing “New-York Strategy”

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Risk Rates: Normal – Regular size, High –Consider reducing size, Low – Consider increasing size