There was a small rebound off the intraday lows but it lacked conviction.

We got a minor dip today with the Dow hitting 10845 and -125 at the low before a +43 point rebound at the close. This was seriously lacking conviction in the bounce and the futures are down again overnight.

I have been expecting a pullback to give us an opportunity for some new entries but today's drop was not enough to have me rushing back into long positions.

Initial support on the Dow is 10825 followed by 10700. I would like to see at least the 10825 level penetrated intraday with a decent rebound. The support on the S&P is 1170 and we did not even come close today with a close at 1082. Corresponding support on the Nasdaq is 2400.

We are flat in the portfolio and I am still not recommending any new positions today. I want to continue to watch the market for an indication the dip is over and profit taking has ended. When in doubt I would rather remain in the safety of cash than be flipping a coin on market direction.

I believe we will get another rebound into earnings and then the market will roll over after the FOMC meeting on April 21st.

Jim Brown



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For simplicity of calculation simply use 20% of the underlying stock price and you will always be safe. ($25 stock * 20% = $5 margin)


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