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July = Real Test for Stocks

June was mostly a range bound month with violent swings in each direction. As we enter July, stocks are pressing up near the 50 day moving average at 1620. We will breakout above if the economic data is solid. And we will go back lower in the range if the data is poor.

The first week of July provides the biggest fireworks with the key reports in bold.

Monday: PMI Mfg Index, ISM Mfg Index, Construction Spending

Tuesday: Factory Orders, Motor Vehicle Sales

Wednesday: ADP Employment, ISM Services

Friday: Jobless Claims, Government Employment Situation

By Wednesday investors should show their hand on the next move for stocks. Best to trade in sync with that trend. So be prepared to act.

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