U.S. stock market futures are set to open near all-time highs to start a Thursday morning. The Dow Jones Industrial Average traded above 29,000 for the first time in history, helping add to the bullish tone on Wall Street to start the year. The signing of the Phase 1 trade deal and a slew of positive earnings reports helped the index’s rise on Wednesday. Later today retail sales, the Philly Fed business index, and initial jobless claims reports will be released, and traders will be watching for signs the economy remains strong.
The S&P 500 traded at another all-time high at 3298.66 and closed at 3289.29 on Wednesday. Sellers came into the market late in the day and moved the index back into the recent trading range of 3258.14- 3294.25 on lower than average volume. The RSI index is still in the overbought zone at a close of 70.64. The longer the basing inside the trading range goes, the better a chance there will be a possible new sustained up move. Markets will continue to watch fourth-quarter earnings as a potential market mover.
We are currently long-term bullish and short-term bullish.
John N. Lilly III
Accredited Portfolio Management Advisor℠
Accredited Asset Management Specialist℠
Portfolio Manager, RJ
Partner, Windsor Wealth
The Relative Strength Index (RSI), developed by J. Welles Wilder, is a momentum oscillator that measures the speed and changes of price movements.
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New unemployment claims are compiled weekly to show the number of individuals who filed for unemployment insurance for the first time. An increasing (decreasing) trend suggests a deteriorating (improving) labor market. The four-week moving average of new claims smooths out weekly volatility.
The general conditions index from this business outlook survey is a diffusion index of manufacturing conditions within the Philadelphia Federal Reserve district. This survey, widely followed as an indicator of manufacturing sector trends, is correlated with the ISM manufacturing index and the index of industrial production.
Retail sales measure the total receipts at stores that sell merchandise and related services to final consumers. Sales are by retail and food services stores. Data are collected from the Monthly Retail Trade Survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of the Census. Essentially, retail sales cover the durables and nondurables portions of consumer spending. Consumer spending typically accounts for about two-thirds of GDP and is therefore a key element in economic growth.