U.S. equity markets are set for a higher open on hopes of an improving economy in the months of summer and through the end of the year. Earlier this morning, the U.S. unemployment rate was reported at 13.3% in May, a sign the economy is improving. Also, consumer confidence, manufacturing, and service industries are stabilizing, and economists are hopeful that the worst may be over.
The S&P 500 traded flat on Thursday on above-average volume and has formed a small trading range of 3068.67-3130.94. Potential resistance is at 3130.94, and potential support could come in at 3068.67. The index appears to be extended, and a pause would be beneficial for the new uptrend to continue next week.
We are currently long-term bullish and short-term bullish.
John N. Lilly III CPFA
Accredited Portfolio Management Advisor℠
Accredited Asset Management Specialist℠
Portfolio Manager, RJ
Windsor Wealth Planners & Strategist
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