U.S. stock futures are set for a lower open due to the escalation of tensions between the U.S. and China. Overnight China ordered the United States to close its consulate in Chengdu in retaliation for the Chinese consulate in Houston being closed. Investors appear concerned that the tensions would have adverse effects on the U.S. stock market. The big technology companies would be affected the worst, and they are the stocks that have been the leaders in the recent stock market rally.
The S&P tested the weeks high 3279.32 only to sell off lat in the day to close at 3235.66. The index is now just above crucial potential support at 3233.13. The next level of potential support could come in at the 3198.59 level. The volume was higher, and the RSI index also moved lower after moving higher all week. So, we are now cautious about going forward about the direction of the market. If buyers come back in today, the current uptrend should still be intact. However, heavy selling to close out the week could be a change in the index trend.
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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