U.S. stock futures are lower after a contentious U.S. presidential debate, which is causing uncertainties for investors. A better than expected ADP monthly private-sector jobs report, 749,000 for September, helped futures pair early morning losses. Disney (DIS) also added to the uncertainties after announcing a layoff of 28,000 employees in its theme park division. Investors appear to be worried that the election on November 3 will be too close to call, causing a challenge by both candidates that could drag on for weeks.
The S&P 500 tested resistance at 3355.14 and tested support at 3325.00, eventually closing at3335.47. The volume was low, with 1,942,887,040 shares traded, and the RSI index moved lower, closing at 48.63 in support of the days selling. A close above the 50-day moving average at 3355.14 would be a bullish sign, but a close below potential resistance at 3325.00 would be a bearish sign. So, the market is choppy and uncertain as we head into October, a traditional volatile time for markets.
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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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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The national employment report from Automated Data Processing Inc. is computed from ADP records that represent approximately 400,000 U.S. business clients and approximately 23 million U.S. employees working in all private industrial sectors. ADP contracted with Moody’s Analytics to compute a monthly report that would ultimately help to predict monthly nonfarm payrolls from the Bureau of Labor Statistic’s employment situation. The ADP report only covers private (excluding government) payrolls.