U.S stock futures are higher despite the continued rise of COVID-19 cases and dwindling hopes of a new stimulus deal. With the Presidential election just one week away, investors appear to fear a contested election and might be taking some money out of equity markets. One bright spot today was the August report on home prices coming in at the highest level in two years. Microsoft (MSFT) is set to announce third-quarter earnings after the market closes today, and the report could be a clue to the health of the technology sector.
The S&P 500 sold off heavily, closing at 3400.97, which was below the critical 50-day moving average at 3408.43. The volume was also above average at 2,423,641,856, and the RSI index closed below the important 50 level. We feel there will potentially be more selling in the coming days and have moved to a short term bearish stance. Possible support could not come in at 3399.96 and then 3354.69.
We are currently long-term bullish and short-term bearish.
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 S&P Corelogic Case-Shiller home price index tracks monthly changes in the value of residential real estate in 20 metropolitan regions across the nation. Composite indexes and regional indexes measure changes in existing home prices and are based on single-family home resales. Condominiums and co-ops are excluded as is new construction. Note that forecasters, in line with recommendations from Standard & Poor’s questioning the accuracy of seasonal adjustments, track both seasonally adjusted and not seasonally adjusted monthly data for this indicator