U.S. stock futures are lower as the presidential election continued to drag on with no end in sight. However, investors appear content that the government will remain divided as the Republicans appear to maintain a Senate majority. Meanwhile, U.S economic growth came in better than expected in October, and the unemployment rate fell despite the coronavirus pandemic. Nonfarm payrolls increased by 638,000, and the unemployment rate came in at 6.9%. Labor force participation rose 0.3% to 61.7%.
The S&P 500 raced past resistance at 3486.25, rallied up to 3529.05, and closed higher at 3400.27. The trading came with lower volume at 2,500,335,488, while the RSI index moved higher, confirming the uptrend, up to 60.13. We feel the S&P 500 is potentially overbought and extended after an impressive move off the October low at 2233.94. The next move for the index could be lower as normal profit-taking should come in today. If so, a pullback to the 3460 area would be expected. Potential support is now at 3486.25, and possible resistance will remain at 3549.85.
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 most closely watched of all economic indicators, the employment situation is a set of monthly labor market indicators based on two separate reports: the establishment survey which tracks 650,000 worksites and offers the nonfarm payroll and average hourly earnings headlines and the household survey which interviews 60,000 households and generates the unemployment rate.
Nonfarm payrolls track the number of part-time and full-time employees in both business and government. Average hourly earnings track employee pay while the average workweek, also part of the establishment survey, tracks the number of hours worked. The report’s private payroll measure excludes government workers.
The unemployment rate measures the number of unemployed as a percentage of the labor force. In order to be counted as unemployed, one must be actively looking for work.