U.S. stock futures higher this morning after dovish comments from Fed Chairman Powell on interest rates. Traders are now looking for a 50-basis point cut at the Federal Reserve meeting at the end of July. Also, China’s commerce ministry said they are trying to find a way to resolve the trade dispute with the United States.
The S&P 500 traded at an all-time high of 3002.98 on Wednesday, which was the first time above the 3,000 level. The index closed at 2993.07 on lower than average volume. The RSI indicator is not overbought, so there is the possibility of a higher close today. If there is a close at a new high on higher than average volume, we feel a new uptrend will potentially start.
The Consumer Price Index will be reported today at 8:30 am, and the number will give another indication of a possible rate cut in July. The June report was an increase of 0.1%, and consensus expectations for July are 0.0% increase in prices.
We are currently long term bullish and short bullish.
John N. Lilly III
Accredited Portfolio Management Advisor℠
Accredited Asset Management Specialist℠
Portfolio Manager, RJ
Partner, Windsor Wealth
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The Consumer Price Index is a measure of the change in the average price level of a fixed basket of goods and services purchased by consumers. Monthly changes in the CPI represent the rate of inflation for the consumer. Annual inflation is also closely watched.
The consumer price index is available nationally by expenditure category and by commodity and service group for all urban consumers (CPI-U) and wage earners (CPI-W). All urban consumers are a more inclusive group, representing about 87 percent of the population. The CPI-U is the more widely quoted of the two, although cost-of-living contracts for unions and Social Security benefits are usually tied to the CPI-W, because it has a longer history. Monthly variations between the two are slight.
The CPI is also available by size of city, by region of the country, for cross-classifications of regions and population-size classes, and for many metropolitan areas. The regional and city CPIs are often used in local contracts.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics also produces a chain-weighted index called the Chained CPI. This measures a variable basket of goods and services whereas the regular CPI-U and CPI-W measure a fixed basket of goods and services. The Chained CPI is similar to the personal consumption expenditure price index that is closely monitored by the Federal Reserve Board.