U.S. stock futures were flat to start the day as investors appear to be digesting recent gains to start the year. The uncertainty out of Washington with the impending impeachment vote in the U.S. House of Representatives is also a factor in pre-market trading. However, continued hopes of a robust COVID-19 relief package still exists, and also hopes the legislation will bring about a faster than expected recovery in the U.S. economy.
The S&P 500 briefly moved below support at 3783.60 but rallied to close lower on the day at 3801.19. The index has started to form a base that we feel will potentially lead to another new all-time high soon. Volume came in higher at 2,624,239,360, and the RSI index closed at 65.13, also moving sideways. We also feel the market is looking for direction and will be in a base until the fourth-quarter earnings season kicks off in earnest on Friday.
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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