U.S. stock futures are higher and suggest a new all-time high open for the S&P 500. Fourth-quarter earnings have exceeded expectations easing concerns that markets were overvalued. The Labor Department announced that the U.S. CPI increased 0.3% last month and year over year rose 1.4%. Later today, Fed Chairman Jerome Powell will give a speech and is expected to say the Fed will tolerate a slow growth in inflation for now. The news appears to have investors in a bullish mood to start the day.
The S&P 500 briefly traded at a new all-time high at 3918.35 only to sell off later to close lower at 3911.23. Again, volume was below average with only 2,053,238,144 shares traded, and RSI moved sideways to close at 63.99. We are hopeful the trading action is the start of a base and a rest period so the index can continue the recent uptrend soon. Potential support could still come in at 3892.59, and possible resistance could now come in at the 3918.35 level.
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 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.