U.S. markets are set to open lower this morning after finishing lower for a third straight week last week. European markets were down on concerns of Italy’s budget crisis, and after EU election gains for nationalists’ parties throughout the zone. Asia was mostly higher, with China, one of the better performers. Also, of note was U.S. ten-year treasury failing to a yield of 2.289 which is a 19-month low.
The S&P 500 closed at 2826.06 on lower than average volume and below the resistance of 2831. We did not expect much from the index due to the holiday weekend; however, it is critical that there is a close above the 2831 level this week. If not, there could possibly be more selling which could take the index down to the 2800 level. Traders will be looking for a catalyst to try and move markets higher this week.
The spread between the three-month treasury and the ten-year treasury is now negative at -0.03. The inverted yield curve is a concern for the U.S. economy. So, all economic data releases will be watched closely until the spread is back to positive.
We are currently long term bullish with short term cautious.
John N. Lilly III
Accredited Portfolio Management Advisor℠
Accredited Asset Management Specialist℠
Portfolio Manager, RJ
Partner, Windsor Wealth
Three-month- Ten-year treasury yield curve.
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