U.S. stock futures are set to open lower today to continue the selling that came into markets on Tuesday. Manufacturing activity in the U.S. unexpectedly slowed last month, which shows companies are starting to feel the pinch of the ongoing U.S.- China trade dispute. The U.S factory activity index fell to its lowest level in more than a decade. The news will make an already important Federal Reserve meeting later this month even more critical. Earlier on Wednesday, the ADP employment report showed employers hired fewer than expected employees than expected in September. Investors will now focus on Friday’s jobs report for confirmation of a possible slowdown in economic growth.
The S&P 500 sold off and move down to important support at closed at 2940.25 on Tuesday. The RSI index also moved lower to close at 44.08, confirming the selling on the day. The trading did come on average volume, and the index is now getting into oversold territory. We will remain long term bullish and short term bullish unless the 2940.43 level is taken out with high volume. If that support level is taken out, we will move to short term bearish and start to watch for possible support levels at 2938.84 and 2891.85.
We are currently long term bullish and short term bullish.
John N. Lilly III
Accredited Portfolio Management Advisor℠
Accredited Asset Management Specialist℠
Portfolio Manager, RJ
Partner, Windsor Wealth
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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