U.S. stock futures higher after the South China Post reported the tariffs on Chinese imports might be delayed. The December 15th deadline could be extended as talks between the two countries continues. Domestically there will be a slew of economic reports released today that could show the health of the U.S. Economy. The Philadelphia Fed Index for November, the weekly Initial Claims report, October housing starts, and the Conference Board’s Leading Economic Index for October will all be released on Thursday.
The S&P 500 moved below support at 3102.61 and traded as low as 3091.41 but rallied to close at 310.846. The selling came with above-average volume, and the RSI index moved below the 70 level, which is considered a potential sell signal. The close within the 3102.31-3124.17 trading range was good, but the volume and RSI index are now short-term warning signs that caution is still warranted.
We are currently long-term bullish, and short-term cautious.
John N. Lilly III
Accredited Portfolio Management Advisor℠
Accredited Asset Management Specialist℠
Portfolio Manager, RJ
Partner, Windsor Wealth
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