Wall Street is set for a lower open after yesterday’s FOMC minutes showed the Fed discussed tapering off bond purchases. The report showed policymakers were also discussing easing the crisis support if the U.S. economy continued to show strong growth. Meanwhile, the number of Americans filing for unemployment claims fell to 444,000 for the week ending May 15th. The report was the lowest number since mid-March 2020 and shows job growth has picked up this year.
The S&P 500 sold off down near support at 4056.88 but rallied strongly to finish the day higher at 4115.68. The trading with 2,401,767,680 shares traded which was a substantial increase over yesterday’s trading. RSI could only manage a lateral move, so, for now, the rally is suspect until there is a follow-through day on above-average volume. The index has now put in a double bottom, leading to dip buyers possible coming back into the markets. Potential resistance could come in at 4128.59, and a move above that level would be very constructive for the index.
We are currently long-term bullish and short-term cautious.
John N. Lilly III CPFA
Accredited Portfolio Management Advisor℠
Accredited Asset Management Specialist℠
Portfolio Manager, RJFS
Windsor Wealth Planners & Strategist
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