The S&P 500 futures trade 27 points, or 0.6%, above fair value as the latest geopolitical headlines offer some reprieve for the market. The benchmark index enters the session down 0.9% for the week after a steep decline yesterday. Investors are cautiously optimistic on the Russia-Ukraine situation after Secretary of State Blinken agreed to meet with Russia’s foreign minister next week if there’s no invasion, according to The New York Times. Russia also rebuffed claims that it was planning to invade. The reaction outside the futures market has been muted. The 10-yr yield is unchanged at 1.97%, and the 2-yr yield is up two basis points to 1.49%. Gold futures have edged lower from the $1900 level ($1893.80, -8.20, -0.4%). The U.S. Dollar Index is little changed at 95.81. WTI crude futures, however, are now trading below $90 per barrel ($89.49, -2.26, -2.5%) amid the potential for a nuclear agreement with Iran.
(Michael Gibbs, Director of Equity Portfolio & Technical Strategy)
The S&P 500 sold off and closed lower at 4380.26, just above old support at 4364.84. This level is crucial since it represents a higher low that needs to hold today. If not, the low of 4287.44 set on 1/25/2022 would be the next potential support level. We feel the index will test that support early and try to rally; however, if the tension between Russia and Ukraine continues today, we could see another big sell-off to end the week. The potential for a sell-off is exacerbated because Monday is a market holiday, and traders may prefer to remain in cash to protect over the weekend.
We are currently Intermediate-term bullish and short-term bullish.
John N. Lilly III CPFA
Accredited Portfolio Management Advisor℠
Accredited Asset Management Specialist℠
Portfolio Manager, RJFS
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.
The advance/decline line (A/D) is a technical indicator that plots the difference between the number of advancing and declining stocks on a daily basis. The indicator is cumulative, with a positive number being added to the prior number, or if the number is negative it is subtracted from the prior number.
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