Wall Street is set for a higher open after bond yields moved lower, propping up beaten-down mega-cap technology stocks. The yield on the U.S. 10-year bond moved to a two-week low, and Amazon(AMZN), Apple(AAPL), and Alphabet(GOOGL) were all up between 0.4%-1% in the pre-market. The lower bond yields help take the pressure off growth stocks whose cash flows are discounted at higher bond yields. Later today, the U.S. consumer confidence report will be released and is expected to move lower after a 14-month high in April.
The S&P 500 moved past resistance at 4191.31, closing higher at 4197.05. However, the trading came on much lower volume of 1,841,332,224 shares traded. So, we can’t claim there is a new uptrend just yet due to a lack of overall participation yesterday. The RSI did move higher in support of the up move, closing at 56.92 and solidly above the middle line. The index needs a high volume day and another close above 4191.31 soon to keep the recent rally going.
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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