The S&P 500 futures trade 60 points, or 1.4%, above fair value in a continuation of yesterday’s rebound rally ahead of key economic data and the Fed’s policy decision. The latest Russia Ukraine headlines might be fueling the gains, even as Russia continues to launch missiles at Kyiv. Briefly, Ukraine President Zelensky said peace talks were sounding more realistic, and Russia’s foreign minister said some parts of a peace deal model are close to an agreement. Mr. Zelensky, however, acknowledged that the two sides are not close to deal while CNBC reminded viewers that Russia’s words should be taken with a grain of salt. Still, the market appears to be relishing the idea of a ceasefire agreement with talks continuing today and foreign equities sporting big gains. On a related note, President Zelensky is scheduled to speak to the U.S. Congress at 9:00 a.m. ET. As for today’s data, investors will receive Retail Sales for February (Briefing.com consensus 0.4%) and Import/Export Prices for February at 8:30 a.m. ET, followed by the NAHB Housing Market Index for March (Briefing.com consensus 81) and Business Inventories for January at 10:00 a.m. ET. The FOMC will publish its policy statement and updated economic projections at 2:00 p.m. ET, and Fed Chair Powell will discuss the Fed’s thinking at 2:30 p.m. ET. The Fed is widely expected to raise the fed funds rate by 25 basis points, so investors will listen to Mr. Powell for any hints on future rate hikes and the balance-sheet reduction process.
(Michael Gibbs, Director of Equity Portfolio & Technical Strategy)
The S&P 500 rallied sharply past resistance at 4222.62 a and closed higher at 4287.11. The index is now back in the recent trading range of 4287.11-4222.262. RSI did not make a new low and has also turned higher, which is a bullish development. As of this morning, the S&P 500 is set to open higher at 4299.00 and above the current potential resistance level at 4287.11. We are encouraged that today’s close above the resistance could possibly see the index start a new uptrend.
We are currently Intermediate-term bearish and short-term bearish.
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.
The A/D line is used to show market sentiment, as it tells traders whether there are more stocks rising or falling. It is used to confirm price trends in major indexes, and can also warn of reversals when divergence occurs.
Net New 52-Week Highs is a simple breadth indicator found by subtracting new lows from new highs. “New lows” is the number of stocks recording new 52-week lows. “New highs” is the number of stocks making new 52-week highs. This indicator provides an immediate score for internal strength or weakness in the market. There are more new highs when the indicator is positive, which favors the bulls. There are more new lows when the indicator is negative, which favors the bears. Chartists can analyze daily fluctuations or apply a moving average to create an oscillator that meanders above and below the zero line. Net New Highs can also be used like the AD Line by creating a High-Low Line based on cumulative Net New Highs.
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