The S&P 500 futures trade 31 points, or 0.7%, above fair value heading into the release of the March Employment Situation report at 8:30 a.m. ET. The Briefing.com consensus is projecting 474,000 additions to nonfarm payrolls, a 3.7% unemployment rate (versus 3.8% in the prior month), and a 0.4% increase to average hourly earnings — essentially a tight labor market that will factor into the Fed’s decision making. Investors will also receive the ISM Manufacturing Index for March (Briefing.com consensus 58.3%) and Construction Spending for February (Briefing.com consensus 1.0%) at 10:00 a.m. ET.
Some measures of support ahead of the employment report include first-of-the-month inflows as investors put new money to work after a two-day decline and news that virtual peace talks between Russia and Ukraine are continuing today.
In the Treasury market, the 2s10s spread went negative again last night but as yields pushed higher not lower. Presently, the 2-yr yield is up 11 basis points to 2.39%, and the 10-yr yield is up eight basis points to 2.41%. The U.S. Dollar Index is up 0.2% to 98.49. WTI crude futures are down 1.0% to $99.25/bbl.
(Michael Gibbs, Director of Equity Portfolio & Technical Strategy)
The S&P 500 sold off below support at 4590.03, ended the day just above support at 4522.00, and closed lower at 4530.41. The trading came with higher volume as 2,638,743,808 shares were traded. Also, RSI moved lower to close at 56.28. We feel the majority of the selling was due to the end of the first quarter window dressing, but the index was also overbought, so today’s trading will give us better guidance about the future of the current uptrend.
We are currently Intermediate-term bearish 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.
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.
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