The S&P 500 futures trade roughly in-line with fair value in a relatively quiet session. Investors are waiting for key data on the services sector, speeches from several Fed officials, and any new sanctions against Russia for its alleged war crimes.
The Treasury market remains a focal point, as the 2s10s spread has un-inverted. The 2-yr yield is up four basis points to 2.46% amid rate-hike expectations, and the 10-yr yield is up five basis points to 2.46% amid inflation expectations.
Oil prices are still trading over $100 per barrel ($103.75, +0.47, +0.5%) while the U.S. Dollar Index (98.94, -0.06, -0.1%) is weaker.
On the data front, investors will receive the Trade Balance for February (Briefing.com consensus -$88.5 billion) at 8:30 a.m. ET and the ISM Non-Manufacturing Index for March (Briefing.com consensus 58.5%) at 10:00 a.m. ET.
Today’s lineup of Fed speakers includes Minneapolis Fed President Kashkari (alternate voter) at 10:00 a.m. ET, Fed Governor Brainard (FOMC voter) at 11:05 a.m. ET, and New York Fed President Williams (FOMC voter) at 2:00 p.m. ET.
(Michael Gibbs, Director of Equity Portfolio & Technical Strategy)
The S&P 500 traded higher on average volume of 2,275,884,800 and closed at 4582.64. The index is now just under potential resistance at 4590.03, which could be tested today. We continue to believe the two-day selloff last week was enough of a break in the uptrend for buyers to now step back in again. Possible support will remain at 4522.00, and potential resistance remains at 4590.03. If the index can form a base here and trade in between support and resistance for a few days, we feel the uptrend can continue soon.
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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