The S&P 500 futures trade 22 points, or 0.5%, below fair value as Treasury yields continue to push higher in front of a consequential week for economic data and earnings reports. The tech-heavy Nasdaq 100 futures underperform and trade 1.1% below fair value. The 2-yr yield is currently up five basis points to 2.57%, and the 10-yr yield is up another four basis points to 2.76% after rising 34 basis points last week. The rapid rise in long-term rates has undercut the growth stocks within the Nasdaq for valuation reasons.
Other negative factors for sentiment include record-high COVID-19 cases in Shanghai that has kept residents in lockdown mode, uncertainty surrounding France’s presidential election runoff on April 24, the Russia-Ukraine situation, and a recognition that the S&P 500 closed below its 200-day moving average (now 4494) last Friday.
Interestingly, WTI crude futures have slipped below $94 per barrel ($93.66, -4.60, -4.7%) amid the Shanghai lockdowns, the joint effort among IEA nations to release oil from strategic reserves, and some weakening price momentum.
(Michael Gibbs, Director of Equity Portfolio & Technical Strategy)
The S&P 500 failed to breakout past resistance at 4522.00, sold off below the 200-day moving average at 4492.82, and closed lower at 4488.28. The index has now formed a trading range of 4450.05-4522.00. So far this morning, the index is set to open much lower at 4449.25 and looks set to test the 50-day moving average at 4427.07 today. That will be a vital level today, and it needs to hold to stop more selling from coming into the markets.
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.
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