The S&P 500 futures trade 11 points, or 0.3%, above fair value while Treasury yields hold steady in front of the Consumer Price Index for March at 8:30 a.m. ET.
The Briefing.com consensus is projecting another hot inflation report with a 1.2% m/m increase in total CPI that pushes the yr/yr rate to 8.4%. That should keep expectations elevated for the Fed to issue a 50-basis-point rate hike next month, as Fed officials have been suggesting could be the case.
Earlier, the NFIB Small Business Optimism Index for March decreased to 93.2 from 95.7 in February, and later, the Treasury Budget for March will be released at 2:00 p.m. ET.
The 2-yr yield is up one basis point to 2.51%, and the 10-yr yield is unchanged at 2.78%. The U.S. Dollar Index is up for the ninth straight session, topping the 100.00 level (100.14, +0.23, +0.2%), while WTI crude futures are rebounding 4.1%, or $3.89, to $98.17/bbl.
Separately, shares of Cisco (CSCO 51.63, -1.25, -2.4%) are down 2% in pre-market action after Citigroup downgraded the Dow component to Sell from Neutral. CarMax (KMX 99.50, -3.67, -3.6%) and Albertsons (ACI 33.50, -1.28, -3.7%) are down sharply following their earnings reports.
(Michael Gibbs, Director of Equity Portfolio & Technical Strategy)
The S&P 500 moved below the 50-day moving average at 4426.68 and closed lower at 4412.53. RSI also moved lower in support of the selling and closed below the 50 level at 45.41. However, volume came in at only 2,402,956,800, which shows the selling was not intense. So far this morning, the index is set to open at 4437.75, which would be snap back above the 50-day moving average. A close above that level would be encouraging. Potential resistance could then come in at 4450.05, and possible support is now at 4362.84.
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.
The percentage of stocks trading above a specific moving average is a breadth indicator that measures internal strength or weakness in the underlying index. The 50-day moving average is used for short-to-medium-term timeframes, while the 150-day and 200-day moving averages are used for medium-to-long-term timeframes. Signals can be derived from overbought/oversold levels, crosses above/below 50% and bullish/bearish divergences.
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