The S&P 500 futures trade four points, or 0.1%, above fair value as investors continue to show a lack of conviction. Buying interest has been restrained by a lackluster response to earnings news, hawkish-sounding Fed commentary, and upwards pressure in long-term interest rates.
Starting with earnings, Dow components Johnson & Johnson (JNJ 176.95, -0.71, -0.4%) and Travelers (TRV 181.75, -3.47, -1.9%) are both trading lower in pre-market action despite beating EPS estimates, but to be fair, JNJ also lowered its FY22 EPS guidance below consensus.
In Fedspeak, St. Louis Fed President Bullard (FOMC voter) said in a speech yesterday that he wants rates to go to 3.5% by the end of the year and that the Fed shouldn’t rule out the use of 75-basis-point rate increases, according to Bloomberg. As a reminder, the Fed’s next policy meeting is in two weeks.
The 10-yr Treasury note yield continues to head toward 3.00%, topping 2.90% overnight. Right now, the benchmark yield is up three basis points to 2.89%, while the 2-yr yield trades unchanged at 2.47%. The U.S. Dollar Index is up 0.1% to 100.92. WTI crude futures are down 1.2%, or $1.34, to $106.87/bbl.
(Michael Gibbs, Director of Equity Portfolio & Technical Strategy)
The S&P 500 trading traded lower for most of the day but had a rally late to close higher at 41391.69. The index is now in the middle of possible resistance at the 50-day moving average, 4416.67, and potential support at 4362.84. RSI is closed at 44.46, and the Advance/Decline line was lower, both signs of market weakness. We feel the index must move above the 50-day moving average today to avoid a possible new downtrend developing.
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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