The S&P 500 futures are back on the rise and trade 42 points, or 0.9%, above fair value with earnings news taking the headlines. The Nasdaq 100 futures trade 1.3% above fair value after dropping 1.5% yesterday.
The growth stocks seemed to have gotten over the Netflix (NFLX 219.70, -6.49, -2.9%) disappointment yesterday after Tesla (TSLA 1049.00, +71.80, +7.4%) exceeded earnings expectations and reiterated its growth expectations. TSLA shares are up 7% in pre-market action.
The airline stocks, meanwhile, continue to fly higher after American (AAL 21.56, +2.08, +10.7%), United (UAL 50.45, +3.93, +8.5%), and Alaska Air (ALK 61.61, +2.92, +5.0%) reported encouraging results and/or provided upbeat revenue expectations.
A contrarian mindset might also be driving the futures market higher with investor sentiment having gotten too bearish in recent weeks. That could explain why AT&T (T 19.70, +0.27, +1.4%) is trading higher despite missing EPS estimates or why the uptick in Treasury yields hasn’t bothered the market.
The 2-yr yield is up four basis points to 2.61%, and the 10-yr yield is up three basis points to 2.87%. The U.S. Dollar Index is down 0.2% to 100.24. WTI crude futures are up 0.9% to $103.10/bbl.
On the data front, investors will receive weekly Initial Claims (Briefing.com consensus 195,000) and the Philadelphia Fed Index for April (Briefing.com consensus 21.0) at 8:30 a.m. ET, followed by the Conference Board’s Leading Economic Index for March (Briefing.com consensus 0.3%) at 10:00 a.m. ET.
(Michael Gibbs, Director of Equity Portfolio & Technical Strategy)
The S&P 500 closed lower at 4459.45, but the close was above old resistance at 4450.05. The index is now in a position to possibly, move back above the 200-day moving average at 4496.75. If so, we feel a new uptrend can potentially be forming. The index will need an up day with high volume, RSI closing above 50, and a close in the Advance/Decline index above 500 to confirm an uptrend. Possible support could come in at 4450.05 and then the 50-day moving average at 4415.42.
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
Futures trading is speculative, leveraged, and involves substantial risks. Investing always involves risk, including the loss of principal, and futures trading could present additional risk based on underlying commodities investments.
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.
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