The S&P 500 futures trade nine points, or 0.2%, below fair value following yesterday’s unprovoked rebound. Investors have been busy reviewing a huge batch of earnings reports.
First-quarter results remained mostly better than expected, including from 3M (MMM 149.75, +1.15, +0.8%), UPS (UPS 193.79, +4.15, +2.2%), General Electric (GE 86.79, -3.09, -3.4%), and PepsiCo (PEP 174.27, +0.53, +0.3%). Note, GE is trading lower after saying it expects full-year earnings to be at the low end of its previous guidance range.
Growth concerns remain in the mix after Beijing initiated a massive COVID-19 testing campaign, stirring lockdown fears; and Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov, according to Bloomberg, warned western countries that there is a “considerable” chance of nuclear war if weapon deliveries to Ukraine continue.
Treasury yields are down for the second straight day. The 2- yr yield is down four basis points to 2.59%, and the 10-yr yield is down four basis points to 2.79%. The U.S. Dollar Index is up 0.1% to 101.90. WTI crude futures are up 0.8% to $99.32/bbl.
(Michael Gibbs, Director of Equity Portfolio & Technical Strategy)
The S&P 500 moved below support at 4222.62 but rallied later to close higher at 4296.12. The volume was above average, with 2,843,614,976 shares traded, and RSI turned higher to close at 39.27. However, the Advance/Decline index was not positive, so the rally is suspect and was potentially an oversold bounce for now. Another positive close with above-average volume would be a good sign today that buyers are back in control. Potential resistance could come in at 4730.30, and possible support is now at 4292.46 and 4222.62.
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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