The S&P 500 futures are down 14 points and are trading 0.3% below fair value. The Nasdaq 100 futures are down 65points and are trading 0.6% below fair value. The Dow Jones Industrial Average futures are down 126 points and are trading 0.3% below fair value.
Buyers continue to lack much conviction as growth concerns persist.
Fresh reminders today include reports that Russia is stepping up its military effort in eastern Ukraine, that Beijing continues to wrestle with curbs on activity to try to stop the spread of Covid, ECB member Knot touting the possibility of a 50 basis point rate hike in July, the weekly mortgage applications report showing no growth in purchase applications, and Dick’s Sporting Goods issuing an FY23 EPS outlook that is well below expectations to account for the impact of “evolving macroeconomic conditions.”
We’ll hear more about those evolving conditions and how the Fed was considering them at the May 3-4 FOMC meeting when the minutes from that meeting are released today at 2:00 p.m. ET.
The 10-yr note is down three basis points to 2.73%. The 2-yr note yield is unchanged at 2.50%. The U.S. Dollar Index is up 0.5% to 102.33. WTI crude futures are up 1.1% to $110.95/bbl.
(Michael Gibbs, Director of Equity Portfolio & Technical Strategy)
The S&P 500 sold off for most of the day only to rally late and closed little changed at 3941.48. However, the rally came with below-average volume of 2,430,289,920, and the Advance/Decline was lower on the day. So, the index appears to be trying to carve out a bottom, but caution is still warranted. Today, potential resistance could come in at 3943.42, and possible support remains at 3858.87. Tomorrow GDP for April and the PCE inflation gauge will be released, so the trading could be flat in anticipation of those economic reports.
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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