The S&P 500 futures are up 45 points and are trading 1.1% above fair value; the Nasdaq 100 futures are up 186 points and are trading 1.5% above fair value; and the Dow Jones Industrial Average futures are up 284 points and are trading 0.9% above fair value.
There is a nice bid in the futures market to begin the week. Market participants have been heartened by news reports indicating COVID restrictions in China’s largest cities are being rolled back. Also, there is a buzz around many Chinese-listed stocks following a report that Chinese regulators are ending their probe of Didi (DIDI). There is also some reporting that suggests the Biden Administration is considering lifting tariffs on some imported Chinese goods
Separately, there is a nice rebound bid in Tesla (TSLA) after Elon Musk clarified that the company total headcount will increase, but that salaried positions should be fairly flat. That update has taken off some of the edge from his remark last Friday discussing employment at Tesla and his “super bad feeling” about the economy.
There is no economic data of note out of the U.S. today. The 10-yr note yield is unchanged at 2.96%. WTI crude futures, which topped $120.00/bbl overnight, are up 0.1% to $118.96/bbl.
(Michael Gibbs, Director of Equity Portfolio & Technical Strategy)
The S&P 500 remained in the trading range of 4090.72-4157.87 and closed lower at 4108.54 on Friday. The index has formed a five-day base that could lead to a breakout soon. However, the index remains overbought, and volume has been well below average in the last three trading sessions. We feel the overbought condition needs to be worked off before continuing the recent uptrend.
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.
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.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA), commonly known as “The Dow” is an index representing 30 stock of companies maintained and reviewed by the editors of the Wall Street Journal. The Russell 2000 Index measures the performance of the 2,000 smallest companies in the Russell 3000 Index, which represent approximately 8% of the total market capitalization of the Russell 3000 Index.
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