The S&P 500 futures are down 33 points and are trading 0.8% below fair value. The Nasdaq 100 futures are down 141 points and are trading 1.1% below fair value. The Dow Jones Industrial Average futures are down 213 points and are trading 0.6% below fair value.
This morning’s negative disposition is rooted in concerns about economic and earnings growth potential, which have been stirred by a larger-than-expected rate hike by the Reserve Bank of Australia (50 basis points to 0.85%), weaker-than-expected German factory orders for April, and Target (TGT) cutting its Q2 operating margin rate guidance in conjunction with a plan to reduce excess inventory.
The bulk of the weakness in the futures market came ahead of Target’s warning, yet that warning has kept the pressure on since it is expected to be a harbinger of profit warnings from other retailers in coming weeks.
Today’s economic calendar features the release of the April Trade Balance Report (8:30 a.m. ET) and the April Consumer Credit Report (3:00 p.m. ET).
The 10-yr note yield is down one basis point to 3.03%. The 2-yr note yield is unchanged at 2.72%. WTI crude futures are down 0.3% to $118.11/bbl and natural gas futures are up 1.8% to $9.49/mmbtu.
(Michael Gibbs, Director of Equity Portfolio & Technical Strategy)
The S&P 500 tried to breakout above resistance at 4157.87, but the move failed to hold. The index is now in the middle of the trading range, continuing the recent six-day base. So far this morning, futures are lower, and the S&P 500 is set to open at 4080.24 below potential support at 4090.72. Possible support would become 4051.98, and we feel that level can hold if tested today. The indicators are still overbought, so a test of support could bring the indicators lower and back into the buying territory later this week.
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.
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