The S&P 500 futures are up 37 points and are trading 1.0% above fair value. The Nasdaq 100 futures are up 145 points and are trading 1.2% above fair value. The Dow Jones Industrial Average futures are up 327 points and are trading 1.0% above fair value.
The futures for the major indices are indicating a modestly higher open to follow through with Friday’s gains. There’s relatively positive central bank news in the mix this morning. People’s Bank of China Governor Yi Gang says the bank will step up with stronger support for China’s struggling economy. Also, the WSJ noted that the Fed is likely to hike 75 basis points at its next meeting, versus a feared 100 basis point rate hike.
Other factors indicating a more risk-on tone are the rise in oil prices and strength in cryptocurrencies. WTI crude oil futures are back near the $100.00/bbl level, up 1.0% to $98.58/bbl currently. Bitcoin is up 3.4% to $22,063 and Ethereum is up 9.4% to $1,472.24.
The 2-yr Treasury note yield is up two basis points 3.15% and the 10-yr note yield is up two basis points to 2.95%.
(Michael Gibbs, Director of Equity Portfolio & Technical Strategy)
The S&P 500 rallied sharply on Friday to close at 3863.16, but volume was only average, with only 2,328,811,264 shares traded. Also, the RSI index failed to move past 50 in support of the rally. So, today there needs to be another rally on above-average volume to confirm a potential new uptrend.
The first level of support could come in at 3218.50, and then the 50-day moving average at 3936.54. So far this morning, the index is indicated to open higher at 3892.00, just under the first level of support.
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
Wealth Planners & Strategists
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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