The S&P 500 futures are down 8 points and are trading 0.3% below fair value. The Nasdaq 100 futures are up 3 points and are trading 0.2% below fair value. The Dow Jones Industrial Average futures are down 109 points and are trading 0.3% below fair value.
Futures for the major indices are mixed with mixed reactions to a lot of earnings reports since yesterday’s close. There’s some central bank news in play this morning with market participants waiting on the ECB decision at 8:15 a.m. ET. The ECB is expected to raise its key lending rates by 25 basis points, although there has been some chatter that a 50 basis point increase could also be discussed. In either case, this will be the ECB’s first rate hike in 11 years.
Central bank outlier, the Bank of Japan, announced no change in its monetary policy. Its key lending rate remains unchanged at -0.1%. Japan’s central bank also lowered its GDP forecast to 2.4% from 2.9% while raising its inflation forecast to 1.3% from 0.9%.
Russia resumed gas flows to Europe through the Nord Stream 1 but at reduced volumes seen before the scheduled maintenance.
Italian Prime Minister Draghi resigned after he was unable to resume a coalition government, setting the stage for early elections.
Energy complex futures have made big moves to the downside. WTI crude oil futures are down 4.8% to $95.10/bbl. Unleaded gasoline futures are down 6.2% to $3.07/gal. Natural gas futures are down 3.8% to $7.60/mmbtu. Separately, cryptocurrencies are also under pressure following Tesla’s disclosure that it converted 75% of its Bitcoin holdings to fiat currency. The weakness, though, comes after a big move to the upside in recent weeks.
(Michael Gibbs, Director of Equity Portfolio & Technical Strategy)
The S&P 500 held above the 50-day moving average of 3919.68 and closed higher at 3959.90. Although volume was only average at 2,322,348,288, the fact the index rallied again after Wednesday’s large rally is impressive. RSI closed at 56.80 for the first time since mid-June to support the rally.
Today, there could potentially be strong resistance at 3974.39, and we believe the index can close above that level today as better-than-expected corporate earnings reports are released.
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.
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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