The S&P 500 futures are up 8 points and are trading 0.2% above fair value. The Nasdaq 100 futures are up 73 points and are trading 0.5% above fair value. The Dow Jones Industrial Average futures are down 8 points and are trading slightly above fair value.
Equity futures are mixed this morning. Strength in the mega caps is helping performance along with some hope that the market can forge a rebound effort today.
In a Wall Street Journal interview, New York Fed President Williams (FOMC voter) said that combating inflation is likely to require lifting the benchmark rate above 3.5% and holding it there for a while.
There are also some economic data from overseas in play, including China’s Manufacturing PMI coming in stronger than expected but remaining in contraction for the second consecutive month in the August reading. Eurozone’s CPI increased 9.1% yr/yr in the flash reading for August, accelerating past its peak in July.
Also, Russia halted gas supplies from Europe’s key supply route today, as previously indicated, according to Reuters.
Amid the aforementioned headlines, energy complex futures trade mixed this morning. WTI crude oil futures are down 2.9% to $88.94/bbl ,while natural gas futures are up 0.9% to $9.12/mmbtu.
The weekly MBA Mortgage Applications Index showed a 3.7% decline following the prior week’s 1.2% decrease.
Later this morning, market participants will receive the August ADP Employment Change (Briefing.com consensus 315,000) at 8:15 a.m. ET, August Chicago PMI (Briefing.com consensus 53.1; prior 52.1) at 9:45 a.m. ET, and weekly EIA Crude Oil Inventories (prior -3.28 million) at 10:30 a.m. ET.
(Michael Gibbs, Director of Equity Portfolio & Technical Strategy)
The S&P 500 traded below the 50-day moving average at 4009.69 and closed lower at 3986.16. There was also a test of support at the 3974.39 that was held, and the index is now at the Fibonacci 50% retracement zone. Down volume was 81% of the overall volume, and that was the third 80% or better down volume day in the last eight trading sessions. The index needs to recapture the 50-day moving average soon and stop the three-day downtrend. If not, the index could move lower and test support at the 3910.74 level.
We are currently Intermediate-term bearish and short-term bullish.
John N. Lilly III CPFA
Accredited Portfolio Management Advisor℠
Accredited Asset Management Specialist℠
Portfolio Manager, RJFS
Windsor Wealth Planners & Strategist
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