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December 20th, 2022

Headline News:

The S&P 500 futures are down 6 points and are trading 0.2% below fair value. The Nasdaq 100 futures are down 49 points and are trading 0.4% below fair value. The Dow Jones Industrial Average futures are up 1 point and are trading slightly above fair value.

Equity futures are mixed this morning, but moves are modest in scope. Bigger moves since yesterday’s close have been more concentrated in the bond market after a surprise move by the Bank of Japan.

The Bank of Japan modified its yield curve control policy, announcing that the 10-yr yield will be allowed to rise to 0.50%, up from the old cap of 0.25%, but left its benchmark rate unchanged at -0.1%, as expected. On a related note, Japan’s Finance Minister Suzuki said that a decision had not been made to revise the joint mission statement with the Bank of Japan.

Treasury yields moved noticeably higher while the yen surged against the dollar (USD/JPY -3.2% to 132.58). The U.S. Dollar Index is down 0.6% to 104.05. The 2-yr note yield, which hit 4.30% overnight, is up three basis points to 4.27%, and the 10-yr note yield, which hit 3.71% overnight, is up seven basis points to 3.66%.

In other news, lawmakers introduced a $1.7 trillion government funding bill ahead of Friday’s deadline. The bill will also reform the Electoral Count Act (which makes it more difficult for Congress to object to election results). Congress is expected to vote this week, according to the Washington Post.

Economic data today is limited to the November Housing Starts (Briefing.com consensus 1.395K; prior 1.425K) and Building Permits (Briefing.com consensus 1.480K; prior 1.526K) at 8:30 a.m. ET

(Michael Gibbs, Director of Equity Portfolio & Technical Strategy)



The S&P 500 sold off again for the fourth day and closed lower at 3817.66. The index did test support at 3806.91, only to rally slightly at the end of the day. RSI continued to dive lower in support of the selling closing at 39.59 but not yet in the oversold zone.

Also, the internal indicators are still not yet in the oversold zones, suggesting more selling could come into the markets. However, the index closed below the lower Bollinger Band for the second day, which could see a short rally up to the 50-day moving average at 3867.38. We feel the index will not break through the 50-day moving average if tested today.

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
Partner, DJWMG
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 stocks 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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US government bonds and treasury bills are guaranteed by the US government and, if held to maturity, offer a fixed rate of return and guaranteed principal value.  US government bonds are issued and guaranteed as to the timely payment of principal and interest by the federal government.  Bond prices and yields are subject to change based on market conditions and availability. If bonds are sold prior to maturity, you may receive more or less than your initial investment. Holding bonds to term allows redemption at par value. There is an inverse relationship between interest rate movements and bond prices. Generally, when interest rates rise, bond prices fall, and when interest rates fall, bond prices generally rise.


The Nasdaq 100 (^NDX) is a stock market index made up of 103 equity securities issued by 100 of the largest non-financial companies listed on the NASDAQ. It is a modified capitalization-weighted index. It is based on exchange, and it is not an index of U.S.-based companies. 


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