The S&P 500 futures are up 11 points and are trading 0.3% above fair value. The Nasdaq 100 futures are up 27 points and are trading 0.2% above fair value. The Dow Jones Industrial Average futures are up 76 points and are trading 0.2% above fair value.
There’s a positive disposition in the equity futures market this morning, supported in large part by falling Treasury yields. There is also some technical buying interest boosting the broader market after the S&P 500 found support at its 200-day moving average (3,940) yesterday. Early strength in mega-cap space is also helping to boost the futures trade.
The 2-yr note yield is down five basis points to 4.87%, and the 10-yr note yield is down six basis points to 4.02%.
Market participants received some supportive economic data overnight, including China’s stronger-than-expected February Caixin Services PMI and cooler-than-expected January PPI for the Eurozone.
Today’s U.S. economic data includes the February IHS Markit Services PMI – Final (prior 50.5) at 9:45 a.m. ET and the February ISM Services PMI (Briefing.com consensus 54.5%; prior 55.2%) at 10:00 a.m. ET.
(Michael Gibbs, Director of Equity Portfolio & Technical Strategy)
The S&P 500 traded below the 200-day moving average at 3940.31 but rallied sharply to close higher at 3981.35. The index is now just under resistance at the 50-day moving average of 3982.92, and RSI closed higher at 44.52 in support of the rally. However, up volume only came in at 54% of the day’s trading, so the S&P 500 needs to rally strongly again today to confirm a potential new uptrend. Today, a close above the 50-day moving average and up volume of 80% or better is needed to potentially establish an uptrend. So far this morning, the index is higher by 0.39% with a suggested open of 4000.00.
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
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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