The S&P 500 futures are down 8 points and are trading slightly below fair value. The Nasdaq 100 futures are down 64 points and are trading 0.1% below fair value. The Dow Jones Industrial Average futures are down 12 points and are trading slightly below fair value.
Equity futures have been mixed and little changed this morning as investors digest Friday’s March Employment Report, which reflected continued strength in the labor market and a slight decrease in the unemployment rate. Some trepidation ahead of the Q1 earnings reporting season, starting with some of the larger banks reporting their results on Friday, is also driving the price action.
In addition, there may be an element of geopolitical angst limiting big moves in the equity futures market after China held two days of military drills around Taiwan this weekend.
Treasury yields are pulling back. The 2-yr note yield is down three basis points to 3.93%, and the 10-yr note yield is down four basis points to 3.36%. The U.S. Dollar Index is up 0.1% to 102.20.
WTI crude oil futures are up 0.2% to $80.87/bbl, and natural gas futures are up 1.7% to $2.05/mmbtu.
(Michael Gibbs, Director of Equity Portfolio & Technical Strategy)
The S&P 500 traded below support at 4078.93 early in the trading day, only to rally sharply to close higher at 4105.02 on Friday. The trading came with volume of only 2,041,122,9944, well below average due to the three-day weekend. We believe the index needs to form a base at these levels for a few trading days before attempting to continue the uptrend.
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.
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