U.S. stock futures are set to open near record highs again today as investors react to a new economic report released this morning. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits dropped 51,000 to a seasonally adjusted 364,000 as reported by the Labor Department. Claims have decreased by 6.14 million in April of 2020 but are still above the 200,000-250,000 range considered a healthy labor market. Tomorrow the all-important jobs report will be reported and could be a potential market mover after the release.
The S&P 500 closed at yet another new all-time high at 4297.50 on Wednesday. The index is potentially starting the base we have been looking for and in a trading channel. So, potential resistance could now come in at 4302.03, and possible support could come in at 4287.04. RSI closed at 64.73 and is not yet overbought, which shows that the index could still likely move higher today. Our hope is another sideways day to consolidate the recent gains.
We are currently long-term bullish 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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