The S&P 500 futures are down 14 points and are trading 0.3% below fair value. The Nasdaq 100 futures are down 10 points and are trading slightly below fair value. The Dow Jones Industrial Average futures are down 118 points and are trading 0.3% below fair value.
Stock futures are weak on the heels of yesterday’s FOMC decision and with concerns over the regional bank industry back at the fore. Relative strength in some mega-cap stocks is offering some support to the Nasdaq 100 futures, presumably driven by some flight to safety buying interest.
The Hong Kong Monetary Authority followed the FOMC rate hike with a 25-bps increase to 5.50%, and the Norges Bank raised its deposit rate by 25 bps to 3.25%, as expected. The European Central Bank is also expected to raise its key lending rates at 8:15 ET.
Treasury yields are sharply lower. The 2-yr note yield is down 15 basis points to 3.80%, and the 10-yr note yield is down four basis points to 3.35%.
Market participants will receive the following economic data today:
8:30 ET: Preliminary Q1 Productivity (Briefing.com consensus -0.1%; prior 1.7%), preliminary Q1 Unit Labor Costs (Briefing.com consensus 3.9%; prior 3.2%), March Trade Balance (Briefing.com consensus -$68.7 bln; prior -$70.50 bln), weekly Initial Claims (Briefing.com consensus 245,000; prior 230,000), and Continuing Claims (prior 1.858 mln)
10:30 ET: Weekly natural gas inventories (prior +79 bcf)
(Michael Gibbs, Director of Equity Portfolio & Technical Strategy)
The S&P 500 sold off after the Federal Reserve rate announcement and closed lower at 4090.75. The index closed just above the low of 4089.72 on 5/2/2023, so that level will be the first potential support today. RSI also moved lower to support the selling and closed below the 50 level at 49.05. So the S&P 500 is vulnerable to more selling today and possible testing support at 4072.55. We feel that level will hold today if tested.
We are currently Intermediate-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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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.
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