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Morning Brief

September 19th, 2023

Headline News:

The S&P 500 futures are up 4 points and are trading 0.1% above fair value. The NASDAQ 100 futures are up 12 points and are trading 0.1% above fair value. The Dow Jones Industrial Average futures are up 24 points and are trading 0.1% above fair value.

Stock futures indicate a higher open, but upside moves have been modest as participants await the FOMC (Federal Open Market Committee) policy decision, updated Summary of Economic Projections and dot plot, and Fed Chair Powell’s press conference on Wednesday.

Separately, the OECD (Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development) is projecting global growth of 3.0% in 2023 and 2.7% in 2024, noting there are significant downside risks. Its forecast for the US calls for 2.2% growth in 2023 and 1.3% in 2024.

The UAW (United Auto Workers) threatened to extend its strike to more plants if there is not enough progress with automakers by noon on Friday.

The 2-yr note yield is up two basis points to 5.06% and the 10-yr note yield is unchanged from yesterday at 4.32%.

WTI crude oil futures are up 0.7% to $91.17/bbl.

(Michael Gibbs, Managing Director, Lead Portfolio Manager

 

Markets:

The S&P 500 traded flat most of the day after gapping lower at the open and managed to close higher at 4453.53. The index is now below the 20-day moving average, bringing the trend line around 4425 as possible support today. We expect another flat trading day as traders await the interest rate decision announcement tomorrow afternoon from the Federal Reserve’s meeting.

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
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.

 

 

 

The S&P 500 is an unmanaged index of 500 widely held stocks that is generally considered representative of the U.S stock market. Past performance may not be indicative of future results. Keep in mind that individuals cannot invest directly in any index, and index performance does not include transaction costs or other fees, which will affect actual investment performance. Individual investors’ results will vary. Opinions expressed are those of the author John N. Lilly III, and not necessarily those of Raymond James. “There is no guarantee that these statements, opinions, or forecast provided herein will prove to be correct. “The information contained was received from sources believed to be reliable, but accuracy is not guaranteed. Investing always involves risk, and you may incur a profit or loss. No investment strategy can guarantee success. The charts and/or tables presented herein are for illustrative purposes only and should not be considered as the sole basis for your investment decision. International investing involves special risks, including currency fluctuations, different financial accounting standards, and possible political and economic volatility. Investing in emerging markets can be riskier than investing in well-established foreign markets.

 

 

 

This is not a recommendation to buy or sell any company’s stock mentioned above.

 

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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