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Morning Brief

November 29th, 2023

Headline News:

The S&P 500 futures are up 22 points and are trading 0.4% above fair value, the NASDAQ 100 futures are up 95 points and are trading 0.5% above fair value, and the Dow Jones Industrial Average futures are up 122 points and are trading 0.3% above fair value.

Stock futures are higher this morning following yesterday’s modest gains, supported by a further drop in market rates. Yields have pressed lower on some pleasing inflation data out of Germany, Spain, and Australia, and the notion that the Fed may cut rates in the first half of 2024. Hedge fund manager Bill Ackman is of this mindset, saying he believes the Fed may cut rates as soon as Q1 of 2024, according to Bloomberg.

Other support factors include a positive response to earnings news, a fear of missing out on further gains, and month-end trading dynamics.

The 2-yr note yield is down three basis points to 4.71%, and the 10-yr note yield is down five basis points to 4.29% but hit 4.25% overnight.

WTI crude oil futures are up 1.8% to $77.76/bbl.

The weekly MBA Mortgage Applications Index increased 0.3%, with purchase applications jumping 5.0% while refinance applications dropped 9.0%.

(Michael Gibbs, Managing Director, Lead Portfolio Manager)

 

Markets:

The S&P 500 moved below support at 4521.45 but rallied late in the day to close higher at 4554.89, and the RSI index moved back into the overbought zone, closing at 70.13. The S&P 500 has now formed at a four-day base ahead of the PCE for October, which is released tomorrow morning and could be a market move. The third quarter GDP report came in a 5.56%, much better than expected, and the S&P 500 futures are higher by 0.47%. If that holds, the index could test the potential resistance at 4607.07 later today, and we feel that level will be rejected 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
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.

 

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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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