Stock futures were lower Wednesday as yields continued to track higher, putting Wall Street on track to build on the losses from the previous session.
Futures tied to the Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 158 points, or 0.4%. S&P 500 futures and Nasdaq-100 futures slipped 0.5% and 0.7%, respectively.
Retail sales data for December came in hotter-than-expected, indicating a resilient consumer and putting aggressive rate cuts from the Federal Reserve into doubt. Retail sales were up 0.6% and 0.4% excluding autos. Economists polled by Dow Jones had estimated 0.4% increase in retail sales and 0.2% ex-autos.
The 10-year Treasury yield was last trading nearly 4 basis points higher at 4.104%, continuing its rise from Tuesday after Federal Reserve Governor Christopher Waller warned easing monetary policy may come slower than anticipated.
(Hakyung Kim and Samantha Subin CNBC)
The S&P 500 traded down to the 20-day moving average at 4,750.22 and held that support level. The index then rallied off that level to close at 4,765.98. However, the RSI index did not finish higher, which shows the selling might not be done. Also, overnight, the Chinese Hang Seng index closed lower by 3.7% on disappointing growth data, which could lead to more selling in the S&P 500 today. We feel the 20-day moving may not hold if tested again, and the potential support at 4,697.82 could be tested today. If so, we think that level will hold.
We are currently Intermediate-term bullish and short-term bearish.
John N. Lilly III CPFA
Accredited Portfolio Management Advisor℠
Accredited Asset Management Specialist℠
Portfolio Manager, RJFS
Windsor Wealth Planners & Strategist
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