The S&P 500 futures are up 23 points and are trading 0.5% above fair value, the Nasdaq 100 futures are up 103 points and are trading 0.7% above fair value, and the Dow Jones Industrial Average futures are up 63 points and are trading 0.2% above fair value.
The market is poised to win back some of yesterday’s FOMC-induced declines. Pre-open gains in mega-cap stocks have provided support to the broader market this morning ahead of some earnings reports this afternoon.
The 10-year note yield is down another five basis points at 3.92%, providing additional support to equities. The 2-year note yield is unchanged at 4.23%.
The Bank of England followed the Fed’s move yesterday, leaving rates unchanged at 5.25%. Unlike the Fed, the vote was not unanimous, with 6 members voting in favor of holding rates steady, two voting for another 25 basis points rate hike, while one voter favored a 25 basis points cut.
In other news, China’s Caixin Manufacturing PMI remained in expansionary territory for the third month in a row while Japan’s Manufacturing PMI pointed to a continued contraction for the eighth month in a row.
(Michael Gibbs, Managing Director, Lead Portfolio Manager)
The S&P 500 sold off sharply, moving below the key support at 4,868.41 to close lower at 4,807.57. The RSI also moved sharply lower, closing lower at 57.75. The volume was massive, with 3,263,341,824 shares traded, and 81% of it was down volume. We feel the impetus for the selling was mainly the overbought nature of the S&P 500 and the breadth indicators, and we don’t believe there is a new downtrend starting. The S&P 500 could trade lower and test support at 4,897.57, form a long base and potentially resume the uptrend.
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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The Relative Strength Index (RSI), developed by J. Welles Wilder, is a momentum oscillator that measures the speed and changes of price movements.
.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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