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Morning Brief

May 22nd, 2024

Headline News:

The S&P 500 futures are down nine points and are trading 0.2% below fair value, the NASDAQ 100 futures are down three points and are trading fractionally below fair value, and the Dow Jones Industrial Average futures are down 88 points and are trading 0.2% below fair value.

There’s a negative bias in early trading, but true to this week’s form, there’s not a lot of conviction fueling the activity. Market participants are still in wait-and-see mode in front of earnings after the close.

The weekly MBA Mortgage Applications Index jumped 1.9% after last week’s 0.5% increase. Other data today include the Existing Home Sales report for April at 10:00 ET and the weekly EIA Crude Oil Inventories at 10:30 ET. The Minutes for the April 30-May 1 FOMC meeting will be released at 2:00 ET.

Treasury yields are higher in front of the data and the Minutes. The 10-year note yield is up four basis points to 4.45%, and the 2-year note yield is up four basis points to 4.87%.

Elsewhere, commodity prices are lower this morning. WTI crude oil futures are down 1.0% to $77.87/bbl, natural gas futures are down 0.1% to $2.67/mmbtu, and copper futures are down 3.2% to $4.94/lb.

(Michael Gibbs, Managing Director, Lead Portfolio Manager)



The S&P 500 rallied up to resistance at 4,325.39 but could not break out, closing at 4,321.41. The index has failed three times at the 4,325.39 level, so each time, more and more sellers go away, making it easier to break out. However, we continue to believe that markets don’t have a catalyst to bring in more buyers, and the S&P 500 should remain in the current trading range. Nvidia (NVDA) will realize first-quarter earnings after the close of trading today, which could catalyze Thursday’s trading.

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


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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 averages are used for short-to-medium-term timeframes, while the 150-day and 200-day moving averages are used for medium-to-long-term ones. Signals can be derived from overbought/oversold levels, crosses above/below 50%, and bullish/bearish divergences.


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