U.S. stock futures are set for a higher open as investors appear to be buying the dips with megacap stocks. Apple(AAPL), Facebook(FB), and Alphabet Inc(GOOGL) were all higher in pre-market trading. Meanwhile, Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said she sees no inflation problem brewing for the U.S economy. Investors will also be watching the private payroll data reported by ADP released later today, and the report is expected to show an addition of 800,000 new jobs in the month of April.
The S&P 500 traded below the support line we were watching at 4176.22 and down close to the next support level at 4118.38. However, buying came in late in the day to rally the index back just below the old support. There was a big pick up in volume with 2,543,972,864 shares traded, but RSI moved lower, closing at 57.90. So, today’s close could be instructive on the future direction of the index. Another close below 4176.22 could mean more churning sideways at these levels, and a close above 4176.22 could have the index back on track for a potential new uptrend. The long tail formed after Tuesday’s trading is encouraging that the selling could be done for now.
We are currently long-term bullish and short-term bullish.
John N. Lilly III CPFA
Accredited Portfolio Management Advisor℠
Accredited Asset Management Specialist℠
Portfolio Manager, RJFS
Windsor Wealth Planners & Strategist
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