U.S. stock index futures were lower by 2.91 points as of 7:48 a.m. on Monday. The S&P 500 has moved higher for seven straight days, as investors will now await corporate earnings. Analysts are expecting a 2.2% decline in earnings for the first quarter of 2019. This would be the first decline in earnings since 2016.
The S&P 500 broke out of a small trading range and closed at a new high for the year at 2892.74 on 4/5/2019. The index may hit resistance at 2984.84 before the all-time high of 2939.86 becomes major potential resistance. However, the recent up moves have come on lower than average volume, so we feel the market still needs to consolidate recent gains at these levels.
On Friday 4/5/2019 the Non-Farm payroll report came out at 196,000 new jobs created in March. Markets did not show much of a reaction to the number that was well above the 33,000 number for February. Today the U.S Factory orders number will be released at 10:00 a.m. So, investors will continue to wait on more data that will show the economy is not set for a slowdown.
We are currently bullish with short term caution.
John N. Lilly III
Accredited Portfolio Management Advisor℠
Accredited Asset Management Specialist℠
Portfolio Manager, RJ
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