Futures are moving higher after good a earnings report from JP Morgan got earnings season off to a good start. Signs of a stabilizing Chinese economy helped cool fears of a global slowdown. Asian and European markets were all higher.
The S&P 500 has formed a tight trading range of 2867.14-2895.95, and as of 8:49 p.m. the index is set to open 19.80 points higher at 2911.60. This would be a breakout to a new high for the year and could bring in more buying. A close above the old high could possibly be bullish for all U.S. markets. The RSI index is currently not overbought which is also possibly bullish for stocks.
On Thursday the U.S. jobless claims report fell to a 49-year low at 196,000. This data shows strength in the labor market and could cool fears of a slowdown later in the year. Later today the U.S. import and export prices will be reported, and the Consumer sentiment number will also be released.
We are currently long term bullish and short term bullish.
John N. Lilly III
Accredited Portfolio Management Advisor℠
Accredited Asset Management Specialist℠
Portfolio Manager, RJ
Partner, Windsor Wealth
The Relative Strength Index (RSI), developed by J. Welles Wilder, is a momentum Oscillator that measures the speed and changes of price movements.
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