U.S. futures were up 2.35 points as of 8:35 a.m. which points to muted open for markets today. Weak manufacturing data from Europe and Asia raised fears, once again, of a global slowdown. Investors will also await the release of the fuller Muller report later today. Of the 54 S&P 500 companies that have posted earnings so far,79.6% have beaten consensus.
We had one of our proprietary short-term indicators turn bearish during yesterday’s trading. So, we are now short bearish in our stance towards new purchases going forward. The S&P 500 an outside* day that had negative trading on higher than average volume. The index is sitting on potential support at 2895.85, and we feel the index will potentially test support at 2873.33 over the next few days.
Initial claims for unemployment benefits dropped 5,000 to a seasonally adjusted 192,000 for the week ended April 13th. That is the lowest level since September 1969 as reported by the Labor Department. U.S. retail sales were 1.6% high in March, which is the strongest increase since September 2017. Both reports show a strong economy and a healthy job market.
We are currently long term bullish and short term bearish.
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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* An outside reversal is a price chart pattern that reveals when a security’s high and low prices for the day exceed the high and low of the previous day’s trading session. (Investopedia)