U.S stock futures are higher this morning as investors continue to hope for an interest rate cut at the end of July. Fed Chairman Powell said the U.S economy was still under threat from disappointing factor activity, tame inflation, and a simmering trade war. Traders took the comments as the Fed is ready to cut rates, and that is helping stocks all over the world.
The S&P 500 traded flat on Thursday, but it closed just under the old high of 3002.98. We feel the market has a chance to move to, potentially, a new high, and start a new leg higher soon. Volume has begun to pick up, and the RSI index also has room to move higher. Any selling should be meet with buying to hold the index inside the current 2952.22-3002.98 trading range.
The CPI for the U.S. was up 0.1% in June and higher by 1.6% year over year. Prices for Producers, PPI, were also up 0.1% for June and a 1.7% year over year number. Low inflation, growing risks to the U.S. Economy, the U.S.-China trade war add to the hope and need of a July rate cut.
We are currently long term bullish and short bullish.
John N. Lilly III
Accredited Portfolio Management Advisor℠
Accredited Asset Management Specialist℠
Portfolio Manager, RJ
Dominguez & Jones Wealth Management Group
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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The Consumer Price Index is a measure of the change in the average price level of a fixed basket of goods and services purchased by consumers. Monthly changes in the CPI represent the rate of inflation for the consumer. Annual inflation is also closely watched.
The consumer price index is available nationally by expenditure category and by commodity and service group for all urban consumers (CPI-U) and wage earners (CPI-W). All urban consumers are a more inclusive group, representing about 87 percent of the population. The CPI-U is the more widely quoted of the two, although cost-of-living contracts for unions and Social Security benefits are usually tied to the CPI-W, because it has a longer history. Monthly variations between the two are slight.
The CPI is also available by size of city, by region of the country, for cross-classifications of regions and population-size classes, and for many metropolitan areas. The regional and city CPIs are often used in local contracts.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics also produces a chain-weighted index called the Chained CPI. This measures a variable basket of goods and services whereas the regular CPI-U and CPI-W measure a fixed basket of goods and services. The Chained CPI is similar to the personal consumption expenditure price index that is closely monitored by the Federal Reserve Board.
The Producer Price Index (PPI) of the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) is a family of indexes that measures the average change over time in the prices received by domestic producers of goods and services. PPIs measure price change from the perspective of the seller. Effective with the January 2014 PPI data release in February 2014, BLS transitioned from the Stage of Processing (SOP) to the Final Demand-Intermediate Demand (FD-ID) aggregation system. The headline PPI (for Final Demand) measures price changes for goods, services, and construction sold to final demand: personal consumption, capital investment, government purchases, and exports.