U.S stock futures are higher after Treasury Secretary Mnuchin said a trade deal with China is 90% complete. European shares moved higher on the news while most Asian markets closed lower. If an agreement is completed, markets could rally, but the Middle East struggle is still weighing on investors’ minds this week.
The S&P 500 sold off on Tuesday and moved below support at 2931.50 on average volume. The 2910.61 level will now potentially be an important support level that the index needs to hold The RSI index continues to move lower in support of the selling over the last three days. We feel this is a healthy pullback after a test of an all-time high which could potentially lead to new all-time highs. Will remain long term bullish and short term cautious.
The U.S. Redbook was reported at 5.0% in May, which was lower than the 5.4% report in April. New home sales were 626k compared to the prior release of 673K, and Consumer Confidence was lower at 121.5 compared to the previous release of 131.3. This week’s economic reports have shown an economy that is potentially slowing.
We are currently long term bullish and short cautious.
John N. Lilly III
Accredited Portfolio Management Advisor℠
Accredited Asset Management Specialist℠Portfolio Manager, RJ
Dominguez & Jones Wealth Management Group
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U.S Redbook A weekly measure of comparable store sales at chain stores, discounters, and department stores. Redbook tracks week-to-week change, month-to-date change, and year-on-year change with the latter the most closely watched reading. The report offers early indications on ex-auto ex-gas retail sales.
U.S home sales. New home sales measure the number of newly constructed homes with a committed sale during the month. The level of new home sales indicates housing market trends and, in turn, economic momentum and consumer purchases of furniture and appliances.
Consumer confidence. The Conference Board compiles a survey of consumer attitudes on the economy. The headline Consumer Confidence Index is based on consumers’ perceptions of current business and employment conditions, as well as their expectations for six months hence regarding business conditions, employment, and income. Three thousand households across the country are surveyed each month. In general, while the level of consumer confidence is associated with consumer spending, the two do not move in tandem each and every month.