Stock futures are set to open lower today on lowered expectations of a Federal Reserve rate cut and a downgrade of Apple (AAPL) this morning. Global markets were also lower due to Morgan Stanley’s call to reduce exposure to global equities.
The S&P 500 is now in a trading range of 2952.22-2995.84 after setting a new all-time high on 7/3/2019. The holiday week trading came with predictable low volume, and the RSI index is still not in overbought territory. We expect the index to trade within the range for a few days before potentially making another new high.
Nonfarm payrolls came out at a gain of 224,000 new jobs compared to June’s report of 72,000. The significant gains were unexpected and have tempted the expectations of a rate cut in July.
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 most closely watched of all economic indicators, the employment situation is a set of monthly labor market indicators based on two separate reports: the establishment survey which tracks 650,000 worksites and offers the nonfarm payroll and average hourly earnings headlines and the household survey which interviews 60,000 households and generates the unemployment rate. Nonfarm payrolls track the number of part-time and full-time employees in both business and government. Average hourly earnings track employee pay while the average workweek, also part of the establishment survey, tracks the number of hours worked. The report’s private payroll measure excludes government workers. The unemployment rate measures the number of unemployed as a percentage of the labor force. In order to be counted as unemployed, one must be actively looking for work. Other commonly known data from the household survey include the labor supply and discouraged workers.