Directional Bias For The Day:
- S&P Futures are little changed to up; moving since 2:30 AM; below a downtrend line
- Odds are for a down to sideways day – watch for break above 2778.75 and above the downtrend line for change of fortune
- Key economic data due:
- ECB Monetary Policy Statement at 7:30 AM
- ECB Press Conference at 8:30 AM
- Revised Non-Farm Productivity (1.9% vs. 1.5% est.; prev. 2.3%) at 8:30 AM
- Unemployment Claims (223K vs. 225K est.) at 8:30 AM
Markets Around The World
- Markets in the East closed mixed – Shanghai, Sydney, Mumbai and Singapore were up; Hong Kong, Tokyo and Seoul were down
- European markets are mostly up – U.K. and Switzerland are down;
- Dollar index
- Crude Oil
- Silver (Unch.)
- 10-yrs yield is at 2.676%, down from March 6 close of 2.692%;
- 30-years is at 3.058%, down from 3.071%
- 2-years yield is at 2.504%, down from 2.520%
- The 10-Year-&-2-Year spread is at 0.172, unchanged
- Critical support levels for S&P 500 are 2767.66 2757.90 and 2745.15
- Critical resistance levels for S&P 500 are 2775.64, 2778.24 and 2783.89
- Key levels for eMini futures: break above 2778.75, the high of 2:00 PM on Wednesday and break below 2763.50, the low of 6:30 AM
- On Wednesday, at 4:00 PM, S&P future (January contract) closed at 2772.00 and the index closed at 2771.45 – a spread of about +0.50 points; futures closed at 2771.50 for the day; the fair value is +0.50
- Pre-NYSE session open, futures price action is to the upside – at 8:15 AM, S&P 500 futures were up by +3.00; Dow by +27; and NASDAQ by +4.00
Directional Bias Before Open
- Weekly: Uptrend
- Daily: Up Under Pressure
- 120-Min: Down
- 30-Min: Down
- 15-Min: Down
- 6-Min: Side
The trend and patterns on various time frames for S&P 500:
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Major U.S. indices closed lower on Wednesday March 6 in mostly higher volume. Dow Jones Transportation Average traded in lower volume. The trend for the day was decidedly down and the indices closed near the lows. Most still haven’t broken below the low of Monday, when indices made long legged bearish engulfing candles. Russell 2000 and DJT have broken below their Monday lows.
The S&P 500 lost 0.7% on Wednesday, pulling back for the third straight session after a strong start to the year. With few catalysts to justify further gains, stocks succumbed to some profit taking with shares of energy, health care, and semiconductor companies leading the retreat.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 0.5%, and the Nasdaq Composite lost 0.9%. The Russell 2000 underperformed with a steep loss of 2.0%.
The S&P 500 health care (-1.5%) and energy (-1.3%) sectors were Wednesday’s laggards, weighed down by some industry-specific overhangs. Conversely, the materials (+0.2%), utilities (unch), and communication services (unch) sectors outperformed.
On a related note, the OECD cutting its global GDP growth forecast for 2019 to 3.3% from 3.5%, New York Fed President Jon Williams (FOMC voter) suggesting a “new normal” of slow growth on the order of 2% will keep the Fed patient, and the Fed’s Beige Book, which reported slight-to-moderate growth for 10 of the 12 Fed districts, contributed to the slowdown narrative that drove some profit taking.
U.S. Treasuries saw increased buying interest, sending yields lower across the curve. The 2-yr yield declined four basis points to 2.51%, and the 10-yr yield declined three basis points to 2.69%. The U.S. Dollar Index finished flat at 96.86. WTI crude lost 0.5% to $56.25/bbl.
• For December, the trade deficit widened to $59.8 billion (Briefing.com consensus -$57.8 billion) from a downwardly revised $50.3 billion (from -$49.3 billion) in November. The December deficit is the widest since October 2008 when the world was in the throes of the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression.
o The key takeaway from the report is that it will fuel the Trump Administration’s fire to correct the trade imbalance with assertive policy actions.
• The ADP National Employment Report showed an increase of 183,000 in February (Briefing.com consensus 175,000), and the January reading was revised to 300,000 (from 213,000).
• The Federal Reserve’s Beige Book for March noted that ten Fed Districts reported slight-to-moderate growth while Philadelphia and St. Louis reported flat economic conditions. Consumer spending activity was described as mixed. Lower retail and auto sales were attributed to harsh winter weather and a higher cost of credit. Overall manufacturing activity increased while activity in the nonfinancial services sector increased at a modest-to-moderate pace.
- S&P 500 Sectors
|Sector||Daily Trend (Visual)||Relative Strength (Last Month – February)||Relative Strength (March)||%K vs. %D (March)|
|Consumer Discretionary||Down||SPY (Cross-Under)||XLY (Cross-Over)||Above|
|Utility||Under Pressure||SPY||XLU (Cross-Over)||Above|
|Real Estate||Down||SPY (Cross-Under)||SPY||Cross-Under|