Markets remain on the move up this week with the S&P recorded its third straight day at an all-time high level and its fifth straight day in the green. All the three major indices are on track and closed in positive territory while the Dow set its first record day since last year. Today’s trading session closed early ahead of the 4th of July holiday. Reports from D.C. have named Trump’s new Fed-member picks as St. Louis Fed member Christopher Waller and former campaign adviser Judy Shelton. Major economic reports to track today include ADP June employment report, trade deficit data for the month of May, June’s Markit services PMI. While this week featured no corporate earnings of significance, next week look for Pepsico, Bed Bath & Beyond, and Delta Airlines data. With the SPY trading at an all-time high level, we encourage our readers to buy near $290 level and avoid chasing near $298. Still, volatility is expected as U.S.-China trade developments continue to be reported following G20. With that in mind, we do not see this week’s market momentum pushing SPY above $300, potentially overshooting to 305. For reference, the SPY Seasonal Chart is shown below:
Impressive labor data upheld markets today, continuing multi-day streaks for all three major U.S. indices. ADP reported an increase of 102,000 private-sector jobs in June, slightly below expectations but significantly more than in May. Unemployment benefits for the week also dropped, providing another positive sign for the current state of the economy. Still, not all data returned positive this week with June’s factory orders data slightly down for the month. Major market focus continues to hold over possible U.S-China negations and progress as a trade deal continues to be the goal of both nations. Following the G20 summit in Japan this weekend, both U.S. and China agreed to hold off any additional tariffs for now. Look for more information on this in the weeks to come, possibly inducing some volatility. Globally, European markets closed in the green while Asian markets closed unanimously in the red.
The latest news from D.C. prompted some optimism with investors as both of the new candidates Trump is looking to appoint for the FOMC are faring better in the public largely due to their experience compared to the last two attempted appointments. Christopher Waller is the current research director at the St. Louis Federal Reserve, while Judy Shelton, a former campaign adviser, currently operates as the U.S. executive director for the European Bank of Reconstruction and Development. Prior to her nomination, Shelton openly discussed her opinion that the Fed should lower rates immediately, another signal interest rates could come soon. With markets closed on Thursday for the Independence Day holiday, look for June employment data on Friday, while next week we will see consumer credit for the month of May as well as last month’s FOMC minutes.
Using the “^GSPC” symbol to analyze the S&P 500, our 10-day prediction window shows negative signals. Today’s vector figure of -0.11% moves to -1.21% in five trading sessions. Prediction data is uploaded after the market close at 6 pm, CST. Today’s data is based on market signals from the previous trading session.
On June 28th, our ActiveTrader service produced a bullish recommendation for CenturyLink Inc (CTL). ActiveTrader is included in all paid Tradespoon membership plans and is designed for day trading.
CTL entered its forecasted Strategy B Entry 1 price range $11.64 (± 0.09) in its first hour of trading and passed through its Target price $11.76 in the fifth hour of trading that day. The Stop Loss price was set at $11.52.
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Our featured symbol for Friday is Aflac Inc (AFL). AFL is showing a confident vector trend in our Stock Forecast Toolbox’s 10-day forecast. This stock is assigned a Model Grade of (A) indicating it ranks in the top 10th percentile for accuracy for predicted support and resistance, relative to our entire data universe.
The stock is trading at $56.21 at the time of publication, with a +0.14% vector figure.
Prediction data is uploaded after market close at 6 p.m., CST. Today’s data is based on market signals from the previous trading session.
Note: The Vector column calculates the change of the Forecasted Average Price for the next trading session relative to the average of actual prices for the last trading session. The column shows expected average price movement “Up or Down”, in percent. Trend traders should trade along the predicted direction of the Vector. The higher the value of the Vector the higher its momentum.
West Texas Intermediate for Crude Oil delivery (CL.1) is priced at $57.31 per barrel, up 1.88% from the open, at the time of publication.
Looking at USO, a crude oil tracker, our 10-day prediction model shows positive signals. The fund is trading at $11.89 at the time of publication, up 2.00% from the open. Vector figures show -0.58% today, which turns +6.09% in five trading sessions. Prediction data is uploaded after market close at 6 p.m., CST. Today’s data is based on market signals from the previous trading session.
The price for the Gold Continuous Contract (GC00) is up 0.94% at $1,421.20 at the time of publication.
Using SPDR GOLD TRUST (GLD) as a tracker in our Stock Forecast Tool, the 10-day prediction window shows mostly negative signals. The gold proxy is trading at $133.85 at the time of publication. Vector signals show +0.07% for today. Prediction data is uploaded after market close at 6 p.m., CST. Today’s data is based on market signals from the previous trading session.
The yield on the 10-year Treasury note is down 1.26% at 1.95% at the time of publication. The yield on the 30-year Treasury note is down 1.43% at 2.47% at the time of publication.
Using the iShares 20+ Year Treasury Bond ETF (TLT) as a proxy for bond prices in our Stock Forecast Tool, we see negative signals in our 10-day prediction window. Today’s vector of +0.01% moves to -0.12% in three sessions. Prediction data is uploaded after market close at 6 p.m., CST. Today’s data is based on market signals from the previous trading session.
The CBOE Volatility Index (^VIX) is down 2.78% at $12.57 at the time of publication, and our 10-day prediction window shows positive signals. The predicted close for tomorrow is $13.89 with a vector of +4.71%. Prediction data is uploaded after market close at 6 p.m., CST. Today’s data is based on market signals from the previous trading session.
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