S&P 500 Leads U.S. Indices Higher
Shain Vernier • 1 min read
Following a tumultuous Friday and Monday, U.S. equities are back on the bull. For the first half-hour since the cash open, the DJIA (+238), S&P 500 SPX (+28), and NASDAQ (+97) are trending higher. The price action is a bit curious as talk of recession continues to dominate mainstream financial headlines. It appears investors are pricing in the implications of the Mueller Report, albeit a day late.
During the U.S. pre-market hours, several secondary economic metrics were released to the public. Here is a quick look at the data:
Event Actual Projected Previous
Building Permits (Feb) 1.296M 1.300M 1.317M
Housing Starts (Feb) 1.162M 1.213M 1.273M
S&P/Case Shiller Home Price Indices (Jan) 3.6% 4.0% 4.1%
Redbook Index (March 18) 0.1% NA -0.1%
It is becoming a theme, but the U.S. real estate market continues to lag. Year-over-year home value projections remain strong, but peripheral metrics consistently disappoint expectations. Conversely, the Redbook Index has come in above the previous release, suggesting that conditions facing American retailers continue to improve.
June E-mini S&P 500: Technical Outlook
The June E-mini S&P 500 has broken out to the bull, regaining some of the losses of the past two sessions. Prices are back above 2825.00 and are on the rally.
Overview: It appears as though U.S. stocks are ready to close March on a high note. Today’s action in the June Emini S&P 500 backs up this assertion. Price has rallied from daily downside support and monthly highs are in view. If U.S. Q4 GDP comes in positive on Thursday, then the U.S. indices may be pushing monthly highs as March draws to a close.