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S&P 500 Leads U.S. Indices Higher

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.

June E-mini S&P 500 Futures (ES), Daily Chart
June E-mini S&P 500 Futures (ES), Daily Chart

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.

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Shain Vernier
US Analyst
Shain Vernier has spent over 7 years in the market as a professional futures, options and forex trader. He holds a B.Sc. in Business Finance from the University of Montana. Shain's career includes stretches with several proprietary trading firms in addition to actively managing his own accounts. Before joining FX Leaders, he worked as a market analyst and financial writer.
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