S&P 500, U.S. Stocks Pull Back From Monthly Highs
Shain Vernier • 2 min read
During this post-FOMC Minutes session, the U.S. indices have pulled back from monthly highs. Through the first half of the trading day, the DJIA DOW (-45), S&P 500 SPX (-15), and NASDAQ (-50) are all in the red. The primary drivers of the retracement are record-breaking U.S. jobless claims, a fading American real estate market, and slumping Philly FED Survey.
Here’s a quick look at this morning’s U.S. jobs and manufacturing numbers:
Event Actual Projected Previous
Continuing Jobless Claims (May 8) 25.073M 24.765M 22.548M
Initial Jobless Claims (May 15) 2.438M 2.400M 2.687M
Philadelphia FED Survey (May) -43.1 -41.5 -56.6
The key takeaway from these three reports is that each underperformed expectations. Although they are improvements over previous figures, the numbers still lag. In the case of labor data, this may be the trend for weeks to come. Until the robust unemployment COVID-19 aid packages begin to expire, the number of recipients is likely to remain staggeringly large.
On the U.S. real estate front, Existing Home Sales (April) fell by 17.8% from March levels. This is the worst news yet for the American housing market and will be a key metric to watch moving forward.
Today’s economic data has brought a moderate risk-off approach to the S&P 500. Nonetheless, prices are still closing in on the vaunted 3000.00 psyche level.
S&P 500 Slumps Following Dismal Data
Although off for the day, this week’s gains have been strong for the June E-mini S&P 500. Prices have broken above the 62% COVID-19 retracement and positioned to extend further north.
Here are two key support and resistance levels to watch for the June E-mini S&Ps:
- Resistance(1): Weekly SMA, 3071.25
- Support(1): 62% COVID-19 Sell-Off, 2930.00
Bottom Line: Barring the second wave of COVID-19 forcing another global shutdown, the S&P 500 appears destined to regain its swagger above 3000.00. If the grind north continues, a shorting opportunity from the Weekly SMA will come into play.
Until elected, I’ll have sell orders in the June E-mini S&Ps from 3069.25. With an initial stop at 3076.25, this trade produces 35 ticks on a slightly-better-than-1:1 risk vs reward management plan.