The breadth was positive at the NYSE (read improved) last week as the Advance-Decline line gained 3574 units and the number of 52-week highs out did the new lows on all the five sessions. At this point a bigger than the most recent drop of 3.29% might not be the worst thing. There is a strong support in the range of 2275-2300. This is the first time since the election that the S&P 500 has traded at the lower band of Bollinger bands for the last two weeks. The recovery from the 2015-16 earnings recession shall continue, as the companies report the first quarter earnings. The Q1-2017 EPS growth may post a near 13.5% gain. If the earnings come in better than expected, that may augur further gains for the equities.
The inflation adjusted consumer spending fell 0.1% (2.6% y/y) – tracking at a sub-1% annual rate in the first quarter of 2017. The personal consumption expenditure price index (ex-food and energy) rose 1.8%, just below the fed inflation target of 2%. The Gross domestic product was revised higher primarily due to the higher consumer spending (revised higher) and increase in private inventory which was partly offset by the downward revisions to the non-residential fixed investments. The Institute of Supply Management (ISM) manufacturing Purchasing managers index came in at 57.2 compared to 57.7 for February 2017 and ahead of the expectations of 57.
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