Market Direction Is Important –
Updated Chart of the S&P 500 and Secondary Signals
Of our Four secondary indicators under our MTI:
Relative Strength Index (RSI)-Negative
Chaikin Money Flow (CMF)-Negative
Money Flow Index-MFI-Positive
More on the Market and the Economy:
Stocks closed lower on the last day of the first quarter on Tuesday, with the Dow failing to post a gain for the quarter, while the S&P 500 logged a modest gain. Stocks then finished the Easter-shortened week with modest gains, and the S&P 500 closed the week up .3%.
Job growth slumped to a 15-month low in March, as the economy added 126,000 jobs, breaking a streak of 12 straight months of 200,000 plus jobs created. The unemployment rate held at 5.5%, while the labor force participation rate slipped to 62.7%.
This week will see data released on the service sector, consumer credit, the Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey, and the Fed’s meeting minutes.
Serious mortgage delinquencies fell in the fourth quarter, according to the Federal Reserve’s Housing Market Conditions. In December, 3.99% of mortgages were seriously delinquent (90 days or more past due or in foreclosure).
As the global economy grows, the world will face a 40% water shortage in 15 years, according to the United Nations World Water Assessment Program. By 2030, the world will have 40% less fresh water than it needs as “strong income growth and rising living standards of a growing middle class have led to sharp increases in water use”. Water demand will be driven up by staples of middle-class life like increased meat consumption, larger homes, more appliances and more cars on the road. Water demand tends to grow at double the rate of population growth, and the global population is projected to grow to 9.1 billion people by 2050.
More than half of US homes have an emergency evacuation kit, according to the American Housing Survey from HUD and the Census Bureau. According to the report, 51.5% of homes have a kit prepared.