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“Houston, we’ve had a problem here.” – Jack Swigert, Apollo 13 Astronaut

Morning stock market summary

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There’s not a lot of news to speak of this morning, but that isn’t stopping futures from drifting higher. Treasury yields, crude oil, and gold are all little changed with a negative bias.  Mortgage applications increased in the latest week even after yields surged, but other than that, the economic calendar is empty for the rest of the day.

54 years ago today, Americans were glued to their TVs anxiously watching as Apollo 13 splashed down in the Pacific Ocean after a troubled six-day mission in space. While the world breathed a sigh of relief as Apollo 13 returned safely from orbit and down to Earth, investors today are nervously watching the market as it comes back down to earth.  After trading at overbought levels for months, major indices around the world are pulling back and falling from overbought levels and back below their 50-day moving averages.  Yesterday, it was the STOXX 600’s turn as the index closed below its 50-DMM for the first time since November 14th.

Yesterday’s decline ended the longest streak of closes above the 50-DMA since June 2017 and just the 11th streak that lasted more than 100 days. The longest of those streaks ended in April 1997 at 160 trading days and also occurred within a year of the second longest streak on record (142 trading days ending on 6/7/1996).

So, when these streaks come to an end, is it a sign of a market calamity on the way?  Not necessarily.  For more details check out today’s Morning Lineup!

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