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It was over 50-years ago today that Neil Armstrong became the first human to walk on the moon.  Stocks didn’t go into orbit yesterday, but the S&P 500 and Nasdaq did manage to finally break back above their 50-day moving averages, ending, for the S&P 500, what was the longest streak since the Financial Crisis.  This morning, the tone is much more subdued as futures have given up earlier gains as investors digest the latest batch of earnings.  On the economic calendar, the only report of note is Existing Home Sales, which is expected to show a modest decline relative to last month.

Today’s Morning Lineup discusses earnings news out of Europe and the US, major earnings reports, and economic data from around the world including UK home prices and weekly US mortgage application data.

Both the S&P 500 and Nasdaq broke some extended streaks of trading below their 50-DMAs yesterday. For the S&P 500, the streak ending at 60 trading days was the longest since the 72-day streak ending all the way back in 2008, and it was just the 19th streak of 60 or more trading days in the post-WWII period. Now the S&P 500 just needs to work up enough strength to get back to its 200-DMA which is still 10.7% above yesterday’s close.

The Nasdaq’s streak of closes below its 50-DMA was even longer at 68 trading days, although that was only the longest streak of closes below that level since the 69-day streak ending in January 2019.  Before that you have to go back to the 72 trading day streak ending in December 2008 to find a longer streak.  In the Nasdaq’s history dating back to 1971 there have now only been 15 streaks where the index traded below its 50-DMA for 60 or more trading days.  Finally, while the S&P 500 is 10.2% below its 200-DMA, the Nasdaq is much further in the hole at 17.2% below its 200-DMA.

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