The Past Week, In A Nutshell
What Happened: Last week ended negative alongside mixed messaging on stimulus.
Remember This: “Markets have come a long way since the March lows, but we believe there may be more room for stocks to run,” said Jeff Buchbinder, Equity Strategist for LPL Financial.
“Given the impressive economic recovery to date and improving underlying technical and fundamental conditions, we think small cap stocks in particular may have attractive growth potential. Despite election and COVID-19-related risks, we see further gains ahead.”
Pictured: Profile chart of the Micro E-mini S&P 500 Futures
Broad-market equity indices ended the week lower with the S&P 500 retracing nearly 40% of the rally that began after the September sell-off.
During Last Week’s Action: Alongside waning fiscal stimulus hopes, U.S. index products failed to show continued confidence to explore higher.
Instead, as the week progressed, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi walked back her deadline for a fiscal stimulus deal. After an initial drop on Monday, equity indices remained range-bound until Thursday’s session saw responsive buyers establish an excess low at the conjunction of multiple visual references. The buying continued into Friday’s close, at the high-end of the weekly range.
Overall, the market’s failure to range-extend, in either direction, is a sign of minimal conviction. Currently, the market is in the thick of an earnings season, elections are nearing, and stimulus talks are off-and-on. Given that the week ended in balance, a clear change in perception will be followed by a successful range extension in either direction. Adding, given Thursday’s responsive buying, there are good odds the market may make another attempt higher, confirmed by follow-through above $3,470 in the S&P 500. If participants were to auction into the $3,406.75 excess low, then the odds of further downside increase substantially.
“We believe daily new infections are likely a fraction of the peaks then, and rising case counts are having a diminishing negative impact on mobility. The economic restart has been quicker than expected, but the part that remains will be hardest. We do not expect a similarly large hit to economic activity as seen in the spring.”
Adding, however, the report noted the economy is facing challenges as the pace of growth begins to slow. Risks to the near-term recovery include fading fiscal stimulus, a prolonged or worsened pandemic, geopolitical tensions, and election complications.
- Monday: Chicago Fed National Activity Index, New Home Sales.
- Tuesday: Durable Good Orders, House Price Index, CB Consumer Confidence.
- Wednesday: MBA Mortgage Applications, Goods Trade Balance, EIA Cushing Crude Oil Stocks Change, EIA Distillate Stocks Change.
- Thursday: GDP Growth Rate, Jobless Claims, Core PCE Prices QoQ, GDP Price Index, Pending Home Sales, PCE Prices QoQ.
- Friday: Core PCE Price Index YoY, PCE Price Index YoY, Core PCE Price Index MoM, PCE Price Index MoM, Personal Income MoM, Personal Spending MoM, Michigan Consumer Sentiment Final, Michigan Inflation Expectations Final.
- House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Sunday said the latest plan for aid is under review.
- U.K.’s NHS is preparing to introduce a coronavirus vaccine soon after Christmas.
- Commercial real estate, specifically office and lodging, faces the greatest uncertainty.
- The economy recovering slowly through October, but some sectors are still struggling.
- Policy drive toward the transformation of health insurance poses risk to profitability.
- General Motors Co (NYSE: GM) investing $2 billion to build EVs in Tennessee.
- Intel Corporation’s (NASDAQ: INTC) sale of memory business a credit positive.
- Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ: GOOGL) breakup may be needed to end antitrust violations.
- China’s recovery lifted industrial commodities as its economy improved materially.
- Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) raised its full-year outlook after a third-quarter beat.
- American Express Co (NYSE: AXP) issued a dismal outlook on travel, entertainment.
- Unacceptably high unemployment, low rates of resource utilization to rein in yields.
- Union Pacific Corp (NYSE: UNP) reported a bigger-than-expected drop in profit.
- American Airlines (NASDAQ: AAL), Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV) call for aid.
- Tesla Inc (NASDAQ: TSLA) released “Full Self Driving” software upgrade to drivers.
- AstraZeneca (NASDAQ: AZN), Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ) resuming trials.
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- Fintech startups broke apart financial services and now the sector is