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Daily Commentary

May 20th, 2020

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Headline News:

U.S. stock futures are set for a higher open on continue reopening efforts in more states and another round of government stimulus. Lowe’s (LOW) and Target (TGT) both reported an earnings beat this morning, and investors appear to upbeat about the future of the U.S. economy. Today’s news has overshadowed doubts about the Moderna COVID- 19 vaccine trial news that hit the tape late Tuesday sending stocks lower into the close.

Markets:

The S&P 500 traded above resistance at 2954.86 for the second day in a row, but it closed lower at 2922.94 as sellers took over to end the day. The selling came with lower volume, which is an encouraging sign along with a lower close in the RSI at 56.19. Every time the index tests the 2954.86 level, more and more sellers go away, and that could open the door for a potential breakout soon. The trading action is constructive, but we will wait for a rally with substantial volume before we return to a bullish short-term stance.

We are currently long-term bullish and short-term bearish.

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John N. Lilly III
Accredited Portfolio Management Advisor℠
Accredited Asset Management Specialist℠
Portfolio Manager, RJ
Partner, DJWMG
Windsor Wealth Planners & Strategist

 

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The Relative Strength Index (RSI), developed by J. Welles Wilder, is a momentum oscillator that measures the speed and changes of price movements.

 

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