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Daily Commentary

July 31st, 2020

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Headline News:

S&P 500 futures are higher after Apple (AAPL), Amazon (AMZN), Facebook (FB), and Alphabet (GOOG) all beat top and bottom-line estimates for Q2 earnings. The reports are offsetting the uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus relief bill negotiations in Washington. Also, consumer spending increased by 5.6% in June which was the second straight month of increases. The Q2 earnings season is at the halfway point, with 82% of companies beating estimates, and investors appear to be in a bullish mood to end the week.

Markets:

The S&P 500 traded down to 3204 Thursday just above potential support at 3200.95 and rallied to close at 3246.22 above resistance at 3233.13. The index remains in a broad base that is forming at the top of the trading range, and we still feel the base will be a continuation pattern for the current uptrend. The RSI index is also in a trading range that adds support to the potential for a move to new highs.

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

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

 

Futures trading is speculative, leveraged, and involves substantial risks. Investing always involves risk, including the loss of principal, and futures trading could present additional risk based on underlying commodities investments.

 

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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