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August 18th, 2020

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Headline News:

U.S. stock futures are set to open higher after major retailers posted better than expected Q2 earnings and profit reports. Home Depot (HD) comparable same-store-sales came in better than expected due to a rise in home repairs. Walmart (WMT) posted its largest ever growth in online sales as consumers were purchasing goods from home amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Both stocks were up over 2% in pre-market trading. Housing starts increased by 22%, above expectations, to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.469 million last month.

Markets:

The S&P 500 traded as high as 3387.59 on Monday just under potential resistance at 3387.89 and closed at 3381.99. The trading was at the top of the current trading and continued the base building over the last four days. The RSI index also moved higher at the top of its range in support of the S&P’s base building. We feel that a move to new highs is now possible this week, and we want to see the breakout come on above-average volume to confirm a potential new uptrend.

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.

 

The S&P 500 is an unmanaged index of 500 widely held stocks that is generally considered representative of the U.S stock market. Past performance may not be indicative of future results. Keep in mind that individuals cannot invest directly in any index, and index performance does not include transaction costs or other fees, which will affect actual investment performance. Individual investors’ results will vary. Opinions expressed are those of the author John N. Lilly III, and not necessarily those of Raymond James. “There is no guarantee that these statements, opinions, or forecast provided herein will prove to be correct. “The information contained was received from sources believed to be reliable, but accuracy is not guaranteed. Investing always involves risk, and you may incur a profit or loss. No investment strategy can guarantee success. The charts and/or tables presented herein are for illustrative purposes only and should not be considered as the sole basis for your investment decision. International investing involves special risks, including currency fluctuations, different financial accounting standards, and possible political and economic volatility. Investing in emerging markets can be riskier than investing in well-established foreign markets.

 

This is not a recommendation to buy or sell any company’s stock mentioned above.

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