U.S. stock futures are higher to start the last week of the year after President Trump signed a new pandemic relief bill. The House will vote today to raise the stimulus checks to $2,000, but it will likely not get the 60 votes to pass the Senate. Also, holiday sales, excluding automotive and gasoline, increased by 3.0% this holiday season. Online sales were up 49% compared to 2019 from the October 11-Dec 24 period.
The S&P 500 is now in a trading of 3682.73-3712.39 after the Christmas week of trading. The index is now entering a traditionally bullish week, and we feel the index will possibly achieve a new all-time high before the end of the year. Current support could potentially come in at 3682.73, and possible resistance could come in at 3712.39.
We are currently long-term bullish and short-term bullish.
John N. Lilly III CPFA
Accredited Portfolio Management Advisor℠
Accredited Asset Management Specialist℠
Portfolio Manager, RJ
Windsor Wealth Planners & Strategist
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