U.S. stock futures are higher as investors anxiously await the details of President-elect Joe-Biden’s proposals for a new economic relief package. The U.S. labor market continues to struggle as coronavirus cased continue to increase throughout the country. The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits rose to 965,000 last week compared to 784,000 the week before. Adding to the labor market woes was the Federal Reserve’s Beige Book report that stated, “contacts in the leisure and hospitality sectors reported renewed employment cuts due to stricter containment measures.”
The S&P 500 continued to build a base and is now in a clear trading range of 3783.60-3862.69. The index is now in prime position for a potential move to a new all-time high. The start of the fourth-quarter earnings season could be the catalyst that moves the index past possible resistance at the upper level of the range at 3826.69.
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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New unemployment claims are compiled weekly to show the number of individuals who filed for unemployment insurance for the first time. An increasing (decreasing) trend suggests a deteriorating (improving) labor market. The four-week moving average of new claims smooths out weekly volatility.
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