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By Charles Payne, CEO & Principal Analyst
12/20/2019 9:40 AM

Yesterday was another strong session for the stock market, which continues to underscore one of the oldest axioms on Wall Street: success begets success.  (I think it applies to all facets of life, not just the stock market.)  It’s working even more this year, because so many brilliant professional investors missed the rally and must play catch-up. 

There is a good shot to see the S&P 500 eclipse the 2013 29.6% gain; perhaps, the 31.0% gain in 1997 is a bridge too far.

The Message of the Market

There were balanced gains across most sectors with Netflix (NFLX) sparking Communication Services.

Symbol

Sector

Last

Change

% Change

XLC

Communication Services

53.88

+0.49

+0.92

XLY

Consumer Discretionary

124.77

+0.39

+0.31

XLP

Consumer Staples

63.14

+0.34

+0.54

XLE

Energy

61.37

-0.02

-0.03

XLF

Financials

30.80

-0.01

-0.03

XLV

Health Care

102.40

+0.40

+0.39

XLI

Industrials

81.47

+0.22

+0.27

XLB

Materials

60.92

+0.21

+0.35

XLRE

Real Estate

38.36

+0.36

+0.95

XLK

Technology

90.72

+0.65

+0.72

XLU

Utilities

64.65

+0.02

+0.03

Biggest Winners

Portfolio Approach

Today’s Session

The markets are set for another higher open.  The latest third quarter GDP estimates were in line. Real GDP was up 2.1% and the GDP Price Deflator rose 1.88%. There was nothing unexpected in the report, and GDP is in a Goldilocks place.  Personal consumption continues to rise, up to 3.2% from the second quarter estimate of 2.9%.

At 10 am ET, we will get a read on the health of the U.S. consumer with personal income and spending.


 

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