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Morning Commentary

Looking for Momentum Boost

By Charles Payne, CEO & Principal Analyst
10/19/2020 9:30 AM

The market continues to edge higher with the three major equity indices in the plus column for 2020.

On Friday, the session ended with a big belly flop by Amazon (AMZN), which slipped in scuttlebutt Prime Day was a dud.  Retail insiders and Wall Street analysts all agreed that this was the perfect time and place for the two-day event. Perhaps there was too much consensus and cheerleading.  The stock also formed a double top, which is the most accurate (bearish) chart formation.


Message of the Market

It was a bookend week that saw the market rise on Monday and Friday, but each session had its share of anxiety.  There were times it zigged when you thought it would zag and rebounded when it was on the cusp of falling apart and falling apart when it was on the cusp of breaking out.  There was a compelling pullback in tech going into the close, as Apple (AAPL) lost altitude, but money went to other sectors instead of the sidelines.

S&P 500 Index



Communication Services XLC



Consumer Discretionary XLY



Consumer Staples XLP



Energy XLE



Financials XLF



Health Care XLV



Industrials XLI



Materials XLB



Real Estate XLRE



Technology XLK



Utilities XLU



For the week, there were substantially more losers than winners although up volume suggests the intensity of buyers was more significant.

There are still more losers than winners in the S&P 500, and those losers are down a lot more than the winners.  This fact is, attractive to many investors is the lingering question of when will the broadening of the rally speed up?  Or what will get the broadening to speed up?

Week Breadth









52 Week High



52 Week Low



Up Volume

9.9 billion

8.9 billion

Down Volume

9.4 billion

8.1 billion

 S&P 500 Winners 

S&P 500 Losers 

Hotline Model Portfolio Approach

Today’s Session

Equity futures are higher, but there is a long week ahead with an uptick in earnings releases and the Presidential debate on Thursday. 

I like the action in transportation names. Keep an eye on those stocks, and semiconductors, which got a bunch of upgrades at Mizuho.


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