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Afternoon Note

Recovering

By Charles Payne, CEO & Principal Analyst
10/29/2020 1:34 PM

The major indices are recovering some today after yesterday’s thrashing on the back of better than expected economic data.  The Nasdaq is the best performing sector, up 1.6%, followed by the S&P 500 +1%, and the Dow the laggard, +0.20%.

It’s a risk on day with Technology the best performing S&P sector, while Health Care and Consumer Staples lag. FAANG will be front and center as Amazon (AMZN), Apple (AAPL) and Facebook (FB) report earnings after the bell. 

Energy is trading up today despite the decline in crude oil, which is down 3.96% to $35.91 a barrel, as it continues its sharp declines amid demand concerns.  New shutdowns and a rise in coronavirus infections is adding pressure. In addition, the EIA and API data showed a larger-than-expected build in US crude oil inventories last week. The EIA reported a build of 4.320 million barrels, above market expectations of a 1.23 million barrels increase, while the API data should an increase of 4.577 million barrels.

Germany and France have imposed new 30-day lock down restrictions and in the U.S. more than 40 states are seeing a rise in coronavirus cases, with the daily average in the past week up above 74,000.  Moderna (MRNA) provided a bit of a silver lining, stating it is preparing for a global deployment of its potential coronavirus vaccine.

S&P 500 Index

+0.99%

 

Communication Services XLC

+2.47%

 

Consumer Discretionary XLY

+0.63%

 

Consumer Staples XLP

 

-0.29%

Energy XLE

+1.41%

 

Financials XLF

+0.30%

 

Health Care XLV

 

-0.93%

Industrials XLI

+1.19%

 

Materials XLB

+1.75%

 

Real Estate XLRE

+0.94%

 

Technology XLK

+1.76%

 

Utilities XLU

+0.71%

 

Breadth and advancers are outpacing declines today, however new lows tell a different story. 

Issues:

NYSE

NASDAQ

Advancing

1,873

1,905

Declining

1,133

1,461

Unchanged

80

95

52 Week High

14

32

52 Week Low

76

69

Advancing

1.58B

935.52M

Declining

865.62M

646.14M


 

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