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Afternoon Note

Waiting for Powell

By Charles Payne, CEO & Principal Analyst
11/5/2020 1:33 PM

It’s another big day for the markets, as we continue to wait for the results of the presidential election.  Ballots are still being counted in several states.  All the major indices are in the green. Once again, the Nasdaq is rocking up 2.3%. The best performer today is the Russell 2000, which underperformed yesterday. 

The S&P 500 is up almost 2%, while the Dow has gained 1.8%.  All 11 S&P 500 sectors are in the green today, with Materials outperforming after being hit in yesterday’s session. 

Despite Energy being up, WTI crude has reversed and is down 1% to $38.78 a barrel. Interest rates, which came down nicely yesterday, are up fractionally.  The benchmark 10 year is trading at .776%.  This could change this afternoon, but not meaningfully.

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


Breadth is overwhelmingly positive, almost 5-1 on the NYSE, and companies making new 52-week highs is blowing away new lows.

Market Breadth









52 Week High



52 Week Low



Up Volume



Down Volume



The Fed will end its two-day meeting, and it is highly anticipated that there will be no change in the current fed fund rates when it releases its policy statement.  What will have investors attention is Fed Chair Powell’s comments during the press conference and if he gives any direction on new monetary stimulus. Stay tuned.

Charles, I really enjoy your show (for many months now), and have been enjoying your commentaries since I went to your site recently. Thanks for the great information you provide via both avenues, and for the guests you bring on air with you!!

Harvey Wheat on 11/5/2020 3:23:42 PM

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