“The market caught up with the positive sentiment Monday night, all Key indexes gapped open and headed due North, closing on the highs” — Paul Ebeling
DJIA +560.54 at 35492.70, NAS Comp +360.14 at 15341.07, S&P +81.21 to 4649.23
Tuesday the S&P 500 rallied 1.8% on the buy-the-dip mindset. The DJIA rose 1.6%, the NAS Comp and Russell 2000 outperformed with 2.4% and 3.0% gainers, respectively.
9 of the 11 S&P 500 sectors closed higher, paced by the energy (+2.9%), information technology (+2.6%), consumer discretionary (+2.5%), and financials (+2.0%) sectors with 2-3% gains. The defensive-oriented utilities (-0.2%) and consumer staples (-0.1%) sectors were the laggards.
The market had gotten extremely oversold and as always the Tuesday after a big Southside Monday begat a strong rally. The S&P 500 reclaimed its 50-Day MA at 4614 after closing below that Key technical mark Monday.
- S&P 500 +23.8% YTD
- NAS Comp +19.0% YTD
- DJIA +16.0% YTD
- Russell 2000 +11.6% YTD
The Key Commodities
WTI crude futures settled higher by 3.6%, or $2.45, at $71.11/bbl, Gold futures settled $5.90 lower (-0.3%) to $1,788.70/oz, and the US Dollar Index is flat at $96.55.
The big winner Tuesday was Cassava Sciences (NASDAQ:SAVA), trading up by 18.77% on the day,
Just before the open the company released further reviews denying alleged company manipulation of a report on trial results of Cassava’s Alzheimer’s treatment. Shares were halted for half an hour before trading resumed at 10:00 a.m. with an opening price of $52.40, an increase of 42.5% over Monday’s closing price. A 2nd halt just after trading in the shares opened was lifted after 5 mins.
Some retail investors were looking for short sellers to feel the squeeze. A WallStreetBets member commented: “It’s pretty crazy, they’re [i.e., hedge funds] still not covering. All these people chasing short squeezes in garbage companies, SAVA is the real thing.”
AMC Entertainment Holdings Inc. (NYSE:AMC) traded up 2.02% Tuesday on no specific news. The company continues to ride the wave of exuberance following the giant weekend opening of the new Spider-Man film.
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The US Economy
- The Current Account Balance for Q-3 totaled $214.8-B The Q-2 deficit was upwardly revised to $198.3 from $190.3-B.
Looking Ahead: Investors will receive the Conference Board’s Consumer Confidence Index for December, Existing Home Sales for November, the 3rd estimate for Q-3 GDP, and the weekly MBA Mortgage Applications Index Wednesday
President Trump (45) reflects the views of likely voters more than Mr. Biden, according to a new national Rasmussen Reports poll.
Of likely voters polled, 44% chose President Trump while 31% picked Mr, Biden when asked, “Which of the following politicians most represents your political views?“
Have a prosperous Christmas Holiday week, Keep the Faith!