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February 26, 2021

Keep A Close Watch on Interest Rates

Currently, the S&P 500 futures are up 15 points and are trading 0.4% above fair value, the Nasdaq 100 futures are up 116 points and are trading 1.0% above fair value, and the Dow Jones Industrial Average futures are down 29 points and are trading slightly below fair value.

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February 22, 2021

Rising Rates Drawing Some Nervous Attention

There is a slate of M&A activity; there are reports that the House is expected to pass the $1.9 trillion stimulus proposal by the end of the week; Dr. Fauci said he thinks the U.S. will see a significant degree of normality by the end of 2021; the press is highlighting the growing potential for a really strong economic recovery this year; and Deutsche Bank has upgraded the airlines.

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February 19, 2021

Down to The Wire

It will come down to the wire today to determine if the S&P 500 has a winning week or a losing week. Over the last three trading sessions, the S&P 500 has declined 0.5%. Currently, the S&P 500 futures are up 19 points and are trading 0.5% above fair value.

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February 16, 2021

Futures and Yields Rising Together

U.S. equity index futures are extending last week’s record-setting gains in a continuation of the bullish momentum, aided by a risk-on signal in the Treasury market.

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February 10, 2021

Ready to Rebound as Bullish Bias Permeates Market

Positive responses to the earnings reports from Lyft (LYFT), Twitter (TWTR), and Coca-Cola (KO) have offset some downcast responses to the earnings reports and guidance from Cisco (CSCO), General Motors (GM), and Akamai Technologies (AKAM).

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February 5, 2021

Scars of Pandemic Reflected In January Employment Report

It is said that “the trend is your friend,” and if this week so far is any indication, the trend has been the stock market’s best friend. There have been four trading sessions and the S&P 500 is up 4.2% for the week. The S&P 500 is also at a new record high, as are the Nasdaq Composite and Russell 2000.

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February 3, 2021

Alphabet and Amazon.Com Come Through, As Expected

Alphabet (GOOG) and Amazon.com (AMZN) crushed it with their latest earnings results. Those stocks are indicated 6.7% and 1.8% higher, respectively. They should be higher, but what might surprise some readers is that the market isn’t indicated sharply higher.

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February 1, 2021

Still Stuck on GameStop

Stories about the GameStop trade are on the front page of The Wall Street Journal, at the top of the page on CNBC.com, in the Most Read section on Bloomberg.com, and appear in the featured news section on Yahoo! Finance.

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January 29, 2021

What A Mess

The market is a mess. Sometimes, it’s a beautiful mess. This time, it’s just a mess. This characterization doesn’t even have so much to do with the standing of the futures market as it does with the tonality of market conditions.

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January 15, 2021

Recovery Trade Takes A Break

There was a time when the behavior of the market was characterized as risk on or risk off. These days, the characterization is more like recovery trade on or recovery trade off. It’s a subtle, but important, nuance.

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January 13, 2021

Not Feeling the Burn Yet

The story this morning isn’t so much that it is going to be a bad day all around as it is that it will be a soft start all around. That’s the impression one gets looking at the futures market.

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January 11, 2021

Letting Out Some Air

The U.S. equity market is slated to start today’s session on a negative note. That’s largely because last week struck such a good note for the bulls, notwithstanding everything else that was happening outside the stock market.

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December 29, 2020

Life in The Bubble

The U.S. stock market isn’t glutton for punishment. On the contrary, it continues to embrace the gluttony of further gains, largely irrespective of anything negative that might be happening outside its Covid bubble.

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December 15, 2020

Cash Market Given Do-Over Opportunity

There is some futures trading deja vu this morning, as the futures for the major indices are trading solidly higher. If there is a deja vu experience for the cash market, though, then what we see now won’t look nearly as good by the end of the day.

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December 14, 2020

Pfizer Vaccine Authorization Helps Wake Up the Trading Echoes

The futures for the major indices are sporting some sizable gains this morning based on news that everyone expected to hear. That news is that the FDA approved the Covid vaccine from Pfizer (PFE) and BioNTech (BNTX) for emergency use authorization in patients 16 years or older.

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December 8, 2020

Taking a Timeout

Currently, the S&P futures are down 14 points and are trading 0.4% below fair value, the Nasdaq 100 futures are down 29 points and are trading 0.2% below fair value, and the Dow Jones Industrial Average futures are down 94 points and are trading 0.3% below fair value.

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December 7, 2020

Chase Rabbit Still on the Rail

Today, a case can be made that the direction of the cash market at Friday’s closing bell is the key for understanding the softness in the futures market this morning.

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December 2, 2020

Hairline Fracture in the Price Action

There has been a break in the buying action. What remains to be seen is if it will lead to a break in the market or whether it’s just a break before another leg higher.

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November 30, 2020

Headed For a Mixed Start

Currently, the S&P 500 futures are down nine points and are trading 0.3% below fair value, the Nasdaq 100 futures are up 11 points and are trading 0.1% above fair value, and the Dow Jones Industrial Average futures are down 137 points and are trading 0.4% below fair value.

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November 24, 2020

Ongoing Belief in Good Outcomes

We’re not sure the stock market needed another excuse to rally in this holiday-shortened week, but it has one and it is going to rally at the start of today’s trading.

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November 23, 2020

Another Vaccine Monday

AstraZeneca (AZN) said one of the dosing regimens in its clinical trial done in partnership with Oxford was found to be 90% effective in preventing the coronavirus.

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