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Can Positive Vaccine News Support the Economic Modern Family?


The Modern Family shows confidence as more positive vaccine news came out on Monday. This time, the positive news came from Moderna (MRNA). Hence, after last Monday's Pfizer (PFE) announcement, the market thrives on hope rather than fear, as COVID cases rise and areas of the country are shutting down.

Some might think this complacency is extraordinary, given the hurdles we have to get through before the vaccine is ready for public use. For instance, both MRNA and PFE will need to create an environment for extreme cold storage and cold storage transportation in order for the vaccines to survive. Furthermore, we still don't have a set date when the vaccines will be ready to be released and if there will be enough to meet up with demand.

The vaccine is not the only uncertainty in focus right now. We still have a pending election investigation, along with a stimulus that has yet to be decided on. Either way, taking a look at the Economic Modern Family shows many members holding close to last week's highs.

The Russell 2000 (IWM), Transportation (IYT), Retail (XRT) and Biotechnology (IBB) are all less than a dollar away from last week's highs.

Granny Retail (XRT), while not far from making new highs, does have some rising COVID cases to worry about as certain states increase restrictions from recent spikes right before a huge shopping holiday. Currently, in New Mexico, non-essential businesses are set to close for a minimum of two weeks, unless certain criteria is met. If sales plunge across the states, Granny Retail will look for support from the next stimulus, most likely not scheduled until Valentine's Day.

On a happier note, Regional Banking (KRE) closed over the high from last week at 49.16.

Then we have Sister Semiconductors, who looks ripe to break back out over all-time highs at 202.89.

As we have mentioned, the Russells in particular broke the election week range rule with a textbook gap higher last week. Today, we are nearing those highs but still trading within the range of last week. Retail (XRT), Semiconductors (SMH) and, outside of the Family, the S&P 500 are also beginning close to last week's highs, but inside last week's range.

Optimism or pessimism, as price followers, look for these highs to be taken out and held, or sellers might come back in to take advantage of current exuberance.

In the latest edition of Mish's Market Minute, Mish looks at price versus momentum and gives viewers a way to ascertain if the correction from the highs is a normal one or one to be concerned about. Plus, she presents 4 long and 4 short setups where momentum is diverging from price and how to trade them. Finally, she reviews the cannabis stocks and how that sector is still outperforming the overall market.

Mish also hosted the Friday, November 13th edition of StockCharts TV's Your Daily Five, where she presents her Long and Short Picks using the MarketGauge "Real Motion" indicator. She also discusses the MarketGauge StockChartsACP plug-ins and how to get them.

  • S&P 500 (SPY): 364.38 high to clear
  • Russell 2000 (IWM): 178.10 high to clear
  • Dow (DIA): Closed at all time highs
  • Nasdaq (QQQ): Watching to break election range at 295.39
  • KRE (Regional Banks): Closed over last week's high of 48.83. Watching to hold
  • SMH (Semiconductors): Needs to clear 202.89
  • IYT (Transportation): Closed at all time highs
  • IBB (Biotechnology): 136.12 support the 50-DMA and 143.36 resistance
  • XRT (Retail): 56.56 high to clear

Mish Schneider


Director of Trading Research and Education

Forrest Crist-Ruiz


Assistant Director of Trading Research and Education

Mish Schneider
About the author: serves as Director of Trading Education at MarketGauge.com. For nearly 20 years, MarketGauge.com has provided financial information and education to thousands of individuals, as well as to large financial institutions and publications such as Barron’s, Fidelity, ILX Systems, Thomson Reuters and Bank of America. In 2017, MarketWatch, owned by Dow Jones, named Mish one of the top 50 financial people to follow on Twitter. In 2018, Mish was the winner of the Top Stock Pick of the year for RealVision. Learn More
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