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The Market and Media Paint 2 Different Pictures


The market digests its recent highs amidst a rush of politically-charged news as more riots and a second impeachment dominate headlines.

We believe the market is more focused on the economic plans of the incoming administration and not as much on the politics at hand. The marijuana industry can attest to that with its recent strong performance. Furthermore, the Chamber of Commerce reported that the tariffs on China have negatively impacted U.S. manufacturing and agriculture. Whether Biden reworks the China tariffs or not remains to be seen.

Both the ETFs that represent China (FXI) and the pot sector (MJ) closed up today, with MJ breaking multi-month highs and FXI looking to test a resistance level at 48.71.

With that said, money has also moved into the safety of U.S government bonds (TLT), creating a bottoming reversal chart pattern.

Today's gap up in TLTs was followed by a large-range day, with the next important level to clear at 153.85 or the high of 1/6. If the TLTs can hold over the 152 and begin to build a base around the 154 area, then look for a potential fill of the gap back to 155.66.

On the risk on front, junk bonds show no signs of abating their recent run at this point. JNK is close to a breakout over 109, with 107.60 the key support to hold.

All in all, apart from the possibility of the upcoming inauguration creating an out-of-control situation that ultimately disrupts business and the economy, we see more signs of further gains once the dust settles.

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  • S&P 500 (SPY): 375 support, 380.62 resistance
  • Russell 2000 (IWM): New highs but closed down. 200 support
  • Dow (DIA): Support 306.66, resistance 312.03 high of monthly Bollinger band
  • Nasdaq (QQQ): 310 support, resistance 319.39
  • KRE (Regional Banks): 55.41 support the 10-DMA
  • SMH (Semiconductors): 221.79 support
  • IYT (Transportation): Like to see this hold 228 area
  • IBB (Biotechnology): Small range days with 155.70 support
  • XRT (Retail): Doji day or tight-range day

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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