For a shortened post-holiday Friday session, the popular averages closed to the upside amid the expected light trading volume. The S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite reached all-time closing highs; the latter also marked a record intraday high. Online retail sales have been skyrocketing going into the holiday season. Concern grows about a likely surge in the pandemic following Thanksgiving gatherings. A federal appeals court unanimously ruled that Trump's attempt to invalidate presidential votes in Pennsylvania has "no merit".
Tesla (TSLA +2.0%) for a fourth consecutive session achieved all-time intraday and closing highs. Northeast Securities initiated Tesla with an ADD rating and a price target of $700. I own Tesla shares.
Above is my three-month chart for the S&P 500 ETF (SPY). The SPY's 50-day simple moving average proved to be supportive at the session's low on September 11, with continuation upward during the first two days of that week. Then the SPY resumed dropping and fell through its 50-day SMA at the end of that week. As September transitioned into October, the SPY fluttered around that SMA. Then it soared above for four trading days before giving most of it back.
The SPY's 50-day SMA gave way on October 26 during a big selloff amid heavy trading volume and an elevated VIX. The dumping continued into the end of the month. Market bottoms often occur in late October, setting up a run into April. The panic selling amid heavy trading volume in late October may have been a precursor of a significant bottom.
The nice up move on November 2 amid more bad pandemic news turned my outlook arrow green. The continuation pushed the SPY well above its 50-day SMA, leading to an all-time closing high on November 16. After that there was hesitancy that had me cautious. But holding at or near earlier tops, along with good news on vaccines and the presidential transition restored my arrow to green. The SPY reaching all-time closing highs on Tuesday and Friday affirmed that decision.
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