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December 20th, 2019

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Headline News:

U.S. stock futures are pointing to an open at another record new all-time high price for the S&P 500. The factors cited for the recent bullish move include low-interest rates, accommodating Fed policies, trade optimism, a healthy U.S. consumer, and a bullish uptrend in stock markets. Also, Q3 GDP was reported at an annualized rate of 2.1% while the economy grew at 2.0% in the April-June period.

Markets:

The S&P 500 broke out of a small trading range and closed at a new all-time high of 3205.37 on Thursday. Possible resistance could come in at 3205.48, and potential support could now be at 31283.63. The RSI index is currently overbought and at the 73.21 level. So, we continue to believe this is a possible start to a new move higher, but some caution is warranted with new purchases at these overbought levels.

We are currently long-term bullish and short-term bullish.

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John N. Lilly III
Accredited Portfolio Management Advisor℠
Accredited Asset Management Specialist℠
Portfolio Manager, RJ
Partner, DJWMG
Dominguez & Jones Wealth Management Group

 

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