The Stock Market and Media Are Painting 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.

I believe the market is more focused on the economic plans of the incoming administration and not as much on the politics at hand. You can see this in stocks, treasury bonds, and commodities.

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 long-dated US Treasury Bond ETF (TLT) was followed by a large range day with the next important level to clear at 153.85 or the high of 1/6.

tlt treasury bond etf trading low january then rally higher chart

If the TLT 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 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.

Stock Market ETFs Trading Levels & Analysis:

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.

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The author may have a position in the mentioned securities at the time of publication. Any opinions expressed herein are solely those of the author, and do not in any way represent the views or opinions of any other person or entity.

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