Bulls Get Weekly Win Ahead of 3Q Earnings Season

The stock market extended its winning streak to three-straight sessions after closing higher on Friday following a slight breakthrough in stimulus talks. President Trump upped his counter offer to $1.8 billion but Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said a coronavirus stimulus package will not likely happen before the election.

Despite the ongoing uncertainty, the major indexes closed out a solid week while pushing prior and multi-month resistance levels. The higher Friday close was also a slightly bullish signal, but more importantly, the lowered volatility heading into the start of the 3Q earnings season was also a bonus for the bulls.

The Nasdaq tapped a late day high of 11,581 while closing at 11,579 (+1.4%). Prior and lower resistance from early September at 11,500-11,600 was cleared and held. A close above the latter would indicate further upside towards 11,700-11,800.

The S&P 500 finished at 3,477 (+0.9%) with intraday high hitting 3,482. Laye August and lower resistance at 3,475-3,500 was reclaimed. A move above the latter would suggest a retest towards 3,450-3,475 and levels from early September.

The Russell 2000 tested a morning peak of 1,645 before settling at 1,637 (+0.6%). Longer-term and lower resistance from February at 1,635-1,650 was recovered. A close above the latter would signal another run towards 1,660-1,675. Below is a chart of the IWM.

The Dow tagged an first half high of 28,676 while going out at 28,586 (+0.6%). Prior and lower resistance from early September at 28,500-28,750 was cleared and held. A move above the latter would be an ongoing bullish development with additional strength towards 29,000-29,250 and prior peaks from early September.

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Amgen (AMGN) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Truist
Nvidia (NVDA) downgraded to Sell from Reduce at New Street

MONDAY'S EARNINGS ANNOUNCEMENTS

Before the open: None

After the close: None (Note: 3Q earnings starts Tuesday)



MONDAY'S ECONOMIC NEWS

No major announcements

METALS/ OIL
Gold closed at $1,926.20 an ounce,  up $31.10
Silver settled at $25.11 an ounce,  down $1.23
Copper finished at $3.08 a pound, up $0.04
Crude Oil was at $40.52 a barrel, down $0.75

Bitcoin Investment Trust (GBTC) ended at $11.77 down $0.09


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