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9:47 a.m. Oct. 27, 2020 - By Myra P. Saefong
Gold futures finish higher after data show a fall in U.S. consumer confidenceGold futures , at their highest in nearly a week, with a this month helping to boost haven demand for the precious metal. December gold rose by $6.20, or 0.3%, to settle at $1,911.90 an ounce - the highest finish for a most-active contract since Oct. 21. Prices have now posted gains in six out of seven trading sessions.
8:59 a.m. Oct. 27, 2020 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting market cross currents, S&P 500 violates the breakout point Focus: Retail sector tests key support, Regional banks’ breakout attempt, XRT, KRE, LOGI, DDOG, XRAY, EXPETechnically speaking, a previously tame October pullback has accelerated, inflicting damage in spots, writes Michael Ashbaugh.
8:29 a.m. Oct. 27, 2020 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting market cross currents, S&P 500 violates the breakout point Focus: Retail sector tests key support, Regional banks’ breakout attempt, XRT, KRE, LOGI, DDOG, XRAY, EXPETechnically speaking, a previously tame October pullback accelerated to start this week, inflicting damage in spots. Against this backdrop, the S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite remain relatively resilient, though key technical tests are in play, and the bigger-picture technicals are not one-size-fits-all.
9:48 a.m. Oct. 26, 2020 - By Myra P. Saefong
Gold futures settle modestly higher as U.S. benchmark stock indexes dropGold futures , posting their fifth climb in six sessions. Gold rose modestly as and data showed in September, said Jeff Wright, executive vice president of GoldMining Inc. If not for strength in the U.S. dollar, gold would be much higher, he said. The ICE U.S. Dollar Index was up 0.3%, dulling some of dollar-denominated gold's investment appeal. December gold rose by 50 cents, or 0.03%, to settle at $1,905.70 an ounce.
8:02 a.m. Oct. 26, 2020 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Market bears resurface, S&P 500 ventures under 50-day average Focus: Regional banks reclaim 200-day average, KRE, TWLO, JBLU, GES, GMEU.S. stocks are firmly lower early Monday, pressured amid heightened virus worries and in sympathy with respectable selling pressure across Europe. Against this backdrop, the S&P 500 has ventured under major support (3,428) — as well as its 50-day moving average, currently 3,408 — levels defining key bull-bear technical tests.
10:08 a.m. Oct. 23, 2020 - By Myra P. Saefong
Gold futures post a second weekly loss in a rowGold futures , paring their weekly loss to less than 0.1%. "It is not exactly a coincidence that volatility in the U.S. dollar has been low [Friday] and so has volatility in gold," said David Madden, market analyst at CMC Markets UK. Traders saw little progress toward a coronavirus financial aid package in Washington Friday, ahead of the presidential election on Nov. 3. December gold rose by 60 cents, or 0.03%, to settle at $1,905.20 an ounce. For the week, most-active contract prices lost less than 0.1%.
9:37 a.m. Oct. 22, 2020 - By Myra P. Saefong
Gold futures settle lower, but hold above the key $1,900 markGold futures , but held ground above the $1,900 mark after tapping lows under that key level during the session. "Gold prices pared losses and recaptured the $1,900 level after U.S. that lawmakers are "'just about there' on a stimulus deal," said Edward Moya, senior market analyst at Oanda. Gold prices were more sharply lower early in the session on strong U.S. economic data "that took away some urgency from Congress in needing to deliver stimulus," he said. Uncertainty surrounding a potential stimulus deal had prompted some traders to take refuge in the dollar, which dulled the appeal of dollar-denominated gold. December gold fell by $24.90, or 1.3%, to settle at $1,904.60 an ounce after touching an intraday low at $1,894.20.
9:50 a.m. Oct. 21, 2020 - By Myra P. Saefong
Gold futures climb to highest finish in over a monthGold futures session to post their highest settlement in more than a month. "Gold price moves are all about...investment demand in the short term," said Chintan Karnani, chief market analyst at Insignia Consultants. Current weakness in the dollar is the reason for the climb in gold prices, he said, adding that he believes hedge funds will short the dollar if there is a "close-fought U.S. presidential election." December gold rose by $14.10, or 0.7%, to settle at $1,929.50 an ounce. That was the highest finish for a most-active contract since Sept. 18, according to FactSet data.
8:02 a.m. Oct. 21, 2020 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting a bull-trend pullback: S&P 500, Nasdaq maintain major support Focus: 10-year yield’s breakout and approach of 200-day average, TNX, TRV, MXIM, NOVA, JAZZ, ALXU.S. stocks are mixed early Wednesday, largely treading water after a mixed batch of earnings reports and amid fiscal-stimulus talks that have been extended. Against this backdrop, the S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite continue to digest early-October breakouts amid an orderly pullback that has thus far inflicted limited damage.
9:48 a.m. Oct. 20, 2020 - By Myra P. Saefong
Gold futures tally back-to-back gainsGold futures back-to-back session gains. The U.S. dollar weakened as the euro strengthened against the greenback, supporting dollar-denominated prices for the precious metal, said Chintan Karnani, chief market analyst at Insignia Consultants. There was "mild short covering as well, as the gold price managed to trade over $1,900," he said. "Leadership change concerns in the U.S. presidential election" also supported gold. December gold rose by $3.70, or 0.2%, to settle at $1,915.40 an ounce.
8:35 a.m. Oct. 20, 2020 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting a successful technical test, S&P 500 nails the breakout point Focus: Semiconductor sector maintains the breakout point, SMH, MU, FCX, CHGG, GOGOTechnically speaking, the major U.S. benchmarks continue to digest an October breakout amid still bullish bigger-picture price action, writes Michael Ashbaugh.
8:05 a.m. Oct. 20, 2020 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting a successful technical test, S&P 500 nails the breakout point Focus: Semiconductor sector maintains the breakout point, SMH, MU, FCX, CHGG, GOGOTechnically speaking, the major U.S. benchmarks continue to digest an October breakout amid still bullish bigger-picture price action. Against this backdrop, the S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite have effectively nailed their first significant support — the S&P 3,428 and Nasdaq 11,460 areas — to punctuate a pullback that has thus far inflicted limited damage.
7:02 a.m. Oct. 20, 2020 - By Morey Stettner
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9:50 a.m. Oct. 19, 2020 - By Myra P. Saefong
Gold futures end higher as traders eye developments on a potential U.S. stimulus dealGold futures , buoyed by weakness in the U.S. dollar as traders eyed a last-ditch effort among U.S. lawmakers to reach a fresh round of stimulus measures. December gold rose by $5.30, or 0.3%, to settle at $1,911.70 an ounce.
7:58 a.m. Oct. 19, 2020 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting a bull flag, S&P 500 maintains gap support Focus: Utilities sustain October breakout, XLU, TEAM, MDT, VCM, IRBTU.S. stocks are mixed early Monday, largely treading water amid fiscal stimulus prospects that remain in limbo. Against this backdrop, the S&P 500 has asserted a relatively orderly mid-month range — underpinned by gap support (3,482) — and hinged to the decisive early-October breakout.
9:50 a.m. Oct. 16, 2020 - By Myra P. Saefong
Gold futures mark first weekly loss in 3 weeksGold futures their their first weekly decline in three weeks. Fading hopes of a new fiscal stimulus package before the Nov. 3 U.S. presidential election supported a rebound in the dollar index, said analysts at ICICI Bank. That put pressure on gold prices, which are traded in the greenback. The ICE U.S. Dollar Index was trading 0.7% higher for the week. December gold fell by $2.50, or 0.1%, to settle at $1,906.40 an ounce, with prices for the most-active contract down roughly 1% for the week.
7:15 a.m. Oct. 16, 2020 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting a bullish reversal, S&P 500 rallies from gap support Focus: 10-year yield maintains the range, TNX, NTRS, ELAN, XPO, ONU.S. stocks are firmly higher early Friday, rising after a strong batch of economic data. The early upturn punctuates a not-so-damaging mid-week pullback, preserving a bullish intermediate-term bias across the major U.S. benchmarks.
8:09 a.m. Oct. 15, 2020 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting a garden-variety downturn, S&P 500 fills the gap Focus: Consumer staples sector approaches record highs, Tesla’s triangle breakout, XLP, TSLA, F, TXN, FIVEU.S. stocks are lower early Thursday, pressured amid renewed virus-fueled concerns, and after a mixed batch of economic data. Against this backdrop, the major U.S. benchmarks have extended a downturn from one-month highs amid selling pressure that has thus far inflicted limited damage in the broad sweep.
6:37 a.m. Oct. 15, 2020 - By Howard Gold
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6:33 a.m. Oct. 15, 2020 - By Howard Gold
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8:07 a.m. Oct. 14, 2020 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting a bull-trend pullback, S&P 500 retests gap support (3,500) Focus: Retail sector sustains break to record highs, IBM nails gap support, XRT, IBM, NET, SWKS, CRSP, SPOTU.S. stocks are lower early Wednesday, pressured after a mixed batch of quarterly earnings reports. Against this backdrop, the S&P 500 has thus far staged an orderly mid-week pullback, underpinned by gap support matching the 3,500 mark.
9:46 a.m. Oct. 13, 2020 - By Myra P. Saefong
Gold futures post first loss in 4 sessionsGold futures to post their first loss in four sessions. The "U.S. dollar has attracted safe haven funds, so the inverse relationship between the U.S. dollar and the commodity has hurt gold," said David Madden, market analyst at CMC Markets UK. December gold declined by $34.30, or 1.8%, to settle at $1,894.60 an ounce.
8:54 a.m. Oct. 13, 2020 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Bull trend strengthens: S&P 500, Nasdaq clear 20-day volatility bands Focus: Emerging markets tag two-year highs, Apple and Amazon stage event-driven breakouts, EEM, AAPL, AMZN, FSLR, ADBETechnically speaking, the U.S. benchmarks’ bigger-picture backdrop has strengthened amid unseasonably constructive October price action, writes Michael Ashbaugh.
8:20 a.m. Oct. 13, 2020 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Bull trend strengthens: S&P 500, Nasdaq clear 20-day volatility bands Focus: Emerging markets tag two-year highs, Apple and Amazon stage event-driven breakouts, EEM, AAPL, AMZN, FSLR, ADBETechnically speaking, the U.S. benchmarks’ bigger-picture backdrop has strengthened amid unseasonably constructive October price action. Against this backdrop, the S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite have reached less-charted territory, rising within striking distance of record highs.
9:44 a.m. Oct. 12, 2020 - By Myra P. Saefong
Gold futures finish higher, holding ground at 3-week highGold futures to hold ground at their highest in roughly three weeks. Prices for the haven metal found support as uncertainty surrounding the outcome of the upcoming election prevailed, but gains in the U.S. stock market served to limit the price climb. December gold rose $2.70, or 0.1%, to settle at $1,928.90 an ounce. That was the highest finish for a most-active contract since Sept. 18, according to FactSet data.
8:06 a.m. Oct. 12, 2020 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting an October breakout, S&P 500 reclaims 3,500 mark Focus: Industrials clear key resistance, Financials reclaim 200-day average, XLI, XLF, FSLY, NVRO, WKHS, TERU.S. stocks are firmly higher early Monday, rising ahead of third-quarter earnings season, set to begin this week. Against this backdrop, the S&P 500 has extended its October breakout, reaching less-charted territory atop the 3,500 mark.
12:01 p.m. Oct. 10, 2020 - By Silvia Ascarelli
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10:34 a.m. Oct. 9, 2020 - By Ciara Linnane
Coronavirus update: WHO warns of record single-day rise in global COVID-19 cases, while northeastern U.S. states heat up again Clusters emerge in Connecticut, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island and New York City is seeing more than 500 cases a dayThe World Health Organization on Friday reported a record rise in global cases of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, in the latest sign that the illness is far from contained.
9:37 a.m. Oct. 9, 2020 - By Myra P. Saefong
Gold futures settle at a 3-week high, up 1% for the weekGold futures at their highest in three weeks, up roughly 1% for the week. U.S. "stimulus will happen sooner or later and that is good news for gold prices," said Edward Moya, senior market analyst at Oanda. "Gold has stabilized and the path higher should be much easier for the rest of the year." December gold rose $31.10, or 1.6%, to settle at $1,926.20 an ounce. That was the highest finish for a most-active contract since Sept. 18, according to FactSet data.
8:01 a.m. Oct. 9, 2020 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Bull trend strengthens, S&P 500 extends October breakout Focus: Homebuilders tag all-time highs, Semiconductors challenge record territory, XHB, SMH, STM, AVGO, INTC, SHAKU.S. stocks are higher early Friday, rising partly amid renewed fiscal stimulus-related optimism. Against this backdrop, each big three U.S. benchmark has reached less-charted territory, extending an October break to one-month highs.
3:44 a.m. Oct. 9, 2020 - Associated Press
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9:56 a.m. Oct. 8, 2020 - By Myra P. Saefong
Gold futures stage partial rebound from lowest level in over a weekGold futures , recouping a portion of the losses suffered a day earlier that pushed prices to their lowest in more than week. Prices for the metal rose "on hopes of a partial U.S. coronavirus stimulus deal to support the virus-stricken economy," analysts at ICICI Bank said in a note. "However, prevalent risk-on mood had undermined the prospect of further gains" for the metal, they said. December gold rose $4.30, or 0.2%, to settle at $1,895.10 an ounce. Prices settled at $1,890.80 , the lowest most-active contract settlement since Sept. 28, according to FactSet data.
8:24 a.m. Oct. 8, 2020 - By Michael Ashbaugh
S&P 500 breaks to less-charted territory, rallies to tag next resistance Focus: Biotech sector challenges record highs, Transports reach record territory, XBI, IYT, CRM, TWLO, MLM, ALXNU.S. stocks are higher early Thursday, rising to extend a jagged but persistent October rally attempt. Against this backdrop, the S&P 500 has reached a less-charted patch at one-month highs, rising to tag next resistance (3,444).
8:13 a.m. Oct. 8, 2020 - By Jacob Passy
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6:16 p.m. Oct. 7, 2020 - Associated Press
Marine Corps assistant commandant tests positive for coronavirus after Pentagon meeting Gen. Gary L. Thomas tested positive for COVID-19 after Joint Chiefs of Staff convenedThe assistant commandant of the Marine Corps has tested positive for the coronavirus, days after he and members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff were in a Pentagon meeting with a Coast Guard leader who was infected with the virus.
8:09 a.m. Oct. 7, 2020 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting a ‘bull trend’ whipsaw, S&P 500 holds the range top Focus: Financials challenge 200-day average, XLF, NET, OKTA, CDAY, GESU.S. stocks are firmly higher early Wednesday, rising amid the latest market whipsaw fueled by the fiscal-stimulus saga. Against this backdrop, the S&P 500 has reclaimed major resistance (3,393), rising from a successful test of familiar support.
9:43 a.m. Oct. 6, 2020 - By Myra P. Saefong
Gold futures retreat from highest levels in 2 weeksGold futures , falling back from the more than two-week high it finished at a day earlier. Traders continued to keep an eye on moves in the U.S. dollar and prospects for additional stimulus from Washington. On Tuesday, his belief that the U.S. economy needs more fiscal support, even as the recovery from pandemic has been strong thus far. Against that backdrop, December gold fell $11.30, or 0.6%, to settle at $1,908.80 an ounce. Prices gave up the bulk of the 0.7% climb they saw on Monday, when they finished at $1,920.10, the highest most-active contract settlement since Sept. 18, according to FactSet data.
8:38 a.m. Oct. 6, 2020 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting a bullish Q4 start: S&P 500 extends rally from major support Focus: 10-year yield takes flight amid risk-on trade, Transports hold trendline support, TNX, IYT, MSI, GPS, NOVAThe major U.S. benchmarks are off to a constructive October start, rising atop key technical levels, writes Michael Ashbaugh.
8:07 a.m. Oct. 6, 2020 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting a bullish Q4 start: S&P 500 extends rally from major support Focus: 10-year yield takes flight amid risk-on trade, Transports hold trendline support, TNX, IYT, MSI, GPS, NOVABroadly speaking, the major U.S. benchmarks are off to a constructive October start, reclaiming key technical levels. Against this backdrop, the S&P 500 has asserted a bullish-leaning intermediate-term bias, rising to three-week highs from a successful test of major support (3,328).
10:51 a.m. Oct. 5, 2020 - By Howard Gold
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