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This One Was Different

Sep. 21, 2020 7:04 PM ETApple Inc. (AAPL), GLD, ROKU, SPY, FCX5 Comments
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September 21, 2020


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Stocks fell sharply with the S&P 500 finishing the day lower by around 1.2%. It had been much worse, with the index down well over 2%. The index fell below crucial support around 3,260-3,270 while managing to reclaim that level by days end.

S&P 500 (SPY)

I'm not sure that much changed though overall in the general direction of the market, which continues to be lower. It is entirely possible that we even see the S&P 500 climb back to 3,340 over the next couple of days, to close the gap from this morning sharp drop. It wouldn't change anything.

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Today's sell-off did have a different tone, with the financials, industrials, and materials falling the hardest with the three sectors down between 2 and 3%. The sell-off today seemed to be driven more by the dollar than anything else. The dollar rallied somewhat sharply and managed to puncture through that challenging region of resistance 93.50. I talked about this in the mid-day update today. (Premium content - Get The 1st 2-Weeks Free - This Is A Different Sell-Off)

A stronger dollar may continue to hurt this group, especially those multi-nationally that export aboard, thus reducing revenue and earnings forecasts. Additionally, we know the damage a stronger dollar can do to the commodity trade.

Gold (GLD)

It is why gold broke today, falling below support at $1,925, which will now act as resistance.

Meanwhile, it is also one reason why Freeport McMoran could be heading lower and back to $12.70, with a drop below $14.90.

Apple (AAPL)

Apple bounced back today, but notice where it failed at resistance around $110.

Roku (ROKU)

Roku went up 18% today because it finally got a deal to put Peacock on its streaming player. I don't see how Peacock adds up to an 18% move in the stock; it seems kind of crazy to me. I wonder how much extra revenue Peacock will bring in for service that has no charge and runs ads? I guess the premium version doesn't have ads, but still. Anyway, the stock shot up to an all-time high and probably has a bit more to go, since it technically isn't overbought yet. Maybe I'm missing something here.

Have a good one!Mike

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