U.S. Markets Shake Off Omicron Fears

by Vlad Karpel

While the $VIX reached an extreme level, $30, all three major U.S. indices rebounded impressively to start the week and finish in the green. The Dow Jones rose over 1.8% while the S&P and Nasdaq also booked modest gains as investors shook off fears of the latest COVID variant, which pressured markets last week. Still, the omicron virus, fear of runaway inflation, the Fed’s hawkish statement, and November unemployment numbers can impact the next move in the market.

ORCL, LULU, and AVGO are key earnings announcements this week that can potentially influence the market direction While some symbols saw intra-day peaks, news of the omicron variant reversed the recent gains. Additionally, hawkish comments from Fed Chair Jerome Powell also provided some pressure and concern regarding the latest variant’s impact on the market going forward. Travel restrictions and developments regarding the omicron should continue to influence markets as the year winds down. Globally, Asian markets closed in the red while European markets traded higher.

Please watch the critical support levels on the SPY at $448 and then at $440 as we do expect the market to pull back in the next two weeks and then rebound toward the end of December. We encourage all market commentary readers to maintain clearly defined stop levels for all positions. For reference, the SPY Seasonal Chart is shown below:

Key U.S. Economic Reports/Events This Week:

  • Trade Deficit (October) – Tuesday
  • Consumer Credit (October) – Tuesday
  • Job Openings (October) – Wednesday
  • Weekly Jobless Claims (12/4) – Thursday
  • Consumer Price Index (November) – Friday
  • Core Inflation (November) – Friday
  • CPI (year-over-year November) – Friday
  • Federal Budget (December) – Friday

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For reference, the S&P 10-Day Forecast is shown below:

Using the “^GSPC” symbol to analyze the S&P 500 our 10-day prediction window shows a near-term mixed outlook. Prediction data is uploaded after the market closes at 6 p.m. CST. Today’s data is based on market signals from the previous trading session.

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Tuesday Morning Featured Symbol

Our featured symbol for Tuesday is Nextera Energy (NEE). NEE is showing a steady vector in our Stock Forecast Toolbox’s 10-day forecast.

The symbol is trading at $89.15 with a vector of -0.24% at the time of publication.

10-Day Prediction data is uploaded after the market close at 6 p.m., CST. Today’s data is based on market signals from the previous trading session.

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Oil

West Texas Intermediate for Crude Oil delivery (CL.1) is priced at $69.68 per barrel, up 0.27% at the time of publication.

Looking at USO, a crude oil tracker, our 10-day prediction model shows mixed signals. The fund is trading at $55.88 at the time of publication. Prediction data uploaded after the market close at 6 p.m., CST. Today’s data is based on market signals from the previous trading session.


Gold

The price for the Gold Continuous Contract (GC00) is up 0.12% at $1781.70 at the time of publication.

Using SPDR GOLD TRUST (GLD) as a tracker in our Stock Forecast Tool, the 10-day prediction window shows mixed signals. The gold proxy is trading at $167.12 at the time of publication. Vector signals show +0.19% for today. Prediction data uploaded after the market close at 6 p.m., CST. Today’s data is based on market signals from the previous trading session.


Treasuries

The yield on the 10-year Treasury note is down, at 1.408% at the time of publication.

The yield on the 30-year Treasury note is down, at 1.745% at the time of publication.

Using the iShares 20+ Year Treasury Bond ETF (TLT) as a proxy for bond prices in our Stock Forecast Tool, we see mixed signals in our 10-day prediction window. Prediction data uploaded after the market close at 6 p.m., CST. Today’s data is based on market signals from the previous trading session.


Volatility

The CBOE Volatility Index (^VIX) is $31.12 at the time of publication, and our 10-day prediction window shows mixed signals. Prediction data is uploaded after the market close at 6 p.m., CST. Today’s data is based on market signals from the previous trading session.


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