Morning Minutes 11/19/2020

Morning Minutes

New Lockdown Risks Weigh on Stocks and Commodities

November 19, 2020

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Market Commentary By:
Colin Cieszynski, CFA, CMT
Chief Market Strategist
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Stock markets around the world are trading flat to lower this morning with US index futures down 0.1%-0.2%, adding to yesterday’s losses of 0.8%-1.1%, while across the Atlantic, the Dax and FTSE are both down about 0.7%. Commodity markets have also turned back downward this morning with WTI crude oil falling 0.5% and copper sliding 0.3%. Precious metals also continue to retreat with gold down 0.7% and silver sinking 1.9%.

The impact of positive vaccine news continues to fade with encouraging results from an AstraZeneca-Oxford University partnership being ignored. It appears that markets have priced in the prospect of one or more vaccines coming down the pipeline sometime in 2021, and now have turned their attention to the growing risk of another round of full or partial lockdowns during the Northern Hemisphere winter until vaccines can become available.

Retailer earnings continue to roll out to mixed reaction. Nightwear and personal products retailer L Brands is up 16.1% after posting stronger than expected results (EPS $1.13 vs street $0.09). Macys is down 5.6% premarket after results which although not as bad as feared, were still on the red (EPS -$0.19 vs street -$0.79, same store sales -20.2% vs street -23.2%)


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