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Wall Street looks bullish as stimulus optimism continues

Proactive Investors Friday, 9 October 2020
It looks like being a risk-on day in the US as hopes of progress on a fiscal stimulus package keep the bulls interested. Spread betting quotes indicate the Dow Jones Industrial Average will rise 110 points to 28,536 while the broader-based S&P 500 should kick on 12 points to 3,459. The tech-heavy NASDAQ Composite is seen advancing 167 points to 11,588. Although the markets seem to be enthused by the prospect of a stimulus deal, Craig Erlam at OANDA is still not buying it. β€œThe Democrats have little reason to cede too much ground and the Republicans seem extremely reluctant. Democrats are unlikely to be blamed in the event that stimulus isn't forthcoming, especially after Trump canceled talks earlier this week, and they have a growing lead in the polls. They may find it easier to resume after the election, even if that comes at a cost now,” Erlam said, in a shocking assessment that implies politicians might take actions for political ends rather than the greater good of the people who voted them in. β€œOf course, this may all be the usual brinkmanship but the fact that this is still happening in October, so close to election day and as large companies prepare to lay off thousands of workers gives me the impression there's more to it. For that reason, investors may be a little over-optimistic and could pay the price short-term. β€œThat said, it's interesting to see this optimism against the backdrop of Biden's lead widening in the polls. Perhaps we're focusing too much on stimulus prospects and not enough on the desire of investors not to see long, drawn-out and hostile legal challenges after the election. Should Biden's lead continue to grow, it may be a rally of relief, rather than a celebration of the result, itself,” Erlam continued. Four things to watch for on Friday: There will be a small amount of macro data on Friday in the form of US wholesale inventories, which will provide an indication as to how much goods American wholesalers are keeping in their warehouses. The consensus forecast is for a 0.5% increase, led by durables. Politics will also be in focus as politicians continue to wrangle over a possible stimulus package in Washington DC as the election draws closer The stimulus talks could also have consequences for the gold price, as a cash injection could prove a positive for the yellow metal as an inflation hedge Share price reaction from semiconductor maker Advanced Micro Devices Inc (NASDAQ:AMD) following a Wall Street Journal report that it is in talks to buy rival Xilinx Inc (NASDAQ:XLNX)
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