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By Kevin Matras
Executive Vice President
Zacks Investment Research

Stocks Extend Winning Streak To Three Months In A Row

Stocks closed modestly lower on Friday, but up strongly for the week.

The major indexes are now up 3 months in a row.

The Nasdaq recorded its best November performance since 2005.

And YTD, the Dow is up 20.1%, the S&P is up 25.3%, and the Nasdaq is up 30.6%. And there's still another month to go.

Optimism remains high over a U.S.-China trade deal.

While China voiced their displeasure with the U.S. after Congress almost unanimously passed, and President Trump signed into law, the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act, which would require an annual review of Hong Kong to determine if China is interfering in their governance, and sanction officials who commit human rights violations, a Chinese Commerce Ministry official dismissed the idea that trade talks would suffer because of it.

China has previously threatened to retaliate if it passed. And now that it has, they have reiterated that threat.

Obviously, some worry that it could negatively impact the ongoing trade negotiations. But it seems pretty clear that both countries want a deal. So the phase one trade agreement appears to still be on track.

Traders are also looking forward to reports that the House could bring the USMCA trade deal to the floor this week. Given its strong bipartisan support, it's expected to easily pass the House, and then sail through the Senate.

We should soon get some numbers on how Black Friday/weekend holiday shopping fared, as well as Cyber Monday. Early reports on Friday showed many malls and retail locations experiencing light traffic. Many are chalking it up to the ever-increasing number of people choosing to do their shopping online. Not to mention the fact that many are just no longer interested in the hassle of fighting expected crowds with such convenient alternatives at their disposal.

But with such a strong economy and strong consumer, many are expecting a strong holiday shopping season.

And a strong end-of-year rally for the market.

See you tomorrow,

Kevin Matras

Executive Vice President, Zacks Investment Research


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