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Stock Futures in the U.S. were higher this morning on positive economic data and earnings that, for the time being, outweighed the fears coming from the coronavirus in China. China has made efforts to contain the spreading virus before one of the busiest traveling days, the Lunar New Year. While strong quarterly results from American Express and Intel along with good European economic data has kept the market positive.

The death toll from the virus was 25, with more than 750 confirmed worldwide cases. This prompted the Chinese government to force the halt of domestic and international tours from the country’s travel agencies. The WHO, World Health Organization, has stopped just short of declaring this a global health emergency.

Germany’s PMI, Purchasing Managers’ Index, that was released today showed the country’s private sector had gained momentum in January and the pullback in manufacturing has eased. The same index out of the UK also rebounded sharply this month with a nine month high.

U.S. Stocks remained close to al-time highs as reports from tech stocks led this morning’s earnings report. Shares of American Express rallied higher, over 5%, as fourth quarter profits beat expectations. While Intel jumped 7% after the stronger than anticipated data-center sales were released.

Resistance is checking in today at 333900 and 334500 while support is showing 331200 and 329400.

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Jeff Yasak

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Since leaving the corporate world in 1995, Jeff has established a name for himself as a trusted financial advisor and trading advocate—leveraging his studies in finance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Loyola University, 25+ years of experience, and a passion for the industry to guide both novice and experienced traders in pursuit of achieving their own financial reward. Jeff began his career as a clerk in the S&P 500 pit at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange—fostering a deep interest in the options market that eventually drove him into the retail futures sector where he spent several years as a broker’s assistant before taking on clients of his own. Operating at the intersection of strategy and success, Jeff seeks to establish meaningful relationships with clients—synthesizing financial data and offering timely insight that informs critical decision-making surrounding money management and trading activities. Well-versed in the futures, securities, equities, and indices markets, Jeff is uniquely positioned to direct his clients to success. With a carefully cultivated combination of experience and expertise, he is able to connect with clients to better understand their goals and offer sound financial guidance that delivers notable bottom-line results.
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