December 30, 2019 8:51am

Stock futures are flat as markets seem to take a breather after a record runs

Somethings going to happen versus nothing don’t expect much but, minimal moves

Welcome to my world of defining the “grey’ in our universe and I still get it right!


Stay and be open to new motivation for portfolio return from RMi


Dow futures are UP +0.08% (+23 points), S&P futures are UP +0.08% (+3 points) and NASDAQ futures are UP +0.02% (+2 points)


We’re looking at a lower opening as (I believe) as caution embraces “our” universe and indexes have seen their peaks as 2019 slowly comes to an end;

European markets trade lower as the pan-European STOXX 600 was 0.3% lower in early trades with all sectors in negative territory;

Asia Pacific markets ended mixed on Monday — the last full trading day of the year for several major markets in the region;


Data Docket: U.S. international trade and retail inventories figures for November are due to be released at 8:30 a.m. ET.



I am NOT expecting much as U.S. equities have enjoyed a strong rally in December, with the main indexes hitting record highs last week amid year-end optimism. The S&P 500 has notched five straight weeks of gains, rising 29.2% in 2019. The benchmark is within reach of a historic year, sitting less than one percentage point away from having its best year since 1997, which saw the S&P 500 climb 29.6%.

… Although market sentiment has been boosted by easing tensions over U.S. - China trade relations.

Clinical catalysts i.e. “read-outs” this week:

  • Ultragenyx Pharmaceutical (RARE): P1/2 third cohort data for DTX301 in ornithine transcarbamylase,


Another session to clean-out the risk in your portfolio - very few left to swwep unless, you have been negligent!


Friday night’s post’s title:  “another slippery slope and sliding sector as risk defines the investment pattern.”

  • The NASDAQ closed down -15.77 points (-0.17%)
  • The IBB closed down -1.02% while and XBI closed down -1.37%
  • The range of the 10 upside was +0.06% (BOLD) to +7.31% (KOOL) while the 20 downside ranged from -0.20% (ALNY) to -8.27% (ADVM); 
  • 6 out of the 16 upside had higher than the 3 month average volume;
  • 7 out of the 20 downside had higher than the 3 month average volume;

Review the content of Q4’s market:

  • December registered 10 negative and 9 positive closes … so far
  • November registered 1 holiday, 12 positive and 8 negative close;
  • October registered 10 positive, 1 neutral and 14 negative closes;


Companies in my headlights – It’s your decision; I provide an idea and context:

Pre-open indications: I’d watch and measure after "our" sector response in light of a charging NASDAQ ther could be "a hair of the portfolio" that might be effected 



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