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Traders are confused by the stimulus back-and-forth and have their doubts about the market gains

October 9, 2020


Some are calling it “a la carte stimulus,” with aid for airlines in Column A, PPP aid in Column B.

Whatever it is, hopes for stimulus — preelection, postelection, comprehensive package, stand-alone deal, whatever and whenever — is supporting breakouts in cyclicals like industrials, materials, consumer discretionary and banks.

Many big names like Caterpillar, Eaton and FedEx have broken to new highs. Materials stocks like Martin Marietta, Vulcan Materials and Nucor are up 10% in the last week. Even bank stocks like US Bancorp are breaking out to multimonth highs.

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