July - The last month to attempt meaningful legislation before the political season takes over

Since the Coronavirus hit, Congress has passed and President Trump has signed four pieces of economic stimulus legislation designed to help deal with the unprecedented economic turmoil. The total of the pieces combined will cost an estimate of $2.4 Trillion over the next ten years. Now, what are the chances that Congress will pass one last stimulus package that lawmakers are working on before the end of this month? 

In this pandemic, the bipartisan has come together unhesitant for the sake of saving their economy and its people putting aside their differences. Will the same spirit follow through on this last legislation? 

The main bipartisan issues are:

  • Renewal of the extra $600/week unemployment benefits
  • More money for local and state governments
  • Vote-by-mail funding & US Postal Service
  • Stricter eligibility requirements

To make things worse, the Republicans are divided within their own. 

  • Reduction of the extra $600/week unemployment benefits which is incentivizing people not to work, suggesting an additional of $450/week for people that go back to their jobs
  • More money for local and state governments excluding some states such as California or New York
  • A new stimulus is ill-advised as the economy is showing signs of recovery while some of the money from the last stimulus isn't even spent yet
  • Liability protections for schools, businesses, and restaurants

How does all of this translate for the US SP&500 Index?

A 4 months old trend line has proved to be a solid resistance for the Index. (Daily chart below).

Looking at the nitty-gritty details (4hr chart below), we might find that history could be repeating itself. In early June, the S&P trended upward in a channel from the 3,000 level towards a three-month high of 3,230. In the first week of July, an uptrend channel has formed at the 3,000 level only to make a lower high of 3,195, testing the resistance line. 

A combination of no new stimulus package and a daily close below the 3,150 level, could signify that the S&P500 could retest the support again at 3,000-2,985 area. 


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