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S&P 500 Unphazed by Vice Presidential Debate – Who Won & What's Next?


2020 Election, Vice Presidential Debate, S&P 500 Outlook – Talking Points

  • Kamala and Pence debate went mostly uninterrupted – what were key takeaways?
  • Next major political event will be the second presidential debate on October 15
  • S&P 500 futures are climbing with fiscal stimulus hopes following first VP debate

Vice Presidential Debate Recap, Market Reaction

Senator Kamala Harris and VP Mike Pence discussed healthcare, Covid-19, the economy, race relations, energy and the environment. The current Vice President consistently stressed that a Biden-Harris ticket would mean the destruction of fracking and generally hurting jobs involved in fossil fuel industries. This stems from the Democratic nominee’s pledge to gradually diminish reliance on carbon-based energy sources.

Harris pointed out, however, that their respective plan would not destroy jobs in that sector. On the issue of taxes, the Democratic running mate stressed that taxes for individuals making below $400,000 a year would not increase. As a consumption-driven economy, this news – from a market-oriented perspective – would likely be welcomed considering the dire economic circumstances.

As for trade, as I had written about in my prior report, Biden’s approach to cross-border sales – particularly as it relates to China – would likely involve a more confrontational approach. The friction from that – as we saw in 2018 – undermined global growth prospects. In the current virus-ridden environment, another trade conflict would threaten to derail an already-precarious recovery.

From that policy-based, market-oriented perspective, if polls show voters tilt more in favor of Kamala than Pence, it could boost market mood. Having said that, the major topic of discussion and arguably biggest market driver continues to be speculation about additional fiscal stimulus. Until a breakthrough is made there, investors will continue to be held hostage to a politically-volatile situation.

2020 Election: What’s Next?

The next major event to look out for will be the second presidential debate on October 15. It will take place from 9:00-10:30 PM ET at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County in Miami, Florida. The official schedule for what topics will be discussed has not yet been released and it is not yet clear if they will. This uncertainty may impact each candidate’s performance and ooze over into markets.

S&P 500 Analysis

S&P 500 futures are now trading at their highest point since early September where the index was still experiencing an aggressive decline. The break above 3391.75 could signal the resumption of the of the prior uptrend, albeit at less-steep slope of appreciation. Beyond that, the next major obstacle to clear will be the prior all-time swing-high at around 3585.00.

S&P 500 – Daily Chart

S&P 500 chart created using TradingView

— Written by Dimitri Zabelin, Currency Analyst for

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