The first two hours saw the markets fighting to find direction. The Minis opened lower, jumped higher on positive China news, fell once again, and then rested. After the initial two hours of movement, the market was dead quiet. The SPX was in a very tight $3 range from 10:30am to 3pm Chicago time.
The news was all over the place. At the open, China announced it was holding a press conference regarding the trade deal. They have been very quiet through the process, so traders speculated that things had to be bad. China came out and essentially reiterated what President Trump has been saying all month, so a market reversal higher took place. Then Congress had their formal meeting (again) about impeachment, and this time the market took it with a little negativity. The negative news was quickly shrugged off as more BS, and the market found its way back to unchanged. That was the day.
One of the stocks leading the market high was once again AAPL. Shares gained another $3.69 for the day, and have been setting new records most days on news that their earphones were selling much more than anticipated.
The TLT jumped higher by 1.59. This product has been going nowhere fast. It has been having huge ranges, but keeps circling the $140 price. The Fed has been adding huge amounts of liquidity to the market to stem off overnight Repo issues.
The stock has been sinking the last few days as getting the 737 re-certified has been shown to be more of a challenge than usual.