The S&P 500 has been on a wild ride in 2020 as markets struggle to adjust to the economic downturn caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. After an initial sharp drop, the S&P 500 has managed to climb back to over 4200 points, a level not seen since the days just prior to the pandemic-induced stock market slide. Now, many investors are wondering if the S&P 500 will continue its rise and possibly even break the 4600-point mark by the end of 2020. Analysts say that the key factor determining whether the S&P 500 will reach the 4600 point mark by the end of the year is the progress of the COVID-19 vaccine. If several vaccines are approved and released by late 2020, the market could receive a renewed boost of optimism that could drive the S&P 500 beyond the 4600 point mark. Additionally, the passage of new stimulus measures either via Congress or from the Federal Reserve could provide further support to the markets. However, there are also several factors that could derail this positive outlook. Several stocks that make up the S&P 500 have suffered from technological and cultural shifts resulting from the pandemic, such as the retail sector, which has seen massive job losses and store closings. Further, consumer sentiment could swing if there is a resurgence of coronavirus infections and states have to re-impose restrictions on businesses. In conclusion, experts predict that the S&P 500 could reach the 4600 point mark by year’s end, but there are several uncertainties that could derail this prediction. Ultimately, it will depend on the progress of the virus and the effectiveness of stimulus measures. In the meantime, investors should be prepared to expect the unexpected.