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6:59 a.m. Jan. 21, 2021 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Bull trend confirmed, Nasdaq Composite gaps to record highs Focus: Communications services sector takes flight, XLC, EA, BBBY, ANF, PVHU.S. stocks are mixed early Thursday, largely treading water amid otherwise constructive January price action. Against this backdrop, the S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite are digesting respectable bull-flag breakouts, their latest rallies to all-time highs.
6:08 a.m. Jan. 12, 2021 - By Andrea Riquier
'Reopening' ETFs rally Tuesday as work-from-home plays lagEconomically sensitive sector funds outperformed those that have done well during the coronavirus pandemic Tuesday, as investors continued to look forward to a post-lockdown world. The Energy Select Sector SPDR Fund was 3.5% higher by late morning, making it the biggest gainer among the exchange-traded funds that track the 11 sectors of the S&P 500. The Consumer Discretionary Select Sector SPDR Fund gained 1.6%, and the Financial Select Sector SPDR Fund was up 1.2%. The day's biggest loser was the Communication Services Select Sector SPDR Fund , down nearly 1%, which contains stocks that enabled remote work through the pandemic, as well as social-media giants like Facebook Inc. , which have faced criticism over their handling of content blamed for contributing to election-related violence.
8:04 a.m. Dec. 22, 2020 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting a bullish backdrop as the S&P 500’s wild 2020 ride concludes Focus: Silver extends trendline breakout, JPMorgan Chase challenges key resistance, SLV, JPM, COUP, PAGS, CSIQTechnically speaking, the major U.S. benchmarks have pulled in from recent record highs amid still largely bullish year-end price action, writes Michael Ashbaugh.
7:34 a.m. Dec. 22, 2020 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting a bullish backdrop as the S&P 500’s wild 2020 ride concludes Focus: Silver extends trendline breakout, JPMorgan Chase challenges key resistance, SLV, JPM, COUP, PAGS, CSIQTechnically speaking, the major U.S. benchmarks have pulled in from recent record highs amid still largely bullish year-end price action. Against this backdrop, the S&P 500 has maintained major support (3,646) rising respectably from its second successful retest in as many weeks.
7:12 a.m. Dec. 21, 2020 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting a bull-trend pullback, S&P 500 retests the breakout point Focus: Materials sector sustains late-year breakout, XLB, DE, LPSN, BLDP, UTHRU.S. stocks are lower early Monday, though well off the session’s worst levels, pressured amid renewed virus concerns. Against this backdrop, the S&P 500 has extended a downturn from record highs, pulling in to a second — and thus far successful — test of its breakout point (3,646).
6:54 a.m. Dec. 18, 2020 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Bull trend pauses: U.S. benchmarks digest rally to latest record close Focus: Homebuilders edge to record territory, XHB, SHOP, PLUG, CYBR, FLT, APLSU.S. stocks are lower early Friday, pressured to conclude otherwise constructive week-to-date price action. Against this backdrop, each big three U.S. benchmark has pulled in relatively modestly from its latest record close.
11:52 a.m. Dec. 17, 2020 - By Elisabeth Buchwald
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7:04 a.m. Dec. 17, 2020 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting bullish follow-through: S&P 500, Nasdaq scratch out record highs Focus: Silver’s trendline breakout, Okta tags uncharted territory, SLV, OKTA, CALX, ESTC, CERNU.S. stocks are higher early Thursday, rising amid continued optimism over fiscal-stimulus prospects. In the process, the S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite have rallied to tag their latest record peaks, though in characteristically grinding-higher form.
7:05 a.m. Dec. 16, 2020 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting a slow-motion breakout attempt, S&P 500 vies for latest record close Focus: Metals & Mining ETF forms bull flag, Apple builds on trendline breakout, XME, AAPL, UHS, THC, NOVAU.S. stocks are mixed early Wednesday, largely treading water after a soft batch of economic data. Against this backdrop, the S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite are vying to register their latest record closes, rising from successful tests of major support.
7:20 a.m. Dec. 15, 2020 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting a (bullish) holding pattern: S&P 500, Nasdaq nail major support Focus: Biotech sector extends to record highs, Netflix’ stealth breakout attempt, IBB, NFLX, XLNX, TM, WSMTechnically speaking, the S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite have maintained major support against a still comfortably bullish intermediate-term backdrop, writes Michael Ashbaugh.
6:49 a.m. Dec. 15, 2020 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting a (bullish) holding pattern: S&P 500, Nasdaq nail major support Focus: Biotech sector extends to record highs, Netflix’ stealth breakout attempt, IBB, NFLX, XLNX, TM, WSMTechnically speaking, the major U.S. benchmarks have asserted a December holding pattern, digesting early-month rallies to record territory. In the process, the S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite have maintained notable support matching the November peaks — S&P 3,646 and Nasdaq 12,244 — amid a still comfortably bullish intermediate-term backdrop.
6:59 a.m. Dec. 14, 2020 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting successful technical tests: S&P 500, Nasdaq maintain the breakout point Focus: Regional banks sustain late-year breakout, KRE, TWLO, TEAM, ETSY, ON, SURFU.S. stocks are higher early Monday, rising as U.S. vaccine distribution kicks off. The early-week upturn punctuates successful tests of major support for the S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite — the S&P 3,646 and Nasdaq 12,244 areas.
7:32 a.m. Dec. 9, 2020 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting a grinding-higher uptrend: S&P 500 approaches next technical target Focus: Nasdaq 100 extends late-year breakout, QQQ, ADSK, MNST, TGT, XEC, PLUGTechnically speaking, the major U.S. benchmarks continue to press record territory, broadly rising amid grinding-higher late-year price action. Against this backdrop, the S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite are digesting rallies to their latest record closes, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average has registered three straight closes atop the 30,000 mark for the first time on record.
7:28 a.m. Dec. 8, 2020 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting a slow-motion breakout: S&P 500 challenges 3,700 mark Focus: Retail sector extends break to record highs, Apple sustains trendline breakout, XRT, AAPL, FFIV, SAIL, EMR, PDCOTechnically speaking, the S&P 500 has rallied to press the 3,700 mark, while the Nasdaq Composite vies to extend a more aggressive breakout, writes Michael Ashbaugh.
6:59 a.m. Dec. 8, 2020 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting a slow-motion breakout: S&P 500 challenges 3,700 mark Focus: Retail sector extends break to record highs, Apple sustains trendline breakout, XRT, AAPL, FFIV, SAIL, EMR, PDCOTechnically speaking, the U.S. benchmarks continue to trend higher, rising amid rotational price action, and persistent late-year strength. Against this backdrop, the S&P 500 has rallied to press its latest round-number milestone — the 3,700 mark — while the Nasdaq Composite vies to extend a more aggressive break to all-time highs.
6:51 a.m. Dec. 7, 2020 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting a bull-flag breakout, S&P 500 (almost) tags 3,700 mark Focus: Consumer staples sector sustains break to record highs, XLP, CAT, HON, ZS, FTNT, KLICU.S. stocks are mixed early Monday, vacillating amid largely familiar virus- and fiscal stimulus-related market headlines. Against this backdrop, the S&P 500 is digesting its latest break to record territory, thus far topping less than one point from the 3,700 mark.
7:03 a.m. Dec. 4, 2020 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting bullish follow-through, S&P 500 approaches 3,700 mark Focus: Airlines tag nine-month highs, Boeing extends recovery attempt, FedEx breakout attempt ahead of earnings, JETS, BA, FDX, DDS, SIMO, CALU.S. stocks are higher early Friday, rising after a lackluster monthly jobs report strengthened the case for fiscal-stimulus measures. Against this backdrop, each big three U.S. benchmark has extended its December breakout, rising to tag nominal new record highs.
6:55 a.m. Dec. 3, 2020 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting a successful technical test: S&P 500 nails the breakout point Focus: 10-year yield asserts uptrend, Apple’s stealth breakout, TNX, AAPL, SPOT, VLO, ALGNU.S. stocks are higher early Thursday, rising after better-than-expected weekly jobless claims and revived prospects for a potential stimulus package. Against this backdrop, the S&P 500 has sustained a December rally to record territory, rising from a successful test of its breakout point (3,646).
7:36 a.m. Dec. 1, 2020 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Market rotation persists: Nasdaq takes flight to record highs Focus: Communications sector sustains slight breakout, Health care sector maintains key support, XLC, XLV, AMD, CRUS, DLTR, SONOTechnically speaking, the major U.S. benchmarks continue to trend higher amid comfortably bullish late-year price action, writes Michael Ashbaugh.
7:07 a.m. Dec. 1, 2020 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Market rotation persists: Nasdaq takes flight to record highs Focus: Communications sector sustains slight breakout, Health care sector maintains key support, XLC, XLV, AMD, CRUS, DLTR, SONOTechnically speaking, the major U.S. benchmarks continue to trend higher amid firmly-bullish late-year price action. Against this backdrop, the Nasdaq Composite has extended a break to record territory — placing distance atop the 12,000 mark — while the S&P 500 is starting December with its latest breakout attempt.
7:00 a.m. Nov. 30, 2020 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting a bull-trend pullback: Nasdaq digests break to record territory Focus: Retail sector sustains break to record highs, XRT, NTRS, CSIQ, AAL, NUANU.S. stocks are firmly lower early Monday, pressured to conclude November amid an otherwise strong month-to-date rally. Against this backdrop, the Nasdaq Composite is digesting a decisive break to record territory, while the S&P 500 has reversed from its latest nominal record close.
7:20 a.m. Nov. 25, 2020 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting a bull-flag breakout attempt, S&P 500 presses record highs Focus: Gold sells off to 200-day moving average, U.S. dollar pressured amid risk-on trade, Crude oil breaks out, GLD, UUP, USO, XLF, IYT, XOPU.S. stocks are mixed early Wednesday, vacillating after a mixed batch of economic data ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday. Against this backdrop, the Dow Jones Industrial Average has pulled in from its first close atop the 30,000 mark, while the Nasdaq Composite builds on its second-ever close atop the 12,000 mark, rising to challenge record territory.
7:33 a.m. Nov. 24, 2020 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting a bullish technical tilt: Dow 30,000 and Nasdaq 12,000 under siege Focus: Semiconductor sector presses record territory, Homebuilders stealth breakout attempt, Tesla extends triangle brekout, SMH, XHB, TSLA, KO, MCHPTechnically speaking, two round-number milestones are under siege — Dow 30,000 and Nasdaq 12,000 — as each benchmark builds on firmly-bullish November price action, writes Michael Ashbaugh.
7:02 a.m. Nov. 24, 2020 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting a bullish technical tilt: Dow 30,000 and Nasdaq 12,000 under siege Focus: Semiconductor sector presses record territory, Homebuilders stealth breakout attempt, Tesla extends triangle brekout, SMH, XHB, TSLA, KO, MCHPTechnically speaking, the U.S. benchmarks continue to rise amid bullish market rotation and expanding sector participation. Against this backdrop, two round-number milestones are under siege early Tuesday — Dow 30,000 and Nasdaq 12,000 — as each benchmark builds on already firmly-bullish November price action.
6:47 a.m. Nov. 23, 2020 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Bull trend pauses: S&P 500, Nasdaq tag near-term resistance Focus: Materials sector sustains November break to record territory, XLB, ZG, HUBS, YETI, CVNAU.S. stocks are mixed early Monday, vacillating amid ongoing vaccine progress to start a holiday-shortened week. Against this backdrop, each big three benchmark has effectively nailed first resistance early Monday — including S&P 3,588 and Nasdaq 11,950 — areas that remain very near-term bull-bear battlegrounds.
7:03 a.m. Nov. 20, 2020 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting a bullish holding pattern: S&P 500, Dow industrials digest November breakouts Focus: Oil & Gas Exploration ETF sustains break atop 200-day average, Tesla tags record high amid S&P 500 addition, XOP, TSLA, BAC, PANW, ETNU.S. stocks are mixed early Friday, largely treading water amid still bullish market rotation. Against this backdrop, the S&P 500 and Dow industrials have asserted flag-like patterns, digesting each benchmark’s early-week rally to a record close.
6:57 a.m. Nov. 19, 2020 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting a bull-trend pullback, S&P 500 ventures under first support Focus: Airlines sustain vaccine-fueled technical breakout, Target tags record highs, JETS, TGT, HLT, JCI, METU.S. stocks are mixed early Thursday, vacillating after a lackluster batch of economic data and amid renewed concerns over pending economic lockdowns. Against this backdrop, the S&P 500 and Dow industrials have extended a thus far relatively orderly pullback from Monday’s record closes.
6:47 a.m. Nov. 18, 2020 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting a successful technical test, S&P 500 nails first support Focus: Transports extend break to uncharted territory, IYT, AXP, NET, FLT, KSSU.S. stocks are mixed early Wednesday, largely treading water in the wake of recent vaccine-fueled market rallies. Against this backdrop, the S&P 500 has sustained a modest early-week breakout, rising from a successful test of first support (3,588).
7:46 a.m. Nov. 17, 2020 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting the approach of Dow 30,000 as bullish sector rotation persists Focus: Japan approaches 20-year highs, Retail sector tags record close, Consumer staples take flight, EWJ, XRT, XLP, AMAT, SPWR, DALTechnically speaking, the S&P 500 and Dow industrials have concurrently registered record closes, rising amid still healthy market rotation and expanding sector participation, writes Michael Ashbaugh.
7:20 a.m. Nov. 17, 2020 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting the approach of Dow 30,000 as bullish sector rotation persists Focus: Japan approaches 20-year highs, Retail sector tags record close, Consumer staples take flight, EWJ, XRT, XLP, AMAT, SPWR, DALTechnically speaking, the major U.S. benchmarks continue to rise amid firmly-bullish November price action. Against this backdrop, the S&P 500 and Dow industrials have concurrently registered record closes, to start this week, amid still healthy market rotation and expanding sector participation.
11:41 a.m. Nov. 16, 2020 - By Elisabeth Buchwald
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6:59 a.m. Nov. 16, 2020 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting the approach of Dow 30,000 amid second vaccine-fueled market rally Focus: Health care sector holds the breakout point, Alphabet sustains November rally to uncharted territory, XLV, GOOGL, BA, APPN, ROSTU.S. stocks are firmly higher early Monday, rising sharply amid optimism over a successful final-phase trial for a second coronavirus vaccine. Against this backdrop, the S&P 500 has extended an already-aggressive November rally, rising from its record close to conclude last week. Meanwhile, the Dow Jones Industrial Average has tagged a nominal record high early Monday, rising within striking distance of the 30,000 mark.
7:02 a.m. Nov. 13, 2020 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting a bull flag: S&P 500, Dow industrials sustain November breakouts Focus: Europe sustains November breakout, Biotech sector challenges record highs, IEV, XBI, RNG, ZEN, URBN, RFU.S. stocks are higher early Friday, rising amid lingering vaccine-fueled optimism and after a well received batch of influential earnings reports. Against this backdrop, the S&P 500 and Dow industrials continue to digest massive early-week breakouts, while the Nasdaq Composite has extended a rally from major support.
7:13 a.m. Nov. 12, 2020 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Bullish momentum broadens, Nasdaq Composite rallies from major support Sector participation continues to broaden amid market rotation, SMH, XRT, XLP, QQQ, XME, XLEU.S. stocks are mixed early Thursday, largely treading water as market rotation persists. Against this backdrop, the S&P 500 and Dow industrials have sustained early-week breakouts, while the Nasdaq Composite has rallied from its first significant support. Bullish price action.
6:39 a.m. Nov. 11, 2020 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Market rotation persists: S&P 500, Dow industrials digest technical breakouts Small- and mid-cap benchmarks sustain early-week breakouts amid muted selling pressureU.S. stocks are higher early Wednesday, rising amid thinly-traded conditions with the U.S. bond market closed for Veterans Day. Against this backdrop, the S&P 500 and Dow industrials continue to digest decisive early-week breakouts, consolidating amid constructive market rotation.
8:02 a.m. Nov. 10, 2020 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting market rotation: S&P 500, Dow industrials challenge record highs Sector participation broadens amid market rotation, XLI, XLB, XLF, KRE, IYT, JETS, QQQTechnically speaking, the major U.S. benchmarks are off to a strong November start, rising amid expanding sector participation, writes Michael Ashbaugh.
7:22 a.m. Nov. 10, 2020 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting market rotation: S&P 500, Dow industrials challenge record highs Sector participation broadens amid market rotation, XLI, XLB, XLF, KRE, IYT, JETS, QQQTechnically speaking, the major U.S. benchmarks are off to a strong November start, rising amid bullish longer-term trends. Against this backdrop, the S&P 500 and Dow industrials have extended aggressive rally attempts — briefly tagging record highs to start this week — amid market rotation and expanding sector participation.
6:52 a.m. Nov. 6, 2020 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting a bullish November start, S&P 500 extends spike from major support Focus: Gold and Japanese yen take flight amid softer U.S. dollar, GLD, FXY, UUP, FXI, XLB, SMHU.S. stocks are slightly lower early Friday, largely treading water after a better-than-expected monthly jobs report and in the wake of an otherwise strong election-week rally. Against this backdrop, each big three U.S. benchmark has spiked at least 7.0% week-to-date, rising from major support amid an unusually strong November start.
6:39 a.m. Nov. 5, 2020 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting bullish follow-through, S&P 500 knifes through cluttered technical patch Focus: Communication services sector takes flight, Health care sector tags record high, Alphabet and Uber stage technical breakouts, XLC, XLV, GOOGL, UBER, SNPS, ARNAU.S. stocks are firmly higher early Thursday, rising as election-fueled bullish momentum persists. Against this backdrop, each major U.S. benchmark has taken flight to start November — and the best six months seasonally — asserting a bullish intermediate-term bias.
6:57 a.m. Nov. 4, 2020 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting an election-fueled rally, major U.S. benchmarks reclaim 50-day average Focus: Biotech sector rallies from key support, Transports extend rally attempt, XBI, IYT, KEYS, HOG, DE, GRMNU.S. stocks are firmly higher early Wednesday, rising amid optimism over a U.S. election result likely to deliver market-friendly political gridlock. Against this backdrop, each big three U.S. benchmark has extended a rally from major support, concurrently reclaiming its 50-day moving average early Wednesday.
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