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5:23 a.m. Jan. 11, 2021 - By Barbara Kollmeyer
German Chancellor Merkel sees Twitter ban on Trump as 'problematic': reportGerman Chancellor Angela Merkel may not be among those not cheering Twitter's decision to permanently ban President Donald Trump. The ability to express oneself freely is a right of "elementary significance," Merkel's spokesman, Steffen Seibert, when asked about the microblogger's Friday decision to ban Trump after some of his supporters violently stormed the U.S. Capitol building, leaving five dead. "This fundamental right can be intervened in, but according to the law and within the framework defined by legislators - not according to a decision by the management of social media platforms," he said in Berlin while speaking to reporters. "Seen from this angle, the chancellor considers it problematic that the accounts of the U.S. president have now been permanently blocked." Shares of Twitter fell 8% on Monday, while Facebook shares dropped over 2% after the social media network suspended Trump's account on Thursday.
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.
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.
11:04 a.m. Dec. 16, 2020 - By Mark DeCambre
Nasdaq ends at record, S&P 500 narrowly misses closing high as Fed emphasizes 0% interest rates through 2023 U.S. stocks finished at or near records on Wednesday, though the Dow closed nearly flat, as the Federal Reserve did little to indicate a change of the regime of ultralow interest rates amid the pandemic. The Fed said it was optimistic on the current recovery but emphasized that the outlook for the economy will hinge on how the U.S. deals with the worst viral outbreak in more than a century. Federal-funds rates were held at a range between 0% and 0.25%, as expected, as Washington tries to hammer out an agreement on another round of financial aid to combat the economic harm from the coronavirus. The central bank increased its GDP forecast but didn't adjust its $120 billion asset purchases, as had been expected by some Fed watchers. "Together these measures will ensure that monetary policy will continue to deliver powerful support for the economy until the recovery is complete," Fed Chairman Jerome Powell said at a news conference after Wednesday's statement was released. "A big yawn," is how Michael Arone, chief investment strategist at State Street Global Advisors, described the policy update to MarketWatch, immediately after the release. The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed down by about 44 points, or 0.2%, at around 30,155; the S&P 500 index rose 0.2% to 3,701, just shy of its Dec. 8 closing record at 3,702.25' while the Nasdaq Composite Index booked a 0.5% rise to a record close at about 12,658. In economic reports, a retail sales report showed that the economy may be slowing as coronavirus cases surge. U.S. retail sales dropped a seasonally adjusted 1.1% in November from the prior month. The data and Fed update come as congressional lawmakers were hammering out a roughly $900 billion deal that was expected to include another round of direct payments to households, The Wall Street Journal reported. In corporate news, Shares of Facebook Inc. were in focus after it launched a PR assault against Apple Inc. claiming the iPhone maker's upcoming mobile operating system update will hurt small businesses. Bond yields also edged higher, with the 10-year Treasury note yielding 0.92%.
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).
7:10 a.m. Dec. 2, 2020 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting a bullish December start: S&P 500, Nasdaq tag latest record highs Focus: QQQ challenges record highs, Gold maintains major support, Alphabet’s breakout attempt, QQQ, GLD, GOOGL, ADI, EXAS, GMEU.S. stocks are mixed early Wednesday, largely treading water in the wake of an otherwise strong December start. Against this backdrop, the S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite have concurrently broken to record highs, extending persistent late-year rallies to previously uncharted territory.
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.
2:16 a.m. Nov. 25, 2020 - By Steve Goldstein
French tax authorities have started demanding U.S. firms pay digital tax: reportFrench tax authorities have started demanding U.S. technology groups pay their 3% digital services tax, , citing French officials, company officials and advisers. Facebook and Amazon are among the companies that have received communications, the report said. Paris's demand to collect the tax represents the end of a truce with Washington, the report added.
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.
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.
9:22 a.m. Nov. 10, 2020 - By Ciara Linnane
Coronavirus update: U.S. adds another 130,000 cases in a day: ‘This is what exponential math looks like,’ says expert Per capita new case numbers are highest in North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa and Wisconsin, filling hospitals and raising concerns that systems will be overwhelmed The global tally of confirmed cases of the coronavirus illness COVID-19 climbed above 51 million on Tuesday with cases racing across the U.S. and Europe as more localities opted to impose restrictions on movement to curb the spread.
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.
6:57 a.m. Nov. 9, 2020 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Bullish momentum accelerates, S&P 500 extends to uncharted territory Focus: 10-year yield takes flight amid risk-on trade, TNX, NSC, TXN, SNAP, FLEX, FIVNU.S. stocks have taken flight early Monday, rising amid optimism over a successful final-phase coronavirus vaccine trial. Against this backdrop, the major U.S. benchmarks have extended an already-aggressive November rally, rising early Monday to tag record highs.
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.
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