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8:26 a.m. April 9, 2021 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting a Farewell Focus: 10-year yield asserts the range, Semiconductor sector presses record highs, TNX, SMH, KLAC, ROST, FOUR, ZENThis is the final edition of The Technical Indicator on MarketWatch. As its founder, and continuous editor since 2003, it has been a blast publishing for engaged and knowledgable readers for nearly 18 years.
8:12 a.m. April 8, 2021 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Bullish momentum persists: S&P 500 (slightly) extends April breakout Focus: Communications services sector tags record highs, Apple’s stealth trendline breakout, XLC, AAPL, IBM, ON, NUANU.S. stocks are mixed early Thursday, vacillating ahead of scheduled remarks from the Federal Reserve Chairman. Against this backdrop, the S&P 500 has tagged its latest record high, though narrowly, while the Nasdaq Composite has extended an already-aggressive trendline breakout.
8:55 a.m. April 6, 2021 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting a bullish technical tilt, S&P 500 extends break atop 4,000 mark Focus: Consumer staples sustain break to record territory, XLP, VMW, ADSK, LUV, DLTRTechnically speaking, the major U.S. benchmarks have taken flight to start April, rising amid statistically unusual bullish momentum, writes Michael Ashbaugh.
8:33 a.m. April 6, 2021 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting a bullish technical tilt, S&P 500 extends break atop 4,000 mark Focus: Consumer staples sustain break to record territory, XLP, VMW, ADSK, LUV, DLTR Technically speaking, the major U.S. benchmarks have taken flight to start April, rising amid statistically unusual bullish momentum. In the process, the S&P 500 and Dow Jones Industrial Average have knifed to record highs, while the Nasdaq Composite has staged a potentially consequential trendline breakout.
8:02 a.m. April 1, 2021 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting a bullish Q2 start, S&P 500 tags the 4,000 mark Focus: Semiconductor sector reclaims key resistance, SMH, LRCX, NTAP, MSI, NOVAU.S. stocks are firmly higher early Thursday, rising amid a largely bullish April start. Against this backdrop, the S&P 500 has ventured atop the 4,000 mark for the first time on record, as the Nasdaq Composite vies to simply reclaim its 50-day moving average, currently 13,427.
8:03 a.m. March 31, 2021 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting a stealth breakout attempt, S&P 500 tags fractional record high Focus: 10-year yield asserts higher plateau, FedEx extends earnings-fueled breakout, TNX, FDX, X, APD, VCELU.S. stocks are higher early Wednesday, rising as a largely-bullish first quarter concludes. Against this backdrop, the S&P 500 has tagged a fractional record high early Wednesday amid a stealth late-March breakout attempt that remains underway.
8:43 a.m. March 30, 2021 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting the S&P 500’s approach of the 4,000 mark Focus: Basic materials stage bull-flag breakout, Boeing digests rally to 52-week highs, XLB, BA, TGT, FFIV, TXTechnically speaking, the S&P 500 has sustained a reversal from major support, rising to challenge record highs, and within striking distance of the marquee 4,000 mark, writes Michael Ashbaugh.
8:15 a.m. March 30, 2021 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting the S&P 500’s approach of the 4,000 mark Focus: Basic materials stage bull-flag breakout, Boeing digests rally to 52-week highs, XLB, BA, TGT, FFIV, TXTechnically speaking, the U.S. benchmarks’ bigger-picture backdrop remains bullish, on balance, though the prevailing market technicals are not one-size-fits-all. Amid the cross currents, the S&P 500 has sustained a bullish reversal from major support, rising to challenge record highs, and within striking distance of the marquee 4,000 mark.
8:26 a.m. March 29, 2021 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting market cross currents: S&P 500 pulls in from record close Focus: Consumer staples and real estate sectors break out, XLP, IYR, TXN, NXPI, KOU.S. stocks are lower early Monday, pressured partly amid concerns that a hedge fund’s forced liquidation may have adverse ripple effects. Against this backdrop, the S&P 500 and Dow industrials have pulled in from their latest record close, even as the Nasdaq Composite vies to simply maintain major support matching the 2020 peak (12,973).
8:30 a.m. March 26, 2021 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting a bullish reversal, S&P 500 extends rally from 50-day average Focus: Crude oil weathers key technical test, Dow 30 component Home Depot takes flight, USO, HD, AMAT, FNKO, RACEU.S. stocks are higher early Friday, rising after a market-friendly batch of economic data. Against this backdrop, the S&P 500 has extended a rally from its 50-day moving average, while the Nasdaq Composite seems to have narrowly survived a retest of key support matching the 2020 peak.
8:19 a.m. March 25, 2021 - By Michael Ashbaugh
S&P 500 whipsaws at 50-day average, Nasdaq ventures under key support Focus: March currency cross currents persist, Consumer staples break out amid weakness elsewhere, UUP, FXE, XLP, PG, CSCO, STLD U.S. stocks are lower early Thursday — though well off the session’s worst levels — pressured amid a persistently jagged late-month downturn. Against this backdrop, the S&P 500 has whipsawed at its 50-day moving average, currently 3,870, while the Nasdaq Composite has ventured under important support matching the 2020 peak (12,973).
8:19 a.m. March 10, 2021 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting bullish follow-through: Nasdaq reclaims the breakdown point Focus: Homebuilders challenge record highs, XHB, LUV, CENX, PKG, MXU.S. stocks are higher early Wednesday, rising after a relatively tame reading on consumer price inflation eased concerns regarding a potentially overheating economy. Against this backdrop, the Dow Jones Industrial Average has tagged its latest all-time high, while perhaps more importantly (from a technical standpoint), the Nasdaq Composite has extended a rally atop key resistance.
8:34 a.m. March 4, 2021 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting a volatile March start: S&P 500, Nasdaq reach key technical tests Focus: Charting a still bullish-leaning sector backdrop, IYT, XLF, QQQ, XLV, XLU, XLP, XLE, XLI, AMZNU.S. stocks are mixed early Thursday — though well off the session’s worst levels — vacillating amid a volatile March start. Against this backdrop, the S&P 500 is back for its latest crack at the 50-day moving average, currently 3,820, while the Nasdaq Composite has whipsawed Thursday at last-ditch support matching the 2020 peak (12,973).
8:08 a.m. March 3, 2021 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Market divergence persists, Nasdaq whipsaws at 50-day average Focus: Materials sector approaches record highs, XLB, AA, HES, SATS, BZHU.S. stocks are mixed early Wednesday, vacillating after a mixed batch of economic data. Against this backdrop, the major U.S. benchmarks remain in divergence mode, as the Nasdaq Composite continues to underperform amid relative strength elsewhere.
8:50 a.m. March 2, 2021 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting a bullish March start: S&P 500, Nasdaq maintain major support Focus: Industrials hold the breakout point, Intel’s stealth recovery attempt, Boeing builds on trendline breakout, XLI, INTC, BA, ETSY, MABroadly speaking, the major U.S. benchmarks are acting well technically despite persistently uneven price action in spots, writes Michael Ashbaugh.
8:29 a.m. March 2, 2021 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting a bullish March start: S&P 500, Nasdaq maintain major support Focus: Industrials hold the breakout point, Intel’s stealth recovery attempt, Boeing builds on trendline breakout, XLI, INTC, BA, ETSY, MABroadly speaking, the major U.S. benchmarks are acting well technically despite persistently uneven price action in spots. Against this backdrop, the S&P 500 has knifed from its 50-day moving average — registering its biggest daily gain since June — to punctuate a second consecutive late-month retest.
8:15 a.m. Feb. 26, 2021 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting a bull-trend pullback, S&P 500 holds 50-day average (again) Focus: 10-year yield takes flight, Charting a largely bullish sub-sector backdrop, Apple, Facebook and Amazon test key thresholds, TNX, IYT, XLF, QQQ, XLE, XLI, AAPL, FB, AMZNU.S. stocks are mixed early Friday, vacillating as a late-month market whipsaw persists. Against this backdrop, the major U.S. benchmarks remain in divergence mode — amid uneven price action — though the bigger-picture technical backdrop remains bullish, on balance.
8:10 a.m. Feb. 25, 2021 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting market cross currents: Late-month divergence persists Focus: 10-year yield matches S&P 500’s dividend yield, Financials take flight, TNX, XLF, F, ETN, ZG, HDU.S. stocks are lower early Thursday, pressured as persistently surging U.S. Treasury yields present a market headwind. Against this backdrop, the major U.S. benchmarks have largely weathered the recent market whipsaw, though amid increasingly uneven price action.
8:14 a.m. Feb. 24, 2021 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting market rotation: S&P 500 maintains the breakout point Focus: Nasdaq 100 holds 50-day average, Industrials tag record highs, Airlines take flight, QQQ, XLI, JETS, UAL, ORCL, WIXU.S. stocks are higher early Wednesday, rising in the wake of a pronounced market whipsaw. Against this backdrop, the S&P 500 and Dow industrials have maintained major support, rising amid rotational, and still largely bullish, late-month price action.
8:40 a.m. Feb. 23, 2021 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting a market divergence, Nasdaq violates the breakout point Focus: Energy and Metals & Mining sectors take flight, Apple ventures under major support, XLE, XME, AAPL, NUE, SIGTechnically speaking, the major U.S. benchmarks have extended a downturn from recent record highs, pressured amid increasingly uneven price action, writes Michael Ashbaugh.
8:10 a.m. Feb. 23, 2021 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting a market divergence, Nasdaq violates the breakout point Focus: Energy and Metals & Mining sectors take flight, Apple ventures under major support, XLE, XME, AAPL, NUE, SIGTechnically speaking, the major U.S. benchmarks have extended a downturn from recent record highs, pressured amid increasingly uneven late-month price action.
8:17 a.m. Feb. 22, 2021 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Bull trend pauses: S&P 500 traverses the range Focus: Japan sustains February break to record territory, EWJ, NTAP, SCCO, ODFL, KSSU.S. stocks are mixed early Monday, vacillating as tech stocks turn lower, pressured at least partly amid recently surging Treasury yields. Against this backdrop, the S&P 500 and Dow industrials have maintained bullish holding patterns, asserting trading ranges underpinned by familiar support.
8:03 a.m. Feb. 19, 2021 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting successful technical tests, U.S. benchmarks nail first support Focus: Biotech sector pulls in toward key support, Charting Apple’s bull-bear debate, XBI, AAPL, STX, GOOS, WMTU.S. stocks are higher early Friday, rising amid optimism over stimulus-package prospects. Against this backdrop, each big three U.S. benchmark has registered a bullish reversal from well-defined support. The S&P 500 has nailed its range bottom (3,885) while the Nasdaq Composite and Dow industrials have rallied from their breakout points.
8:00 a.m. Feb. 18, 2021 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting a bull-trend pullback, S&P 500 tags first support Focus: Airlines tag 11-month highs, JETS, SPOT, TXN, CVX, ZNGAU.S. stocks are lower early Thursday, pressured after disappointing weekly jobs data and a soft batch of quarterly earnings reports. Against this backdrop, the S&P 500 has extended a downturn from recent record highs, pulling in to tag first support (3,885).
8:26 a.m. Feb. 17, 2021 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting market cross currents, S&P 500 pulls in to the range Cross currents across asset classes surface amid surging Treasury yields, TNX, USO, GLD, FXY, UUP, XLF, KREU.S. stocks are lower early Wednesday, pressured as the latest economic data fuel the debate regarding potential pending inflation. Against this backdrop, each big three U.S. benchmark has reversed from Tuesday’s record high, pulling in to its former range amid largely garden-variety selling pressure.
8:36 a.m. Feb. 16, 2021 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting bull-flag breakout attempts: S&P 500, Nasdaq tag record territory Focus: Financials and transports stage tandem breakout attempt, XLF, IYT, ADI, IPHI, BLDR, LYFTTechnically speaking, the major U.S. benchmarks continue to trend higher, rising amid a still broadly constructive 2021 start, writes Michael Ashbaugh.
8:10 a.m. Feb. 16, 2021 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting bull-flag breakout attempts: S&P 500, Nasdaq tag record territory Focus: Financials and transports stage tandem breakout attempt, XLF, IYT, ADI, IPHI, BLDR, LYFTTechnically speaking, the major U.S. benchmarks continue to trend higher, rising amid a still broadly constructive 2021 start.
8:00 a.m. Feb. 12, 2021 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting a bull flag, S&P 500 asserts the range near record highs Focus: Semiconductor sector takes flight amid Intel’s improving technical backdrop, SMH, INTC, KLAC, PINS, CALXU.S. stocks are mixed early Friday, largely treading water ahead of a three-day weekend. Against this backdrop, each big three U.S. benchmark has asserted a flag pattern, an orderly four-session range near record highs.
8:03 a.m. Feb. 8, 2021 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Bullish momentum persists, S&P 500 extends February breakout Focus: Home construction ETF’s breakout attempt, Nike approaches record territory, ITB, NKE, CHEY, BYND, LENU.S. stocks are higher early Monday, rising as February bullish momentum persists. In the process, the S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite have extended respectable breaks to record territory, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average has belatedly broken out, tagging its latest record high Monday.
8:14 a.m. Feb. 5, 2021 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting a slow-motion breakout, S&P 500 edges to all-time high Focus: 30-year yield approaches marquee 2.0% mark, TYX, CSCO, BLDP, KEY, DDOGU.S. stocks are higher early Friday, rising despite a soft monthly U.S. jobs report. Against this backdrop, the S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite have extended modest breakouts — tagging all-time highs — while the recently lagging Dow Jones Industrial Average vies to register its latest record close.
8:08 a.m. Feb. 4, 2021 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting bullish follow-through: S&P 500, Nasdaq challenge record closes Focus: Crude oil extends February breakout, Alphabet’s earnings-fueled spike, USO, GOOGL, APPN, GOGO, FANGU.S. stocks are higher early Wednesday, rising as the major benchmarks build on a strong February start. In the process, the S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite have challenged their respective record closes — S&P 3,855 and Nasdaq 13,636 — as they vie to register their latest records. Both benchmarks have extended a bullish reversal from relatively well-defined support.
8:06 a.m. Feb. 3, 2021 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting a bullish reversal, S&P 500 nails the breakdown point Focus: Retail sector asserts cooling-off phase, Homebuilders hold the breakout point, XRT, XHB, CYBR, KMX, SWIR, WIXU.S. stocks are mixed early Wednesday, treading water after a solid batch of quarterly earnings reports and economic data. Against this backdrop, the S&P 500 has extended its rally from major support, rising to challenge its breakdown point (3,830).
8:36 a.m. Feb. 2, 2021 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting a bullish February start: S&P 500 spikes from major support Focus: Biotechs challenge all-time highs, Regional banks sustain decisive breakout, XBI, KRE, TDOC, EXP, TOLTechnically speaking, the U.S. benchmarks are off to a strong February start, rising in the wake of the most aggressive market downturn in about three months, writes Michael Ashbaugh.
8:07 a.m. Feb. 2, 2021 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting a bullish February start: S&P 500 spikes from major support Focus: Biotechs challenge all-time highs, Regional banks sustain decisive breakout, XBI, KRE, TDOC, EXP, TOLTechnically speaking, the U.S. benchmarks are off to a strong February start, rising in the wake of the most aggressive market downturn in about three months. Against this backdrop, each big three benchmark has extended a reversal from major support, rallies preserving a bullish intermediate-term bias.
8:11 a.m. Jan. 29, 2021 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting a corrective bounce: S&P 500 stalls at the breakdown point Focus: Semiconductor sector tests key trendline, Microsoft sustains earnings-fueled breakout, SMH, MSFT, COF, APTV, NTAPU.S. stocks are firmly lower early Friday, pressured to conclude previously constructive January price action. Against this backdrop, each big three benchmark has pulled in to this week’s second test of notable support. The response to each area, and Friday’s monthly close, will likely add color.
8:30 a.m. Jan. 28, 2021 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting a market whipsaw: Nasdaq, Dow industrials hold key support Focus: Charting U.S. sector damage (and lack thereof), 10-year yield nails gap support, Gold presses 200-day average, QQQ, XLF, IYT, TNX, GLD, XRTU.S. stocks are firmly higher early Thursday, rising after a solid batch of economic data to punctuate the worst single-day downdraft in about three months. Against this backdrop, the Nasdaq Composite has maintained its breakout point (13,220) while the Dow Jones Industrial Average has rallied from a surprisingly swift test of its 50-day moving average.
8:40 a.m. Jan. 26, 2021 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting market rotation, S&P 500 presses record territory Focus: Financials digest January breakout, Retail sector continues to take flight, XLF, XRT, PRU, FSLR, RIO, SRNETechnically speaking, the major U.S. benchmarks continue to trend higher, rising amid rotational market price action, writes Michael Ashbaugh.
8:16 a.m. Jan. 26, 2021 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting market rotation, S&P 500 presses record territory Focus: Financials digest January breakout, Retail sector continues to take flight, XLF, XRT, PRU, FSLR, RIO, SRNETechnically speaking, the major U.S. benchmarks continue to trend higher amid rotational market price action. Against this backdrop, the S&P 500 has challenged its range top early Tuesday, rising to press record territory from a shaky, but successful, test of its breakout point.
8:14 a.m. Jan. 25, 2021 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting mixed follow-through: Nasdaq extends to latest record high Focus: Transports hold the breakout point, Netflix digests earnings-fueled spike, IYT, NFLX, IP, AKAM, CMIU.S. stocks are mixed early Monday, vacillating ahead of this week’s full slate of quarterly earnings reports. Against this backdrop, the Nasdaq Composite has extended its prevailing statistically unusual breakout — tagging another record high — while the S&P 500 has pulled in to a shaky intraday retest of its breakout point (3,826).
8:25 a.m. Jan. 22, 2021 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting a bull-trend pullback: S&P 500 retests the breakout point Focus: Solar sector sustains 2021 breakout, Apple tags record close amid stealth breakout attempt, TAN, AAPL, MGA, DE, MDCU.S. stocks are lower early Friday — though off the session’s worst levels — pressured amid virus concerns, and a not well-received batch of influential earnings reports. Against this backdrop, the S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite continue to digest respectable mid-week rallies to record territory, against an otherwise bullish bigger-picture backdrop.
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