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7:14 a.m. Today - 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).
1:57 a.m. Today - By Tomi Kilgore
Sonoco Products to raise prices on plastic trays, bowls amid continued cost inflationSonoco Products Co. said Monday it will raise prices on certain consumer packaging components by 8%, citing continued cost inflation. The company said its prepared and specialty foods business segment will raise prices for crystallized polyethylene terephthalate (CPET) and polypropylene (PP) thermoformed plastic trays and bowls by 8%. The new prices will be effective Feb. 22, and will be applied individually, and depending on prod7uct category. "These price adjustments are critical to manage continued increases in cost across our business," said Rolfe Olsen, vice president of the prepared and specialty foods business. "Thus far, we have offset much of these increased input costs via manufacturing productivity initiatives and supply chain optimization activities, but with continued inflation, we must now pass this cost on to our customers." The stock, which is still inactive in premarket trading, has advanced 13.8% over the past three months while the S&P 500 has gained 10.9%.
6:28 a.m. Jan. 23, 2021 - By Andrew Keshner
Financially fragile Americans during COVID-19 have difficulty answering these 15 money questions — can you? A new survey asked who could cover unexpected expenses during the pandemic’s early days.A new survey asked who could cover unexpected expenses during the pandemic’s early days.
9:05 a.m. Jan. 22, 2021 - By Riley Adams
Should you invest in stocks or real estate? Be honest about your risk tolerance and lifestyle preferencesBe honest about your risk tolerance and lifestyle preferences
7:25 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.
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.
6:56 a.m. Jan. 20, 2021 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting bull-flag breakouts: S&P 500, Nasdaq tag record highs Focus: Health care sector vies to extend January breakout, XLV, MCHP, AXP, UBER, SLBU.S. stocks are firmly higher early Wednesday, rising amid Inauguration Day and following a solid batch of quarterly earnings reports. Against this backdrop, the S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite have staged bull-flag breakouts, rising to tag their latest record highs.
7:33 a.m. Jan. 19, 2021 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting a bullish holding pattern, S&P 500 maintains 20-day average Focus: Europe asserts bull flag, Metals & Mining ETF digests decisive January breakout, IEV, XME, NOVA, EXAS, RSTechnically speaking, the major U.S. benchmarks have asserted a bullish holding pattern, digesting a sharp early-month rally to record territory, writes Michael Ashbaugh.
7:10 a.m. Jan. 19, 2021 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting a bullish holding pattern, S&P 500 maintains 20-day average Focus: Europe asserts bull flag, Metals & Mining ETF digests decisive January breakout, IEV, XME, NOVA, EXAS, RSTechnically speaking, the major U.S. benchmarks have asserted a holding pattern, digesting a sharp early-month rally to record territory. The recent range-bound price action signals still muted selling pressure — in the wake of statistically unusual technical breakouts — preserving a comfortably bullish intermediate-term bias.
6:59 a.m. Jan. 15, 2021 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting a (modest) market downturn, S&P 500 retests 20-day average Focus: Materials digest decisive January breakout, XLB, QCOM, ALK, CVX, RUNU.S. stocks are on the defensive early Friday, pressured amid a sell-the-news response to President-elect Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion stimulus proposal, and after a mixed batch of quarterly earnings reports. The early downturn punctuates largely sideways week-to-date price action, and has thus far inflicted limited damage in the broad sweep.
6:55 a.m. Jan. 14, 2021 - By Tomi Kilgore
Aphria's stock soars after reporting surprise profit, giving a boost to merger partner TilrayThe U.S.-listed shares of Aphria Inc. shot up 17% in midday trading Thursday toward a more-than two-year high, after the Canada-based cannabis company reported a surprise fiscal second-quarter adjusted profit and revenue that rose above forecasts, citing strength in its global cannabis and consumer packaged goods businesses. The net loss for the quarter to Nov. 30 widened to C$122.0 million ($96.3 million), or 42 cents a share, from C$8.2 million, or 3 cents a share, in the year-ago period. Excluding non-recurring items, the company swung to EPS of 1 cent from a loss of 19 cents, beating the FactSet consensus for a per-share loss of 3 cents. Revenue rose 33% to C$160.5 million ($126.6 million), above the FactSet consensus of C$153.9 million. Adult-use cannabis revenue rose 149% to C$72.1 million. The average selling price of adult-use cannabis rose to C$4.29 per gram from C$4.15 per gram in the previous quarter, while the average retail selling price of medical cannabis fell to C$6.96 per gram from C$7.38 per gram. Shares of Tilray Inc. jumped 19.4%, as the company and Aphria . The stock, which which is on track for the highest close since November 2018, has soared 98.6% over the past three months while the ETFMG Alternative Harvest ETF has climbed 72.4% and the S&P 500 has gained 9.4%.
6:48 a.m. Jan. 14, 2021 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting a slow-motion breakout attempt: Nasdaq, Dow industrials press record highs Focus: Homebuilders break out even amid rising interest rates, XHB, ZBRA, KSS, WSM, JNPR, FATEU.S. stocks are higher early Thursday, rising amid renewed optimism over fiscal-stimulus prospects. Against this backdrop, each big three U.S. benchmark has challenged its prevailing range top — levels defining record highs — amid a slow-motion breakout attempt.
9:21 a.m. Jan. 13, 2021 - By Ciara Linnane
U.S. sees record one-day death toll and experts worry new variant may make activities like plane travel more risky Vaccine program must speed up to avoid reaching 640,000 deaths by spring, equal to lives lost in the 1918 flu pandemicThe U.S. set another grim milestone in the coronavirus pandemic on Tuesday, when more than 4,400 COVID-19 patients died, the most in a single day since the start of the outbreak, and experts said that with cases continuing to accelerate, the worst is still to come.
6:48 a.m. Jan. 13, 2021 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting a bull flag: S&P 500 digests two standard deviation breakout Small- and mid-cap benchmarks extend statistically unusual 2021 breakoutU.S. stocks are mixed early Wednesday, largely treading water in the wake of powerful breakouts, registered last week. Against this backdrop, each big three U.S. benchmark has asserted a bull flag — a relatively tight four-session range — amid a still comfortably bullish bigger-picture backdrop.
6:05 a.m. Jan. 13, 2021 - By Emily Bary
Visa, Mastercard stocks get upgrades at JefferiesShares of Visa Inc. and Mastercard Inc. both got bullish upgrades at Jefferies Wednesday ahead of an expected economic recovery. Jefferies analyst Trevor Williams cited a "rare stretch of underperformance" that positions Visa and Mastercard well for 2021. Visa shares have gained 2.6% over the past three months as Mastercard shares have risen 0.3% and as the S&P 500 has added 8.5%. "With the rollout of the vaccine underway, we have increasing confidence in an eventual international travel recovery, which we believe will drive the stocks in 2021 as a more normalized earnings stream in 2022 and 2023 becomes discounted by the market," he wrote in upgrading Visa and Mastercard shares to buy from hold. He upped his Visa price target to $250 from $195 and raised his Mastercard target to $415 from $315. Visa shares are up 0.2% in Wednesday morning trading while Mastercard shares are up 1.1%. Visa announced late Tuesday that it was terminating its planned $5.3 billion acquisition of fintech company Plaid due to regulatory pushback from the Justice Department and an expectation that the Justice Department's antitrust lawsuit would take too much time to play out.
5:59 a.m. Jan. 13, 2021 - By Tomi Kilgore
Peloton's stock jumps into record territory after BofA Securities analyst gets more bullishShares of Peloton Interactive Inc. ran up 5.4% into record territory in morning trading Wednesday, after BofA Securities analyst Justin Post became more bullish on the fitness-equipment company, citing data suggesting demand continues to outstrip supply. Post reiterated his buy rating on the stock, while raising his price target by 17%, to $175 from $150. Post said his research indicates that visits to Peloton's site in the fiscal second quarter, which ended December, rose 167% from a year ago, a deceleration from 289% growth in the first quarter, "but well above competition." He said Peloton-related posts during the quarter on Facebook Inc.'s Instagram are up 71%a, and are up 92% on Twitter , "suggesting new user engagement remains high." He said while delivery times remain long, data suggests that order backlog should help support "strong" third quarter results. "While valuation is a risk, we remain constructive on the stock ahead of the full U.S. lower-priced tread launch, likely in March (potential catalyst)," Post wrote in a note to clients. The stock, which was trading above its Dec. 23 record close of $162.76, has rallied 25.5% over the past three months while the S&P 500 has gained 8.5%.
4:35 a.m. Jan. 13, 2021 - By Mark DeCambre
Dow struggles for altitude Wedneday morning as investors await Trump's second impeachment vote in the HouseU.S. stock benchmarks opened flat to slightly lower Wednesday morning after a report on inflation and ahead of a crucial House vote on impeaching President Donald Trump for a second time one week before he is set to leave office on Jan. 20. The Dow Jones Industrial Average [: DJIA] rose 25 points, or less than 0.1%, to trade at 31,091, the S&P 500 index gained 3 points, or less than 0.1%, to reach around 3,805, the Nasdaq Composite Index advanced 18 points, or 0.2%, to 13,093. The Democratic-controlled House is expected to vote later in the afternoon to impeach Trump for his role in encouraging a violent mob last week to attack the Capitol. A reading on inflation, the consumer-price index, was relatively tame, rising 0.4% in December, while the core index minus volatile food and energy prices was up 0.1%, matching the MarketWatch consensus. The annual headline number ticked up to 1.4%, but the core reading remained at 1.6%. The headline CPI number has now risen for seven months straight. In corporate news, shares of Shares of Plug Power Inc. [: PLUG] were higher, after more than doubling over the past few days. Meanwhile, Target Inc. is in focus after the big-box retailer reported that same-store sales rose 17.2% during the November/December holiday period, as traffic increased by 4.3% and average ticket rose 12.4%. Separately, Intel said that its CEO Bob Swan is stepping down effective Feb. 15, and will be replaced by VMWare CEO Pat Gelsinger will take over the position, sources told Faber.
7:53 a.m. Jan. 12, 2021 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting a decisive 2021 breakout: U.S. benchmarks clear 20-day volatility bands Focus: Rising interest rates and energy prices signal reflation trade, 10-year yield and crude oil take flight, TNX, USO, AMD, SEDG, CSCOTechnically speaking, the major U.S. benchmarks have asserted a near-term holding pattern, pulling in modestly from all-time highs. Still, the slight downturn punctuates previously aggressive January breakouts amid a still comfortably bullish bigger-picture backdrop.
7:29 a.m. Jan. 12, 2021 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting a decisive 2021 breakout: U.S. benchmarks clear 20-day volatility bands Focus: Rising interest rates and energy prices signal reflation trade, 10-year yield and crude oil take flight, TNX, USO, AMD, SEDG, CSCOTechnically speaking, the major U.S. benchmarks have asserted a near-term holding pattern, pulling in modestly from all-time highs. Still, the slight downturn punctuates previously aggressive January breakouts amid a still comfortably bullish bigger-picture backdrop.
3:56 a.m. Jan. 12, 2021 - By Tomi Kilgore
Bank of America stock rallies after analyst says it's time to buyShares of Bank of America Corp. rose 1.1% in premarket trading Tuesday toward an 11-month high, after Citigroup analyst Keith Horowitz turned bullish, citing expectations that the bounce off the third-quarter bottom in net interest income will be bigger than expected. Horowitz raised his rating to buy from neutral and his stock price to $37 from $31; the stock hasn't closed at or above $37 since October 2008. He said he believes BofA is one of the largest beneficiaries of the return of capital to shareholders (stock repurchases and dividends), which should resume next quarter. "[BofA] is also more levered to consumer, which we think will perform better this credit cycle given the stimulus programs," Horowitz wrote. The stock has run up 28.8% over the past three months through Monday, while the SPDR Financial Select Sector ETF has climbed 21.6% and the S&P 500 has gained 7.5%. Horowitz also upgraded PNC Financial Services Group Inc. and Bank of New York Mellon Corp. to buy from neutral.
8:10 a.m. Jan. 11, 2021 - By Tomi Kilgore
ODP's stock soars to more than 3-year high after confirming Staples' buyout bidShares of ODP Corp. shot up 18.9% toward the highest close in more than three years, after the office supplies business services provider confirmed it received an buyout bid from Staples parent USR Parent, which is owned by Sycamore Partners. Earlier Monday, USR said it proposed to buy ODP for $40 a share in cash, which is 8.2% above Friday's closing price of $36.96. USR said it may increase its proposed valuation for "logical strategic divestitures" that ODP may execute to unlock value, such as the sale of its CompuCom business, or if ODP conducts a sale process for its U.S. commercial business unit. ODP responded in a statement Monday: "Consistent with its fiduciary duties, ODP's board of directors is carefully reviewing the proposal in consultation with its financial and legal advisors to determine the course of action that it believes is in the best interests of the Company and its shareholders." ODP's stock, which is on track for the highest close since October 2017, has rocketed 94.1% over the past three months, while the S&P 500 has tacked on 9.8%.
7:06 a.m. Jan. 11, 2021 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting a bull-trend pullback: S&P 500 digests break top 20-day volatility bands Focus: Gold violates key trendline, Transports challenge record highs, GLD, IYT, CHGG, AMBA, NXST, MU.S. stocks are lower early Monday, pressured modestly to punctuate an otherwise strong January start. Against this backdrop, each major U.S. benchmark is digesting last week’s statistically unusual breakout, pulling in from previously uncharted territory.
7:01 a.m. Jan. 8, 2021 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting a strong January start, big three U.S. benchmarks tag record highs Focus: Metals & Mining ETF digests decisive breakout, Energy sector presses key resistance, XME, XLE, TDOC, DLTR, PLUGU.S. stocks are mixed early Friday, vacillating after a softer-than-expected monthly jobs report. The sluggish start punctuates otherwise bullish early-January price action, amid a rally placing each big three U.S. benchmark at its latest record high.
7:57 a.m. Jan. 7, 2021 - By Tonya Garcia
Scotts Miracle-Gro price target gets a boost at Truist Securities based on cannabis legislation possibilities in 2021Scotts Miracle-Gro Co.'s price target was boosted to $250 from $180 at Truist Securities based on the cannabis legislation possibilities that could come from the incoming Democrat-controlled White House and Congress. "To be clear, we do not see national legalization on the horizon, but we do believe that improved banking laws and regulations will enable the legal cannabis growers to accelerate hydroponics purchases," analysts said. Truist says this could be a positive for the Hawthorne portion of the business, which sells gardening items for commercial use as well as for hobbyists. Analysts are also upbeat about the coming lawn and gardening season, which should benefit from continued COVID-19-related restrictions, keeping consumers in their homes and tending to their gardens. "This gives us greater confidence that consumers who drove strong category growth in FY20, due to lockdowns/limited travel, will come back to the category during the peak March-June season of FY21," the note said. "Additionally, our survey work indicates that a high majority of the new entrants to the category in FY20 enjoyed gardening and will continue to garden for the foreseeable future." Truist rates Scotts Miracle-Gro stock a buy. Shares of the company are up nearly 4% in Thursday trading, and have skyrocketed 111% over the last year. The S&P 500 index has gained 17.3% for the period.
6:54 a.m. Jan. 7, 2021 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting January breakouts, U.S. benchmarks tag round-number milestones Focus: Financials and regional banks take flight amid surging Treasury yields, Health care sector tags record highs, XLF, KRE, XLV, AMAT, SWKS, DXCMU.S. stocks are firmly higher early Thursday, rising to punctuate an early-week whipsaw. Against this backdrop, each big three U.S. benchmark has tagged its latest record high as well as a round-number milestone — S&P 3,800, Nasdaq 13,000 and Dow 31,000.
7:00 a.m. Jan. 6, 2021 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting a bullish reversal, S&P 500 challenges record highs Focus: 10-year yield takes flight, Oil & Gas Exploration ETF extends uptrend, TNX, XOP, DVN, AA, LITEU.S. stocks are higher early Wednesday, rising as Treasury yields take flight amid a receding U.S. election overhang. Against this backdrop, the S&P 500 has tagged a nominal record high early Wednesday, while the Dow industrials have broken more firmly to record territory, rising within view of the 31,000 mark.
3:21 a.m. Jan. 2, 2021 - By Philip van Doorn
15 stock-market winners that index-fund investors missed out on in 2020 These stocks aren’t in the S&P 500 or the Nasdaq-100These stocks aren’t in the S&P 500 or the Nasdaq-100.
3:17 a.m. Jan. 2, 2021 - By Philip van Doorn
These are the best performing Nasdaq and S&P 500 stocks of 2020 COVID-19 rewarded companies at the cutting edge of mobility and remote workingCOVID-19 rewarded companies at the cutting edge of mobility and remote working.
3:16 a.m. Jan. 2, 2021 - By Philip van Doorn
These are the 20 worst-performing S&P 500 stocks of 2020 — analysts see double-digit rebounds for five of them in 2021 The action is concentrated in one sectorThe action is concentrated in one sector.
2:16 a.m. Dec. 31, 2020 - By Ciara Linnane
Apple's iPhone 12 sales exceed Wedbush's 'bull case scenario,' expected to boost stock Sales of Apple Inc.'s iPhone 12 have exceeded Wedbush's "bull case scenario" for fiscal 2021, based on Asia supply chain checks, and should boost shares with December results coming shortly, analyst Dan Ives wrote in a note Thursday. "We believe Apple saw a robust Christmas/holiday season not just on iPhones, but also had a strong AirPods performance that will be another product tailwind heading into 2021 for Cook & Co," Ives wrote. Asia checks suggest the supply chain is expecting low to mid 90 million iPhone unit builds for the quarter, comfortably ahead of the 80 million to mid 80s range expected in mid December, 75 million expected in late October and 65 million to 70 million range expected three months ago, he wrote. "This is roughly a 35% increase from our original and Street forecasts. For the March quarter we believe builds for total iPhones ticked up again another 5% over the last week and are now in the 60 million to 70 million range. For the June quarter we believe initial builds are in the low 40 million range with potentially an upward bias. We have not seen a launch uptrend such as this in a number of years for Apple and the only iPhone trajectory similar would be the iPhone 6 in 2014 based on our analysis," said Ives. The Wall Street consensus is for 217 million iPhone unit sales in fiscal 2021, but Wedbush sees potential for up to 240 million units, "which would easily eclipse the previous Apple record of 231 million units sold in FY15. Importantly, with our estimation that 350 million of 950 million iPhones worldwide are currently in the window of an upgrade opportunity, we believe this will translate into an unprecedented upgrade cycle for Cook & Co.," said Ives. Wedbush rates Apple as outperform with a $160 12-month price target and a bull case target of $200. Apple shares were up 0.5% premarket and have gained 82% in 2020, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average has gained 6.6% and the S&P 500 has gained 15.5%.
2:14 a.m. Dec. 30, 2020 - By Ciara Linnane
Microsoft will likely beat Street views in December quarter as pandemic accelerates shift to cloud: WedbushMicrosoft Inc. is likely to again exceed earnings expectations for its December quarter, as the current work-from-home environment is accelerating the shift to cloud, Wedbush analyst Dan Ives wrote in a Wednesday note. "While we have seen the momentum of this backdrop in the last few quarters, we believe deal flow looks strong heading into the rest of FY21 as we estimate that Microsoft is still only ~35% through penetrating its unparalleled installed base on the cloud transition," Ives wrote. "To this point, we believe Azure's cloud momentum is still in its early days of playing out within the company's massive installed base and the Office 365 transition for both consumer/enterprise is providing growth tailwinds over the next few years." Wedbush rates Microsoft as outperform and is sticking with its $260 12-month price target, which is just above its current price of $224.77. Ives is also sticking with his view that Microsoft is the core cloud name to play the sector during the pandemic, with a further infection in cloud growth to come.
6:40 a.m. Dec. 23, 2020 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting a bullish 2020 finish, S&P 500 digests break to record territory Focus: Biotech sector extends late-year breakout, Apple approaches record territory, IBB, AAPL, LITE, RUN, SWAVTechnically speaking, the major U.S. benchmarks are closing out 2020 on a largely bullish note. Consider that wide-ranging, and at times, historically volatile early-year price action, has been punctuated by an orderly December range, as each big three U.S. benchmark digests a recent break to all-time highs.
5:33 a.m. Dec. 23, 2020 - By Jacob Passy
New-home sales fall as buyers begin to get cold feet in an expensive market Cooler weather has put a damper on the hot housing marketCooler weather has put a damper on the hot housing market.
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.
7:39 a.m. Dec. 22, 2020 - By Tomi Kilgore
Vista Outdoor's stock shoots up toward a near 4-year high after Cowen analyst said it's time to buyShare of Vista Outdoor Inc. shot up 24.6% in midday trading Tuesday, putting them on track for the highest close since February 2017, after Cowen analyst Gautam Khanna turned bullish on the ammunition and shooting sports accessories maker, saying the current ammo demand upcycle is likely to last. Khanna raised his rating to outperform, after being at market perform for at least the last three years, and raised his price target to $33 from $29. Among the reasons Khanna believes ammo demand will continue, he believes President-elect Joe Biden's stricter gun control ambitions than current President Donald Trump's will provide an ammo/firearm "demand stimulant." Also, the recent ammo demand surge reflects and "an influx of new shooters," rather than just stockpiling by longstanding shooters, and the "cultural 'Armageddon' mentality may linger" given the recent surge in COVID-19 cases and civil unrest fears. The upbeat assessment of ammo demand was giving the shares of firearms makers a boost amid broader stock market weakness, with Smith & Wesson Brands Inc. rallying 2.5% and Sturm Ruger & Co. climbing 2.8%, while the S&P 500 fell 0.2%.
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.
6:19 a.m. Dec. 18, 2020 - By Emily Bary
ViacomCBS, iHeartMedia, Discovery stocks fall after Bank of America downgradesShares of ViacomCBS Inc. , Discovery Communications Inc. , and iHeartMedia Inc. are falling in Friday morning trading after Bank of America analyst Jessica Reif Ehrlich downgraded the stocks to underperform. She previously had neutral ratings on shares of Viacom and iHeartMedia, and she had a buy rating on Discovery's stock. Viacom and Discovery are under pressure because they must "transition their business models to [direct to consumer], already a competitive field from both traditional media companies and also well capitalized FAANGs while their basic business is under duress," Ehrlich wrote. She believes that iHeartRadio is well managed with a "strategic and visionary" team but worries that the company's core business is being "severely hurt" by the pandemic as iHeartMedia relies on small- and medium-sized businesses. She lowered her Discovery price target to $25 from $32, cut her iHeartMedia price target to $10 from $12, and increased her ViacomCBS target to $32 from $30 in conjunction with the downgrades. Discovery shares have declined 13% over the past 12 months, as iHeart shares have lost 22%, Viacom shares have fallen 14%, and the S&P 500 has risen 15%.
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.
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