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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.
7:58 a.m. April 7, 2021 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Bull trend confirmed: S&P 500 tags technical target (4,085) Focus: Europe digests break to 12-year highs, IEV, ASML, ADI, EMR, YUMU.S. stocks are mixed early Wednesday, vacillating ahead of the release of the Federal Reserve’s meeting minutes, due out this afternoon. Against this backdrop, the S&P 500 and Dow industrials are digesting decisive breaks to record territory, while the Nasdaq Composite has sustained an aggressive trendline breakout.
10:17 a.m. March 24, 2021 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Market rotation persists, S&P 500 capped by the breakdown point Focus: Small- and mid-caps extend March downturn, Nasdaq capped by 50-day averageU.S. stocks are mixed Wednesday, vacillating as Treasury yields continue to stabilize in the wake of largely uneventful Federal Reserve policy remarks. Against this backdrop, the S&P 500 remains capped by its breakdown point (3,950) amid still largely range-bound price action as market rotation persists.
8:20 a.m. March 19, 2021 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting another bull-trend pullback, S&P 500 tags familiar support Focus: Basic materials assert bull flag, XLB, WHR, FTNT, USB, FOURU.S. stocks are mixed early Friday, vacillating in the wake of this week’s Federal Reserve policy actions. Against this backdrop, the bigger-picture backdrop remains bullish, on balance, though the prevailing market technicals are not one-size-fits-all.
8:18 a.m. March 18, 2021 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting market rotation: Dow industrials take flight amid surging Treasury yields Focus: 10-year yield continues to take flight, TNX, NDAQ, DHI, XPO, VNOMU.S. stocks are mixed early Thursday, vacillating as market rotation persists after the Federal Reserve’s Wednesday policy statement. Against this backdrop, the Dow Jones Industrial Average has extended a break atop the 33,000 mark, as the Nasdaq Composite vies to simply maintain a posture atop its 50-day moving average.
7:54 a.m. March 17, 2021 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting a bull-trend pullback: S&P 500 digests breakout ahead of Fed Focus: Metals & mining sector sustains break to six-year highs, Facebook’s stealth trendline breakout, XME, FB, SIMO, SBUX, ANU.S. stocks are mixed early Wednesday, vacillating ahead of the Federal Reserve’s policy statement, due out this afternoon.
8:15 a.m. March 15, 2021 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting a slow-motion breakout attempt, S&P 500 nails the range top Focus: Retail sector tags record close, General Motors reaches uncharted territory, XRT, GM, LKQ, ANTM, JWNU.S. stocks are mixed early Monday, vacillating ahead of the Federal Reserve’s mid-week policy meeting. Against this backdrop, the Dow Jones Industrial Average is digesting an aggressive break to record territory, while the S&P 500’s slow-motion breakout attempt remains underway.
8:18 a.m. Feb. 10, 2021 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Bull trend pauses: S&P 500, Nasdaq digest breaks to uncharted territory Focus: Industrial sector’s breakout attempt, Zoom Video and McDonald’s signal trend shifts, XLI, XM, MCD, SWKS, HOLXU.S. stocks are mixed early Wednesday, treading water after a generally strong batch of quarterly earnings reports and ahead of scheduled remarks by the Federal Reserve Chairman. Against this backdrop, each big three U.S. benchmark is digesting its latest break to record territory amid thus far muted mid-week selling pressure.
8:00 a.m. Jan. 27, 2021 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting an intraday downdraft, S&P 500 retests near-term support (3,764) Nasdaq maintains gap support, Small- and mid-cap benchmarks retest near-term floorsU.S. stocks are firmly on the defensive early Wednesday, pressured after a mixed batch of quarterly earnings reports, and ahead of the Federal Reserve’s latest policy directive, due out this afternoon. Against this backdrop, the S&P 500 has ventured under its breakout point (3,826), pulling in to an initially successful retest of familiar near-term support (3,764).
7:52 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.
8:56 p.m. Oct. 7, 2020 - Associated Press
Asian markets rise as investor buy-in for prospect of new U.S. pandemic relief circles globeAsian shares were mostly higher on Thursday on optimism U.S. stimulus may be coming after all, as President Donald Trump appeared to reverse his earlier decision to halt talks on another economic rescue effort.
7:41 p.m. Sept. 17, 2020 - Associated Press
Asian markets inch higher despite Wall Street slump, coronavirus fears Little movement as ‘Fed hangover’ looms over Asian tradingAsian shares were slightly higher Friday despite some investor attention shifting again to the uncertainties in global economies amid the coronavirus pandemic, as reflected in the overnight fall on Wall Street.
9:54 a.m. Sept. 17, 2020 - By Myra P. Saefong
Gold prices lose 1% as traders react to Fed policyGold futures finish with a loss of 1% as commodity investors reacted to the monetary policy statement from the Federal Reserve, which indicated it intends to keep key interest rates near zero through 2023.
8:10 a.m. Sept. 17, 2020 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting a Fed-fueled downturn, S&P 500 nails major support (again) Focus: Transports and industrials tag new highs, Amazon ventures under key support, IYR, XLI, AMZN, MAR, DFS, BYNDU.S. stocks are lower early Thursday, pressured after a mixed batch of economic data and as markets continue to digest Wednesday’s Federal Reserve policy statement. Against this backdrop, the S&P 500 has weathered its latest test of major support (3,328) rising from an early session low (3,330) closely matching the inflection point.
7:10 a.m. Sept. 16, 2020 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting a holding pattern, S&P 500 asserts the range ahead of the Fed Focus: Big three U.S. benchmarks establish six-session range underpinned by major supportU.S. stocks are mixed early Wednesday, largely treading water ahead of the Federal Reserve’s policy statement, due out this afternoon. Against this backdrop, the major U.S. benchmarks have asserted a holding pattern, digesting a respectable September downturn.
8:42 a.m. Sept. 15, 2020 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Bull trend intact: S&P 500, Nasdaq rally from major support Focus: Materials sector challenges record highs, Gold miners press trendline resistance, XLB, GDX, AXP, SPWR, AEMTechnically speaking, the major U.S. benchmarks are back on offense, rising in the wake of an aggressive September downdraft, writes Michael Ashbaugh.
8:12 a.m. Sept. 15, 2020 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Bull trend intact: S&P 500, Nasdaq rally from major support Focus: Materials sector challenges record highs, Gold miners press trendline resistance, XLB, GDX, AXP, SPWR, AEMTechnically speaking, the major U.S. benchmarks are back on offense, rising in the wake of an aggressive September downdraft. Against this backdrop, the S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite have narrowly maintained major support — S&P 3,328 and Nasdaq 10,840 — rising from key tests to preserve a bullish intermediate-term bias.
8:02 p.m. Sept. 14, 2020 - By Marketwatch
Asian markets mixed as China reports encouraging economic growth Stocks dip in Tokyo, but edge up in Hong Kong and ShanghaiAsian markets were mixed in early trading Tuesday, after Wall Street rebounded from a rough week and China indicated its economic recover sped up last month.
8:01 a.m. Sept. 14, 2020 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting another bullish reversal: S&P 500, Nasdaq rally from key support Focus: Japan’s stealth breakout attempt, Amazon narrowly holds key support, EWJ, AMZN, VFC, CROX, TMU.S. stocks are firmly higher early Monday, rising amid renewed vaccine optimism as well as merger and acquisition activity. Against this backdrop, the S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite are concurrently rising from major support closely matching the 50-day moving average. The tandem successful retests preserve a bullish intermediate-term bias.
7:45 p.m. Sept. 13, 2020 - Associated Press
Asian markets gain as investors look ahead to Fed meeting Stocks advance in Tokyo, Hong Kong, SeoulAsian shares rose Monday, despite the rollercoast ride that closed Wall Street last week, as traders awaited cues from the U.S. central bank expected later in the week.
8:06 p.m. Sept. 9, 2020 - By Marketwatch
Asian markets gain after Wall Street snaps losing streak Stocks make solid gains in Tokyo, Seoul ahead of ECB announcementAsian markets rose in early trading Thursday after Wall Street snapped a three-day losing streak.
6:51 p.m. Sept. 3, 2020 - Associated Press
Asian markets slide, following Wall Street’s tumble Stocks fall in Tokyo, Hong Kong, SeoulAsian markets skidded Friday after Wall Street had its worst day since June, as investors’ exuberance faltered after a spate of record highs.
7:23 p.m. Sept. 2, 2020 - Associated Press
Asian markets brush off uncertainty, follow Wall Street higher Stocks rise in Tokyo and Seoul, while Hong Kong lagsAsian stock markets rose Thursday after Wall Street turned in its biggest daily gain since July despite uncertainty about the global outlook.
8:03 p.m. Aug. 30, 2020 - Associated Press
China manufacturing data, Buffett’s new stakes in Japanese firms boost Asian markets Nikkei rebounds after Abe’s resignation and report of Buffett’s new stakes in 5 major companiesAsian stock markets rose Monday after Wall Street turned in its fifth straight weekly gain and China’s manufacturing growth held steady.
12:49 p.m. Aug. 28, 2020 - By Barbara Kollmeyer
Japanese Prime Minister Abe’s resignation shocks the markets but what happens next depends on his successor Shinzo Abe, who has held the position since 2012, apologized for leaving a year earlyShinzo Abe, who has held the position of prime minister since 2012, apologized for leaving a year early.
10:25 a.m. Aug. 28, 2020 - By Myra P. Saefong
Gold turns higher for the week as investors parse Fed’s historic policy shift Gold log first weekly climb in 3 weeksGold futures rise Friday, prompting prices to end higher for the week, after the Federal Reserve announced a policy shift Thursday that would allow employment and inflation to run hotter than in the past, implying that the central bank may keep benchmark interest rates lower for longer.
8:13 a.m. Aug. 28, 2020 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Bullish momentum persists: S&P 500, Nasdaq sustain key technical breakouts Focus: 10-year yield tags two-month high, Airlines clear key trendline, TNX, JETS, COUP, MDT, TNDMU.S. stocks are higher early Friday, rising after a solid batch of economic data and as markets continue to digest recently dovish Federal Reserve policy remarks. Against this backdrop, the big three U.S. benchmarks are vying to build on already-consequential week-to-date technical breakouts.
5:43 a.m. Aug. 28, 2020 - Associated Press
Asian markets gain after Fed chairman says interest rates to stay low Stocks rise in Tokyo as Kuroda warns BOJ cannot sustain long-term growth by itselfAsian markets were mostly higher Friday after the Federal Reserve said it might keep interest rates low even if inflation rises, in a major overhaul to its strategy.
1:13 a.m. Aug. 28, 2020 - By Barbara Kollmeyer
European stocks choppy as euro strengthens and Fed makes policy shift Nikkei 225 index drops 1.4% after PM Shinzo Abe steps downEuropean stocks trade choppy as a strong euro hampers gains, while U.S. equity futures rise. Investors are watching a policy shift by Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell and the resignation of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who is leaving his post amid health issues.
8:25 a.m. Aug. 27, 2020 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting the S&P 500’s persistently wild 2020 ride Focus: Technology sector scores massive single-day spike, Salesforce.com (+26%), Facebook (+8%), Netflix (+12%), Adobe (+9%) — in one dayU.S. stocks are higher early Thursday, rising amid market-friendly Federal Reserve policy language. In the process, the S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite have extended decisive breaks to record territory — clearing the 20-day volatility bands — while the Dow industrials have concurrently spiked to six-month highs.
8:00 p.m. Aug. 26, 2020 - Associated Press
Asian markets mixed ahead of Powell’s speech Stocks dip in Tokyo and Hong Kong, but rise in mainland ChinaAsian stock markets retreated Thursday as investors looked ahead to a speech by the U.S. Federal Reserve chairman for signs of more support to an economic recovery.
7:54 p.m. Aug. 24, 2020 - Associated Press
Asian markets rise, spurred by hopes for COVID-19 treatment Stocks jump in Tokyo, SeoulAsian shares were mostly higher Tuesday as investors hung onto hopes the coronavirus pandemic may come under control as treatments get developed.
7:58 p.m. Aug. 19, 2020 - Associated Press
Asian markets fall after Fed minutes bring reality check Stocks drop sharply in Tokyo, Hong Kong, SeoulAsian shares slipped Thursday after sobriety set in on Wall Street, and the U.S. Federal Reserve minutes laid out challenges for the economy amid the coronavirus pandemic.
8:04 a.m. Aug. 19, 2020 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Nasdaq breaks to uncharted territory, S&P 500 (narrowly) nudges a record high Focus: Small- and mid-cap benchmarks assert holding pattern as August rotation persistsU.S. stocks are higher early Wednesday, rising after a mixed batch of earnings reports, and ahead of the Federal Reserve’s meeting minutes, due out this afternoon. Against this backdrop, the Nasdaq Composite has extended a respectable break to record territory, while the S&P 500 has scratched out nominal record highs across consecutive sessions.
9:28 p.m. Aug. 18, 2020 - Associated Press
Asian markets mixed; Nikkei up as ugly export data not as bad as feared Stocks dip in mainland China, rise in Seoul and SydneyAsian markets were mixed in early trading Wednesday, after the S&P 500 closed at a new record about five months after massive losses caused by coronavirus fears.
8:17 p.m. Aug. 11, 2020 - Associated Press
Asian markets mostly lower after retreat on Wall Street Nikkei ticks up, while stocks sink in ShanghaiShares were mostly lower in Asia on Wednesday after Wall Street pumped the brakes on its recent rally.
7:31 p.m. Aug. 5, 2020 - Associated Press
Asian markets mixed as U.S. talks on stimulus plan stall Stocks fall in Tokyo and Shanghai, but surge in Hong KongStocks were mixed in Asia on Thursday despite strong gains overnight on Wall Street, where the rally just kept on rolling.
8:15 p.m. Aug. 3, 2020 - Associated Press
Asian markets join global rally as S&P 500 nears record Stocks jump in Tokyo, Seoul, SydneyShares advanced across Asia on Tuesday after Wall Street closed broadly higher on encouraging economic reports, starting off August by closing within 3% of the record high it set in February.
8:12 p.m. July 29, 2020 - By Marketwatch
Asian markets mixed as Fed keeps interest rates unchanged Nikkei about flat, while stocks gain in Hong KongAsian markets gained early Thursday, after the U.S. Federal Reserve left interest rates unchanged, as expected, and the CEOs of big tech companies emerged from a House antitrust hearing relatively unscathed.
8:10 a.m. July 29, 2020 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Bull trend pauses: S&P 500 traverses the range Focus: Mid-year currency cross currents persist, UUP, FXE, FXY, PG, TGT, UALU.S. stocks are higher early Wednesday, rising ahead of the Federal Reserve’s latest policy statement, due out this afternoon. Against this backdrop, the S&P 500 remains range-bound, for now, though its intermediate-term path of least resistance continues to point higher.
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