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9:48 a.m. Sept. 18, 2020 - By Howard Gold
Schwab strategist Sonders: Stock market today is ‘a small handful of winners and a heck of a lot of pain’ Big U.S. economic drivers could change after COVID-19 if investment in job creation dethrones consumer spending Big U.S. economic drivers could change after COVID-19 if investment in job creation dethrones consumer spending.
9:48 a.m. Sept. 18, 2020 - By Jonathan Burton
Billionaire investor Ray Dalio on capitalism’s crisis: The world is going to change ‘in shocking ways’ in the next five years Veteran hedge-fund manager says capitalists don’t divide the economic pie well, so the system isn’t working effectively for allVeteran hedge-fund manager says capitalists don’t divide the economic pie well, so the system isn’t working effectively for all.
8:01 a.m. Sept. 18, 2020 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Market rotation persists, S&P 500 maintains major support (3,328) Focus: QQQ narrowly holds key support, Metals & Mining sector breaks out, QQQ, XME, STLD, COF, MAXR, CFU.S. stocks are lower early Friday, pressured to conclude largely range-bound week-to-date price action. Against this backdrop, the S&P 500 has thus far maintained major support (3,328), tagging a week-to-date low (3,328.8) matching the inflection point.
7:57 a.m. Sept. 18, 2020 - By Richard Quinn
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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.
11:14 a.m. Sept. 16, 2020 - By Erin El Issa
Stocks, bonds and more: A primer on diversification for new investors You don’t have to be an expert stock picker to diversify your portfolioThere are many ways to diversify your portfolio—here are three steps to get you there.
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.
8:01 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.
8:07 a.m. Sept. 11, 2020 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting market cross currents, Nasdaq ventures under 50-day average Focus: Revisiting pockets of sector strength and weakness, QQQ, XLE, XBI, XLF, IYT, XLI, XLBU.S. stocks are mixed early Friday, vacillating as September volatility persists. Against this backdrop, the S&P 500 has weathered its second test of major support (3,328) while the Nasdaq Composite teeters on its the 50-day moving average, currently 10,938.
7:58 a.m. Sept. 10, 2020 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting a bullish reversal, S&P 500 edges atop key resistance Focus: Japan and Europe steady amid market volatility, Apple retains $2 trillion market value, EWJ, IEV, AAPL, FIVE, DOW, EMU.S. stocks are higher early Thursday, rising after a mixed batch of economic data. Against this backdrop, the S&P 500 has sustained a slight break atop key resistance — its former breakout point (3,393) — though an extended retest remains underway.
8:03 a.m. Sept. 9, 2020 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting a successful technical test, Nasdaq rallies from major support (10,840) Focus: Safe-haven currencies hold steady, Airlines sustain recent breakout, UUP, FXY, JETS, CRWD, ROKU, WKHSU.S. stocks are firmly higher early Wednesday, rising in the wake of an aggressive three-session market downdraft. Against this backdrop, the Nasdaq Composite and S&P 500 have rallied respectably from major support — Nasdaq 10,840 and S&P 3,328 — levels closely matching the September low.
9:02 a.m. Sept. 8, 2020 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting a market downdraft, S&P 500 sells off to major support Charting U.S. sector damage (and lack thereof): Large-cap technology pressured as materials, transports and industrials barely budge, QQQ, XBI, XLB, XLI, IYT, XLFTechnically speaking, the major U.S. benchmarks have reversed sharply from recent highs, pressured amid the most aggressive selling pressure since June, writes Michael Ashbaugh.
8:27 a.m. Sept. 8, 2020 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting a market downdraft, S&P 500 sells off to major support Charting U.S. sector damage (and lack thereof): Large-cap technology pressured as materials, transports and industrials barely budge, QQQ, XBI, XLB, XLI, IYT, XLFTechnically speaking, the major U.S. benchmarks have reversed sharply from recent highs, pressured amid the most aggressive selling pressure since June. The downturn has thus far inflicted largely localized damage — amid market rotation — though several key technical tests remain underway.
8:00 a.m. Sept. 3, 2020 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Market bears resurface: S&P 500, Nasdaq reverse from record highs Focus: Europe’s stealth breakout attempt, Real estate sector edges atop 200-day average, IEV, IYR, SWKS, IP, MSI, NDAQU.S. stocks are firmly on the defensive early Thursday, pressured as a recently rare, and long overdue, pullback has finally surfaced. Against this backdrop, the S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite have reversed sharply from record highs, pulling in amid a less-charted patch, punctuated by not so well-defined support.
7:59 a.m. Sept. 2, 2020 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting a strong September start, Nasdaq (briefly) ventures atop 12,000 mark Focus: Materials sector tags record territory, Dow 30 component Walmart takes flight, XLB, WMT, PLAN, NOW, LOGIU.S. stocks are mixed early Wednesday, vacillating in the wake of an initially strong September start. Against this backdrop, the S&P 500 has extended a persistent break to record territory, while the Nasdaq Composite has briefly ventured atop the 12,000 mark for the first time on record.
8:44 a.m. Sept. 1, 2020 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting a rally to ‘clear skies’ territory: S&P 500, Nasdaq extend summer breakouts Focus: Health care sector tags record high, Real estate sector presses 200-day average, XLV, IYR, AMD, SPLK, BYND, ESTCTechnically speaking, the U.S. benchmarks continue to trend higher, rising in the wake of consequential August breakouts, writes Michael Ashbaugh.
8:20 a.m. Sept. 1, 2020 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting a rally to ‘clear skies’ territory: S&P 500, Nasdaq extend summer breakouts Focus: Health care sector tags record high, Real estate sector presses 200-day average, XLV, IYR, AMD, SPLK, BYND, ESTCTechnically speaking, the U.S. benchmarks continue to trend higher, rising in the wake of consequential August breakouts.
7:50 a.m. Aug. 31, 2020 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Concluding a bullish August breakout: S&P 500, Nasdaq hold record highs Focus: Semiconductor sector maintains key trendline, SMH, UPS, YUM, CHWY, TRIPU.S. stocks are mixed early Monday, vacillating to conclude an unusually strong August performance. Against this backdrop, the S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite have briefly tagged nominal record highs, as the Dow Jones Industrial Average turns lower, pressured amid key changes to its composition.
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.
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.
7:48 a.m. Aug. 26, 2020 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Bull trend confirmed: S&P 500, Nasdaq extend August breakouts Focus: 10-year yield asserts slightly higher plateau, Microsoft challenges record highs, TNX, MSFT, CE, SBUX, HLTU.S. stocks are mixed early Wednesday, vacillating as rotational August price action persists. Against this backdrop, the S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite have extended rallies to record territory, rising amid breakouts confirming their respective uptrends.
8:46 a.m. Aug. 25, 2020 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting a bullish technical tilt, S&P 500 breaks to record territory Focus: Transports assert bull flag, Financials hold key trendline, Amazon presses uncharted territory, IYT, XLF, AMZN, NSC, WLKTechnically speaking, the U.S. benchmarks’ already-bullish bigger-picture backdrop continues to strengthen, writes Michael Ashbaugh.
8:18 a.m. Aug. 25, 2020 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting a bullish technical tilt, S&P 500 breaks to record territory Focus: Transports assert bull flag, Financials hold key trendline, Amazon presses uncharted territory, IYT, XLF, AMZN, NSC, WLKTechnically speaking, the U.S. benchmarks’ already-bullish bigger-picture backdrop continues to strengthen. Consider that the S&P 500 has rallied to record highs — clearing the 3,400 mark for the first time on record — while the Nasdaq Composite has also reached uncharted territory, rising to nail its projected target (11,460).
8:02 a.m. Aug. 24, 2020 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Nasdaq Composite nails its target (11,460), S&P 500 ventures atop 3,400 mark Focus: Financials maintain key trendline, Deere breaks to record territory, XLF, DE, EXPE, WERN, PHMU.S. stocks are higher early Monday, rising partly amid optimism over developing coronavirus treatments. In the process, the S&P 500 has cleared the 3,400 mark for the first time on record, while the Nasdaq Composite has nailed its projected target (11,460) early Monday, and modest selling pressure has surfaced.
12:07 p.m. Aug. 22, 2020 - By Vitaliy Katsenelson
The U.S. dollar’s sharp decline is driving this investment manager — reluctantly — into gold Spiraling debt, slow COVID-19 response and trade wars could spike prices, inflation and interest rates for AmericansSpiraling debt, slow COVID-19 response and trade wars could spike prices, inflation and interest rates for Americans, writes Vitaliy Katsenelson.
8:01 a.m. Aug. 21, 2020 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Nasdaq extends break to uncharted territory, S&P 500 maintains first support Focus: Industrials sustain August breakout, Apple eclipses $2 trillion market cap, XLI, AAPL, V, JCI, DDU.S. stocks are mixed early Friday, vacillating after a better-than-expected batch of economic data. Against this backdrop, the Nasdaq Composite has tagged its latest record high — extending an early-week breakout — while the S&P 500’s slow-motion breakout attempt remains underway.
8:14 a.m. Aug. 20, 2020 - By Michael Ashbaugh
S&P 500 hesitates at the 3,400 mark, Nasdaq rallies from the breakout point Focus: Commodity tracking index reclaims 200-day average, Amazon’s breakout attempt, DBC, AMZN, ADBE, TGT, GM, CSIQU.S. stocks are higher early Thursday, rising despite a generally soft batch of economic data.
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.
8:41 a.m. Aug. 18, 2020 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting a pulling-teeth breakout attempt: S&P 500, Nasdaq challenge record territory Focus: Japan’s breakout attempt, Starbucks presses 200-day average, EWJ, SBUX, EMR, CTLT, BLDRTechnically speaking, the S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite have registered nominal record highs this week, though a pulling-teeth breakout attempt remains underway, writes Michael Ashbaugh.
8:09 a.m. Aug. 18, 2020 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting a pulling-teeth breakout attempt: S&P 500, Nasdaq challenge record territory Focus: Japan’s breakout attempt, Starbucks presses 200-day average, EWJ, SBUX, EMR, CTLT, BLDRTechnically speaking, the U.S. benchmarks’ bigger-picture backdrop remains comfortably bullish as market rotation persists. Consider that the Nasdaq Composite and S&P 500 have registered nominal record highs this week — tagging previously uncharted territory — though a pulling-teeth breakout attempt remains underway.
7:52 a.m. Aug. 17, 2020 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting a slow-motion breakout attempt, S&P 500 presses record close Focus: Health care sector digests break to record territory, FedEx takes flight, XLV, FDX, OLED, STLD, ELANU.S. stocks are mixed early Monday, vacillating as a mid-August holding pattern persists. Against this backdrop, the S&P 500 has rallied to press its record close (3,386.15) amid a pulling-teeth breakout attempt. The early session high (3,387.59) has closely matched the inflection point, and the session close will likely add color.
5:00 a.m. Aug. 17, 2020 - By Steve Goldstein
Goldman Sachs just lifted its S&P 500 price target. Here’s whyGoldman Sachs is more optimistic than many on the U.S. economy.
1:24 p.m. Aug. 14, 2020 - By Mark DeCambre
Buffett's Berkshire buys gold miner Barrick, slashes Wells Fargo and JPMorgan, dumps Goldman stake amid coronavirus Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc. unloaded more than a quarter of its stake in Wells Fargo & Co. and about 61% of its position in JPMorgan Chase , while acquiring a new position in Barrick Gold Corp. , according to 13F filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission for the period ended Jun 30, that were released Friday afternoon. Berkshire's moves appeared to reflect a broad lightening of the conglomerates exposure to large-capitalization banks during the worst public health crisis in generations. Berkshire sold 85.6 million shares of Wells Fargo, representing about 26% of its stake and putting its ownership to about 3% from 5.3%. The insurance conglomerate also shed 35.5 million shares of JPMorgan, 61% of its position, which now represents 1% of Berkshire's overall portfolio from 3% in the prior period. Meanwhile, the investment firm acquired nearly 21 million shares of Barrick Gold worth $563 million, representing 0.3% of Berkshire's holding. Berkshire also reduced its holding in PNC Financial Services , selling 3.85 million shares to cut its position to 0.3% from 0.5%. The insurance conglomerate boosted its stake in grocery chain Kroger Co. by 15%, purchasing 3 million shares. The report also showed that Buffett's firm dumped its entire stakes in Goldman Sachs , Occidental Petroleum Corp. , as well as consummating an exodus of airline companies, including American Airlines Group Inc. , Delta Air Lines United Airlines and Southwest Airlines Co. . Berkshire didn't change its holdings in Apple Inc. , where the firm owns at 245.156 million shares. Large investors must disclose long stock positions held at the end of a quarter 45 days later in a 13F filing with the SEC, which means such filings are merely a snapshot of an investor holdings at a given point. Berkshire Class A and B shares are down by about 0.6% and 0.5% at Friday's close. Meanwhile, shares of Wells Fargo were down 0.8% in after-hours trade on Friday, JPMorgan shares edged 0.1% lower, while Barrick's stock was up 3.9% after Friday's closing bell. The Dow Jones Industrial Average booked a meager gain on the day, while the S&P 500 index and technology-laden Nasdaq Composite Index closed in negative territory. However, all three benchmarks booked weekly gains.
8:11 a.m. Aug. 14, 2020 - By Michael Ashbaugh
S&P 500 asserts the range, pulling-teeth breakout attempt remains in play Focus: 10-year yield’s trendline breakout?, TNX, KLAC, ETN, HPQ, PXDU.S. stocks are mixed early Friday, largely treading water as market rotation persists. Against this backdrop, the S&P 500 has asserted a week-to-date range atop major support (3,328) and remains within striking distance of its record close (3,386.15).
8:04 a.m. Aug. 13, 2020 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting a tandem breakout attempt: S&P 500, Nasdaq press record territory Focus: Europe and Japan tag five-month highs, IEV, EWJ, EAT, CHWY, ENPHU.S. stocks are mixed early Thursday, vacillating as better-than-expected jobs data vie with fiscal-stimulus uncertainty to set the market tone. Against this backdrop, the S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite have concurrently rallied within striking distance of record closes — S&P 3,386.15 and Nasdaq 11,108.07 are the levels to beat.
8:22 a.m. Aug. 12, 2020 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting a second successful retest, S&P 500 maintains major support (3,328) Focus: 10-year yield’s bullish reversal, Financials and regional banks break out, TNX, XLF, KRE, FB, CARU.S. stocks are firmly higher early Wednesday, rising as rotational summer price action persists. Against this backdrop, the S&P 500 has maintained major support (3,328), rising from its second successful test over the prior three sessions.
8:49 a.m. Aug. 11, 2020 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting the approach of record highs, S&P 500 rises amid market rotation Focus: Transports and industrials stage tandem breakout, Airlines poised to take flight?, XLI, IYT, JETS, CAT, NKE, NUETechnically speaking, the U.S. benchmarks’ already-bullish backdrop has strengthened amid rotational August price action, writes Michael Ashbaugh.
8:12 a.m. Aug. 11, 2020 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting the approach of record highs, S&P 500 rises amid market rotation Focus: Transports and industrials stage tandem breakout, Airlines poised to take flight?, XLI, IYT, JETS, CAT, NKE, NUETechnically speaking, the U.S. benchmarks’ already-bullish backdrop has strengthened amid rotational August price action.
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