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8:44 a.m. Today - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting a corrective bounce: S&P 500 hesitates at 50-day average Focus: Japan’s stealth breakout attempt, Home construction sector exhibits relative strength, EWJ, ITB, ROKU, ANF, PLAN, WHRTechnically speaking, the major U.S. benchmarks have rallied respectably from the September low, rising in the wake of a damaging market downdraft, writes Michael Ashbaugh.
8:16 a.m. Today - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting a corrective bounce: S&P 500 hesitates at 50-day average Focus: Japan’s stealth breakout attempt, Home construction sector exhibits relative strength, EWJ, ITB, ROKU, ANF, PLAN, WHRTechnically speaking, the major U.S. benchmarks have rallied respectably from the September low, rising in the wake of a damaging market downdraft. Against this backdrop, the S&P 500 and Dow industrials have reached key technical tests — closely matching the 50-day moving average — areas defining the immediate bull-bear battleground.
7:57 a.m. Sept. 28, 2020 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting a bullish reversal, S&P 500 spikes to challenge 50-day average Focus: Europe retests breakdown point, Twitter digests a breakout, IEV, TWTR, FVRR, AEO, BPMCU.S. stocks are higher early Monday, rising partly amid optimism over coronavirus stimulus prospects. Against this backdrop, the S&P 500 has extended a sharp rally from the September low, rising to challenge the 50-day moving average, currently 3,353, from underneath.
7:59 a.m. Sept. 25, 2020 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting a second failed technical test: S&P 500, Dow balk at key resistance Focus: Small and mid-caps register consecutive closes under 200-day averageU.S. stocks are higher early Friday, rising in the wake of damaging week-to-date price action. Against this backdrop, the S&P 500 has asserted a bearish intermediate-term bias, punctuated by consecutive failed tests of key resistance — S&P 3,328 and 3,280.
8:04 a.m. Sept. 24, 2020 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Second 7-to-1 down day raises caution flag amid failed technical tests Focus: Europe fuels cross currents across asset classes, U.S. dollar spikes as euro and gold turn lower, IEV, FXE, UUP, GLD, HYGU.S. stocks are higher early Thursday, rising after a mixed batch of economic data. Against this backdrop, the S&P 500 is digesting an aggressive week-to-date downturn, punctuated by a failed retest of key resistance (3,328).
8:05 a.m. Sept. 23, 2020 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting a corrective bounce, S&P 500 balks at the breakdown point Focus: 10-year yield maintains the range, TNX, TGT, ZEN, SGMS, DDOGU.S. stocks are lower early Wednesday, pressured as September volatility persists. Against this backdrop, the S&P 500 has initially balked at its breakdown point — the 3,310-to-3,328 area — pressured to punctuate a corrective bounce from the September low.
8:52 a.m. Sept. 22, 2020 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting a bearish technical tilt: S&P 500, Dow industrials violate major support Focus: U.S. sector damage broadens amid familiar pockets of strength, XLF, KRE, XLE, QQQ, XLI, XLB, IYTTechnically speaking, the S&P 500 and Dow industrials have violated major support — as well as the 50-day moving average — raising an intermediate-term caution flag, writes Michael Ashbaugh.
8:17 a.m. Sept. 22, 2020 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting a bearish technical tilt: S&P 500, Dow industrials violate major support Focus: U.S. sector damage broadens though familiar pockets of strength persist, XLF, KRE, XLE, QQQ, XLI, XLB, IYTTechnically speaking, the September market downturn continues to inflict damage to the major U.S. benchmarks. Against this backdrop, the S&P 500 and Dow industrials have violated major support — as well as the 50-day moving average — raising an intermediate-term caution flag. The Nasdaq Composite has firmed, on the margin, versus the other benchmarks.
8:01 a.m. Sept. 21, 2020 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting a bearish technical tilt: S&P 500, Nasdaq violate major support Focus: Revisiting U.S. sector damage and pockets of strength, Financials challenge key support, QQQ, XLE, XLF, IYT, XLI, XLBU.S. stocks are firmly lower early Monday, pressured amid renewed virus concerns, as well as pronounced financials’ weakness, fueled by reports of sketchy industry business practices. Against this backdrop, the S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite have extended violations of major support — S&P 3,328 and Nasdaq 10,840 — moves initially registered to conclude last week.
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.
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.
12:32 p.m. Sept. 15, 2020 - By Sunny Oh
Dow erases early climb, S&P 500 notches third straight gain as tech stocks extend rebound from last week’s rout Federal Reserve begins 2-day policy meetingU.S. stocks finishes mostly higher on Tuesday as the blue-chip Dow shed early gains ahead of a policy update by the Federal Reserve
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.
4:01 p.m. Sept. 2, 2020 - By Mike Murphy
Economists, including 7 Nobel winners, urge Senate to reject Judy Shelton’s Fed nomination Economists and former Fed officials argue Trump nominee is unfit, too partisanMore than 100 economists, including at least seven Nobel winners, have signed an open letter urging the Senate to reject Federal Reserve nominee Judy Shelton, calling her views “extreme and ill-considered.”
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.
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.
4:43 a.m. Aug. 28, 2020 - By Steve Goldstein
The Fed might never hike rates again. Here are growth stocks for the long run, according to one strategist The Fed’s change of policy goals makes it almost inevitable that the next five years will be dominated by a Japan-like environment of low nominal yields, boosting growth stocks, one strategist argues.
10:15 a.m. Aug. 27, 2020 - By Myra P. Saefong
Gold ends lower in volatile session as Fed policy strategy change lacks element of surpriseGold futures end lower Thursday after a volatile session that saw prices move in either direction by as much as 2%.
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.
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.
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