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11:16 a.m. Today - By William Watts
Oil snaps 4-day winning streak as worries over fuel demand weighOil futures end a choppy trading session in negative territory, snapping a four-day winning streak, as investors weighed a surprising fall in U.S. weekly first-time jobless claims against worries about lackluster fuel demand.
7:51 a.m. Today - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting a slow-motion August breakout, Nasdaq tags 11,000 mark Focus: Industrials reclaim 200-day average, Metals & Mining sector extends technical breakout, XLI, XME, UNH, MA, KSU, WSMU.S. stocks are slightly lower early Thursday, largely treading water after better-than-feared weekly jobless claims, and ahead of the marquee monthly U.S. jobs report, due out Friday. Against this backdrop, the Nasdaq Composite has briefly tagged its latest record high — atop the 11,000 mark — while the S&P 500 continues to press next resistance (3,328).
6:49 a.m. Today - By Philip van Doorn
20 stocks that investors hate but Wall Street loves as the S&P 500 nears a record high The rally for U.S. stocks from the March bottom has been remarkable, but most S&P 500 stocks are down for 2020The rally for U.S. stocks from the March bottom has been remarkable, but most S&P 500 stocks are down for 2020.
11:06 a.m. Aug. 5, 2020 - By William Watts
Oil ends at 5-month high after data shows drop in crude supplies but rise in gasoline inventories Drop in U.S. crude inventories despite rebound in importsOil futures log their highest close in five months, but end off session highs, after data confirms a large drop in crude inventories while also showing an unexpected rise in gasoline stocks that undercut notions of a pickup in demand.
7:59 a.m. Aug. 5, 2020 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting bullish follow-through: S&P 500 nails next resistance (3,328) Focus: Gold’s decisive break to record highs, GLD, VZ, CRM, RUN, CDEU.S. stocks are higher early Wednesday, rising amid optimism over a pending fiscal stimulus package and following a batch of well received earnings reports. Against this backdrop, the S&P 500 has extended its August breakout — rising to tag next resistance (3,328) — while the Nasdaq Composite continues to register record highs.
6:47 a.m. Aug. 5, 2020 - By William Watts
Oil trims gains but remains up sharply after inventory data confirms drop in crude stocksOil futures trimmed gains but remained up sharply Wednesday after official data showed U.S. crude inventories saw a large drop last week, though gasoline stocks unexpectedly rose. West Texas Intermediate crude for September delivery remained up $1.54, or 3.4%, at $43.24 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange, after rising to a five-month intraday high at $43.52 immediately after the data. The Energy Information Administration said U.S. crude stocks fell by 7.4 million barrels in the week ended July 31, while gasoline inventories rose 419,000 barrels and distillate supplies increased by 1.6 million barrels. Oil was boosted in earlier trade after the American Petroleum Institute late Tuesday said crude supplies had fallen by 8.6 million barrels last week. Analysts surveyed by S&P Global Platts, on average, had looked for the more closely followed EIA crude inventories to show a fall of 4.1 million barrels, while gasoline stocks were forecast to decline 1.3 million barrels and distillate supplies are seen rising 100,000 barrels.
12:59 p.m. Aug. 4, 2020 - By William Watts
API data show U.S. oil inventories fell 8.6 million barrels: reportsThe American Petroleum Institute on Tuesday said U.S. crude-oil inventories fell 8.6 million barrels last week, according to reports. The industry trade group said gasoline stocks fell by 1.7 million barrels, while distillate supplies rose by 3.8 million barrels. The Energy Information Administration's more closely followed inventories report is due Wednesday morning. Analysts surveyed by S&P Global Platts, on average, look for EIA crude inventories to show a fall of 4.1 million barrels, while gasoline stocks are forecast to decline 1.3 million barrels and distillate supplies are seen rising 100,000 barrels. West Texas Intermediate crude for September delivery on the New York Mercantile Exchange changed hands at $41.52 a barrel in electronic trade, down from its settlement Tuesday afternoon at $41.70.
11:21 a.m. Aug. 4, 2020 - By William Watts
Oil finishes higher ahead of U.S. supply data U.S. crude inventories expected to fallOil futures reverse an early fall, ending with gains as traders await data on U.S. crude inventories.
8:38 a.m. Aug. 4, 2020 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting a solid August start: S&P 500, Nasdaq stage latest summer breakouts Focus: Transports approach key technical test, Costco’s slow-motion breakout attempt, IYT, COST, FEYE, TER, AMKRTechnically speaking, the U.S. benchmarks’ bigger-picture backdrop remains bullish amid a solid August start, writes Michael Ashbaugh.
8:06 a.m. Aug. 4, 2020 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting a solid August start: S&P 500, Nasdaq stage latest summer breakouts Focus: Transports approach key technical test, Costco’s slow-motion breakout attempt, IYT, COST, FEYE, TER, AMKRTechnically speaking, the U.S. benchmarks’ bigger-picture backdrop remains bullish amid a solid August start. On a headline basis, the Nasdaq Composite has rallied to record highs — reaching previously uncharted territory — while the S&P 500 has tagged five-month highs, breaking from a jagged July range.
12:02 p.m. Aug. 3, 2020 - By Victor Reklaitis
Trump says U.S. government should get a cut of any deal for Chinese-owned TikTok President also targets federal government’s use of overseas workersPresident Donald Trump on Monday suggests the U.S. government should get part of the proceeds of any sale of Chinese-owned video-sharing app TikTok, as he also signs an executive order that aims to prevent federal agencies from replacing U.S. workers with overseas staff.
8:01 a.m. Aug. 3, 2020 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting an August breakout attempt, Nasdaq rallies to record territory Focus: Utilities press key resistance amid easing yields, Apple and Facebook sustain breaks to uncharted territory, XLU, AAPL, FB, SCCO, JBLU.S. stocks are firmly higher early Monday, rising to start August amid a rotation back toward large-cap technology. Against this backdrop, the Nasdaq Composite has tagged its latest record high early Monday, while the S&P 500 has reached five-month highs, breaking from a jagged July range.
8:04 a.m. July 31, 2020 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting market re-rotation, Nasdaq turns higher amid Apple’s breakout Focus: 10-year yield reaches major technical test, TNX, SHOP, CYBR, AGCO, AMAGU.S. stocks are mixed early Friday, vacillating amid a rotation back toward large-cap technology after Apple’s blowout earnings report. Against this backdrop, the S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite remain range-bound to conclude July against a still comfortably bullish bigger-picture backdrop.
11:26 a.m. July 30, 2020 - By William Watts
U.S. oil prices drop below $40 on fears rising coronavirus cases will crimp demand California and Florida posted single-day record coronavirus death numbers on WednesdayOil futures are sharply lower Thursday, with U.S. prices settling below $40 a barrel for the first time in three weeks, pressured by worries that a rise in COVID-19 cases around the world could hurt demand as major oil producers relax production curbs.
7:52 a.m. July 30, 2020 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting a GDP-fueled downdraft, Dow industrials challenge 200-day average Focus: Transports sustain July break atop 200-day average, IYT, TWLO, BSX, PENN, HOMEU.S. stocks are lower early Thursday, pressured after an ugly second-quarter GDP report, signaling an economy contracting at a record 32.9% annual pace. Against this backdrop, the S&P 500 has maintained its range bottom — the 3,200 mark — while the Dow industrials have pulled in to a headline test of the 200-day moving average, currently 26,230.
6:36 a.m. July 30, 2020 - By Myra P. Saefong
EIA reports a weekly climb of 26 billion cubic feet in U.S. natural-gas suppliesThe U.S. that domestic supplies of natural gas rose by 26 billion cubic feet for the week ended July 24. That was a bit more than the average increase of 23 billion forecast by analysts polled by S&P Global Platts. Total stocks now stand at 3.241 trillion cubic feet, up 626 billion cubic feet from a year ago, and 429 billion cubic feet above the five-year average, the government said. September natural gas , down 4.9 cents, or 2.5%, at $1.881 per million British thermal units.
11:04 a.m. July 29, 2020 - By Myra P. Saefong
Oil prices get a lift as EIA reports the biggest U.S. crude supply decline of the year EIA data show U.S. crude supply down 10.6 mln bbls last weekOil futures end higher Wednesday after U.S. government data show a more than 10 million-barrel weekly decline in domestic crude inventories—the largest so far this year.
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.
6:36 a.m. July 29, 2020 - By Myra P. Saefong
EIA reports a weekly decline of more than 10 million barrels in U.S. crude suppliesThe that U.S. crude inventories fell by 10.6 million barrels for the week ended July 24. That compared with an average forecast by analysts polled by S&P Global Platts for a decline of 1.2 million barrels. The reported a decline of 6.8 million barrels, according to sources. The EIA data also showed crude stocks at the Cushing, Okla., storage hub edged up by about 1.3 million barrels for the week. Gasoline supply, however, edged up by 700,000 barrels, while distillate stockpiles rose by 500,000 barrels. The S&P Global Platts survey had shown expectations for a supply decline of 2 million barrels for gasoline and for inventories of distillates to stand unchanged for the week. September West Texas Intermediate crude was up 35 cents, or 0.9%, at $41.39 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Prices traded at $41.32 .
5:51 a.m. July 29, 2020 - By Barbara Kollmeyer
European stocks struggle amid earnings rush and as Fed decision looms Deutsche Bank, Santander, Barclays among stocks on the move European stocks tilted mostly lower on Wednesday as investors waded through a ton of corporate results, largely from big banks. A Federal Reserve decision is expected later.
12:45 p.m. July 28, 2020 - By Myra P. Saefong
API data show a nearly 7 million-barrel weekly drop in U.S. crude supplies, sources sayThe American Petroleum Institute reported late Tuesday that U.S. crude supplies fell by 6.8 million barrels for the week ended July 24, according to sources. The API data also reportedly showed gasoline stockpiles climbed by 1.1 million barrels, while distillate inventories edged up by 187,000 barrels. Crude stocks at the Cushing, Okla., storage hub, meanwhile, rose by 1.1 million barrels for the week, sources said. Inventory data from the Energy Information Administration will be released Wednesday. The EIA data are expected to show crude inventories declined by 1.2 million barrels last week, according to analysts polled by S&P Global Platts. They also forecast a supply decline of 2 million barrels for gasoline and for no change in distillate inventories. September West Texas Intermediate crude was at $41.02 a barrel in electronic trading, little changed from on the New York Mercantile Exchange.
8:44 a.m. July 28, 2020 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting a (bullish) holding pattern, S&P 500 digests break to 5-month highs Focus: Semiconductor sector tags record high, Metals & Mining sector reclaims 200-day average, South Korea’s breakout attempt, SMH, XME, EWY, NFLX, HCAThe major U.S. benchmarks are acting well technically, though amid increasingly sideways late-July price action, writes Michael Ashbaugh.
8:13 a.m. July 28, 2020 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting a (bullish) holding pattern, S&P 500 digests break to 5-month highs Focus: Semiconductor sector tags record high, Metals & Mining sector reclaims 200-day average, South Korea’s breakout attempt, SMH, XME, EWY, NFLX, HCABroadly speaking, the U.S. benchmarks are acting well technically, though amid increasingly sideways late-July price action.
8:04 a.m. July 27, 2020 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Bull trend intact, S&P 500 maintains near-term support Focus: Health care sector maintains the breakout point, Microsoft weathers earnings-fueled downturn, XLV, MSFT, LSTR, TOLU.S. stocks are higher early Monday, rising ahead of another full slate of earnings reports, due out this week. Against this backdrop, the major U.S. benchmarks remain range-bound, largely treading water amid still rotational, and bullish, July price action.
8:14 a.m. July 24, 2020 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting a bull-trend pullback, S&P 500 ventures under the breakout point Focus: QQQ challenges trendline support, Apple violates key trendline (but don’t panic yet), Home construction ETF presses record highs, QQQ, ITB, AAPL, HPQ, QRVOU.S. stocks are lower early Friday, pressured amid heightened China-U.S. diplomatic tensions. Against this backdrop, the S&P 500 has ventured under its breakout point (3,233) extending to deeper support around the 3,200 mark. Friday’s early session low (3,202) has matched the inflection point, and the weekly close will likely add color.
8:03 a.m. July 23, 2020 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Market rotation persists, small- and mid-caps extend break atop 200-day average Focus: Silver and gold extend headline technical breakouts, AMD breaks to record territory, SLV, GLD, AMD, VMC, AZNU.S. stocks are mixed early Thursday, with the small- and mid-cap benchmarks rising respectably amid modest downturns across the big three U.S. benchmarks. Against this backdrop, the S&P 500 continues to digest its early-week breakout, amid a less-than-spectacular, but nonetheless persistent, grinding-higher July uptrend.
6:35 a.m. July 23, 2020 - By Myra P. Saefong
EIA reports a weekly rise in U.S. natural-gas supplies of 37 billion cubic feetThe U.S. Thursday that domestic supplies of natural gas rose by 37 billion cubic feet for the week ended July 17. That was a bit larger than the average increase of 33 billion forecast by analysts polled by S&P Global Platts. Total stocks now stand at 3.215 trillion cubic feet, up 656 billion cubic feet from a year ago, and 436 billion cubic feet above the five-year average, the government said. August natural gas was up 1.6 cents, or 1%, at $1.697 per million British thermal units. It was trading at $1.682 .
11:02 a.m. July 22, 2020 - By Myra P. Saefong
Oil prices end with a slight loss after unexpected build in U.S. supplies Weakness in the U.S. dollar limits losses for oilOil futures finish with a modest loss Wednesday, pulling back a day after settling at their highest since March, pressured by an unexpected weekly climb in U.S. crude stockpiles, as rising tensions between the U.S. and China raise the potential for a decline in energy demand. Weakness in the dollar, however, cap losses for oil.
8:05 a.m. July 22, 2020 - By Michael Ashbaugh
S&P 500 sustains latest breakout, rises to challenge next resistance Focus: Gold and silver stage tandem breakouts, U.S. dollar violates key support, GLD, SLV, UUP, LULU, BBYU.S. stocks are slightly higher early Wednesday, rising ahead of several influential earnings reports, and amid familiar trade-related uncertainty. Against this backdrop, the S&P 500 has sustained its early-week breakout, and continues to challenge it next notable resistance (3,260).
6:35 a.m. July 22, 2020 - By Myra P. Saefong
EIA reports a weekly climb of nearly 5 million barrels in U.S. crude suppliesThe that U.S. crude inventories rose by 4.9 million barrels for the week ended July 17. That compared with an average forecast by analysts polled by S&P Global Platts for a decline of 1.9 million barrels. The reported a climb of 7.5 million barrels, according to sources. The EIA data also showed crude stocks at the Cushing, Okla., storage hub edged up by about 1.4 million barrels for the week. Gasoline supply fell by 1.8 million barrels, while distillate stockpiles climbed by 1.1 million barrels. The S&P Global Platts survey had shown expectations for a supply decline of 2 million barrels for gasoline and an inventory increase of 280,000 barrels for distillates. September West Texas Intermediate crude was down 46 cents, or 1.1%, at $41.46 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Prices traded at $41.43 .
12:46 p.m. July 21, 2020 - By Myra P. Saefong
API data show a climb of more than 7 million barrels in U.S. crude supplies, sources sayThe American Petroleum Institute reported late Tuesday that U.S. crude supplies rose by 7.5 million barrels for the week ended July 17, according to sources. The API data also reportedly showed gasoline stockpiles fell by 2 million barrels, while distillate inventories declined by nearly 1.4 million barrels. Crude stocks at the Cushing, Okla., storage hub, meanwhile, edged up by 716,000 barrels for the week, sources said. Inventory data from the Energy Information Administration will be released Wednesday. The EIA data are expected to show crude inventories declined by 1.9 million barrels last week, according to analysts polled by S&P Global Platts. They also forecast a supply decline of 2 million barrels for gasoline and an increase of 280,000 barrels for distillate inventories. September West Texas Intermediate crude was at $41.63 a barrel in electronic trading. It on the New York Mercantile Exchange.
8:24 a.m. July 21, 2020 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting a bull-flag breakout, S&P 500 extends rally as volatility recedes Focus: Europe’s slow-motion breakout attempt, Retail sector presses major resistance, IEV, XRT, SONO, FAST, FVRRTechnically speaking, the U.S. benchmarks’ bigger-picture backdrop remains bullish, and continues to strengthen, amid recently receding volatility, writes Michael Ashbaugh.
7:54 a.m. July 21, 2020 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting a bull-flag breakout, S&P 500 extends rally as volatility recedes Focus: Europe’s slow-motion breakout attempt, Retail sector presses major resistance, IEV, XRT, SONO, FAST, FVRRTechnically speaking, the U.S. benchmarks’ bigger-picture backdrop remains bullish, and continues to strengthen, amid recently receding volatility. Against this backdrop, the S&P 500 has staged a bull-flag breakout — clearing major resistance (3,233) — while the Nasdaq Composite has registered its latest record close.
11:58 a.m. July 20, 2020 - By Myra P. Saefong
Oil gains, with prices holding above $40 after positive coronavirus vaccine trial results Natural-gas futures finish 4.5% lowerOil finishes higher Monday, with prices holding ground above $40 a barrel, as positive trial results for a coronavirus vaccine help to offset energy-demand concerns tied to the rise in global cases of COVID-19 above 14.5 million.
10:44 a.m. July 20, 2020 - By Myra P. Saefong
Oil futures settle higher as positive COVID-19 vaccine trial results ease demand concernsOil futures , finding support as positive results from an earlier COVID-19 vaccine trial helped to offset the pandemic's risk to economic recovery and energy demand. Also, "crude inventories are still heading lower," said Robbie Fraser, senior commodity analyst at Schneider Electric told MarketWatch. "From U.S. stocks to floating storage tankers, the data continues to show a market chipping away at excess supply, and that's providing a buffer from ongoing demand concerns." August West Texas Intermediate oil rose 22 cents, or 5%, to settle at $40.81 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange.
7:40 a.m. July 20, 2020 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting a bull flag, S&P 500 holds the range top Focus: Basic materials sector presses 52-week highs, XLB, CAT, MNST, PANW, SGENU.S. stocks are mixed early Monday, vacillating ahead of a full slate of influential earnings reports, due out this week. Against this backdrop, the S&P 500 has asserted a bullish continuation pattern, a tight three-session range, capped by major resistance (3,233).
10:39 a.m. July 17, 2020 - By Myra P. Saefong
Oil futures end lower, but U.S. prices eke out a gain for the week Oil futures , pressured by concerns that the rising cases of COVID-19 will lead to further economic shutdowns and lower demand for crude. U.S. prices, however, ended with a modest gain for the week. "This week, fundamentals generally came in supportive, headlined by a strong draw for U.S. crude and gasoline stocks" in Wednesday's Energy Information Administration report. "Still, gasoline demand provided a bit of a warning signal with a week-on-week decline, which is coupled with expected upticks in unemployment filings ahead as [Thursday] saw the U.S. log a record number of new COVID-19 cases," said Robbie Fraser, senior commodity analyst at Schneider Electric, in a note. August West Texas Intermediate oil fell 16 cents, or 4%, to settle at $40.59 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. For the week, the front-month contract climbed by roughly 0.1%, according to FactSet data.
8:01 a.m. July 17, 2020 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting a bullish holding pattern, S&P 500 traverses higher plateau Focus: VIX presses 200-day average, Home construction ETF tags four-month highs, Emerging markets sustain July breakout, ITB, EEM, ZS, PGR, LVGOU.S. stocks are mixed early Friday, largely treading water amid receding volatility. Against this backdrop, the S&P 500 has asserted a higher plateau — capped by next resistance (3,233) — while the Dow Jones Industrial Average digests a decisive early-week break atop its 200-day moving average.
10:55 a.m. July 16, 2020 - By Myra P. Saefong
Oil ends lower as global equities decline, demand uncertainty persistsOil futures end lower Thursday, taking a cue from a decline in global equities after holding their own a day earlier following a decision by the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and its allies to begin trimming production cuts next month.
7:46 a.m. July 16, 2020 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Market rotation persists, Dow 30 digest powerful break atop volatility bands Focus: Health care sector presses record territory, XLV, ROKU, CTLT, TDOC, CTSHU.S. stocks are lower early Thursday, pressured after a mixed batch of earnings reports and economic data. Against this backdrop, the Dow Jones Industrial Average is digesting a decisive break atop its 200-day moving average, while the Nasdaq Composite extends a more aggressive downturn from recent record highs.
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