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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.
6:48 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
10:17 a.m. Jan. 6, 2021 - By Emily Bary
U.S. government considering banning investments in Alibaba, Tencent by Americans: reportThe U.S. government is contemplating a plan that would restrict Americans from buying shares of Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. and Tencent Holdings Ltd. , . The government has been increasingly cracking down on investments in companies that it claims to have ties with the Chinese military. The WSJ report, which cites multiple anonymous sources, said that the U.S. government has been debating whether restrictions on investments in Alibaba and Tencent would have a far-ranging impact on the markets, and it remains uncertain whether the government will go through with such prohibitions. Late Tuesday, the New York Stock Exchange again flipped its stance on whether it will delist three Chinese telecommunications companies-China Telecom Corp. Ltd. , China Mobile Ltd. , and China Unicom - from its exchanges as it seeks to comply with an executive order from President Trump that aims to bar U.S. investors from buying shares of companies with alleged ties to China's military. The New York Stock Exchange said last week that it would delist the names, before reversing course earlier this week and then later saying it would revert to its original plans to delist the stocks. Alibaba's U.S.-listed shares are off about 5% in Wednesday afternoon trading, while Tencent's are off more than 3%.
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.
7:55 a.m. Jan. 5, 2021 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting a bull-trend whipsaw, S&P 500 absorbs pullback from record highs Focus: Gold’s trendline breakout, Semiconductor sector challenges record highs, GLD, SMH, CRUS, FEYE, WPMTechnically speaking, the major U.S. benchmarks have whipsawed to start the new year, though the initial downturn has inflicted limited damage, writes Michael Ashbaugh.
7:21 a.m. Jan. 5, 2021 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting a bull-trend whipsaw, S&P 500 absorbs pullback from record highs Focus: Gold’s trendline breakout, Semiconductor sector challenges record highs, GLD, SMH, CRUS, FEYE, WPMTechnically speaking, the major U.S. benchmarks have whipsawed to start the new year, pulling in respectably from recent record highs. Against this backdrop, the S&P 500 has reversed to its former December range, though amid a downturn that has inflicted limited damage in the broad sweep.
7:10 a.m. Jan. 4, 2021 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting a shaky 2021 start: S&P 500 sells off from record highs Focus: Emerging markets challenge 12-year highs, Micron tags 20-year peak, EEM, MU, CHKP, SYNA, CDAYU.S. stocks are firmly on the defensive early Monday, pressured amid an inauspicious 2021 start — at least for the very near-term. The early downturn punctuates an otherwise constructive 2020 finish, placing each big three U.S. benchmark at, or near, its latest record high.
3:21 a.m. Jan. 2, 2021 - By Philip van Doorn
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3:17 a.m. Jan. 2, 2021 - By Philip van Doorn
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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.
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.
7:34 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.
3:52 a.m. Dec. 22, 2020 - By Andrew Keshner
Now that Tesla has joined the S&P 500, know these 3 things before investing Debates on the value of Tesla’s stock are ‘more heated than the last election,’ one financial adviser saidDebates on the value of Tesla’s stock are ‘more heated than the last election,’ one financial adviser said.
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.
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.
7:05 a.m. Dec. 16, 2020 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting a slow-motion breakout attempt, S&P 500 vies for latest record close Focus: Metals & Mining ETF forms bull flag, Apple builds on trendline breakout, XME, AAPL, UHS, THC, NOVAU.S. stocks are mixed early Wednesday, largely treading water after a soft batch of economic data. Against this backdrop, the S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite are vying to register their latest record closes, rising from successful tests of major support.
7:20 a.m. Dec. 15, 2020 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting a (bullish) holding pattern: S&P 500, Nasdaq nail major support Focus: Biotech sector extends to record highs, Netflix’ stealth breakout attempt, IBB, NFLX, XLNX, TM, WSMTechnically speaking, the S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite have maintained major support against a still comfortably bullish intermediate-term backdrop, writes Michael Ashbaugh.
6:49 a.m. Dec. 15, 2020 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting a (bullish) holding pattern: S&P 500, Nasdaq nail major support Focus: Biotech sector extends to record highs, Netflix’ stealth breakout attempt, IBB, NFLX, XLNX, TM, WSMTechnically speaking, the major U.S. benchmarks have asserted a December holding pattern, digesting early-month rallies to record territory. In the process, the S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite have maintained notable support matching the November peaks — S&P 3,646 and Nasdaq 12,244 — amid a still comfortably bullish intermediate-term backdrop.
6:59 a.m. Dec. 14, 2020 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting successful technical tests: S&P 500, Nasdaq maintain the breakout point Focus: Regional banks sustain late-year breakout, KRE, TWLO, TEAM, ETSY, ON, SURFU.S. stocks are higher early Monday, rising as U.S. vaccine distribution kicks off. The early-week upturn punctuates successful tests of major support for the S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite — the S&P 3,646 and Nasdaq 12,244 areas.
7:32 a.m. Dec. 9, 2020 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting a grinding-higher uptrend: S&P 500 approaches next technical target Focus: Nasdaq 100 extends late-year breakout, QQQ, ADSK, MNST, TGT, XEC, PLUGTechnically speaking, the major U.S. benchmarks continue to press record territory, broadly rising amid grinding-higher late-year price action. Against this backdrop, the S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite are digesting rallies to their latest record closes, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average has registered three straight closes atop the 30,000 mark for the first time on record.
7:28 a.m. Dec. 8, 2020 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting a slow-motion breakout: S&P 500 challenges 3,700 mark Focus: Retail sector extends break to record highs, Apple sustains trendline breakout, XRT, AAPL, FFIV, SAIL, EMR, PDCOTechnically speaking, the S&P 500 has rallied to press the 3,700 mark, while the Nasdaq Composite vies to extend a more aggressive breakout, writes Michael Ashbaugh.
6:59 a.m. Dec. 8, 2020 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting a slow-motion breakout: S&P 500 challenges 3,700 mark Focus: Retail sector extends break to record highs, Apple sustains trendline breakout, XRT, AAPL, FFIV, SAIL, EMR, PDCOTechnically speaking, the U.S. benchmarks continue to trend higher, rising amid rotational price action, and persistent late-year strength. Against this backdrop, the S&P 500 has rallied to press its latest round-number milestone — the 3,700 mark — while the Nasdaq Composite vies to extend a more aggressive break to all-time highs.
6:51 a.m. Dec. 7, 2020 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting a bull-flag breakout, S&P 500 (almost) tags 3,700 mark Focus: Consumer staples sector sustains break to record highs, XLP, CAT, HON, ZS, FTNT, KLICU.S. stocks are mixed early Monday, vacillating amid largely familiar virus- and fiscal stimulus-related market headlines. Against this backdrop, the S&P 500 is digesting its latest break to record territory, thus far topping less than one point from the 3,700 mark.
7:03 a.m. Dec. 4, 2020 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting bullish follow-through, S&P 500 approaches 3,700 mark Focus: Airlines tag nine-month highs, Boeing extends recovery attempt, FedEx breakout attempt ahead of earnings, JETS, BA, FDX, DDS, SIMO, CALU.S. stocks are higher early Friday, rising after a lackluster monthly jobs report strengthened the case for fiscal-stimulus measures. Against this backdrop, each big three U.S. benchmark has extended its December breakout, rising to tag nominal new record highs.
6:55 a.m. Dec. 3, 2020 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting a successful technical test: S&P 500 nails the breakout point Focus: 10-year yield asserts uptrend, Apple’s stealth breakout, TNX, AAPL, SPOT, VLO, ALGNU.S. stocks are higher early Thursday, rising after better-than-expected weekly jobless claims and revived prospects for a potential stimulus package. Against this backdrop, the S&P 500 has sustained a December rally to record territory, rising from a successful test of its breakout point (3,646).
7:10 a.m. Dec. 2, 2020 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting a bullish December start: S&P 500, Nasdaq tag latest record highs Focus: QQQ challenges record highs, Gold maintains major support, Alphabet’s breakout attempt, QQQ, GLD, GOOGL, ADI, EXAS, GMEU.S. stocks are mixed early Wednesday, largely treading water in the wake of an otherwise strong December start. Against this backdrop, the S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite have concurrently broken to record highs, extending persistent late-year rallies to previously uncharted territory.
7:36 a.m. Dec. 1, 2020 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Market rotation persists: Nasdaq takes flight to record highs Focus: Communications sector sustains slight breakout, Health care sector maintains key support, XLC, XLV, AMD, CRUS, DLTR, SONOTechnically speaking, the major U.S. benchmarks continue to trend higher amid comfortably bullish late-year price action, writes Michael Ashbaugh.
7:07 a.m. Dec. 1, 2020 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Market rotation persists: Nasdaq takes flight to record highs Focus: Communications sector sustains slight breakout, Health care sector maintains key support, XLC, XLV, AMD, CRUS, DLTR, SONOTechnically speaking, the major U.S. benchmarks continue to trend higher amid firmly-bullish late-year price action. Against this backdrop, the Nasdaq Composite has extended a break to record territory — placing distance atop the 12,000 mark — while the S&P 500 is starting December with its latest breakout attempt.
7:00 a.m. Nov. 30, 2020 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting a bull-trend pullback: Nasdaq digests break to record territory Focus: Retail sector sustains break to record highs, XRT, NTRS, CSIQ, AAL, NUANU.S. stocks are firmly lower early Monday, pressured to conclude November amid an otherwise strong month-to-date rally. Against this backdrop, the Nasdaq Composite is digesting a decisive break to record territory, while the S&P 500 has reversed from its latest nominal record close.
1:27 p.m. Nov. 27, 2020 - By Jon Swartz
House to consider measure next week that could banish Chinese stocks from U.S. that don't comply with audit rulesHouse members could vote as early as Wednesday to boot Chinese companies with shares on U.S. exchanges if they don't adhere to audit-oversight rules. Companies such as Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. would be faced with making the transition to undergoing an annual audit reviewed by American regulators within three years or be kicked off the New York Stock Exchange or Nasdaq Stock Market. The bipartisan legislation, which requires a two-thirds majority for passage, unanimously passed the Senate in May. Chinese officials have criticized the bill, which is much harsher than a Securities and Exchange Commission proposal under consideration that would require audit inspection as a condition of continued listing on a stock exchange, but would let noncompliant companies trade over the counter.
9:11 a.m. Nov. 25, 2020 - By Joy Wiltermuth
U.S. stocks dip after Fed minutes show no immediate change to asset-purchase planThe Dow Jones Industrial Average was little changed Wednesday following the release of minutes of the Federal Reserve's recent rate-setting committee meeting showed no immediate plans to change its asset-purchases. The blue-chip index was off 194 points, or 0.7%, to trade near 29,853, after amid a modest retreat following its historic close Tuesday above a milestone at 30,000, before the Thanksgiving holiday. The S&P 500 index [S: spx] also was modestly lower, off 10 points, or 0.3%, trading near 3,625. The tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite Index was up 36 points, or 0.3%, to trade near 12,072. Investors also were weighed mixed U.S. economic reports on Wednesday and progress toward a coronavirus vaccine and growing clarity about Joe Biden's transition to the presidency.Thinner trading volumes headed into the Thanksgiving holiday also can have the effect of amplifying market moves in either direction.
7:20 a.m. Nov. 25, 2020 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting a bull-flag breakout attempt, S&P 500 presses record highs Focus: Gold sells off to 200-day moving average, U.S. dollar pressured amid risk-on trade, Crude oil breaks out, GLD, UUP, USO, XLF, IYT, XOPU.S. stocks are mixed early Wednesday, vacillating after a mixed batch of economic data ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday. Against this backdrop, the Dow Jones Industrial Average has pulled in from its first close atop the 30,000 mark, while the Nasdaq Composite builds on its second-ever close atop the 12,000 mark, rising to challenge record territory.
7:33 a.m. Nov. 24, 2020 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting a bullish technical tilt: Dow 30,000 and Nasdaq 12,000 under siege Focus: Semiconductor sector presses record territory, Homebuilders stealth breakout attempt, Tesla extends triangle brekout, SMH, XHB, TSLA, KO, MCHPTechnically speaking, two round-number milestones are under siege — Dow 30,000 and Nasdaq 12,000 — as each benchmark builds on firmly-bullish November price action, writes Michael Ashbaugh.
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