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6:40 a.m. March 22, 2021 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting a jagged technical test, S&P 500 maintains support (3,915) Focus: Regional banks digest break to record territory, KRE, UNH, M, DDS, DKNGU.S. stocks are higher early Monday, rising at least partly amid easing Treasury yields. Against this backdrop, the S&P 500 has weathered a jagged retest of next support (3,915) to punctuate a mid-March downturn that has thus far inflicted limited true damage.
7:20 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.
7:18 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.
6:54 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.
7:53 a.m. March 16, 2021 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting rotational breakouts, S&P 500 rallies to record highs Focus: Transports digest March breakout, McDonald’s stages trendline breakout, IYT, MCD, VIRT, CROX, SAVETechnically speaking, the S&P 500 and Dow industrials have staged tandem breakouts — tagging all-time highs — though amid March price action that remains uneven, writes Michael Ashbaugh.
7:28 a.m. March 16, 2021 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting rotational breakouts, S&P 500 rallies to record highs Focus: Transports digest March breakout, McDonald’s stages trendline breakout, IYT, MCD, VIRT, CROX, SAVEBroadly speaking, the major U.S. benchmarks are acting well technically, though the March price action remains uneven. Amid the cross currents, the S&P 500 and Dow industrials have staged tandem breakouts — tagging all-time highs — while the Nasdaq Composite has sustained a break to firmer technical ground, though it remains far from record territory.
7:15 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.
7:32 a.m. March 12, 2021 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Bull case strengthens amid statistically unusual technical events Focus: Currency cross currents surface amid March volatility, FXE, UUP, WBA, IP, APA, VLOU.S. stocks are mixed early Friday, vacillating as Treasury yields vie to extend a strong March start. Against this backdrop, the Dow Jones Industrial Average has taken flight — rising amid a two standard deviation technical breakout — while the S&P 500 continues to challenge major resistance.
7:11 a.m. March 11, 2021 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting a stealth breakout attempt: S&P 500 rattles cage on record highs Focus: Europe tags three-year highs amid ECB actions, Boeing’s recovery attempt morphs to key breakout, IEV, BA, MMM, CME, WLKU.S. stocks are firmly higher early Thursday, rising after strong weekly jobs data and amid largely easing sovereign bond yields following the ECB’s policy statement. Against this backdrop, the Dow Jones Industrial Average has extended a break to all-time highs, while the S&P 500 has tagged a nominal record high early Thursday.
7:19 a.m. March 10, 2021 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting bullish follow-through: Nasdaq reclaims the breakdown point Focus: Homebuilders challenge record highs, XHB, LUV, CENX, PKG, MXU.S. stocks are higher early Wednesday, rising after a relatively tame reading on consumer price inflation eased concerns regarding a potentially overheating economy. Against this backdrop, the Dow Jones Industrial Average has tagged its latest all-time high, while perhaps more importantly (from a technical standpoint), the Nasdaq Composite has extended a rally atop key resistance.
8:00 a.m. March 9, 2021 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting a bullish reversal: Nasdaq ventures atop the breakdown point Focus: Airlines sustain decisive 2021 breakout, Materials challenge record highs, JETS, XLB, V, UA, ALK, BIGTechnically speaking, the S&P 500 and Dow industrials have retained a bullish intermediate-term bias — even amid recent volatility — while the Nasdaq Composite is vying to repair a more damaging March downdraft, writes Michael Ashbaugh.
7:35 a.m. March 9, 2021 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting a bullish reversal: Nasdaq ventures atop the breakdown point Focus: Airlines sustain decisive 2021 breakout, Materials challenge record highs, JETS, XLB, V, UA, ALK, BIGTechnically speaking, the U.S. benchmarks’ bigger-picture backdrop remains uneven as a March divergence persists. On a headline basis, the S&P 500 and Dow industrials have retained a bullish intermediate-term bias — even amid recent volatility — while the Nasdaq Composite is vying Tuesday to repair a more damaging March downdraft.
7:09 a.m. March 8, 2021 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Market cross currents persist: Nasdaq hesitates at the breakdown point Focus: Crude oil rises amid reflation trade/geopolitics, USO, CAT, STT, AEO, ICHRU.S. stocks are mixed early Monday, vacillating amid a familiar March divergence. Against this backdrop, the Dow Jones Industrial Average has rallied within striking distance of record highs, while the recently lagging Nasdaq Composite has balked early Monday at its breakdown point.
7:50 a.m. March 5, 2021 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting a technical question mark, S&P 500 violates the 50-day average Focus: 10-year Treasury note yield continues to take flight, Sector leaders remain in divergence mode, TNX, XLF, IYT, QQQU.S. stocks are mixed early Friday, vacillating after a stronger-than-expected monthly jobs report. Against this backdrop, the S&P 500 has ventured under its 50-day moving average for the first time since November, though amid a downturn that gets low marks for bearish style. The prevailing bigger-picture technicals are not one-size-fits-all.
7:34 a.m. March 4, 2021 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting a volatile March start: S&P 500, Nasdaq reach key technical tests Focus: Charting a still bullish-leaning sector backdrop, IYT, XLF, QQQ, XLV, XLU, XLP, XLE, XLI, AMZNU.S. stocks are mixed early Thursday — though well off the session’s worst levels — vacillating amid a volatile March start. Against this backdrop, the S&P 500 is back for its latest crack at the 50-day moving average, currently 3,820, while the Nasdaq Composite has whipsawed Thursday at last-ditch support matching the 2020 peak (12,973).
7:08 a.m. March 3, 2021 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Market divergence persists, Nasdaq whipsaws at 50-day average Focus: Materials sector approaches record highs, XLB, AA, HES, SATS, BZHU.S. stocks are mixed early Wednesday, vacillating after a mixed batch of economic data. Against this backdrop, the major U.S. benchmarks remain in divergence mode, as the Nasdaq Composite continues to underperform amid relative strength elsewhere.
7:50 a.m. March 2, 2021 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting a bullish March start: S&P 500, Nasdaq maintain major support Focus: Industrials hold the breakout point, Intel’s stealth recovery attempt, Boeing builds on trendline breakout, XLI, INTC, BA, ETSY, MABroadly speaking, the major U.S. benchmarks are acting well technically despite persistently uneven price action in spots, writes Michael Ashbaugh.
7:29 a.m. March 2, 2021 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting a bullish March start: S&P 500, Nasdaq maintain major support Focus: Industrials hold the breakout point, Intel’s stealth recovery attempt, Boeing builds on trendline breakout, XLI, INTC, BA, ETSY, MABroadly speaking, the major U.S. benchmarks are acting well technically despite persistently uneven price action in spots. Against this backdrop, the S&P 500 has knifed from its 50-day moving average — registering its biggest daily gain since June — to punctuate a second consecutive late-month retest.
7:09 a.m. March 1, 2021 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting successful technical tests: S&P 500, Nasdaq knife from major support Focus: Gold’s technical breakdown, Starbucks tags record highs, GLD, SBUX, MXL, OII, GRPNU.S. stocks are firmly higher early Monday, rising after a strong batch of economic data and amid stabilizing Treasury yields. Against this backdrop, the S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite have knifed from major support amid an unusually strong March start.
7:15 a.m. Feb. 26, 2021 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting a bull-trend pullback, S&P 500 holds 50-day average (again) Focus: 10-year yield takes flight, Charting a largely bullish sub-sector backdrop, Apple, Facebook and Amazon test key thresholds, TNX, IYT, XLF, QQQ, XLE, XLI, AAPL, FB, AMZNU.S. stocks are mixed early Friday, vacillating as a late-month market whipsaw persists. Against this backdrop, the major U.S. benchmarks remain in divergence mode — amid uneven price action — though the bigger-picture technical backdrop remains bullish, on balance.
7:10 a.m. Feb. 25, 2021 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting market cross currents: Late-month divergence persists Focus: 10-year yield matches S&P 500’s dividend yield, Financials take flight, TNX, XLF, F, ETN, ZG, HDU.S. stocks are lower early Thursday, pressured as persistently surging U.S. Treasury yields present a market headwind. Against this backdrop, the major U.S. benchmarks have largely weathered the recent market whipsaw, though amid increasingly uneven price action.
7:14 a.m. Feb. 24, 2021 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting market rotation: S&P 500 maintains the breakout point Focus: Nasdaq 100 holds 50-day average, Industrials tag record highs, Airlines take flight, QQQ, XLI, JETS, UAL, ORCL, WIXU.S. stocks are higher early Wednesday, rising in the wake of a pronounced market whipsaw. Against this backdrop, the S&P 500 and Dow industrials have maintained major support, rising amid rotational, and still largely bullish, late-month price action.
7:40 a.m. Feb. 23, 2021 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting a market divergence, Nasdaq violates the breakout point Focus: Energy and Metals & Mining sectors take flight, Apple ventures under major support, XLE, XME, AAPL, NUE, SIGTechnically speaking, the major U.S. benchmarks have extended a downturn from recent record highs, pressured amid increasingly uneven price action, writes Michael Ashbaugh.
7:10 a.m. Feb. 23, 2021 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting a market divergence, Nasdaq violates the breakout point Focus: Energy and Metals & Mining sectors take flight, Apple ventures under major support, XLE, XME, AAPL, NUE, SIGTechnically speaking, the major U.S. benchmarks have extended a downturn from recent record highs, pressured amid increasingly uneven late-month price action.
7:17 a.m. Feb. 22, 2021 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Bull trend pauses: S&P 500 traverses the range Focus: Japan sustains February break to record territory, EWJ, NTAP, SCCO, ODFL, KSSU.S. stocks are mixed early Monday, vacillating as tech stocks turn lower, pressured at least partly amid recently surging Treasury yields. Against this backdrop, the S&P 500 and Dow industrials have maintained bullish holding patterns, asserting trading ranges underpinned by familiar support.
7:03 a.m. Feb. 19, 2021 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting successful technical tests, U.S. benchmarks nail first support Focus: Biotech sector pulls in toward key support, Charting Apple’s bull-bear debate, XBI, AAPL, STX, GOOS, WMTU.S. stocks are higher early Friday, rising amid optimism over stimulus-package prospects. Against this backdrop, each big three U.S. benchmark has registered a bullish reversal from well-defined support. The S&P 500 has nailed its range bottom (3,885) while the Nasdaq Composite and Dow industrials have rallied from their breakout points.
7:00 a.m. Feb. 18, 2021 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting a bull-trend pullback, S&P 500 tags first support Focus: Airlines tag 11-month highs, JETS, SPOT, TXN, CVX, ZNGAU.S. stocks are lower early Thursday, pressured after disappointing weekly jobs data and a soft batch of quarterly earnings reports. Against this backdrop, the S&P 500 has extended a downturn from recent record highs, pulling in to tag first support (3,885).
7:26 a.m. Feb. 17, 2021 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting market cross currents, S&P 500 pulls in to the range Cross currents across asset classes surface amid surging Treasury yields, TNX, USO, GLD, FXY, UUP, XLF, KREU.S. stocks are lower early Wednesday, pressured as the latest economic data fuel the debate regarding potential pending inflation. Against this backdrop, each big three U.S. benchmark has reversed from Tuesday’s record high, pulling in to its former range amid largely garden-variety selling pressure.
7:36 a.m. Feb. 16, 2021 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting bull-flag breakout attempts: S&P 500, Nasdaq tag record territory Focus: Financials and transports stage tandem breakout attempt, XLF, IYT, ADI, IPHI, BLDR, LYFTTechnically speaking, the major U.S. benchmarks continue to trend higher, rising amid a still broadly constructive 2021 start, writes Michael Ashbaugh.
7:10 a.m. Feb. 16, 2021 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting bull-flag breakout attempts: S&P 500, Nasdaq tag record territory Focus: Financials and transports stage tandem breakout attempt, XLF, IYT, ADI, IPHI, BLDR, LYFTTechnically speaking, the major U.S. benchmarks continue to trend higher, rising amid a still broadly constructive 2021 start.
7:00 a.m. Feb. 12, 2021 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting a bull flag, S&P 500 asserts the range near record highs Focus: Semiconductor sector takes flight amid Intel’s improving technical backdrop, SMH, INTC, KLAC, PINS, CALXU.S. stocks are mixed early Friday, largely treading water ahead of a three-day weekend. Against this backdrop, each big three U.S. benchmark has asserted a flag pattern, an orderly four-session range near record highs.
7:03 a.m. Feb. 11, 2021 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting a bullish holding pattern: U.S. benchmarks sustain February breakout Focus: Oil & Gas Exploration ETF sustains breakout, Nvidia reaches uncharted territory, XOP, NVDA, VEEV, SAIL, HPU.S. stocks are mixed early Thursday, vacillating after the latest batch of generally solid quarterly earnings reports. Against this backdrop, each big three U.S. benchmark has asserted a week-to-date holding pattern, of sorts, consolidating an early-week break to record territory.
7:18 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.
7:32 a.m. Feb. 9, 2021 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting a grinding-higher breakout, S&P 500 tags latest record peak Focus: Energy sector and airlines stage tandem breakout attempt, XLE, JETS, LOW, NET, MSITechnically speaking, the major U.S. benchmarks continue to trend higher amid a bullish February start, writes Michael Ashbaugh.
7:10 a.m. Feb. 9, 2021 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting a grinding-higher breakout, S&P 500 tags latest record peak Focus: Energy sector and airlines stage tandem breakout attempt, XLE, JETS, LOW, NET, MSITechnically speaking, the major U.S. benchmarks continue to trend higher amid a constructive February start. Against this backdrop, each big three benchmark has concurrently registered record highs, knifing from major support to previously uncharted territory.
7:03 a.m. Feb. 8, 2021 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Bullish momentum persists, S&P 500 extends February breakout Focus: Home construction ETF’s breakout attempt, Nike approaches record territory, ITB, NKE, CHEY, BYND, LENU.S. stocks are higher early Monday, rising as February bullish momentum persists. In the process, the S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite have extended respectable breaks to record territory, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average has belatedly broken out, tagging its latest record high Monday.
7:14 a.m. Feb. 5, 2021 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting a slow-motion breakout, S&P 500 edges to all-time high Focus: 30-year yield approaches marquee 2.0% mark, TYX, CSCO, BLDP, KEY, DDOGU.S. stocks are higher early Friday, rising despite a soft monthly U.S. jobs report. Against this backdrop, the S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite have extended modest breakouts — tagging all-time highs — while the recently lagging Dow Jones Industrial Average vies to register its latest record close.
7:08 a.m. Feb. 4, 2021 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting bullish follow-through: S&P 500, Nasdaq challenge record closes Focus: Crude oil extends February breakout, Alphabet’s earnings-fueled spike, USO, GOOGL, APPN, GOGO, FANGU.S. stocks are higher early Wednesday, rising as the major benchmarks build on a strong February start. In the process, the S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite have challenged their respective record closes — S&P 3,855 and Nasdaq 13,636 — as they vie to register their latest records. Both benchmarks have extended a bullish reversal from relatively well-defined support.
7:06 a.m. Feb. 3, 2021 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting a bullish reversal, S&P 500 nails the breakdown point Focus: Retail sector asserts cooling-off phase, Homebuilders hold the breakout point, XRT, XHB, CYBR, KMX, SWIR, WIXU.S. stocks are mixed early Wednesday, treading water after a solid batch of quarterly earnings reports and economic data. Against this backdrop, the S&P 500 has extended its rally from major support, rising to challenge its breakdown point (3,830).
7:36 a.m. Feb. 2, 2021 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting a bullish February start: S&P 500 spikes from major support Focus: Biotechs challenge all-time highs, Regional banks sustain decisive breakout, XBI, KRE, TDOC, EXP, TOLTechnically speaking, the U.S. benchmarks are off to a strong February start, rising in the wake of the most aggressive market downturn in about three months, writes Michael Ashbaugh.
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