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3:00 a.m. May 18, 2021 - By MarketWatch
Which sectors stand to win or lose as inflation creeps upRising inflation expectations have rattled markets lately. Here's what investors need to know.
7:37 a.m. March 22, 2021 - By Greg Robb
U.S. Treasury sanctions two Chinese officials over human-rights abuses in Xinjiang regionThe United States Treasury announced sanctions Monday against two top Chinese government officials for their roles in connection to "serious human rights abuses against ethnic minorities" in the Xinjiang region of China. The sanctions were placed on Wang Junzheng, the secretary of the party committee of the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps, and Chen Mingguo, director of the Xinjiang Public Security Bureau. "Chinese authorities will continue to face consequences as long as atrocities occur in Xinjiang," said Andrea Gacki, director of Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control. The order freezes any assets held by the targets in the U.S. and also prohibits Americans from doing business with them. The U.S. actions complement actions taken by the European Union, the U.K., and Canada in response to the crackdown by the Chinese government on predominantly Muslim minority groups including the Uighur population.
8:18 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.
7:54 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.
9:25 a.m. March 16, 2021 - By Sunny Oh
Treasury yields come off highs after strong debt auctionTreasury yields retreated from their highs after buyers showed up in force at a 20-year bond auction on Tuesday afternoon. The 20-year bond fell sharply from its intraday high of around 2.315% down to 2.271%. The 10-year note was down 0.5 basis point to 1.602%. Bond prices move inversely to yields. The ratio of bids received to bids accepted at the auctoin stood at 2.51 times compared to a historical average of 2.32 times.
8:53 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.
8:28 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.
8:15 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.
8:11 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.
6:40 a.m. March 11, 2021 - By Sunny Oh
Treasury yields bounce off lows as supply loomsU.S. government bond yields bounced off their intraday lows on Thursday as investors looked to make room for issuance of new 30-year Treasury bonds and investment-grade corporate debt issuance from Verizon. The 10-year Treasury note yield rose 2 basis points to 1.540%, off their low of around 1.475%, while the 30-year bond yield climbed 4.7 basis points to 2.289%. Bond prices move inversely to yields. Broker-dealers typically bid yields higher to attract bond buyers ahead of a Treasury auction. And banks tasked with drumming up demand and selling corporate bonds will sometimes sell long-term Treasury futures to offset the risk that interest rates will rise and weigh on the prices of the debt during the issuance process.
8:19 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.
9:00 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.
8:35 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.
8:09 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.
8:50 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.
10:18 a.m. March 4, 2021 - By Sunny Oh
Goldman Sachs raises 10-year Treasury yield target to 1.90%Goldman Sachs on Thursday raised its Treasury yield target, forecasting the 10-year note rate to hit 1.90% by the end of the year amid a quickening bond-market selloff. The benchmark maturity is up 6.6 basis points to 1.536%. "The already material repricing in global yields will, in our view, extend after some consolidation, driven by a strong acceleration in the global recovery over the coming quarters," said Goldman Sachs strategists led by Praveen Korapaty. The rise in yields over the past few weeks has led banks across Wall Street to repeatedly lift their year-end Treasury yield targets. The combination of fiscal relief and vaccine rollouts have fanned inflation fears, and raised doubts among investors over whether Federal Reserve can stick to its accommodative policy stance for as long as it has signaled.
8:34 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).
8:08 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.
8:50 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.
8:29 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.
8:09 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.
8:15 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.
8:10 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.
8:14 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.
8:40 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.
8:10 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.
8:17 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.
8:03 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.
5:35 a.m. Jan. 27, 2021 - By Sunny Oh
Stocks fall at the open as Dow tumbles over 300 pointsU.S. stocks fell at the start of Wednesday's trade as investors eyed a stream of high-profile corporate earnings and also a Federal Reserve policy update later in the afternoon. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 330 points, or 1.1%, to 30,607. The S&P 500 was down 51 points, or 1.3%, to 3,798. The Nasdaq Composite shed 202 points, or 1.5%, to 13,434. The Fed is expected to commit to its accommodative policy stance to support the U.S. recovery. In company news, Microsoft shares were up slightly after its results topped analyst expectations.
8:25 a.m. Jan. 22, 2021 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting a bull-trend pullback: S&P 500 retests the breakout point Focus: Solar sector sustains 2021 breakout, Apple tags record close amid stealth breakout attempt, TAN, AAPL, MGA, DE, MDCU.S. stocks are lower early Friday — though off the session’s worst levels — pressured amid virus concerns, and a not well-received batch of influential earnings reports. Against this backdrop, the S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite continue to digest respectable mid-week rallies to record territory, against an otherwise bullish bigger-picture backdrop.
11:53 a.m. Jan. 12, 2021 - By Sunny Oh
10-year Treasury yield records longest streak of daily increases since 2017The benchmark 10-year Treasury note booked its seventh consecutive increase on Tuesday, its longest streak since September 2017 when the Federal Reserve started to cut the size of its post-crisis balance sheet under former Fed Chairman Janet Yellen. Yet the Fed's portfolio has ballooned after the central bank stepped in to support the economy and markets last March. The 10-year note yield was up 0.5 basis point to 1.136% on Tuesday. The bond market has come under sustained pressure in January amid expectations for additional fiscal stimulus under a Biden administration and a Democratic-controlled Congress.
8:55 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.
8:21 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.
7:54 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.
10:55 a.m. Dec. 11, 2020 - By Ciara Linnane
U.S. suffers its worst week of cases, deaths and hospitalizations since the start of the pandemic CDC head warns U.S. will see more deaths every day for next few months than died on Sept. 11, 2001, or in the attack on Pearl HarborThe U.S. suffered its worst week for cases, deaths and hospitalizations with the coronavirus illness COVID-19, as the Food and Drug Administration said it would grant emergency use authorization to the vaccine developed by Pfizer Inc. and its Germany partner BioNTech SE.
10:22 a.m. Dec. 10, 2020 - By Ciara Linnane
U.S. sets record one-day death toll from coronavirus as FDA committee meets to review Pfizer–BioNTech vaccine FDA head says initial assessment is ‘this is a vaccine that does meet our criteria. ... But we do want to hear from the vaccine advisory committee.’The U.S. set fresh records for single-day fatalities from the coronavirus illness COVID-19 and hospitalizations, as a U.S. regulatory advisory committee gathered to offer its verdict on the vaccine developed by Pfizer Inc. and its German partner BioNTech SE.
5:35 a.m. Dec. 8, 2020 - By Sunny Oh
Stocks open slightly lower as fiscal aid talks in Congress draw focusU.S. stocks fell at the start of Tuesday's session amid a lack of progress towards a fiscal aid package before the end of the year, delaying relief for a U.S. economy dealing with a worsening pandemic. The S&P 500 fell 0.3% to 3,679. The Dow Jones Industrial Average shed 0.2% to 30,001. The Nasdaq Composite was down 0.2% to 12,499. A bipartisan group of lawmakers were working on the language of a $900 billion coronavirus aid bill, but Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has continued to advocate his own smaller version. Shares of Tesla Inc. fell Tuesday after the electric vehicle market leader filed for the sale of up to $5 billion worth of stock.
12:09 p.m. Nov. 30, 2020 - By Sunny Oh
Stocks finish lower, but Dow books best monthly performance for Dow in three decadesU.S. stocks finished lower on Friday as investors took profits from the biggest winners during November's impressive rally, which has seen the most-shunned stocks this year stage a rebound. The S&P 500 fell 0.5% to 3,622. The Dow Jones Industrial Average retreated 272 points, or 0.9%, to 29,639. The Nasdaq Composite was down 0.1% to end around 12,199. The blue-chip Dow booked a 12% gain in November, its largest gain since 1987. Some deal news was also in focus, with IHS Markit saying it agreed to be acquired by S&P Global Inc. Shares of both companies saw strong gains.
11:47 a.m. Nov. 25, 2020 - By Jack Denton
The U.K. is increasing the minimum wage. How does it compare with the U.S. and rest of the world?Chancellor Rishi Sunak sets out his spending review warning the economy will contract by 11.3% — the largest drop in more than three centuries.
10:55 a.m. Nov. 25, 2020 - By Ciara Linnane
Hospital workers called exhausted as U.S. records highest number of COVID deaths since May Parts of Europe are reporting declining cases and Sicily has asked Cuba to send doctors and nursesThe U.S. recorded the highest number of deaths from the coronavirus illness COVID-19 since May on Tuesday, and continues to average close to 200,000 new cases a day, with hospitals across the nation reporting exhausted health care workers and steadily filling intensive care units.
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