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8:30 a.m. Today - By Quentin Fottrell
Americans are finally getting ready to splurge — here’s what they’re buying Exhaling after more than a year of pandemic-related restrictions, consumer confidence is on the riseExhaling after more than a year of pandemic-related restrictions, consumer confidence is on the rise.
6:33 a.m. May 12, 2021 - By Mark Decambre
Shares of Domino's Pizza jumps to record early Wednesday as Bill Ackman says Pershing Square has 6% stake in companyDomino's Pizza trades at records Wednesday, popping into positive territory after Bill Ackman, who runs hedge fund Pershing Square Capital, said he had taken a 6% stake in the pizza franchise. Ackman was speaking at a virtual event hosted by the Wall Street Journal, called the Future of Everything Festival. Shares of Domino's were at $437, surprassing its May 4th record at $433.99, FactSet data show.
5:07 p.m. May 10, 2021 - By Quentin Fottrell
U.S. jobs recovery reveals two very different Americas The latest figures show a stark divide among workers, both in their ability to get jobs and hang onto them during the pandemicThe latest figures show a stark divide among workers, both in their ability to get jobs and hang onto them during the pandemic.
5:30 a.m. May 5, 2021 - By Greg Robb
Fed's Evans says chances of persistently higher inflation are 'remote'The chances that the $2.8 trillion stimulus measures passed by Congress since December will overheat the economy and generate higher inflation are remote, said Chicago Fed President Charles Evans on Wednesday. Inflation is likely to pick up in coming months as people resume normal activities and some bottlenecks emerge but simulations performed by economists at the Chicago Fed see inflation topping out at less than a full percentage point and dissipating in two or three years, Evans said in a speech to the Levy Economics Institute of Bard College. "We still have some ways to go before we meet our goals" of full employment and stable 2% average inflation, Evans said. As a result, Fed policy "is likely on hold for some time," he added. Labor market conditions required to move interest rates off zero or to start to taper the $120 billion in monthly asset purchases "will not be met for a while," he said.
4:26 a.m. May 4, 2021 - By Tomi Kilgore
Coinbase stock price target raised at Mizuho, but analyst still 'skeptical' about prospectsShares of Coinbase Global Inc. fell 1.2% in premarket trading Tuesday, to extend its recent weakness, as Mizuho analyst Dan Dolev raised his price target but said he remained "skeptical" about the medium-term prospects given heavy reliance on retail commissions. Dolev raised his price target to $315 from $285, but kept his rating at neutral. "Over time, COIN's fees may face downward pressure from competing platforms following the footsteps of zero-commission stock trading," Dolev wrote in a note to clients. "This is because platforms like PayPal and Cash App primarily use crypto trading as engagement tools." Dolev noted that retail trading commissions represent 80% of sales. The stock, , has declined on 10 of the 13 trading sessions since then through Monday, to close Monday 10.3% below the April 14 closing price of $328.28. Over the same time, bitcoin had declined 8.8% and the S&P 500 had gained 1.6%.
10:31 a.m. April 19, 2021 - By Tomi Kilgore
Amazon chart produces 'death cross' pattern despite rising short- and long-term trend trackersAmazon.com Inc.'s stock chart has produced a "death cross" pattern, the first in 18 months, but it has done so even both the shorter-term and longer-term trend trackers were rising. A "death cross," in which the 50-day moving average crosses (50-DMA) below the 200-day moving average (200-DMA), is typically seen as a bearish technical pattern, with many chart watchers seeing them as marking the spot a shorter-term selloff transitions to a longer-term downtrend. They aren't always good market-timing patterns, as they are well telegraphed, but they can help provide perspective on a recent move. On Monday, Amazon's stock fell 0.7% in afternoon trading, while the 50-DMA rose to $3,180.95 from $3,180.03 and the 200-DMA rose to $3,181.95 from $3,179.46. This would mark the 13th "death cross" since Amazon's stock went public in May 1997, but would be the only one to appear when both the 50-DMA and 200-DMA were rising. The 50-DMA may be rising recently, but it is currently around the same level as it was in mid-September 2020, while the 200-DMA is roughly 33% above where it was at the same time. Amazon's 50-DMA has been above the 200-DMA since Feb. 5, 2020, as the ecommerce giant was seen as a beneficiary of COVID-19-related restrictions, and the last "death cross" appeared on Oct. 10, 2019. The stock has edged up 3.7% year to date, while the S&P 500 has gained 10.8%.
12:12 p.m. April 16, 2021 - By Mark Decambre
Dow, S&P 500 log back-to-back record closes to end strong week for stocks, buoyed by strong economic data, earningsU.S. stocks on Friday finished the week on a strong note, with the Dow and S&P 500 posting their second consecutive closing records and the Nasdaq Composite ending within a stone's throw of its record. Bullish investors point to a strong start to earnings season from the likes of JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Goldman Sachs Group coupled with blowout economic reports, notably a 10% rise in retail sales in March and weekly jobless claims figures falling to a pandemic low. Further helping lift buying momentum was a momentary pause in a climb for bond yields, which had previously been a sign of rising borrowing costs for investors and companies. The 10-year Treasury note yield finished at 1.571% on Friday, up on the day but down nearly 10 basis points on the week, marking its sharpest weekly drop in about 10 months. Against that backdrop, the Dow Jones Indusrtrial Average closed up by about 165 points, or 0.5%, to reach around 34,200, extending its climb beyond the 34,000 milestone achieved on Thursday. The S&P 500 index closed at a record high, up 0.4% to 4,185, while the Nasdaq Composite Index closed up 0.1% at 14,052, about 0.3% from its closing high or a little over 40 points. For the week, the Dow booked a 1.2% gain and the S&P 500 ended 1.4% higher, marking their fourth consecutive weekly climbs. The Nasdaq Composite closed up 1.1% for the week to mark its third straight weekly advance.
12:05 p.m. April 15, 2021 - By Mark Decambre
Dow ends at 34,000 for first time; S&P 500 notches record as jobless claims hit pandemic low, retail sales surgeThe S&P 500 and Dow clinched fresh records Thursday, after economic reports continued to affirm a healthy recovery from the pandemic, highlighted by retail sales surging in March on the back of fiscal stimulus checks to consumers and jobless benefit claims falling to a fresh low for the COVID period. The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed up more than 300 points at a fresh milestone at 34,000, on a preliminary basis, the S&P 500 index notched a 1.1% advance to log its all-time closing high at around 4,170 and the Nasdaq Composite Index finished 1.3% higher at about 14,039, marking its first finish above 14,000 since February and its third-highest close in its history. U.S. retail sales surged almost 10% in March thanks to $1,400 stimulus checks paid to consumers by the federal government. Sales climbed 9.8% last month, the government said Thursday. Economists polled by Dow Jones and The Wall Street Journal had forecast a 6.1% increase.Adding to the market's optimism, weekly jobless benefit claims fell to a pandemic-era low. U.S. unemployment claims sank by 193,000 in the week of April 10, an unusually large decline that likely reflects both an improving economy but also continuing problems in processing applications for jobless benefits.
4:39 a.m. April 15, 2021 - By Mark Decambre
Gold futures trade higher after jobless claims falls to pandemic low Contracts for gold on Thursday were trading solidly higher after reports on the U.S.s economic recovery from the COVID pandemic. U.S. retail sales minus autos & gas rose 8.2% in March and U.S. initial jobless claims fell to 576,000 in the latest week. June gold traded 0.7% higher at $1,749.10 an ounce on Comex.
4:35 a.m. April 15, 2021 - By Mark Decambre
U.S. stock-index futures hold higher after crush of economic reports including retail sales and jobless claimsU.S. stock-index futures maintained solid gains Thursday morning after a batch of economic reports provided further evidence of a steady recovery for the American economy from COVID unfolding.
10:39 p.m. April 14, 2021 - By Barbara Kollmeyer
Norway's DNB announces all-share offer for rival Sbanken worth $1.3 billionNorway's biggest bank, DNB , on Thursday said it has reached an agreement with Sbanken to buy the smaller rival in deal valued at NOK11.1 billion ($1.3 billion). In a recommended voluntary offer, DNB will pay NOK103.85 for each share of Sbanken, which represents a 29.8% premium over Wednesday's closing price of NOK80. "DNB believes that Sbanken will further strengthen its position within retail banking in its home market," the company said .
5:48 a.m. April 13, 2021 - By Tonya Garcia
Gap signs credit card agreement with Barclays and Mastercard after split with SynchronyGap Inc. said Tuesday that it has signed long-term credit card agreements with Barclays PLC [s:bcs], which will exclusively issue Gap Inc. cards, and Mastercard Inc. , which will issue co-branded cards across the namesake, Banana Republic, Old Navy and Athleta brands. Barclays will begin issuing cards in May 2022. The credit card program is a key component of Gap's growth strategy and new rewards programs, the apparel retailer said. Synchrony Financial announced that it will not renew its partnership with Gap. Shares of Gap fell 2.6% in early Tuesday trading, but have rallied 58% for the year to date. The S&P 500 index is up 9.9% for 2021 so far.
4:11 a.m. April 13, 2021 - By Tomi Kilgore
Carlyle takes majority stake in Beautycounter, valuing company at $1 billionCarlyle Group Inc. said Tuesday it has acquired a majority stake in Beautycounter, in a deal that values the clean beauty company at $1 billion. The investment will allow Beautycounter to accelerate its strategic initiatives, which include increasing brand awareness. "Beautycounter is a pioneer and leader in the fast-growing clean beauty industry, and we see an opportunity to support a talented, founder-led team in amplifying the brand's mission to change beauty forever," said Jay Sammons, head of global consumer, media and retail at Carlyle. Shares of Carlyle, which are still inactive in premarket trading, have rallied 20.9% year to date, while the S&P 500 has gained 9.9%.
2:32 a.m. April 13, 2021 - By Tomi Kilgore
Synchrony Financial to exit Gap partnership, to redeploy capital to repurchase stockShares of Synchrony Financial fell 0.7% in premarket trading Tuesday, after the consumer financial services company disclosed that it will not renew its financing partnership with apparel retailer Gap Inc. when it expires in April 2022. Gap's stock was still inactive ahead of the open. Synchrony said the partnership with Gap represented about 5% of its loan receivables. "Synchrony was unable to reach contractual and economic terms with Gap that made sense for our company and our shareholders," Synchrony stated in an 8-K filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The company expects to recognize a gain from the sale of the portfolio in the second quarter of 2022, and plans to use about $1 billion of capital to buy back stock and to invest in higher growth programs. Synchrony's stock has rallied 24.3% year to date through Monday, while Gap shares have soared 62.3% and the S&P 500 has advanced 9.9%.
1:01 p.m. April 10, 2021 - By MarketWatch
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8:26 a.m. April 9, 2021 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting a Farewell Focus: 10-year yield asserts the range, Semiconductor sector presses record highs, TNX, SMH, KLAC, ROST, FOUR, ZENThis is the final edition of The Technical Indicator on MarketWatch. As its founder, and continuous editor since 2003, it has been a blast publishing for engaged and knowledgable readers for nearly 18 years.
8:12 a.m. April 8, 2021 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Bullish momentum persists: S&P 500 (slightly) extends April breakout Focus: Communications services sector tags record highs, Apple’s stealth trendline breakout, XLC, AAPL, IBM, ON, NUANU.S. stocks are mixed early Thursday, vacillating ahead of scheduled remarks from the Federal Reserve Chairman. Against this backdrop, the S&P 500 has tagged its latest record high, though narrowly, while the Nasdaq Composite has extended an already-aggressive trendline breakout.
7:58 a.m. April 7, 2021 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Bull trend confirmed: S&P 500 tags technical target (4,085) Focus: Europe digests break to 12-year highs, IEV, ASML, ADI, EMR, YUMU.S. stocks are mixed early Wednesday, vacillating ahead of the release of the Federal Reserve’s meeting minutes, due out this afternoon. Against this backdrop, the S&P 500 and Dow industrials are digesting decisive breaks to record territory, while the Nasdaq Composite has sustained an aggressive trendline breakout.
8:55 a.m. April 6, 2021 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting a bullish technical tilt, S&P 500 extends break atop 4,000 mark Focus: Consumer staples sustain break to record territory, XLP, VMW, ADSK, LUV, DLTRTechnically speaking, the major U.S. benchmarks have taken flight to start April, rising amid statistically unusual bullish momentum, writes Michael Ashbaugh.
8:33 a.m. April 6, 2021 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting a bullish technical tilt, S&P 500 extends break atop 4,000 mark Focus: Consumer staples sustain break to record territory, XLP, VMW, ADSK, LUV, DLTR Technically speaking, the major U.S. benchmarks have taken flight to start April, rising amid statistically unusual bullish momentum. In the process, the S&P 500 and Dow Jones Industrial Average have knifed to record highs, while the Nasdaq Composite has staged a potentially consequential trendline breakout.
8:13 a.m. April 5, 2021 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting bullish follow-through, S&P 500 knifes atop 4,000 mark Focus: 2021 currency trends persist, U.S. dollar retests 200-day average, Alphabet tags record high, UUP, FXE, GOOGL, QRVO, SEDG, HESU.S. stocks are firmly higher early Monday, rising after a strong batch of economic data. Against this backdrop, the S&P 500 has extended an April break atop the marquee 4,000 mark, while the Nasdaq Composite has reclaimed a key trendline, rising to place distance atop its 50-day moving average.
8:02 a.m. April 1, 2021 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting a bullish Q2 start, S&P 500 tags the 4,000 mark Focus: Semiconductor sector reclaims key resistance, SMH, LRCX, NTAP, MSI, NOVAU.S. stocks are firmly higher early Thursday, rising amid a largely bullish April start. Against this backdrop, the S&P 500 has ventured atop the 4,000 mark for the first time on record, as the Nasdaq Composite vies to simply reclaim its 50-day moving average, currently 13,427.
8:03 a.m. March 31, 2021 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting a stealth breakout attempt, S&P 500 tags fractional record high Focus: 10-year yield asserts higher plateau, FedEx extends earnings-fueled breakout, TNX, FDX, X, APD, VCELU.S. stocks are higher early Wednesday, rising as a largely-bullish first quarter concludes. Against this backdrop, the S&P 500 has tagged a fractional record high early Wednesday amid a stealth late-March breakout attempt that remains underway.
8:43 a.m. March 30, 2021 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting the S&P 500’s approach of the 4,000 mark Focus: Basic materials stage bull-flag breakout, Boeing digests rally to 52-week highs, XLB, BA, TGT, FFIV, TXTechnically speaking, the S&P 500 has sustained a reversal from major support, rising to challenge record highs, and within striking distance of the marquee 4,000 mark, writes Michael Ashbaugh.
8:15 a.m. March 30, 2021 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting the S&P 500’s approach of the 4,000 mark Focus: Basic materials stage bull-flag breakout, Boeing digests rally to 52-week highs, XLB, BA, TGT, FFIV, TXTechnically speaking, the U.S. benchmarks’ bigger-picture backdrop remains bullish, on balance, though the prevailing market technicals are not one-size-fits-all. Amid the cross currents, the S&P 500 has sustained a bullish reversal from major support, rising to challenge record highs, and within striking distance of the marquee 4,000 mark.
8:26 a.m. March 29, 2021 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting market cross currents: S&P 500 pulls in from record close Focus: Consumer staples and real estate sectors break out, XLP, IYR, TXN, NXPI, KOU.S. stocks are lower early Monday, pressured partly amid concerns that a hedge fund’s forced liquidation may have adverse ripple effects. Against this backdrop, the S&P 500 and Dow industrials have pulled in from their latest record close, even as the Nasdaq Composite vies to simply maintain major support matching the 2020 peak (12,973).
8:30 a.m. March 26, 2021 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting a bullish reversal, S&P 500 extends rally from 50-day average Focus: Crude oil weathers key technical test, Dow 30 component Home Depot takes flight, USO, HD, AMAT, FNKO, RACEU.S. stocks are higher early Friday, rising after a market-friendly batch of economic data. Against this backdrop, the S&P 500 has extended a rally from its 50-day moving average, while the Nasdaq Composite seems to have narrowly survived a retest of key support matching the 2020 peak.
8:19 a.m. March 25, 2021 - By Michael Ashbaugh
S&P 500 whipsaws at 50-day average, Nasdaq ventures under key support Focus: March currency cross currents persist, Consumer staples break out amid weakness elsewhere, UUP, FXE, XLP, PG, CSCO, STLD U.S. stocks are lower early Thursday — though well off the session’s worst levels — pressured amid a persistently jagged late-month downturn. Against this backdrop, the S&P 500 has whipsawed at its 50-day moving average, currently 3,870, while the Nasdaq Composite has ventured under important support matching the 2020 peak (12,973).
10:17 a.m. March 24, 2021 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Market rotation persists, S&P 500 capped by the breakdown point Focus: Small- and mid-caps extend March downturn, Nasdaq capped by 50-day averageU.S. stocks are mixed Wednesday, vacillating as Treasury yields continue to stabilize in the wake of largely uneventful Federal Reserve policy remarks. Against this backdrop, the S&P 500 remains capped by its breakdown point (3,950) amid still largely range-bound price action as market rotation persists.
10:06 a.m. March 24, 2021 - By Greg Robb
Fed's Williams doesn't expect inflation pressures building over next couple of yearsThe U.S. economy will recover "really nicely" over the next couple of years, but this doesn't mean inflation pressures will build, said New York Fed President John Williams on Wednesday. "I don't see inflationary pressures really building during that time," Williams said during a webinar sponsored by Syracuse University. He noted that inflation rates around the world are very low. In addition, there are still 9 million fewer jobs in the U.S. economy than at the start of the pandemic. If inflation does surprise to the upside, the Fed has the tools to get inflation down near the Fed's 2% annual goal, Williams said.
8:34 a.m. March 24, 2021 - By Greg Robb
Yellen in sharp exchange with Republican senator over IMF plan to expand reservesTreasury Secretary Janet Yellen had a sharp exchange Wednesday during a Senate hearing with Sen. John Kennedy, Republican of Louisiana, over a renewed plan by the International Monetary Fund to issue $650 billion in new reserves, known as Special Drawing Rights, to member states. IMF Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva on Tuesday said she would present the plan to the IMF's executive board in June. The IMF first floated the plan last year as a way to help countries pay for the costs of battling the coronavirus. But it was blocked by the Trump administration and then-Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. Republicans in Congress are unhappy the IMF plan has been resuscitated. They note that China, Russia and Venezuela will benefit from the new reserve allocation. Kennedy said the Biden administration was making an end-run around Congress and alleged the IMF plan would cost American taxpayers "$180 billion." Yellen grew frustrated as the exchange went on. She said the U.S. would earn interest on its new SDRs so that the cost of the program would be a "wash." "I don't know where you got a number like that from." Yellen said.
10:29 a.m. March 23, 2021 - MarketWatch.com
Powell, Yellen face House panel amid concerns over deficit, inflation: live blog Biden’s reported $3 trillion package for infrastructure expected to dominate hearingFed Chairman Jerome Powell and Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen testify together for the first time Tuesday before the House Financial Services panel.
8:27 a.m. March 23, 2021 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Bull trend intact: S&P 500 retests the breakdown point Focus: Home construction ETF rattles cage on a breakout, Intel ‘s backdrop strengthens amid March volatility, ITB, INTC, DISH, LEN JBLTechnically speaking, the U.S. benchmarks’ bigger-picture backdrop remains bullish, though amid persistently uneven March price action, writes Michael Ashbaugh.
8:02 a.m. March 23, 2021 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Bull trend intact: S&P 500 retests the breakdown point Focus: Home construction ETF rattles cage on a breakout, Intel ‘s backdrop strengthens amid March volatility, ITB, INTC, DISH, LEN JBLTechnically speaking, the U.S. benchmarks’ bigger-picture backdrop remains bullish, on balance, though amid persistently uneven March price action.
12:30 p.m. March 22, 2021 - By Greg Robb
Powell says U.S. economy 'looks to be strengthening'The U.S. economy has recovered more quickly than generally expected "and looks to be strengthening," said Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell in remarks released on Monday. Consumer spending, housing, business investment and manufacturing productions have all picked up, he noted. This good news is due to the unprecedented support from Congress and the central bank in fighting COVID, Powell said. "But the recovery is far from complete, so, at the Fed, we will continue to provide the economy with the support that it needs for as long as it takes," he said. The path of the economy still depends on the pandemic, Powell added. He made the comments in testimony to be delivered Tuesday to a House Financial Services Committee hearing on the government's response to COVID. It is the panel's custom to release text of testimony on the night before a hearing.
7:40 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.
8:20 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.
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.
8:35 a.m. March 17, 2021 - MarketWatch.com
Fed faces communication challenge as doubts mount about its easy policy stance: live blog In wake of vaccine-rollout and $1.9 trillion stimulus, markets think first Fed interest-rate hike is no longer years awayThe Federal Reserve will release its latest views on the economy and the ‘dot-plot’ view of interest rate policy at 2pm Eastern. Fed Chairman Jerome Powell will follow with a press conference a half-hour later.
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.
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