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2:54 p.m. May 7, 2021 - By Quentin Fottrell
Why are ‘Karens’ so angry? Such incidents have not gone away. Instead, they’ve become another depressingly ubiquitous feature of modern lifeSuch incidents have not gone away. Instead, they’ve become another depressingly ubiquitous feature of modern life.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
1:32 p.m. March 9, 2021 - By Andrew Keshner
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10:51 a.m. March 9, 2021 - By Greg Robb
Biden's name won't appear on stimulus checks, White House saysPresident Joe Biden's name will not appear on this round of stimulus checks, White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Tuesday. "We're doing everything in our power to expedite the payments and not delay them which is why the president's name will not appear on the memo line of this round of stimulus checks," Psaki told reporters. Last spring, taxpayers got stimulus checks with President Donald Trump's name printed on them. Psaki said the White House doesn't yet know exactly when the checks will start to be sent out beyond saying "this month." The House of Representatives is expected to pass the measure on Wednesday and send it to the White House for Biden's signature. More details of the timing of the payments will likely come at that time.
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.
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.
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