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11:13 a.m. Nov. 19, 2021 - By Mark Decambre
Nasdaq Composite posts 46th record close of 2021 but broader stock market limps lower in week before ThanksgivingThe Nasdaq Composite index finished at a record high amid an otherwise lackluster end of the week for the broader market, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the S&P 500 ending the session in negative territory, amid growing concerns over rising cases of COVID-19 in the U.S. and Europe. However, the technology-laden Nasdaq Composite showed gains outperformed as a retreat in bond yields, which move opposite to prices, helped to support further gains for large-capitalization technology stocks, including chip makers like Micron Technology Inc. , which helped to lead gains in the Nasdaq. The tech-heavy index booked its 46th record closing high of 2021. Meanwhile, the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed down nearly 270 points, or 0.8%, at 35,602, on a preliminary basis. The S&P 500 index ended the session down 0.1% at 4,698. For the week, the Dow closed down 1.4%, while the S&P 500 posted a weekly gain of 0.3% and the Nasdaq Composite's record run was aided by a 1.2% gain for the week. Nov. 26 marks Thanksiving in the U.S. and markets will be closed, while early closures will occur on the Friday after the holiday, known as Black Friday.
1:51 a.m. Oct. 11, 2021 - By Tomi Kilgore
Alibaba stock surges toward 5th straight gain as part of broad rally in China-based tech stocksShares of Alibaba Group Holdings Ltd. surged 5.2% in premarket trading Monday, putting them on track for a fifth-straight gain, as part of a broad rally shares of China-based technology companies. Alibaba's stock had , after closing on Oct. 4 at the lowest price since January 2019. The broad rally comes after reports that Chinese regulators fined food delivery giant Meituan the equivalent of more than $500 million, as that was and it for the company and other tech stocks. Meituan's Hong Kong-listed shares ran up 8.4% toward a three-month high. Among U.S.-listed shares of other China-based tech giants, JD.com Inc. climbed 1.8%, iQIYI Inc. rose 3.2%, Baidu Inc. rallied 2.6% and Bilibili Inc. advanced 3.1%. Meanwhile, the iShares MSCI China ETF gained 1.4% in Monday's premarket, while futures for the S&P 500 slipped 0.4%.
7:20 a.m. Aug. 17, 2021 - By Tomi Kilgore
Online travel booker stocks fall amid growing concerns over surging COVID cases Shares of online travel services companies were broadly lower Tuesday, with many hitting multi-month lows, as fueled fears of potential travel restrictions. The ETFMG Travel Tech ETF dropped 3.5%, and has shed 7.5% amid a 4-day losing streak, putting it on track for the lowest close since Dec. 23, 2020, as 32 of 34 equity components lost ground. In comparison, the S&P 500 declined 0.9%. Among some of the ETF's online-booker components, shares of Expedia Group Inc. slid 1.7%, TripAdvisor Inc. dropped 3.0%; Despegar.com slumped 6.4% and Trivago N.V. tumbled 8.0%, all toward six-month lows, while Booking Holdings Inc. slipped 1.1%, but was above the July 19 closing low of $2,067.55. Shares of Travelzoo , which provides travel information, declined 5.3%, and Sabre Corp. , which provides travel-booking technology, lost 1.4%. Elsewhere, shed 2.6%, and has lost 6.1% amid a four-day losing streak, while cruise operator Carnival Corp.'s stock lost 3.2%, and has dropped 8.0%, also amid a 4-day loss streak.
2:30 a.m. July 8, 2021 - By Tomi Kilgore
AMC, GameStop stocks slump toward 5-day loss streaksShares of AMC Entertainment Holdings Inc. dropped 9.3% in premarket trading Thursday, after tumbling 20.5% amid a four-day losing streak. Fellow meme stock GameStop Corp. was also extending recent losses, as it shed 5.3% ahead of the open, after losing 11.0% over the past four days. A five-day losing streak would be the longest such stretch for AMC's stock since the 8-day losing streak ended May 6, and the longest losing stretch for GameStop's stock since the five-day losing streak that ended May 5. The stocks' selloffs are part of a broader-market selloff, as Dow Jones Industrial Average futures slid 474 points, or 1.4%, and futures for the S&P 500 sank 1.3%. Among other meme stocks, the U.S.-listed shares of BlackBerry Ltd. fell 3.3% in Thursday's premarket, Express Inc. dropped 6.5% and Nokia Corp. slipped 0.7%.
9:51 a.m. June 24, 2021 - By Emily Bary
The Trade Desk among ad-tech stocks surging after Google delays phase-out plans for cookiesDigital-advertising stocks are rallying Thursday after Alphabet Inc.'s Google said it would delay its plans to that track users across the web. U.S.-listed shares of Criteo SA [s; CRTO] are up more than 12% in Thursday's session, while shares of The Trade Desk Inc. are up more than 17% and shares of PubMatic Inc. are up more than 13%. Google now plans to phase out cookies on its Chrome browser in a third-month period that will end in late 2023, whereas the company initially was targeting early 2022. The new schedule will give the company more time to work with industry players on devising new privacy "standards" and "is important to avoid jeopardizing the business models of many web publishers which support freely available content," Google said in a blog post. Stifel analyst Scott Devitt wrote in a note to clients that "this morning's announcements have significant ramifications for digital advertising industry participants, as the extended timeline allows companies more time to prepare for the eventual deprecation of third-party cookies, develop more robust alternative solutions for user identification/targeting/campaign measurement, and potentially garner additional support for non-Google alternatives like the Unified ID 2.0 initiative." Alphabet shares are up 0.3% in Thursday morning trading and they've gained 71% over the past 12 months as the S&P 500 has increased 40%.
4:19 a.m. May 17, 2021 - 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.
4:48 a.m. May 10, 2021 - By Tomi Kilgore
Cyber security stocks mostly lower in wake of Colonial Pipeline ransomware attackShares of cyber security software stocks were mostly lower Monday, as the overall weakness in the technology sector outweighed security concerns following . that forced the shut down of pipelines that supply the East Coast with much of its refined fuel. The ETFMG Prime Cyber Security ETF fell 0.7% in morning trading, with 38 of its 58 equity components trading lower. Among the ETF's more-active U.S.-listed components, shares of FireEye Inc. rallied 3.1% and Cisco Systems Inc. gained 0.5%, while Cloudflare Inc. shed 3.5% and CrowdStrike Holdings Inc. slid 1.9%. Meanwhile, the SPDR Technology Select Sector ETF dropped 1.1% while the S&P 500 slipped 0.1%.
6:50 a.m. April 27, 2021 - By Victor Reklaitis
All of President Biden’s key executive orders — in one chart Memorandums, proclamations, other executive actions also deployed Memorandums, proclamations, other executive actions also deployed As people and markets around the world adjust to having Joe Biden as U.S. president, a key factor is what the veteran Democratic politician aims to accomplish without having to work with Congress.
7:26 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.
7:12 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.
6:58 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.
7:55 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.
7:33 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.
7:13 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.
7:02 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.
7:03 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.
7:43 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.
7:15 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.
7:26 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).
7:30 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.
7:19 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).
9:17 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.
7:27 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.
7:02 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.
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.
5:29 a.m. March 22, 2021 - By Emily Bary
Snap, Pinterest stocks get downgraded at Bank of AmericaBank of America analyst Justin Post downgraded shares of Snap Inc. and Pinterest Inc. to neutral from buy Monday, writing that while the two internet companies could continue to see strong growth, their stocks could fall out of favor as the economy recovers. Snap shares are off 5.8% in Monday morning trading while Pinterest shares are down 2.5%. "We continue to see Snap and Pinterest as strong secular growers, expect strong 1Q channel checks to aid stocks ahead of 1Q results, and anticipate acceleration in growth in 2Q, but we think investors may becoming increasingly concerned on tougher 2H comps, especially in context of a broader economy that should be accelerating," Post wrote. At the same time, he upgraded shares of Booking Holdings Inc. to buy from neutral, arguing that the company could be the top beneficiary of Europe's vaccine rollout by the third quarter, among the companies that he covers. He points to "several green shoots for U.S. travel" and an expectation that Europe and the rest of the world could kick off similar recovery paths. Booking shares are up 1.5% in Monday morning trading. They've gained 13% over the past three months as the S&P 500 has risen about 7%.
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).
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