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10:07 a.m. Dec. 3, 2021 - By Mark Decambre
The Dow has shed over 2,000 points over past month as blue-chip, stock-market index heads for 4th weekly tumbleThe Dow Jones Industrial Average has shed about 2,000 points since the middle of November to this Friday, as bullish momentum unwinds. At last check, the Dow was down 360 points Friday afternoon, bringing the weekly drop to nearly 630 points, or 1.8%, and marking the fourth consecutive weekly decline for the benchmark of 30 blue-chip stocks, if the decline holds. From the weekly period started Nov. 12 to Dec. 3, the index has lost about 2,054 points. U.S. stock benchmarks were down Friday, as investors reassessed weaker-than-expected November jobs report as unlikely to stay the hand of a Federal Reserve that seems intent on tamping down inflation. Worries about the spread of the omicron variant of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 and fears about the Federal Reserve's monetary policy plans, was helping to undercut bullish momentum on Wall Street.
5:47 a.m. Nov. 26, 2021 - By Mark Decambre
Dow's Black Friday plunge puts blue-chip stock gauge at risk of closing below 50-day moving averageU.S. stocks were facing their worst Black Friday trade in recent memory and the decline was putting the Dow Jones Industrial Average at risk of closing below its 50-day moving average for the first time since mid October, as markets wrestle with reports of a new coronavirus variant.The Dow was down 826 points, or 2.3%, to trade at 34,969, which is below its 50-day MA at 35,261.93. Scientists say the coronavirus strain has a high number of mutations that may make it more transmissible and allow it to evade some of the immune responses triggered by previous infection or vaccination. Meanwhile, the S&P 500 index , and the Nasdaq Composite Index were both trading sharply lower but holding above their short-term MAs. Moving averages are used by technical analysts to gauge short-term and long-term momentum in an asset.
11:06 a.m. Oct. 26, 2021 - By Mark Decambre
Dow, S&P 500 book back-to-back record closes but stock market's gains fade in Tuesday's final minutesU.S. stocks eked out a fresh round of record highs Tuesday, as better-than-expected third-quarter results from American corporations appeared to produce sufficient loft for a second record close for the S&P 500 and the Dow Jones Industrial Average. The Dow closed up less than 0.1% higher at around 35,755, with an intraday record high at 35,892.92; the S&P 500 edged up 0.2% to about 4,575, following a jaunt near 4,600. Meanwhile, the Nasdaq Composite index finished up less than 0.1% at 15,235, putting the technology-laden index closer to eclipsing its Sept. 7 record close at 15,374.33. However, the day's gains might have been kept in check by persistent worries about inflation and fears of a global growth slowdown. On top of that the Federal Reserve meets next week, Nov. 2-3, to discuss implementing policies that would be viewed as less accommodative for stock buying.
11:11 a.m. Oct. 6, 2021 - By Mark Decambre
Dow stages 560-point U-turn to end positive as McConnell says he'll allow Dems to pass short-term debt-limit extensionU.S. stocks on Wednesday staged a powerful intraday turnabout that resulted in all three indexes finishing in positive territory after sharp early losses. Stock-market investors have been buffeted lately by a surge in energy prices, notably natural-gas futures , heightening fears about a surge in inflation that might prompt the Federal Reserve to act sooner to end market-accommodative policies. The Dow Jones Industrial Average [: DJIA] closed over 100 points higher, or 0.3%, to reach about 34,417, and had been down by as many as 459 points, or 1.3%, while the S&P 500 index climbed 0.4% to 4,364, and the Nasdaq Composite Index advanced 0.5% to reach 14,501 but had seen an intraday low at 14,259.07, putting the technology-laden index down by as many as 1.2% on the session. For the Nasdaq Composite it was the biggest intraday turnaround since March 25, while it was the biggest intraday comeback for the Dow since Dec. 21, 2020, according to Dow Jones Market Data. A rise in yields, with the benchmark 10-year Treasury note reaching 1.57%, initially weighing on markets, but those rate moves subsided somewhat later in the session and reports about a possible detente between the GOP and Democrats set the stage for a mini comeback. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky proposed allowing Democrats to "use normal procedures to pass an emergency debt limit extension at a fixed dollar amount to cover current spending levels into December." In economic data, a report from Automatic Data Processing Inc. showed that 568,000 private-sector jobs were created in September, outpacing estimates from The Wall Street Journal for 425,000. However, a reading for August was reduced to 340,000 from 374,000.
5:06 a.m. Sept. 20, 2021 - By Tomi Kilgore
Airline stocks outperform, amid hopes U.S. will lift the EU travel ban 'soon'The airline sector fell, but outperformed amid , after reports that President Biden will soon lift the travel ban on Europeans, which was put in place early in the COVID-19 pandemic by former president Donald Trump. Stavros Lambrinidis, the European Union Ambassador to the U.S., , "Hope there'll be a positive announcement soon." The U.S. Global Jets ETF slipped 0.6%, while the S&P 500 shed 1.4%. Among the more-active U.S. air carriers, shares of American Airlines Group Inc. rose 0.9%, Delta Air Lines Inc. eased 0.5% and United Airlines Holdings Inc. slipped 0.5%. The Biden administration agreed with its European Union officials to lift travel restrictions for vaccinated citizens, , citing three senior EU officials.
4:35 a.m. Sept. 14, 2021 - By Mark Decambre
Dow industrials kick off higher Tuesday after cooler-than-expected consumer-inflation readingU.S. stocks rise modestly higher Tuesday after a report on inflation came in more tame than had originally been expecting, suggesting that the Federal Reserve may be less inclined to rapidly move to taper its monthly asset purchases that had provided liquidity to the COVID stricken market. The Dow Jones Industrial Average traded 71 points, or 0.2%, higher at 34,944, the S&P 500 index climbed 0.3% at 4,484, while the Nasdaq Composite Index advanced 0.4% to reach 15,165. The U.S. consumer price index rose 0.3% in August, while the core reading, which excludes volatile food and energy prices, was up just 0.1%. The CPI increased 5.3% in the August year, compared to expectations for a 5.4% increase, and a rise of 5.5% for the year last month. The year-over-year change in core CPI fell back to 4% from 4.3% in July. While the reading remains elevated, signs of peak inflation could make it less urgent for the Fed to begin scaling back its bond purchases, though investors have largely scaled back expectations for the central bank to lay out a timetable to begin tapering at its meeting next week.
4:32 a.m. Aug. 26, 2021 - By Mark Decambre
Dow drifts higher at Thursday's open but S&P 500 and Nasdaq retreat from records as Jackson Hole loomsU.S. stocks were trading mixed Thursday morning, with the Dow edging up, and the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq Composite pulling back from all-time highs ahead of an important speech from Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell on Friday. The Dow Jones Industrial Average [: DJIA] rose 45 points, or 0.1%, at 35,441, the S&P 500 index declined less than 0.1% at 4,492, after the broad-market index put in its 51st record of 2021, while the Nasdaq Composite Index slipped less than 0.1% at 15,040, following its 30th record high of 2021 on Wednesday. In economic data, an updated reading of U.S. gross domestic prodict, or GDP, showed that the U.S. economy grew at an annualized rate of 6.6% in the second quarter, an upward revision from the initial reading at 6.5%, but below economists average estimates of 6.7% as surveyed by Dow Jones. Weekly jobless claims, meanwhile, came in at 353,000, hanging around a pandemic low.
5:11 a.m. Aug. 24, 2021 - By Mark Decambre
Nasdaq Composite carves out fresh intraday record at Tuesday's open as stock market clambers higher U.S. stocks on Tuesday grinded higher toward all-time highs as investors responded positively to strong corporate earnings and the economic rebound against COVID-19, despite the spread of the delta variant of the disease. The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 0.1% to 35,382, the S&P 500 index rose 0.1% and climbed near a record high at 4,489.88, and the Nasdaq Composite Index rose 0.3%, after carving out an intraday record at 15,003.20. In corporate news, Best Buy Co. Inc. shares were in focus after the consumer electronics retailer reported second-quarter earnings that beat expectations and raised its same-store sales guidance for the year. At the end of the week, Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell is expected to deliver a speech that might provide some insights on the timing and scope of tapering asset purchases for the central bank.
11:09 a.m. Aug. 20, 2021 - By Mark Decambre
Dow snaps 3-session skid to end above 35,000 as tech rallies, but stocks book weekly losses as delta variant hits confidenceU.S. stocks on Friday booked a strong finish to an otherwise turbulent week that saw all three main equity index log weekly losses. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose by about 225 points, or 0.7%, ending higher for the first time in four sessions, with a weekly decline of 1.1%. The S&P 500 index closed 0.8% higher to around 4,442, with a weekly slide of 0.6%. The Nasdaq Composite Index enjoyed the best session on Friday, rising 1.2%, helping to cut its weekly slide to 0.7%. The week ended higher belieing lingering concerns about the delta variant's impact on the economy. One Federal Reserve policy maker said he may rethink his call for a tapering of bond purchases to start in October, if the variant slows economy. In an interview with Fox Business Network on Friday, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas President Robert Kaplan said the variant has caused him to have an open mind about the path of monetary policy. He called it "the big imponderable"
11:10 a.m. Aug. 19, 2021 - By Mark Decambre
Dow logs 3rd straight decline but small-caps take it on the chin Thursday, as S&P 500 and Nasdaq halt skidsU.S. stock benchmarks on Thursday finished a turbulent session mostly flat and the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq Composite eked out small gains to halt a multiday skid. However, the Dow Jones Industrial Averaged booked its third straight drop, representing its longest bout of losses since the five-session period ended June 18. The S&P 500 index closed up 0.1% at 4,406, finishing higher for the first time in three sessions, while the Nasdaq Composite closed up 0.1% at around 14,542, booking its first gain in four sessions. The Dow , however, declined 0.2% to 34,894, weighed by declines in Boeing Co. , Caterpillar Inc. and Goldman Sachs Group Inc. . Investors have grown cautious on stocks as concerns about the delta variant of COVID-19 threaten to dent the global economic recovery. Investors also are worried about the Federal Reserve's plans to taper its monthly purchases of bonds. But it was small-cap stocks that saw outsize losses on Thursday. The Russell 2000 Index of small-cap stocks finished down 1.3%. The performance for markets came even as weekly data showed that jobless claims fell to a pandemic low of 348,000 last week.
8:13 a.m. Aug. 17, 2021 - By Mark Decambre
Dow heads for worst day in a month, Nasdaq on track for worst in 2 months, as Wall Street's fear index jumps 18%U.S. stocks on Tuesday afternoon were setting a brisk pace lower on the session, led by losses in the technology sector. In fact, the tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite , down 1.4%, at last check, was headed for the worst daily decline since May 12, when it tumbled 2.7%; and the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the S&P 500 index , fresh off record highs on Monday, were each down by more than 1%, both on track for their worst day since July 19. The equity decline also saw the Cboe Volatility index , also known as the fear index, register its biggest daily surge in about a month, up 18% at 19.05, since July 19. The VIX, referring to the Cboe Volatility index's ticker symbol, is a closely watched measure of stock-market impied volatility that is often used as a proxy for investor anxiety, and it tends to rise as stocks fall.
4:34 a.m. Aug. 12, 2021 - By Mark Decambre
Dow briefly hits intraday record high before retreating Thursday as market weighs hotter-than-expected PPI reportU.S. stocks struggled for direction early Thursday, with the Dow briefly hitting an intraday record at the start of trade, and the S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite trading under pressure as investors parsed data on wholesale inflation and a weekly jobs report. The Dow was down less than 0.1% at 35,469, but had established an intraday all-time high at 35,510.77, the S&P 500 index was trading 0.1% lower at 4,442, while the Nasdaq Composite Index was down 0.1% at 14,746. The producer-price index, or PPI, a measure of the prices businesses receive for their goods and services, rose for the sixth month in a row, undermining a report on consumer prices that had suggested that pricing pressures may be moderating somewhat.PPI jumped 1% last month, the government said Thursday, hotter than the 0.6% increase that economists polled by The Wall Street Journal had forecast. PPI over the past 12 months moved up to 7.8% for July from 7.3% in the prior month. Consumer-price index data on Wednesday showed a 0.5% climb on a month-over-month basis, but was down from 0.9% in June and matched the expectations of economists surveyed by The Wall Street Journal. Meanwhile, dropped by 12,000 to 375,000 in the week ended Aug. 7, the government said Thursday. That matched the forecast of economists polled by The Wall Street Journal, a sister publication of MarketWatch.
4:33 a.m. Aug. 10, 2021 - By Mark Decambre
Dow, S&P 500 and Nasdaq rise tepidly to start Tuesday action as investors await Senate vote on infrastructureU.S. stocks edged higher Tuesday morning, as investors watched the global spread of the delta variant of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 and searched for fresh catalysts to keep pushing equities higher. Investors were also awaiting the passage of a infrastructure package by the Senate later in the session. Energy prices , meanwhile, were rebounding from a sharp rout. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 0.1% at 35,129, the S&P 500 index advanced 0.1% at 4,436, and the Nasdaq Composite Index climbed 0.2% at 14,888. Meanwhile, the Senate was a roughly $1 trillion infrastructure package with broad bipartisan support Tuesday, advancing a central piece of President Biden's economic agenda. In corporate news, shares of AMC Entertainment Holdings climbed after the movie-theater chain reported a narrower quarterly loss late Monday, and a deal with AT&T's Warner Bros. over showing its movies in theaters before streaming. In COVID news, the highly transmissible delta variant of the coronavirus-borne illness COVID-19 has driven the daily average of new cases in the U.S. above 100,000 for the first time since February and created a crisis in Austin, Texas, where hospitals are running out of intensive care unit beds. The U.S. seven-day average of new cases stood at 110,360 on Sunday, according to a New York Times tracker, up 112% from two weeks ago. Hospitalizations have climbed 90% and deaths are up 92% in the period.
11:12 a.m. Aug. 5, 2021 - By Mark Decambre
S&P 500, Nasdaq close at records and Dow jumps nearly 300 points to retake perch at 35,000 ahead of Friday jobs reportThe S&P 500 and the Nasdaq Composite ended at records Thursday and the stock market closed solidly higher overall as shares of assets considered value tilted and information technology rose in tandem. The S&P 500 index closed up at around 4,429, up 0.6%, the Nasdaq Composite Index ended 0.8% higher at 14,895, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average finished up 170 points, or 0.8%, at 35,064, on a preliminary basis. Meanwhile, the small-capitalization Russell 2000 index rose by about 1.6%. The session marked the 43rd record for the S&P 500 in 2021 and the 27th for the Nasdaq Composite this year, its first, however, since July 26, according to Dow Jones Market Data. Gains on the session came a day ahead of an important report on jobs from the Labor Department and also after weekly data showed first-time claims for unemployment benefits last week fell to 385,000, down 14,000 from the previous week and in line with forecasts, while continuing claims fell below 3 million for the first time since March 2020. Separately, the June U.S. international trade deficit rose to a record, fueled by a surge in imports. Meanwhile, the Biden administration won a voluntary commitment from the auto industry that electric vehicles would comprise up to half of U.S. sales by the end of the decade. In corporate news, shares of Robinhood Markets Inc. ended down 28% after the online brokerage filed to sell up to 97.9 million Class A shares over time. In bonds, the 10-year Treasury note yield was at around 1.21% on Thursday after seeing an intraday low on Wednesday at 1.1255%. Yields and debt prices move in opposite directions.
8:42 a.m. Aug. 5, 2021 - By Mark Decambre
Gold futures end lower Thursday as yields pop higher, U.S. stocks rallyGold futures closed slightly lower Thursday, quashing bullion's attempt to deliver its first back-to-back gain since mid July, as Treasury yields climbed but still hung near lows not seen since mid to early February. The 10-year Treasury note was yielding around 1.20% Thursday afternoon after hitting its lowest intraday level since Feb. 10 at 1.1255%, a day earlier. December gold settled $5.60, or 0.3%, lower at $1,808.90 an ounce, after closing up less than 0.1% on Wednesday. The decline for gold also comes as the Dow Jones Industrial Average , the S&P 500 index and the Nasdaq Composite Index were rallying, trading at or near record highs and underscoring a weaker appetite on the session for assets perceived as havens like gold and bonds. The rise in Treasury yields can also undercut the appeal of gold compared against precious metals that don't offer a coupon.
11:04 a.m. Aug. 3, 2021 - By Mark Decambre
S&P 500 notches 42nd record closing high of 2021 as corporate earnings overshadow spread of delta variantU.S. stocks finished solidly higher Tuesday, and the S&P 500 notched another record, as investors assessed corporate earnings reports and grappled with concerns over how the global economy will withstand the delta variant of the coronavirus as well as Chinese regulatory action against technology stocks. The S&P 500 closed 36 points, or 0.8%, higher at about 4,423, besting the broad-market index's July 26th record at 4,222.30. That marked the 42nd record high of 2021 for the index. The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed nearly 280 points, or 0.8%, higher at 35,117, while the Nasdaq Composite Index finished 0.6% higher at 14,761, on a preliminary basis.
11:21 a.m. July 19, 2021 - By Mark Decambre
Dow sinks 726 points for worst day in over 3 months amid escalating worries about COVID's delta variantStock benchmarks closed sharply lower Monday, and the Dow marked its worst drop since late October, amid growing concerns about the global spread of the delta variant of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. The Dow Jones Industrial Average shed about 726 points, or 2.1%, lower at 33,962 to mark its steepest slide since Oct. 28, 2020; the S&P 500 index ended down 1.6% at 4,258, while the Nasdaq Composite Index declined 1.1% at 14,275. All closing levels are on a preliminary basis. The declines for stocks came as the 10-year Treasury note yield fell to a five-month low beneath 1.18%. Stocks finished off their worst levels of the session, however, with the Dow down over 900 points at session lows.
11:10 a.m. July 15, 2021 - By Mark Decambre
Nasdaq logs longest losing skid in 2 months as chip makers get hit; 10-year Treasury yields below 1.30%U.S. stocks ended mostly lower Thursday, with the S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite finishing down on the session as investors weighed mostly upbeat U.S. economic data, corporate earnings and a second day of testimony by Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell. The Nasdaq Composite Index closed off 0.7% at around 14,543, marking the third straight decline, its longest losing skid since a similar period ended May 19, weighed in part by a sharp drop in chip makers . The declines for yield-sensitive technology and tech-related stocks came even as the 10-year Treasury note yield fell below 1.30% on the day. The S&P 500 index closed off 0.3% at about 4,360, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average ended 0.2% higher at 34,987, buoyed by shares of UnitedHealth Group Inc. and Honeywell International Inc. . In economic news, initial jobless claims fell by 26,000 to 360,000 in the seven days ended July 10, matching the forecast of economists polled by The Wall Street Journal. Meanwhile, Powell, in an appearance before the Senate Banking Committee, repeated his message from the previous day when he testified before a House panel, telling lawmakers that inflation has risen significantly and would likely remain high for a few months before moderating.
4:33 a.m. June 29, 2021 - By Mark Decambre
Dow climbs as S&P 500 and Nasdaq carve out fresh intraday all-time highs to kick off Tuesday tradeU.S. stocks opened higher Tuesday morning, with equity indexes trading at or near records, and the S&P 500 aiming for its 33rd record closing high of the year as investors awaited data on consumer confidence levels. The move comes after the S&P 500 booked its 32nd all-time closing high of 2021, led by gains in the technology sector. The S&P 500 index was rising 0.2% and established an intraday record high at 4,298.22, the Dow Jones Industrial Average climbed 0.5% to around 34,455, while the Nasdaq Composite Index was trading less than 0.1% lower at 14,483 after notching an all-time intraday high at 14,509.78. In corporate news, United Airlines Holdings Inc. said Tuesday that it is purchasing 270 new Boeing and Airbus aircraft to its fleet, in its biggest-ever order and the largest by an individual carrier in the last decade, making a strong bet on a recovery in travel.
4:31 a.m. June 11, 2021 - By Mark Decambre
S&P 500 opens higher Friday, aims to end week at a record ahead of big Fed policy updateU.S. equity benchmarks rose modestly early Friday, looking to end the week on a positive note after the S&P 500 logged a record close despite another round of hotter-than-expected inflation data. Investors are now looking to the start on June 15 of the Federal Reserve's two-day policy meeting. The S&P 500 index was heading 0.1% higher at 4,244, the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 0.3% at 34,552, while the Nasdaq Composite Index advanced less than 0.1% at 14,022. The U.S. economic calendar is light following Thursday's inflation fireworks. A preliminary June consumer sentiment index reading is due at 10 a.m. Eastern. On Thursday, stocks and government debt rallied, despite data that showed the rate of U.S. consumer inflation over the past year escalated to a 13-year high of 5% from 4.2% in the prior month. That put it at the highest level since 2008, when the cost of oil hit a record $150 a barrel. Before that, the last time inflation was as high was in 1991. In corporate news, meme stocks remain in focus, with shares of AMC Entertainment Holdings Inc. up more than 6% in premarket trading Friday, after falling 22.2% over the past two sessions. The stock and other meme stocks, took a hit Thursday after GameStop Corp. .
11:11 a.m. May 24, 2021 - By Mark Decambre
Dow clinches 3rd straight gain as tech, communication-services stocks support Monday climbU.S. stock benchmarks closed solidly higher Monday, powered by a rebound in shares of technology and communication-services companies, as investors shook off concerns about out-of-control inflation to hunt for buying opportunities among assets that have been battered in the tumultuous economic recovery phase from COVID. The Dow Jones Industrial Average [: DJIA] closed up 186 points, or 0.5%, to around 34,394, marking the third straight gain for blue chips. The S&P 500 index rose 1% to 4,197, with gains in information technology, up 1.8%, and communication services, rising 1.8%, leading the charge higher for the broad-market benchmark. The tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite Index closed 1.4% higher at about 13,661. In corporate news, shares of Virgin Galactic Holdings Inc. shot up nearly 30% after the space exploration company completed its first rocket-powered flight from New Mexico to the fringe of space in a manned shuttle. Meanwhile, bitcoin rebounded from a weekend selloff and was changing hands at around $39,600 on CoinDesk from a Sunday low below $32,000.
11:11 a.m. May 17, 2021 - By Mark Decambre
U.S. stock market ends lower Monday but off low as tech and communication-services stocks slumpU.S. stocks ended slightly lower Monday, weighed by declines technology and tech-related shares, as concerns about inflation continued to buffet Wall Street, following the worst week for stocks since Feb. 26. The Dow Jones Industrial Average finished about 0.2% lower at 34,328, off the low for the day at 34,176.65, with shares of Walt Disney & Co. and Home Depot leading the blue-chip benchmark's slide. The S&P 500 index closed off 0.3% at roughly 4,163, led lower by technology and communicatiion-services shares, while the Nasdaq Composite Index retreated 0.4% to 13,379, off a low of 13,265. The slump for stocks came as gold futures jumped, settling above their 200-day moving average and marking the highest finish for the most-active contract since early February. Federal Reserve Vice Chairman Richard Clarida, the Fed's No.2, said the U.S. economy had yet to reach the "substantial further progress" that would be needed to peel back accommodative policies, even as investors fear that inflation is set to run hotter than the central bank is predicting. In corporate news, AT&T shares fell 2.7% after it agreed to combine media assets with Discovery Inc. and spin them off into a new, publicly traded company. Shares of Disovery fell more than 5%.
11:12 a.m. May 11, 2021 - By Mark Decambre
Dow logs steepest daily skid in 2 1/2 months but tech-led Nasdaq stages big comeback to pare worst of Tuesday's slumpU.S. stocks finished out a wild Tuesday session lower but investors bought into the drop, helping to pare the worst of the day's steep drop. Still, the Dow Jones Industrial Average booked its worst day since Feb. 26, ending down 472 points, or 1.4%, at 34,269. At its lows, the blue-chip index was down by as many as 668 points before paring those losses. The S&P 500 index closed 0.9% lower to 4,152, while the Nasdaq Composite Index ended down less than 0.1% at 13,389, recovering from an intraday nadir at 13,107.67. Initial selling was primarily focused on technology and tech-related names, with the downturn blamed on renewed fears of a surge in inflation as the economy recovers from the COVID pandemic. Tech shares, however, saw some bids off their lows on Tuesday as investors saw buying opportunities off the day's low.
11:09 a.m. May 6, 2021 - By Mark Decambre
Dow jumps over 300 points to log 23rd record close in 2021 and S&P 500 ends back above 4,200 amid late-session surgeU.S. stocks on Thursday finished a tumultous day firmly in positive territory and the Dow registered back-to-back record closes, supported by a round of strong corporate earnings and signs of continued improvement in the labor market as reflected in the jobless claims report ahead of a closely followed employment report due on Friday. The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed up by about 315 points, or 0.9%, to a record at 34,546, powered by gains in Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and Home Depot . The all-time closing high was the 23rd for the blue-chip index in 2021, outstripping all of the records produced in 2020, according to Dow Jones Market Data. The S&P 500 index closed up 0.8% at 4,200, while the Nasdaq Composite Index ended 0.4% higher at 13,633, snapping a four-session skid. A 1.4% rally in financials and a 1% rally in the technology sector helped to support Thursday's advance, which came as initial unemployment claims in the U.S. fell to 498,000 for first time in pandemic era, pointing to an improving labor market but also raising questions for some investors about the specter of rapidly rising inflation.
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.
11:06 a.m. April 5, 2021 - By Mark DeCambre
Dow, S&P 500 end at records as stock-market stages post-Easter rallyU.S. stocks benchmarks closed sharply higher Monday, with the Dow and S&P 500 finishing at record highs as a strong jobs report and upbeat services reports highlighted by a strong rebound for the U.S. economcy from the COVID lows. The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed 372 points, or 1.1%, to reach 33,525, on a preliminary basis. The S&P 500 index closed up by about 58 points or 1.4%, to reach 4,077, extending its record-high run above a milestone at 4,000 and putting 4,100 rapidly in its sights. The Nasdaq Composite Index closed up 1.7%, outperforming its peer indexes, to end at 13,705 and putting the benchmark less than 2% from exiting a correction, which it entered on March 8 when the index fell by at least 10% from its recent peak. U.S. stock markets were closed on Friday in observance of Good Friday and some markets in Europe were closed today in observance of Easter Monday. Labor-market data showed that U.S. hiring surged, with employers adding in March a seasonally adjusted 916,000 jobs, the best gain since August.
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.
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