Dow Jones futures were little changed Wednesday night, along with S&P 500 futures and Nasdaq futures. The stock market rally attempt had a decent session on the major indexes, closing near highs as the 10-year Treasury yield retreated.
Once again, a large number of growth stocks showed strength within a lackluster market at best. That offset weakness in Apple stock as well as financials and airlines.
AMD stock, CrowdStrike (CRWD), Bill.com (BILL) and Sea Limited (SE) moved above buy points. All four rebounded from their 50-day or 10-week lines, while breaking downtrends. Meanwhile, Snowflake (SNOW) cleared a mini-consolidation that could be seen as a handle on a long, deep base.
Taiwan Semiconductor (TSM) earnings are on tap. While TSM stock has struggled since its February peak, the world’s largest chip foundry is still a bellwether for its industry. It makes chips for Advanced Micro Devices (AMD), Apple (AAPL), Nvidia (NVDA) and many more.
TSM’s insights into the chip shortage, and its own capital spending plans will be important for the industry and beyond, even if TSM stock doesn’t make a big move.
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UnitedHealth (UNH) and Domino’s Pizza (DPZ) also reports early Thursday. So do Bank of America (BAC), Citigroup (C), Morgan Stanley (MS), Wells Fargo (WFC) report earnings early Thursday. They follow better-than-expected earnings from Dow Jones giant JPMorgan Chase (JPM).
Financials were notable losers Wednesday, likely due to the 10-year Treasury yield falling for a second straight session. JPM stock sank 2.4%, below a recent buy point. BofA, Citigroup and Wells Fargo fell slightly while Morgan Stanley edged higher.
Delta Air Lines (DAL) spurred a sell-off in airline stocks. Delta reported earnings after six quarters of pandemic losses, but forecast a small Q4 loss due to soaring fuel costs. DAL stock sank 5.8%, the day’s biggest loser on the S&P 500 index. Other airlines also fell solidly.
The video embedded in this article reviewed Wednesday’s market rally and analyzed Datadog (DDOG), Sea Ltd. and CRWD stock.
Dow Jones Futures Today
Dow Jones futures were little changed vs. fair value. S&P 500 futures and Nasdaq 100 futures were roughly flat.
Stock Market Rally
The stock market rally attempt ended with slim to solid gains Wednesday, but the best was that the indexes finally closed near session highs.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed flat in Wednesday’s stock market trading. JPMorgan and American Express (AXP) weighed on the Dow. The S&P 500 index climbed 0.3%, despite financials, airlines and many energy stocks weighing on the broad index. The Nasdaq composite advanced 0.7%. The small-cap Russell 2000 rose 0.5%.
The consumer price index came in a little hot, with inflation back at a 13-year high of 5.4%. But core inflation was in line, steady at 4%.
The 10-year Treasury yield briefly rose to 1.6% after the CPI report and before the stock market open, but reversed to close down 3 basis points 1.55%.
The 10-year yield didn’t move much after Fed minutes from the September meeting were released at 2 p.m. ET. Policymakers said a “gradual tapering process” could start in mid-November, with asset purchased phased out completely by mid-2022. Several members favored a more-aggressive bond taper. The Fed minutes provided a little more detail but didn’t change expectations for an official bond taper decision at the early November meeting.
U.S. crude oil prices edged lower, but rallied off lows and held above $80 a barrel. Copper futures jumped nearly 4%.
Among the best ETFs, the Innovator IBD 50 ETF (FFTY) rose 1.7%, closing just above its 50-day line. The Innovator IBD Breakout Opportunities ETF (BOUT) dipped 0.35%. The iShares Expanded Tech-Software Sector ETF (IGV) popped just over 2%. CRWD stock and Bill.com are IGV components. The VanEck Vectors Semiconductor ETF (SMH) gained 0.85%, with TSM stock and AMD major holdings.
SPDR S&P Metals & Mining ETF (XME) gained 1.5% and Global X U.S. Infrastructure Development ETF (PAVE) edged up 0.3%. U.S. Global Jets ETF (JETS) skidded 2.5%, as DAL stock and other airlines took their toll. SPDR S&P Homebuilders ETF (XHB) edged up 0.5%. The Energy Select SPDR ETF (XLE) dipped 0.1% and the Financial Select SPDR ETF (XLF) slid 0.6%.
Stocks In Buy Zones
Bill.com stock popped 5.2% to 294.71, extending a move from the 21-day and 10-week lines. Volume was modestly below average trade. By the end of the week, BILL could have a base with a 302.09 buy point.
CRWD stock rose 7% to 270.44 in heavy volume, rebounding from its 50-day line and breaking a trend line, offering early entries. The official buy point for CrowdStrike stock is 289.34 from a base that started in late August.
SE stock rallied 7.5% to 349.35, vaulting from its 21-day and 50-day line and easily breaking a downtrend. Both offered an early entry on the SE Asian e-commerce giant. Volume was strong. The relative strength line hit a new high while SE stock remains in its base. That’s a bullish sign, marking it as a “blue dot” stock in MarketSmith.
AMD stock rose 3.9% to 109.16, once again regaining its 50-day line and this time topping some short-term resistance. Investors could use 107.95, the Oct. 7 high, as an early entry. Volume ended below average for AMD stock, but it was the heaviest in a month.
AMD has a double-bottom base with a 115.59 buy point.
SNOW stock popped 4.8% to 327.85, the highest close of the year. Intraday, Snowflake stock hit 329.75, above the top of a short consolidation. That could be viewed as a handle on a huge deep base going back to last December, when SNOW stock hit a record 429. But shares did clear tiny resistance within the “handle” and topped a trend line. Volume was below average, but picked up steam late in the afternoon.
Market Rally Analysis
The stock market rally attempt finally closed near session highs, with the Nasdaq leading the charge, even with megacap Apple stock down slightly. That snapped a four-day streak of the major indexes closing poorly, especially the Nasdaq. But the major indexes all remain below their falling 21-day moving averages, with the 50-day line even further ahead. There has been nothing close to a follow-through day to confirm the new rally attempt.
Some of the reflects weakness among the tech megacaps. Apple stock pared losses Wednesday, but is near recent lows and not far from its 200-day line. Microsoft (MSFT) is the only one of the trillion-dollar stocks above its 50-day line, and that only barely.
The market remains in correction.
But don’t tell that to leading stocks. The number of growth stocks flashing buy signals or extending gains in recent days has been impressive. With the Nasdaq actually rising and closing near intraday highs, it’s not surprising that growth had another strong session, as AMD, CRWD stock and more showed.
Financial stocks are wilting with Treasury yields, even though the 10-year yield is still up sharply over the past several weeks. Energy stocks and fertilizer names also are pausing, but that may be healthy after powerful moves over the last few weeks.
What To Do Now
Still, the major indexes remain below their 21-day and 50-day lines. The market has not yet proved itself. The major indexes could easily take a decisive move lower over the next several sessions — perhaps after a promising headfake — to undercut recent lows. By then, many of the growth names that have done so well recently would likely come under pressure.
There’s no doubt that buying opportunities have proliferated this week. In general those trades have been working out in the short term.
If the temptation to add exposure was high on Monday and Tuesday, when the major indexes closed near lows, it may have been nigh-irresistible on Wednesday.
If you have made some new buys in recent days, consider taking partial profits after relatively modest gains to help ensure you come away with a win. Cut losses quickly.
For those who have largely stayed on the sideline, there will be a time, whether it’s tomorrow, next week, next month or even next year when there is a confirmed market rally. There will plenty of opportunities then.
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