Dow Jones futures were little changed overnight, along with S&P 500 futures and Nasdaq futures.
The stock market continued to bleed on Thursday while Treasury yields kept rising. The major indexes tried to hold their ground, helped by Cisco Systems (CSCO) rallying on earnings. But once again stocks weakened as the session wore on. The Dow Jones fell below its 50-day line, joining the Nasdaq, S&P 500 and Russell 2000.
Nvidia (NVDA), the stock of the 2023 market rally, largely held its ground as yet another analyst made bullish comments about NVDA stock heading into earnings next week. But almost all other chip stocks are below their 50-day lines. Meanwhile, more-speculative AI plays Palantir Technologies (PLTR) and C3.ai (AI) broke further.
Dow Jones Futures Today
Dow Jones futures climbed 0.15% vs. fair value. S&P 500 futures rose a fraction and Nasdaq 100 futures edged lower.
The 10-year Treasury yield declined 5 basis points to 4.26%.
Bitcoin tumbled Thursday night on news that SpaceX has sold all its holdings in the cryptocurrency.
China property giant Evergrande filed for bankruptcy in New York on Thursday night.
AMAT stock rose modestly in late trading after Applied Materials earnings and revenue comfortably beat views. The chip equipment giant also guided higher. AMAT stock edged down 0.5% to 137.59 on Thursday, after falling below its 50-day line recently.
ROST stock jumped overnight, signaling a breakout, after Ross Stores topped earnings views and guided slightly higher. Shares fell 1.9% to 113.06 on Thursday. Ross Stores stock has been flirting with a 115.48 cup-with-handle buy point.
Deere, XPeng and Chinese e-commerce play Vipshop (VIPS) are on tap before Friday’s open.
DE stock fell slightly Thursday but found support at its 50-day line. XPEV stock rose Thursday but has pulled back sharply after a huge June-July move. VIPS stock bounced but is below its 50-day line.
Meanwhile, Palo Alto Networks (PANW) looms Friday night. Earnings reports after the close are highly unusual, and the cybersecurity giant has given no explanation. PANW stock fell Thursday to its worst level since late May.
Stock Market Thursday
The stock market closed near session lows yet again.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 0.8% in Thursday’s stock market trading. The S&P 500 index also lost 0.8%. The Nasdaq composite skidded 1.2%. The small-cap Russell 2000 slumped 1.15%.
The 10-year Treasury yield climbed 5 basis points to 4.31%. Intraday, the yield hit 4.328%, a whisker below the 15-year high of 4.331% set last October. It’s already the highest close since November 2007.
U.S. crude oil prices rose 1.3% to $80.39 a barrel, snapping a three-session slide. Copper futures climbed 0.9%.
Among growth ETFs, the Innovator IBD 50 ETF (FFTY) slumped 2.3%. The iShares Expanded Tech-Software Sector ETF (IGV) gave up 1.5%. The VanEck Vectors Semiconductor ETF (SMH) fell 0.7%. AMAT stock is a notable SMH holding, with Nvidia the No. 1 holding.
The SPDR S&P Metals & Mining ETF (XME) edged up 0.2%, while the Global X U.S. Infrastructure Development ETF (PAVE) declined 1.5%. U.S. Global Jets (JETS) descended 1.5%. SPDR S&P Homebuilders (XHB) tumbled 3.6%, with DHI stock and Lennar holdings. The Energy Select SPDR ETF (XLE) rose 1.2%. The Health Care Select Sector SPDR Fund (XLV) dropped 0.8%.
The Industrial Select Sector SPDR Fund (XLI) slipped 0.8%, with DE stock a top-10 holding.
The losses keep piling up for the major indexes and leading stocks. Bulls are no longer putting up much of a fight.
The Nasdaq is 3.5% below its 50-day line, with the 21-day about to cross below the 50-day. The S&P 500 is separating from the 50-day while the Russell 2000 is approaching its 200-day.
The Dow Jones, which looked strong Monday, has dipped below its 50-day line.
The Nasdaq advance/decline line has hit long-term lows. The NYSE A/D line has pulled back, but more modestly.
Leading stocks do not look good. Some heretofore resilient areas are cracking, like homebuilders. Lennar, D.R. Horton and KBH stock fell 5% to 6% and are now decisively below their 50-day lines.
Nvidia stock lost a fraction Thursday but is still holding the bulk of Monday’s big rebound. The ultimate AI stock finished pennies below its 50-day line but is essentially finding support. But that’s not enough to prop up the broader market.
Other AI plays are not holding up. PLTR stock plunged 8.5% and AI stock skidded 5.3%. Both broke below fresh levels after diving through their 50-day lines earlier this week.
Energy plays are doing well thanks to rising crude prices. Industrials, infrastructure plays and some steel stocks are showing relative strength, even as many pull back modestly.
What To Do Now
The stock market has piled losses onto losses. Investors have to take action, paring exposure as recent buys turn into losers and longer holdings slash gains.
The stock market arguably is due for a rebound. But with the Nasdaq well below its 50-day and Nvidia looming, there’s little reason to get excited over one good day.
Investors may want to use a market bounce as a chance to exit positions.
Still, when a strong uptrend resumes, many stocks will offer buying opportunities. So you want to be ready. Keep working on watchlists, emphasizing stocks showing relative strength.
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