On Thursday, the markets finally managed to attract enough buyers to push all four major indexes to a positive close…
- Dow Jones +0.3%
- Nasdaq +1.1%
- S&P 500 +0.8%
- Russell 2000 +0.5%
Markets were green in light of the 10-month-high jobless claims data. Which fell in line with projected levels.
Buyers claimed the day but failed to dominate it. Beneath the surface…
- 60% of stocks advanced
- 36% declined
Sector Round Up
9 of 11 sectors ended Thursday in the green.
At the top…
- Technology (XLK) +1.6%
- Consumer Discretionary (XLY) +1.0%
- Healthcare (XLV) +0.9%
At the bottom…
- Energy (XLE) -0.5%
- Communication (XLC) -0.2%
Today’s sector read-out reiterates our stance.
Meme stock Gamestop (GME) jumped 11% after reporting disappointing earnings.
- The stock fell 20% in the three days before earnings.
- The bottom often hits on news.
- Investors expected lousy news and got it … Shorts were likely forced to cover since there was nothing new to price in.
Cloud computing company Cloudflare (NET) jumped 11% also.
- Buyers added about $1.4 billion in market cap
- The stock has been consolidating near its yearly low for about 6 months.
- An analyst upgrade earlier this week likely helped drive yesterday’s gains.
Stock traders must be good at drawing lines.
The rising support line we drew in November is holding true. The critical level helped curb the selling that gripped the market during the first three days of the week.
Not much else to report from a technical standpoint…
- The VIX declined slightly
- RSI levels are all neutral
- The Put-to-Call Ratio returned to neutral
This morning the Producer Price Index (PPI) report drops at 8:30. It’s one of the last inflation readings we’ll get before the FOMC meeting next week.
- The market wants to see signs that inflation is easing.
This week opened with more intense selling than we anticipated. But looking at seller motivations, it all makes sense.
December usually opens weak – Tax selling/portfolio rebalancing…
And next week is loaded with uncertainty…
- CPI on Tuesday
- FOMC rate hike on Wednesday
Investors likely sold ahead of the big news events to avoid the uncertainty these events bring.
On Monday morning, we’ll recap the PPI and provide an outlook for the exciting week ahead.
Have a great weekend.
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