Another quiet session in a week full of them. The S&P 500 gained 0.23% and the NASDAQ 0.38% as morning weakness was bought. This is a good sign again, but these gains are of a grinding nature. Existing home sales for April fell 3.3%, missing an expected 1% gain to 5.24 million units. Earlier in the week, reports showed home builder sentiment fell in May, but housing starts for April came in much better than expected.Continue reading
With all the earnings related surges in after hours Thursday night it was not difficult to predict Friday would be a solid day for the NASDAQ – and it was, as the index added 0.71% to go along with a more modest day on the S&P 500, up 0.23%. The NASDAQ gapped up at the open and stayed steady all day. Middling economic news was ignored; durable goods, ex-transportation, fell 0.2 percent, below expectations for a slight gain but less than February’s 1.3 percent decline.
One interesting fact in today’s readings – a lot of S&P 500 stocks remain below their 50 day moving average:
Despite major gains in those major names, nearly half, or 212, of the S&P 500 was trading below their 50-day moving average. “We see that narrowing of that breadth of the market and that’s not healthy. We need a broad advance,” said Lance Roberts, general partner at STA Wealth Management.
After last Friday’s selloff on the China news, this week has been generally quite positive as the earnings parade has been unleashed. Today was another such day as a slight negative open was bought and the S&P 500 finished up 0.24% and the NASDAQ 0.41%. New home sales for March came in weaker than expected, at 481,000 in March, versus the 510,000 unit estimate. Overseas, China’s flash purchasing managers index from HSBC Holdings dropped to 49.2 for April, the lowest since April last year, underscoring a slowdown that prompted China’s central bank to cut banks’ reserve requirements by the most since 2008. Any reading below 50 signifies contraction.Continue reading
Thursday was much the opposite of Wednesday; yesterday the market was up thru mid afternoon then suffered significant selling late. Today indexes were down thru mid afternoon and then buyers showed up. It’s a very volatile market right now and not one that is very simple to deal with. The S&P 500 gained 0.95% and the NASDAQ 0.98%. Some dovish comments Janet Yellen made to lawmakers and oil not dropping yet again helped the mood some today.Continue reading
Friday was a choppy session with little momentum as indexes have now worked off their extreme overbought conditions. The S&P 500 added 0.02% and the NASDAQ 0.18%. U.S. retail sales rose 0.5% last month when stripping out volatile elements like gasoline, autos, building materials and food services, according to the Commerce Department data released on Friday. That was the biggest increase since August and just above analyst expectations of a 0.4% gain. Retail sales account for about one-third of consumer spending, and overall they rose 0.3%, held back by a 1.5% drop in receipts at gasoline retailers.Continue reading
ndexes gapped up at the open and stayed strong all day as corporate earnings reports generally pleased investors; some more Ebola news late in the day took indexes a bit off their highs. The S&P 500 jumped 1.23% and the NASDAQ 1.60%. There was decent economic news out of Europe which also helped the mood.Continue reading
A day after crossing over 2000 but then falling back the S&P 500 finished above that big round number. The S&P 500 gained 0.11% and the NASDAQ 0.29%. The day’s economic reports came in well above expectations; orders for durable goods rose 22.6 percent last month versus a 7.5 percent estimate. The bookings for longer-lasting goods came on increased demand for commercial aircraft. A measure of consumer confidence hit 92.4 in August, exceeding estimates of 89.Continue reading
Thursday was a quiet session with indexes flipping around the unchanged line. The S&P 500 gained 0.05% while the NASDAQ dropped 0.04%. It was another day of very high profile companies reporting. Economic news in the housing market was not very good – new home sales declined 8.1 percent in June, the biggest drop in almost a year.Continue reading