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After several straight sessions of declines, it looked like we would get a bounce in the Nasdaq today. However, late in the session stocks began to sink due to escalating tensions in the Persian Gulf. It's got investors selling into the weekend and putting their worries on hold.Source: Shutterstock Where does that leave the Nasdaq now? Trading the Nasdaq TodayThe Nasdaq looked like it was bouncing hard on a near-test of the 20-day moving average from Thursday. The morning price action in the PowerShares QQQ ETF (NASDAQ:QQQ) -- which closely follows the Nasdaq's action -- looked like it might run back up to new highs. After all, Friday's high of $193.83 wasn't all that far from its all-time high of $194.19.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips Click to EnlargeWith Friday's reversal though, it leaves the QQQ with a possible break below channel support (blue line). However, it's still holding up over prior range resistance near $191. While the action is discouraging, investors don't have much to fret so long as the QQQ is north of $191 and the 20-day moving average. Below these levels opens up the door to further declines, and obviously earnings will play a large role. * 10 Tech Stocks That Are Still Worth Your Time (And Money) We heard from Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX) on Wednesday and from Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) on Thursday. But next week will be busy.Investors will hear from Facebook (NASDAQ:FB), Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA), PayPal (NASDAQ:PYPL), Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) Alphabet (NASDAQ:GOOG, NASDAQ:GOOGL), Comcast (NASDAQ:CMCSA), Starbucks (NASDAQ:SBUX) and Charter (NASDAQ:CHTR), among others next week. Microsoft Leads EarningsMicrosoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) reported a top- and bottom-line beat, but the stock couldn't muster much in the way of gains. The stock jumped over $4 per share and hit new 52-week highs, but it couldn't maintain the gains.Shares closed higher by just 0.18%, but investors have to be somewhat disappointed. Earnings blew past expectations and revenue of $33.7 billion came in more than $900 million ahead of consensus expectations. First-quarter guidance and management's full-year outlook both came in ahead of estimates too. It was a strong report, despite the tepid price action.Some investors are fretting over the slowing growth rate in Azure, but make no mistake, MSFT stock remains a powerful entity. The stock is still in an uptrend and commands the market's highest valuation, maintaining north of $1 trillion. Other Earnings From FridayChewy (NYSE:CHWY) doesn't trade on the Nasdaq, but many consider it a tech play because it's an e-commerce company. The stock looked like it was going to push higher and potentially breakout over downtrend resistance, but sellers knocked it back down. Now it's flirting with a potential breakdown below its post-IPO gains.Here's the how-to-trade setup of the chart, along with Crowdstrike (NASDAQ:CRWD).CRWD also reported earnings, but shares soared to new post-IPO highs on the move. The rally is quite attractive, given that it was putting together a beautiful wedge pattern. The company delivered a top- and bottom-line earnings beat and guided for better-than-expected earnings and revenue results next quarter. Around the Water CoolerMicron (NASDAQ:MU) always draws a lot of eyes, but it's drawing extra attention on Friday. Shares climbed 1.9% on the day and closed at $45.52. The stock is pushing through a significant level between $44 and $45, a level the Top Stock Trades column flagged earlier this week.After surging to new all-time highs earlier this week, Roku (NASDAQ:ROKU) stock was under selling pressure on Friday, falling 1.99% to $106.85. That's despite news of Roku's plans to expand first to Brazil and other global markets.The company has been putting up robust growth numbers all across the board. Whether that's streaming hours, revenue, platform growth, etc. It's helped fuel the stock's massive run from sub-$30 in late December to more than $100 currently. 90% of its revenue comes from the U.S. and unlike other streaming plays, Roku does not have to dump hundreds of millions or even billions of dollars into developing its own content. * 5 Top Stock Trades for Monday: BA, CHWY, SKX Instead it's viewed as the operating system for streaming entertainment, providing a low-cost solution for millions of customers to access dozens of streaming options. This could be a big opportunity for the company if Roku executes well.Bret Kenwell is the manager and author of Future Blue Chips and is on Twitter @BretKenwell. As of this writing, Bret Kenwell is long AMZN, GOOGL, ROKU and SBUX.The post Nasdaq Today: Can Big Tech Earnings Lead to Record Gains?Â appeared first on InvestorPlace.
U.S. markets and stock ETFs were slightly higher Friday as investors started to shift away from earnings and refocused on the Federal Reserve’s potential interest rate cut ahead. On Friday, the Invesco ...
Shares of Aurora Cannabis (NYSE:ACB) haven't been looking so hot. In fact, on July 12 alone, shares tumbled more than 5%. But the fall did more than give investors a sour ending to the week. It sent shares through a key level of support and all but put the nail in the short-term coffin of pain.Source: Shutterstock InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsOK, maybe that's a little extreme. But the point is that ACB stock is not looking healthy on the charts. While that doesn't mean Aurora Cannabis can't bounce back and repair some of that technical damage, it makes it a lot harder to do so. From an investing standpoint, I like to blend technicals and fundamentals. When the technicals are not strong -- like with ACB stock -- we need to lean more heavily on the fundamentals. When the fundamentals are not the stock's strong point, we need the technicals to display strength. Unfortunately for Aurora Cannabis stock investors, while its end market looks to be a long-term opportunity, its fundamentals are not that strong in the short term. Without technicals to lean on, this stock could have more downside coming. Trading ACB Stock Click to EnlargeWith shares of ACB dumping on Friday, the stock lost a key level of support between $7 and $7.25. For the stock to even come close to repairing some of this damage, it needs to reclaim this former level of support. * 7 Dependable Dividend Stocks to Buy The risk here is two-fold, with the first being that Aurora Cannabis stock continues to head lower. The second risk is that it rebounds back up to the $7 to $7.25 range, which then acts as resistance. That would be bad news for the bulls. On Monday, ACB stock was rallying back toward that prior range support, so we should know relatively soon whether it can reclaim this area or if it will be found as resistance. At least we don't have to wait long to find out. Should ACB stock reclaim that key support area, it may run up toward $7.50 to $8. But here's the problem for traders looking to take ACB on the long side. Even if it reclaims prior support, it has to push through this next area too, before looking healthy again. And what's between $7.50 and $8? Just 2019 downtrend resistance (blue line), the 20-day, 50-day and 200-day moving averages. I'm not saying ACB stock is the worst equity to buy or that it's doomed. But until it repairs its technical damage and starts to put together more constructive price action for the bulls, it's a hard one to go long. Particularly as the PowerShares QQQ ETF (NASDAQ:QQQ) and SPDR S&P 500 ETF (NYSEARCA:SPY) are hitting new all-time highs. The breakdown in ACB stock was actually preceded by Canopy Growth (NYSE:CGC). CGC stock broke down ahead of ACB and led the way lower for a number of cannabis stocks. What's Up With Cannabis Stocks?So what's leading this charge lower? Because it's not just CGC and ACB stock. Cronos Group (NASDAQ:CRON), New Age Beverages (NASDAQ:NBEV), Aphria (NYSE:APHA) and others are all taking a very similar bearish setup. On the charts, this setup is known as the bearish descending triangle. Simply put, it's when trend is pushing shares lower against a static level of support. When support gives way, the bearish setup starts to play out, forcing share prices lower. The question is, why is the entire industry all setting up in the same manner? * 10 Best Dividend Stocks to Buy for the Rest of 2019 and Beyond Things really started to unravel when Canopy Growth -- which many consider the "blue chip" stock of the bunch -- ousted its CEO. Canopy was volatile but stable that day, but has been under pressure all month since. It seems to have turned investors into sellers throughout the group, as the cannabis industry awaits a new catalyst. That's even as growth has been incredible, with many of these names turning in earnings reports of triple-digit revenue growth gains.While Aurora Cannabis missed analysts' estimates, it still churned out revenue growth of 289% last quarter. That said, most of these names -- ACB included -- do not generate profits and do not have the strongest financials. Thus, we need the technicals to behave better to justify a long position. For now, I'd wait before establishing a position in ACB stock. Long-term investors may opt to accumulate the stock, but I would rather wait until the stock looks healthier. One alternative would be a position in Constellation Brands (NYSE:STZ), which owns 40% of CGC, but has strong fundamentals and a good-looking chart to boot. Bret Kenwell is the manager and author of Future Blue Chips and is on Twitter @BretKenwell. As of this writing, Bret Kenwell held no position in any aforementioned securities. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 9 Retail Stocks Goldman Sachs Says Are Ready to Rip * 7 Services Stocks to Buy for the Rest of 2019 * 6 Stocks to Buy and 1 to Sell Based on Insider Trading The post Does Aurora Cannabis Stock Chart Point to a Mid-Summer Plunge? appeared first on InvestorPlace.
The PowerShares QQQ ETF (NASDAQ:QQQ) came within a dime, but couldn't grind out new highs on Tuesday as we saw a decline in the Nasdaq today. However, that didn't stop everything from rallying, as Roku (NASDAQ:ROKU) stock burst as much as 8%, hitting new all-time highs in the process.Source: Shutterstock The stock clocked in over $113 at one point and it wouldn't be surprising to see the stock continue higher into earnings. After two huge post-earnings rallies, the stock is clearly on investors' radar. The stock was a clear leader on Tuesday and investors will look to see if they can keep squeezing shares higher amid this breakout.Not everyone was so lucky, though. Micron (NASDAQ:MU) continues to meet sellers, as it ran right into resistance. Shares fell about 3% on Tuesday, while Western Digital (NASDAQ:WDC) also dove on the day, down roughly 6%.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsBitcoin had a rough day too, plunging more than 11% to $9,600 at the time of this writing. Some New PartnershipsBlue Apron (NYSE:APRN) stock surge more than 60% at one point on Tuesday. The move came on news that it will partner with Beyond Meat (NASDAQ:BYND). The two are starting out with a pair of burger offerings and will look to add other options moving forward. Both should be available by Aug. 26. APRN has had a horrendous journey thus far as a public company and has already resorted to a 1-for-15 reverse stock split. But the partnership could be a win-win for both companies, and at least for one day, has given APRN stock a much-needed shot in the arm. * 9 Retail Stocks Goldman Sachs Says Are Ready to Rip While we await the likely IPO of DoorDash this year, it was announced that McDonald's (NYSE:MCD) will partner with the delivery company. The plan is to start with 200 locations in Houston later this month. If successful, it will roll out nationwide.DoorDash reportedly has contract drivers within driving distance of 80% of U.S. households, prompting MCD to add it to Uber (NYSE:UBER) Eats and choose it over GrubHub (NYSE:GRUB) and Waitr (NASDAQ:WTRH). WTRH hit a new 52-week low in the session, by the way.It has been a busy month for Big Blue. International Business Machines (NYSE:IBM) will report earnings on Wednesday, and just recently closed on its acquisition of Red Hat. That's not all though. The tech giant reached a multi-year alliance with AT&T (NYSE:T), to "support each other in networking and the cloud." Part of that support will come from IBM's recently acquired Red Hat. Splits and Analyst TakesAlibaba (NYSE:BABA) announced plans for an 8-to-1 stock split earlier this year, pending shareholder approval. Well, the company received the green light and BABA stock will split sometime before July 15th, 2020.There weren't too many big analyst actions to take note of, but Slack (NYSE:WORK) did receive some initiations. Morgan Stanley analysts slapped an equal-weight rating on Slack, while Goldman Sachs went with a neutral rating an $34 price target, implying about 2% downside. Click to Enlarge Don't fret though, bulls. William Blair analysts initiated WORK at an outperform rating, while Canaccord Genuity analysts started it at a buying rating with a $40 price target. Barclays and Keybanc also gave an overweight rating, using price targets of $45 and $44, respectively. Heard on the Nasdaq TodayLike IBM, Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX) will also report earnings on Wednesday. However, after tying HBO -- now an AT&T property -- in Emmy nominations last year, HBO topped NFLX this year 137 to 117. Obviously, Game of Thrones helped tip the scales, pulling in 32 nominations on its own.Netflix may face a dilemma losing its top two shows in 2020, Friends and The Office, as well as other top content later on. It's no wonder CEO Reed Hastings has been spending so much on content over the last few years.Tech companies testifying on Capitol Hill seems to be about one of the most pointless events. It's clear Congress can't keep up with technology and they can't keep up with these companies. Nothing ever seems to come of it -- other than headlines.On Tuesday, Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL), Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN), Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) and Alphabet (NASDAQ:GOOG, NASDAQ:GOOGL) were there, with hearings scheduled for tomorrow as well. It could be an important development though, as the government looks to build an antitrust case against several of these companies. Notice who's not there though? Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT).Bret Kenwell is the manager and author of Future Blue Chips and is on Twitter @BretKenwell. As of this writing, Bret Kenwell was long ROKU, AAPL, AMZN and GOOGL. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 9 Retail Stocks Goldman Sachs Says Are Ready to Rip * 7 Services Stocks to Buy for the Rest of 2019 * 6 Stocks to Buy and 1 to Sell Based on Insider Trading The post Nasdaq Today: Rokuas New Highs; Beyond Meatas Partnership appeared first on InvestorPlace.
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U.S. markets and stock ETFs muddled along on Monday as investors focused their attention on what could be a weak second-quarter earnings season. On Monday, the Invesco QQQ Trust (NASDAQ: QQQ) was up 0.1%, ...
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When it comes to the Nasdaq Composite and Nasdaq-100 indexes, many investors think of growth stocks, including those from communication services, consumer and technology sectors. In fact, those three sectors combine for more than 82% of the Nasdaq-100 Index's roster.And when it comes to Nasdaq exchange traded funds (ETFs), the Invesco QQQ (NASDAQ:QQQ) is the dominant name. Home to $74.56 billion in assets under management, QQQ is one of the largest ETFs in the world.While Nasdaq is known as one of the world's largest operator of equity exchanges, the company has been a force in the indexing world dating back to the early 1970s.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips"Nasdaq calculates more than 40,000 diverse indexes, providing coverage across asset classes, countries and sectors," according to the company. * 7 Dependable Dividend Stocks to Buy That means in addition to QQQ, there are plenty of compelling Nasdaq ETFs out there, including some appropriate for investors seeking robust technology sector exposure. Here are some Nasdaq ETFs to consider beyond the famed QQQ. Invesco DWA NASDAQ Momentum ETF (DWAQ)Source: Shutterstock Expense ratio: 0.60% per year, or $60 on a $10,000 investment.The Invesco DWA NASDAQ Momentum ETF (NASDAQ:DWAQ) is a Nasdaq ETF that can be used as an alternative or complement to the aforementioned QQQ. DWAQ's underlying benchmark is the Dorsey Wright NASDAQ Technical Leaders Index."The Index is comprised of approximately 100 securities from an eligible universe of approximately 1,000 securities of large capitalization companies from the NASDAQ US Benchmark Index. All securities in the universe are ranked using a proprietary relative strength (momentum) measure," according to Invesco.DWAQ is a fine idea for investors looking for growth exposure because more than 83% of the fund's holdings are large-, mid- and small-cap growth stocks. Additionally, this Nasdaq ETF is a valid consideration for investors looking to overweight technology stocks as DWAQ allocates more than 31% of its roster to that sector. ProShares Equities for Rising Rates ETF (EQRR)Source: Shutterstock Expense ratio: 0.35%The ProShares Equities for Rising Rates ETF (NASDAQ:EQRR) by its very name would seem to imply it is not useful at a time when the Federal Reserve is reportedly mulling interest rate cuts. However, this Nasdaq ETF is still up nearly 10% year-to-date and is a sensible option for investors looking for a Nasdaq ETF with reduced tech exposure.EQRR, which is nearly two years old, tracks the Nasdaq U.S. Large Cap Equities for Rising Rates Index. The aim of this Nasdaq ETF is to provide exposure to "sectors that have had the highest correlations to 10-Year U.S. Treasury yields and within those sectors, the stocks that have had a strong tendency to outperform as rates rise," according to ProShares. * 7 Short Squeeze Stocks With Big Upside Potential Giving EQRR something of a value tilt, the fund devotes over 36% of its combined weight to the financial services and industrial sectors, indicating that it can mitigate some of the volatility associated with other growth-heavy Nasdaq ETFs. First Trust Nasdaq Artificial Intelligence and Robotics ETF (ROBT)Source: Shutterstock Expense ratio: 0.65%The First Trust Nasdaq Artificial Intelligence and Robotics ETF (NASDAQ:ROBT) is a prime example of a thematic ETF and the theme offers ample long-term potential. ROBT, which is nearly a year and a half old, targets the Nasdaq CTA Artificial Intelligence and Robotics Index and holds 95 stocks. This Nasdaq ETF places plenty of competition, but ROBT is compelling avenue to robtics investing.ROBT features exposure to three segments of the artificial intelligence and robotics universe -- companies the issuer deems to be enablers, engagers and enhancers. Engagers command 60% of ROBT's index while enablers garner 25% and enhancers land at 15%. Robotics ETFs usually feature exposure to multiple sectors, but ROBT is applicable for tech investors because the Nadaq ETF devotes 61% of its weight to that sector.Industry observers expect big growth for the themes represented in ROBT. Global robotics spending could swell to almost $231 billion by 2021, according to IDC while artificial intelligence could command $15.7 trillion of the global economy by 2030. Invesco NASDAQ Internet ETF (PNQI)Expense ratio: 0.60%With the Nasdaq being home to so many of the largest most venerable internet companies, it makes sense that there would be a dedicated Nasdaq ETF for those stocks, That fund is the Invesco NASDAQ Internet ETF (NASDAQ:PNQI), which tracks the NASDAQ Internet Index.There is plenty of competition in the internet ETF arena, but PNQI has been admirable performer, returning more than 83% over the past three years. Plus, this Nasdaq ETF is by no means small as highlighted by its $570.1 million in assets under management. * 5 EV Stocks to Buy for Big Gains Over the Next Decade What makes this Nasdaq ETF interesting relative to traditional internet ETF competitors is that mixes U.S. and international companies whereas competing funds usually focus on domestic or ex-US stocks, not both. Led by Alibaba (NYSE:BABA), four of PNQI's top 10 holdings are ex-US companies. In fact, PNQI has been a better than some rival funds that only focus on international internet companies. First Trust Nasdaq Semiconductor ETF (FTXL)Source: Shutterstock Expense ratio: 0.60%There are a few semiconductor funds out there, but the First Trust Nasdaq Semiconductor ETF (NASDAQ:FTXL) is one of the more overlooked members of that group, but this Nasdaq ETF is a way for investors to access a unique weighting methodology for chip stocks.FTXL's underlying index is the Nasdaq US Smart Semiconductor Index. That benchmark uses growth, value and volatility as barometers for stock inclusion. That means that over longer holding periods, this Nasdaq ETF's returns could differ significantly from traditional chip funds.The median market value of FTXL's 30 components is $14.5 billion, indicating the fund leans toward smaller chip names, but even with that, the fund trades at favorable multiples relative to basic small-cap index funds. And even with the size bias, FTXL remains home to some of the largest semiconductor stocks. FTXL is up nearly 26% year-to-date.Todd Shriber does not own any of the aforementioned securities. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 7 Dependable Dividend Stocks to Buy * 10 Stocks Driving the Market to All-Time Highs (And Why) * 7 Short Squeeze Stocks With Big Upside Potential The post 5 Nasdaq ETFs for Tantalizing Tech Investments -- Besides the QQQ appeared first on InvestorPlace.