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Stocks rose again on Thursday morning, extending Wednesday's rally. New GDP data was largely in line with expectations. The Commerce Department, in its third estimate, said that the U.S. economy expanded at a 2.6% annualized rate in 4Q, down slightly from its prior estimate of 2.7% and the consensus of 2.7%. First-time unemployment benefit claims rose by 7,000 to 198,000 for the week ended March 25, slightly above the consensus forecast of 196,000. The Dow rose 0.2%, the S&P 0.6%, and the Nasdaq 0.9%. Crude oil rose to $73 per barrel, while gold rose slightly to $1988 per ounce.
Stocks fell sharply on Thursday even after paring losses in late trading. The selloff was driven in part by an upward revision in third-quarter GDP, which raised prospects for continued aggressive Fed rate hikes. Investors also weighed a weak earnings report and disappointing guidance from Micron Technology, and weekly employment data. The Labor Department said that first-time claims for state unemployment benefits rose by 2,000 to 216,000 for the week ended December 17, below the Reuters consensus of 222,000. The Dow fell 1.05%, the S&P 1.45%, and the Nasdaq 2.18%. Crude oil traded near $78 per barrel, while gold fell to $1801 per ounce.
October is known as 'the bear killer,' and the first trading day of the month sure felt that way (although massive rallies are common during bear markets, as seen since March). There have been 11 post-WWII bears that ended in October: 1946, 1957, 1960, 1962, 1966, 1974, 1987, 1990, 1998, 2002, and 2011 (19.4% on closing basis, over 20% on an intraday basis). We do not count 2001 (as do others) because it was not the end of that bear market based on the September low.
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The trading week ended June 17 was (yet again) ugly for stocks, and as a result the S&P 500 has been down in 10 of the past 11 weeks (aka since the last week in March). The current move lower is much steeper than the decline from January to March 14. A steep decline leads to a high level of panic. But the faster prices fall, the sooner stocks can find an intermediate-term bottom. Both breadth and sentiment have been much worse during the current move lower than they were during the move off the highs earlier in the year.
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Stocks were mixed on Wednesday morning as investors weighed another round of 1Q earnings reports and new housing market data. Netflix shares plunged more than 35% after the company posted a decline in net subscribers in 1Q and projected further losses in the second quarter, while Procter & Gamble rose more than 2% following better-than-expected fiscal 3Q results and an increase in its full-year sales guidance. On the housing front, the National Association of Realtors said that U.S. existing home sales fell 2.7% to a seasonally adjusted annualized rate of 5.77 million units in March, below the Reuters consensus forecast of 5.80 million. The Dow rose 1.0%, the S&P rose 0.5%, and the Nasdaq fell 0.3%. Crude oil rose 1% to $103.50 per barrel, while gold fell $4 to $1956 per ounce.
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Stocks gave up strong early gains on Thursday, ending in the red after initially rallying on much better-than-expected economic data. The Commerce Department said that the U.S. economy expanded at a 6.9% rate in 4Q, up strongly from the prior quarter and well above the consensus forecast. On the employment front, first-time jobless claims fell to 260,000, down from the prior week and slightly below consensus. Continuing claims rose to 1.675 million, up from the prior week and above the consensus of 1.655 million. The Dow fell 0.02%, the S&P 0.54%, and the Nasdaq 1.40%. Crude oil rose slightly to $87 per barrel, while gold fell $34 to $1795 per ounce.
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Stocks were largely flat at midday on Friday, with gains in the Financial and Technology sectors and losses in Healthcare and Real Estate. The University of Michigan said that its consumer sentiment index for the first half of June rose to 86.4, up from a final reading of 82.9 in May and above the Reuters consensus forecast of 84.0. The Dow fell 0.2%, the S&P fell 0.1%, and the Nasdaq was flat. Crude oil traded near $71 per barrel, while gold fell $15 to $1882 per ounce.
The Vickers Top Buyers & Sellers is a daily report that identifies the five companies the largest insider purchase transactions based on the dollar value of the transactions as well as the five companies the largest insider sales transactions based on the dollar value of the transactions.
In this space last week, we said, 'we remain on the lookout for signs that insiders have started to nibble at lower stock prices.' While we are not ready to declare 'mission accomplished' by any means, there has been some improvement this week. The benchmark NYSE/ASE One-Week Sell/Buy Ratio from Vickers Stock Research is 4.98 this week. That is an improvement from 6.93 last week and 7.12 the week before that. Vickers' Total One-Week Sell/Buy Ratio, which includes insider transactions on the Nasdaq, is at 5.97 this week, compared to 6.48 last week and 8.20 the week before that. Indeed, there has been some progress, though neutral sentiment is all the way down at 2.50.
Stocks pared early losses on Wednesday morning as investors weighed new employment data and prospects for a $908 billion emergency relief package proposed by a bipartisan group in Congress. Payroll provider ADP said that U.S. private employers added 307,000 jobs in November, down from 404,000 in October and well below the Reuters consensus forecast of 410,000. Salesforce shares fell 7% after the company announced that it would purchase business communications company Slack in a $28 billion deal. Salesforce also posted better-than-expected 3Q results, but offered disappointing earnings guidance for the fourth quarter. The Dow and the S&P were flat, and the Nasdaq fell 0.2%. Crude oil traded near $45 per barrel, while gold rose $11 to $1830 per ounce.
Stocks rose on Thursday morning amid new manufacturing and employment data. The Institute for Supply Management said that its factory index slipped to 55.4 in September from 56.0 in August and missed the Reuters consensus forecast of 56.3. On the employment front, the Labor Department reported that initial claims for state unemployment benefits fell to 837,000 for the week ended September 26, down from 873,000 a week earlier and below the consensus forecast of 850,000. The Dow rose 0.4%, the S&P 0.5%, and the Nasdaq 1.0%. Crude oil fell $2 to $38 per barrel, while gold rose $14 to $1909 per ounce.
Stocks recouped some of their losses on Friday morning after Thursday's massive selloff. However, investors remained cautious after the Fed's weak economic outlook and reports of rising coronavirus cases in many states. On the earnings front, Adobe shares rose more than 4% after the company posted better-than-expected quarterly earnings. The S&P rose 1.5%, the Dow 1.9%, and the Nasdaq 1.4%. Crude oil fell 2% to $35.50 per barrel, while gold rose $7 to $1746 per ounce.
Stocks fell again on Monday morning as the Senate failed to pass a nearly $2 trillion economic rescue package. Democrats argued that the plan did not provide adequate protection for workers and that it needed to include more restrictions on companies bailed out by the government. Meanwhile, the Federal Reserve said that it would buy back Treasuries and mortgage securities as necessary to ensure 'smooth market functioning.' The Dow fell 3.0%, the S&P 2.7%, and the Nasdaq 1.4%. Crude oil traded near $22.50 per barrel, while gold rose $50 to $1535 per ounce.