Dow Jones futures will open Sunday evening, along with S&P 500 futures and Nasdaq futures.
The stock market rally had another huge week, with strong gains across the board as the Federal Reserve pivoted toward rate cuts in 2024. The Dow Jones hit an all-time high while the S&P 500, Nasdaq composite, small-cap Russell 2000 and S&P MidCap 400 all hit 52-week highs.
The Magnificent Seven were relative laggards overall, but don’t count them out. Many have been consolidating after big runs.
Tesla (TSLA) staged an upside reversal, moving above an early entry. Nvidia (NVDA) regained a buy point. Microsoft (MSFT), Apple (AAPL), Amazon.com (AMZN) and Meta Platforms (META) are all in buy zones. In fact, Google parent Alphabet (GOOGL) is the only Magnificent Seven stock that’s not in buy range now.
Of course, in this broad market rally, investors should be looking at a vast pool of leading stocks and sectors. There are still some buying opportunities, but also reasons to consider taking some partial profits.
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Dow Jones Futures Today
Dow Jones futures open at 6 p.m. ET on Sunday, along with S&P 500 futures and Nasdaq 100 futures.
Stock Market Rally
The stock market rally continued to advance, with the major indexes gaining ground for a seventh straight week.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average ran up 2.9% in last week’s stock market trading, hitting an all-time high. The S&P 500 index jumped 2.5% and the Nasdaq composite 2.85%, both to their best levels since January 2020.
The small-cap Russell 2000 surged 5.55% and the S&P MidCap 400 leapt 4.3%, racing up to 52-week highs.
The Invesco S&P 500 Equal Weight ETF (RSP) sprinted 3.9% while the First Trust Nasdaq 100 Equal Weighted Index ETF (QQEW) climbed 5%. That was much better than the Nasdaq 100’s 3.35%, weighed down by muted gains in megacap techs.
After a quasi-market pause, all of these indexes and ETFs — even the Nasdaq 100 — had their best weekly performance since the week ended Nov. 3, as the new market rally staged follow-through days.
The Nasdaq is getting extended from the 50-day line, closing 7.6% above that level. It may be a little early in the market rally to get worried about that, but it bears watching. A lot of stocks are extended, either from traditional buy points or from running straight up from the bottom.
The CBOE Volatility Index is still around its lowest levels in nearly four years. The market fear gauge showing little or no fear is another potential yellow flag.
The 10-year Treasury yield dived 32 basis points to 3.93%, the biggest five-day slide since March. The 10-year Treasury rate fell below the 4% level.
Meanwhile the U.S. dollar tumbled, in part because the Federal Reserve was more dovish than the European Central Bank and Bank of England.
U.S. crude oil futures rose 20 cents to $71.43 a barrel Friday after hitting the lowest levels since June during the week.
Among growth ETFs, the iShares Expanded Tech-Software Sector ETF (IGV) popped 2%, with Microsoft stock a major component. The VanEck Vectors Semiconductor ETF (SMH) spiked 7.1% to a record high. NVDA stock is the No. 1 holding.
SPDR S&P Metals & Mining ETF (XME) rallied 6% in a big upside reversal. The Global X U.S. Infrastructure Development ETF (PAVE) soared 5.8%. U.S. Global Jets ETF (JETS) ascended 4%. SPDR S&P Homebuilders ETF (XHB) spiked 7.05%. The Energy Select SPDR ETF (XLE) rebounded for a 2.5% gain and the Health Care Select Sector SPDR Fund (XLV) advanced 1.6%. The Industrial Select Sector SPDR Fund (XLI) popped 3.7%.
Magnificent Seven Stocks
Tesla stock rose 4% to 253.50 in an upside week after briefly undercutting the 50-day line. Shares cleared a trendline going back to July, offering an aggressive entry. TSLA stock also cleared a short-term high of 252.75, another early entry. Volume has improved in recent days and weeks.
Tesla stock has a 278.98 buy point from a five-month double-bottom base.
On the downside, the relative strength line for Tesla has stopped falling but has trended lower for the past several months.
On Saturday, Germany’s government announced that it was abruptly ending EV subsidies, effectively immediately, amid a budget crisis, instead of on Dec. 31. A few days earlier, Germany had scrapped plans to continue EV subsidies at a reduced level in 2024.
Microsoft stock fell 0.9% to 370.73 for the week, but moved back above its 366.78 cup-base buy point on Friday, also retaking its 21-day line.
Investors could buy MSFT stock here, no longer extended from the 50-day line. On a weekly chart, MSFT stock now has a four weeks tight, with an official buy point of 384.30. But a move above Wednesday’s high of 377.64 would be an attractive entry.
Apple stock climbed nearly 1% for the week to 197.57, still in range from a 192.93 cup-with-handle buy point.
A growing number of Chinese government agencies and state-owned firms have barred employees to stop bringing Apple iPhones and other foreign devices to work, Bloomberg reported right at Friday’s market close, citing sources. Those bans have ramped up in the past or two, after starting with a few agencies in Beijing and Tianjin.
That suggests a growing headwind for Apple sales in China, even as the Dow tech titan looks to diversify iPhone production to India and elsewhere.
Apple stock turned slightly lower at Friday’s close, then edged lower after the close.
Amazon stock rose 1.7% to 149.97, an eighth-straight weekly gain. Shares tested the 21-day line once again during the week but continue to hold a 145.86 buy point, according to MarketSmith analysis.
Meta stock edged up 0.65% to 334.92, testing the 50-day line briefly but holding a 326.20 buy point.
Google stock fell 1.8% to 132.60, dropping below the 50-day line and then hitting resistance there. GOOGL stock isn’t that far from a 139.42 cup-with-handle buy point, though the RS line is at a five-month low.
Nvidia stock popped 2.9% to 488.90, rebounding from the 50-day line and reclaiming a 476.09 double-bottom buy point. Volume ran slightly higher on Wednesday and Friday and for the entire week, something that has been noticeably absent from Nvidia’s gains in the past few months.
The tech giant may be working on a new flat base as well.
Market Rally Analysis
Do not chase after extended stocks. With the market rally running so powerfully since late October, the risks of a pullback are rising.
Investors could have bought stocks this past week as the major indexes cleared their recent ranges to 2023 highs and small caps skyrocketed. A few stocks are offering buying opportunities, including Tesla and Nvidia, but many leaders are stretched.
It’s hard not to get exuberant after big gains in the market and your portfolio. But keep your emotions in check. The weekend can be a good time to look at your holdings dispassionately.
Depending on your investing style, you may want to take partial profits in some leaders that are extended. That could also provide cash for new buys, perhaps diversifying a portfolio into industrials, metals, financials, building products and more.
The weekend is an excellent time to run your screens and work on watchlists. A vast number of stocks and sectors are showing strong action, perhaps the most since the 2020 rally. So it can take work to get through them all.
It’s a great problem to have.
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