Dow Jones Falls After Key Economic Data; BBBY Stock Plunges 28%

The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped Thursday after key economic data — first-time jobless claims and the Philadelphia Fed Manufacturing Index — were released. Bed Bath & Beyond (BBBY), or BBBY stock, dived Thursday morning.

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BBBY stock appeared set to halt its string of torrid gains Thursday, following revived interest in the meme stock. Shares plunged 28% in morning trade after GameStop (GME) Chairman Ryan Cohen’s RC Ventures disclosed a plan to sell shares. Bed Bath & Beyond, a struggling retailer with big losses, surged as much as 560% from a July 27 low of 4.54 to Wednesday’s high at 30.00.
Key earnings movers Thursday include BJ’s Wholesale (BJ), Canadian Solar (CSIQ), Dow Jones stock Cisco Systems (CSCO), Keysight (KEYS), Kohl’s (KSS), Sociedad Quimica Y Minra (SQM) and Synopsys (SNPS).
BJ’s Wholesale jumped 9% while Canadian Solar stock surged 7.5%. Cisco shares rallied 6% as Keysight stock gained 4.5% and Kohls tumbled 9%. Synopsys beat estimates on the top and bottom lines, sparking a 1% rise. And SQM shares declined 5%.
Electric-vehicle leader Tesla (TSLA) traded up 0.3% Thursday morning. Elsewhere, Dow Jones tech leaders Apple (AAPL) and Microsoft (MSFT) both dropped after today’s stock market open.
In the current healthy stock market environment, Dow Jones stocks Coca-Cola (KO) and Merck (MRK) — as well as Albemarle (ALB), Costco (COST), Monolithic Power Systems (MPWR) and Ollie’s Bargain Outlet (OLLI) — are among the top stocks to buy and watch.
Albemarle and Costco were featured in this week’s Stocks Near A Buy Zone column. Costco stock was added to IBD Leaderboard and SwingTrader in the wake of Tuesday’s breakout move. Albemarle was a recent IBD Stock Of The Day.
Dow Jones Today: Treasury Yields, Oil Prices
Early Thursday, the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 0.3%, while the S&P 500 moved down 0.15%. And the tech-heavy Nasdaq composite traded down 0.25% in morning trade.
Among exchange-traded funds, the Nasdaq 100 tracker Invesco QQQ Trust (QQQ) fell 0.25%, and the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY) fell 0.2% in early trade.
The 10-year Treasury yield ticked lower to 2.86% early Thursday, following Wednesday’s jump to 2.89%. The 10-year Treasury yield is rebounding after hitting its lowest level since early April in recent weeks.
Meanwhile, U.S. oil prices looked to rebound from this week’s losses that dipped to their lowest level since January. West Texas Intermediate futures traded up 1%, just above $89 a barrel.
Jobless Claims, Philly Fed Index, Home Sales
First-time jobless claims fell to 250,000, lower than estimates that called for a rise to 265,000 vs. 262,000 in the previous week.
The Philadelphia Fed Manufacturing Index rebounded to 6.2, sharply higher than estimates that expected a negative 5.0. This index missed expectations in July at minus 12.3 for its second straight negative reading.
Existing home sales are expected to fall to 4.85 million in July vs. 5.12 million in June. The National Association of Realtors’ July report is set for release at 10 a.m. ET
Stock Market Rally
On Wednesday, the Nasdaq led the stock market lower, declining 1.25%. The Dow Jones industrials and S&P 500 followed up with losses of 0.5% and 0.7%, respectively.
Wednesday’s The Big Picture column commented, “The middle of August is supposed to be a sleepy time for equity traders. But Wednesday gave stock market participants plenty of news to digest. In the end, Wall Street bulls needed a well-deserved rest.”
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Dow Jones Earnings: Cisco Systems
Networking giant and Dow Jones stock Cisco Systems reported its second-quarter earnings results after the close Wednesday. Cisco shares jumped 6% after its fiscal 2023 revenue outlook came in ahead of expectations while fiscal fourth-quarter results for 2022 topped Wall Street estimates.
Cisco shares finished Wednesday about 27% off their 52-week high.

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Dow Jones Stocks To Watch: Coca-Cola, Merck
Dow Jones soda giant Coca-Cola is building a flat base that has a 67.30 buy point. A handle entry at 65.14 is also in play. Shares are rebounding from their 50-day line and trying to top the handle entry. The stock inched higher early Thursday.
Merck also is building a flat base, a pattern that shows a 95.82 buy point. Shares are trying to hold above their 50-day line, according to IBD MarketSmith chart analysis. Merck shares were up almost 1% Thursday.
MRK stock shows a solid 94 out of a perfect 99 IBD Composite Rating, per the IBD Stock Checkup. Investors can use the IBD Composite Rating to easily gauge the quality of a stock’s fundamental and technical metrics.

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Top Stocks To Watch: Albemarle, Costco, Monolithic, Ollie’s
Lithium producer Albemarle remains in buy range following Friday’s breakout past a 273.78 buy point in a large cup-with-handle base. The 5% buy zone goes up to 287.47. Earlier last week, shares topped a smaller cup with handle with a 250.25 buy point. Shares moved down 1.1% Wednesday, falling for a second straight day. The stock was slightly higher Thursday morning.
IBD Leaderboard stock Costco is breaking out past a cup with handle with a 552.81 buy point. The stock rose 0.6% Wednesday, moving higher in the 5% buy area. Shares rose 1% early Thursday.
Recent IBD Stock Of The Day Monolithic Power Systems added a handle to a cup base last week, moving the correct buy point from 580.10 to 541.49. Meanwhile, shares remain above a 514.80 entry. The stock was up 1.3% Thursday.
Ollie’s Bargain Outlet is rebounding from its 10-week line — a critical support level — placing the top discount retailer in a new buy zone. Shares are also carving a handle after a large cup base, putting the latest buy point at 72.37. Current price action is about 11% away from that entry. Shares were up 0.3% Thursday morning.

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Tesla Stock
Tesla stock lost 0.8% Wednesday, extending Tuesday’s losses. Shares of the EV giant rose 0.3% Thursday morning.
This week, the stock closed at its highest level since May 4. Shares are trying to again decisively rise above resistance around their 200-day line, which is a key level to watch. Tesla is about 27% off its 52-week high. Its 3-for-1 stock split is set for Aug. 24.

Dow Jones Leaders: Apple, Microsoft
Among Dow Jones stocks, Apple shares rallied 0.9% Wednesday, as the stock is continues to build the right side of a cup base that has a 179.71 buy point. Another interpretation could be a large double bottom that spans back to January. Either way, the buy point is identical. Keep an eye out for a potential handle to form and offer a lower entry.
Bullishly, the stock’s relative strength line is already at new highs, indicating big stock market outperformance. Shares dropped 0.55% Thursday morning.
Microsoft fell 0.5% Tuesday, ending just shy of the long-term 200-day line, which is a key resistance area to watch. The stock lost 0.5% early Thursday.
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