Dow Jones futures were steady early Wednesday morning, along with S&P 500 futures and Nasdaq futures. Tesla CEO Elon Musk tweeted Tuesday night, perhaps jokingly, that he was going to buy the Manchester United soccer club.
The stock market rally had a mixed Tuesday, with the major indexes backing off afternoon highs as the S&P 500 came within one point of its 200-day moving average.
Walmart (WMT) and Home Depot (HD) earnings lifted the Dow and many retailers, with Costco Wholesale (COST), AutoNation (AN) and Penske Automotive (PAG) clearing buy points.
Antero Resources (AN) and EQT Corp. (EQT) topped buy points as natural gas prices soared.
Tesla (TSLA) briefly cleared an aggressive entry Tuesday morning, but TSLA stock reversed slightly lower with the Nasdaq.
BBBY Stock Leads Meme Mania
Meanwhile, Bed Bath & Beyond (BBBY) continues to skyrocket amid revived interest in this meme stock. BBBY stock shot up 29% to 20.65 in record volume, though that’s after vaulting to 28.60 intraday. Bed Bath & Beyond, which in the real world is a money-losing housewares retailer with fast-falling sales, is up 355% from a July 27 low of 4.54.
BBBY stock rose 9% overnight.
Ryan Cohen, chairman of original meme stock GameStop (GME), disclosed Tuesday that he still owns Bed Bath & Beyond shares and hefty call options for BBBY stock betting on prices from 60-80.
GME stock popped 6.3% Tuesday.
Key Earnings Wednesday
Early Wednesday, Target (TGT), Lowe’s (LOW) and TJX Cos. (TJX) continue the retail earnings run. Chipmaker Analog Devices (ADI) and oceangoing container shipper Zim Integrated Shipping (ZIM) also report.
Target, Lowe’s and TJX stock advanced Tuesday with other retailers, but their charts need work. ADI stock is moving up the right side of a base. ZIM stock is finding support at key moving averages.
The Commerce Department releases July retail sales data at 8:30 a.m. ET. At 1 p.m. ET, the Federal Reserve will release minutes from its late July Fed meeting.
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Dow Jones Futures Today
Dow Jones futures rose 0.1% vs. fair value. S&P 500 futures edged higher. Nasdaq 100 futures were flat.
Remember that overnight action in Dow futures and elsewhere doesn’t necessarily translate into actual trading in the next regular stock market session.
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Stock Market Rally Tuesday
The stock market rally was mixed for much of the morning and turned broadly higher in the afternoon before fading again.
Dow Jones giants Walmart and Home Depot beat second-quarter views early Tuesday. In a huge relief for markets, Walmart did not slash guidance for the rest of the year.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 0.7% in Tuesday’s stock market trading, with WMT stock up 5.1% and Home Depot rising 4.1%. The S&P 500 index climbed 0.2%. The Nasdaq composite dipped 0.2%. The small-cap Russell 2000 closed just below break-even.
U.S. crude oil prices reversed lower, sinking 3.2% to $86.53 a barrel, the lowest close since late January. U.S. natural gas futures jumped 6.9% to the highest close in 14 years. Energy prices continued to spike in Europe, spurring more demand for LNG exports.
The 10-year Treasury yield rose 3 basis points to 2.82%.
Among the best ETFs, the Innovator IBD 50 ETF (FFTY) fell 1.3%, while the Innovator IBD Breakout Opportunities ETF (BOUT) edged up 0.4%. The iShares Expanded Tech-Software Sector ETF (IGV) slipped 0.6%. The VanEck Vectors Semiconductor ETF (SMH) retreated 1.1%.
SPDR S&P Metals & Mining ETF (XME) climbed 0.9% and the Global X U.S. Infrastructure Development ETF (PAVE) advanced 0.6%. U.S. Global Jets ETF (JETS) ascended 0.9. SPDR S&P Homebuilders ETF (XHB) climbed 1%. The Energy Select SPDR ETF (XLE) dipped 0.2% and the Financial Select SPDR ETF (XLF) rose 0.7%. The Health Care Select Sector SPDR Fund (XLV) dipped 0.3%.
Reflecting more-speculative story stocks, ARK Innovation ETF (ARKK) fell 2.8% and ARK Genomics ETF (ARKG) 3.9%. Tesla stock is still a major holding across Ark Invest’s ETFs.
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TSLA stock dipped 0.9% to 919.69 on Tuesday. Intraday, shares hit 944, just topping a 940.92 aggressive entry from a way-too-low handle. Tesla stock soon reversed lower with the Nasdaq and highly valued growth, but held support at the 200-day line.
Musk Scores An Own LOL?
Tuesday night, Tesla CEO Elon Musk tweeted that “I’m buying Manchester United ur welcome.” The world-famous Manchester United (MANU) soccer team is publicly traded on the NYSE. Musk presumably was joking, but you never know with the world’s wealthiest troll.
If it is a joke, that could upset the SEC.
The tweet came just after extended trading ended, so MANU stock wasn’t affected.
The Manchester U tweet comes as Musk is trying to get out of a deal to buy Twitter (TWTR) for $44 billion, or $54.20 a share.
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Stocks In Buy Zones
Costco stock rose 1.3% to 553.02, just clearing a 552.81 cup-with-handle buy point. COST stock rallied on strong Walmart earnings and reaffirmed second-half guidance. But, earnings from Target on Wednesday and smaller rival BJ’s Wholesale (BJ) on Thursday could swing COST stock.
AutoNation stock vaulted 7.3% to 132.49, blasting above resistance from the past few months in above-average volume. Intraday, shares topped the official buy point of 133.58 from a nine-month consolidation. The relative strength line hit a new high, reflecting AutoNation’s outperformance vs. the S&P 500 index. AN stock seems right at the edge of being extended from the more-actionable 125-126 area and especially moving averages.
Penske Automotive stock leapt 5.6% to 124.16, breaking out past a cup-with-handle buy point of 121.55. Volume was above average for PAG stock.
EQT stock popped 4.3% to close at 47.19, clearing a 46.81 cup-with-handle buy point, according to MarketSmith analysis. Shares edged up after hours.
Antero Resources stock rose 4.2% to 40.55, but closed in the lower half of Tuesday’s range. AR stock hit 42.16 intraday, briefly topping a 41.05 buy point from a handle that’s slightly too low to be valid.
Market Rally Analysis
The stock market rally shrugged off some mixed early weakness to close higher. The Dow Jones, which just crossed its 200-day line on Monday, led the way with a fifth straight gain. The Russell 2000, which ticked past that long-term average on Friday, tested and held it Tuesday.
The S&P 500 nearly reached the 200-day line before slipping back. But it was not an emphatic rejection for sure.
The Nasdaq has a little distance to reach the 200-day.
Growth stocks arguably are due for a breather.
There also may be some rotation into “real economy” sectors such as energy and commodities, retail and even some transportation names.
But growth gave up ground grudgingly. The Nasdaq, down more than 1% in the morning, rebounded to modestly positive before slipping to finish slightly in the red. ARKK and speculative growth names retreated somewhat.
Meanwhile, BBBY stock shows that speculative meme mania is bubbling up again.
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What To Do Now
The stock market rally is hovering around a key resistance area, with some rotation, at least in the short run, toward natgas, retail and other real economy names.
Investors should continue to be cautious about adding exposure. If you add, say, EQT stock or Costco, that’s fine, but don’t pack your portfolio with natgas and retailers.
Perhaps this week’s winners will continue to run and lead for some time. Or the Nasdaq could quickly take charge again. Or the market rally could see a noticeable pullback to the 21-day line.
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