Dow Jones futures rose slightly after hours, along with S&P 500 futures and Nasdaq futures. Palo Alto Networks and Coinbase reported late Tuesday, with Wingstop and chip giant Nvidia due Wednesday.
The stock market rally lost more ground, with the Dow Jones breaking below a key level while the S&P 500 and Nasdaq retreated toward major support. The 10-year Treasury yield continued to race higher, closing in on the 4% level again amid stronger-than-expected economic data as well as disappointing Home Depot (HD) guidance.
Investors should be taking a more defensive stance for at least the short term.
Palo Alto Networks (PANW) and Toll Brothers (TOL) reported earnings late Tuesday. So did three big Ark Invest holdings: Exact Sciences (EXAS), Crispr Therapeutics (CRSP) and Coinbase (COIN).
Wingstop (WING), TJX Cos. (TJX) and Baidu (BIDU) report early Wednesday. Wingstop fell back below a buy point Tuesday, while TJX stock isn’t too far from an early entry within a shallow base.
Nvidia (NVDA) earnings loom Wednesday night, a key report for the chip sector and the overall market rally.
WING stock is on IBD Leaderboard and the IBD 50.
The video embedded in the article reviews Tuesday’s market sell-off and analyzes Autoliv (ALV), Lamb Weston and Wingstop.
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Dow Jones futures rose 0.15% vs. fair value. S&P 500 futures advanced 0.15% and Nasdaq 100 futures climbed 0.3%.
Remember that overnight action in Dow futures and elsewhere doesn’t necessarily translate into actual trading in the next regular stock market session.
PANW stock jumped in late trading after Palo Alto earnings topped fiscal Q2 views but guidance was mixed. Palo Alto stock fell 1.4% to 166.89 on Tuesday, pulling back toward the 200-day line. A decisive move above last week’s high of 177.60 would clear resistance going back several months, offering an entry.
TOL stock rose modestly after hours as fiscal Q1 earnings topped views. Toll Brothers stock retreated 2.6% on Tuesday to 55.70, approaching the 50-day and 10-week lines. After nearly doubling from last October to Feb. 2, shares have pulled back as Treasury yields have rebounded. But TOL stock has a 62.71 cup-with-handle buy point.
EXAS stock fell modestly in overnight trade after Exact Sciences topped Q4 views but gave in-line guidance for 2023. Exact Sciences stock could test the 50-day line Wednesday after sliding 3.5% to 61.26 on Tuesday.
CRSP stock increased slightly in extended action. Crispr reported a smaller-than-expected Q4 loss and said it’s on track to finish its FDA submission by the end of Q1 for its gene-edited therapy to treat sickle cell disease and transfusion-dependent beta thalassemia. Crispr stock sank 4.8% on Tuesday to 62.07, knifing below the 50-day line.
COIN stock edged lower overnight as Coinbase reported a slightly smaller-than-expected Q4 loss as revenue plunged 75%. COIN stock tumbled 8.4% to 46.63 on Tuesday, back toward 200-day and 21-day lines. Investors could view a decisive bounce from these levels as some sort of aggressive entry.
WING stock fell 4.2% to 166.21 in heavy volume on Tuesday, skidding below a 169.04 cup-with-handle buy point cleared last week, according to MarketSmith analysis.
TJX stock retreated 1.3% to 78.82, slightly below the 50-day line in a 6%-deep flat base. The official buy point is 83.23, but a strong move above the 50-day line would also break a trendline entry.
BIDU stock dipped 0.6% on Tuesday to 140.82, below the 21-day line but above the 50-day line.
Nvidia stock fell 3.4% to 206.55 on Tuesday, just below its 21-day line. Microsoft (MSFT) announced that its Xbox games will be on Nvidia’s clouding gaming service. NVDA stock is extended from a bottoming base but has a three-weeks-tight pattern with a 230.59 buy point. At Wednesday’s close, the chip giant will likely have a handle on a daily chart with that same entry, for a consolidation going back to April. But Nvidia stock would still be extended from the 50-day/10-week lines.
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Stock Market Rally
The stock market rally opened lower Tuesday, with selling soon accelerating on S&P Global’s flash reading of the U.S. economy, with the overall index and services gauge both moving above the break-even 50 level.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average slumped 2.1% in Tuesday’s stock market trading. The S&P 500 index gave up 2%. The Nasdaq composite fell 2.5%. The small-cap Russell 2000 tumbled 2.9%.
U.S. crude oil prices dipped 0.2% to $76.16 a barrel, extending last week’s sharp losses. Natural gas futures plunged 8.9% on Tuesday and 19% over the last four sessions.
Copper prices rebounded 2.9%.
The 10-year Treasury yield leapt 13 basis points to 3.95%. That’s the highest since November and up 62 basis points from the Feb. 2 low. Some of this reflects optimism that the U.S. won’t fall into a recession. But that also means inflation will likely be more persistent and that the Fed could be leaning toward being more aggressive. Markets now see at least an 80% chance of three more quarter-point rate hikes, with a small-but-rising chance of a half-point move in March or May.
On Wednesday, the Fed will release minutes from the Jan. 31-Feb. 1 meeting. On Friday, investors will get the January reading for the PCE price index, the Fed’s favorite inflation gauge.
Among growth ETFs, the Innovator IBD 50 ETF (FFTY) gave up 2.2%. The iShares Expanded Tech-Software Sector ETF (IGV) retreated 2%. The VanEck Vectors Semiconductor ETF (SMH) fell back 3%. Nvidia stock is a major SMH holding.
Reflecting stocks with more speculative stories, the ARK Innovation ETF (ARKK) tumbled 6.1% and ARK Genomics (ARKG) shed 6.25%. CRSP stock and Coinbase are two big holdings at Ark Invest.
The SPDR S&P Metals & Mining ETF (XME) lost 2.6%. U.S. Global Jets ETF (JETS) descended 3%.
SPDR S&P Homebuilders ETF (XHB) sold off 3.9% as Home Depot’s guidance and rising yields hammered housing-related stocks. TOL stock is an XHB holding.
The Energy Select SPDR ETF (XLE) and the Financial Select SPDR ETF (XLF) each retreated 2.1%. The Health Care Select Sector SPDR Fund (XLV) declined 1.3%.
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Market Rally Analysis
The stock market rally extended its pullback Tuesday. The S&P 500, Nasdaq and Russell 2000 all fell sharply, knifing below their 21-day moving averages. The Dow Jones fell decisively below its 50-day line after holding that key level for a month.
As of now, the market pullback still looks normal on a weekly chart, but it’s a little like saying a person’s blood pressure is “normal” but getting toward the upper bound.
The S&P 500 and Nasdaq are tumbling near their 50-day and 200-day lines, respectively. Breaking those levels would be worrisome.
Recent breakouts and buy signals have struggled, with the overall market fading since Feb. 2 and especially in the past three sessions.
Rising Treasury yields and a rebounding dollar are weighing on stock prices, especially growth names. With some short-term yields topping 5%, that’s a fairly decent risk-free return vs. equities.
More broadly, the market rally is no longer shrugging off mixed (at best) earnings, guidance and economic data.
The good news is that investors no longer seem so complacent. The Cboe Volatility Index, or VIX, has jumped to its highest level since early January, just before the Jan. 6 follow-through day.
Speculative growth names, which boomed from bear-market lows in January, may not continue to lead on the upside if their actual earnings don’t match.
Some mining stocks showed strength as copper and other metal prices rebounded. But will that last more than a day?
More-defensive names are standing out again. Lamb Weston (LW) is hovering around a buy point while Hershey (HSY) flirted with a breakout Tuesday. Walmart (WMT) flashed a buy signal on earnings despite weak guidance.
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What To Do Now
Investors should be getting more defensive, perhaps paring overall exposure. Even if that isn’t your explicit goal, you should be trimming exposure by cutting individual losers or taking at least partial gains in some winners.
The recent pullback could still be a positive. Stocks that resisted the initial mild pullback in early February are now taking a breather or falling back. A few good days could easily revive the market rally’s fortunes and trigger a number of buying opportunities. So investors should be ready to act, building up their watchlists.
But if conditions worsen, you’ll need to step back more substantially. So stay flexible and remain engaged.
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