Dow Jones futures will open Sunday evening, along with S&P 500 futures and Nasdaq futures. The stock market rally continued to press on to new highs last week, with all the key indexes hitting record highs.
The Nasdaq is getting extended, as Tesla and especially Nvidia (NVDA) surged higher last week, with other EV and chip names also soaring. It’s a time to pay close attention and consider some portfolio management.
Expedia (EXPE), Airbnb and BKNG stock all broke out Friday, buoyed by strong results last week and several positive tailwinds. Covid cases are down sharply, vaccinations are up, travel restrictions are easing while a new Pfizer (PFE) Covid pill offers much-greater treatment for patients who do get the coronavirus.
Travel could be the new hot sector, and far more than online travel sites. Hyatt (H) last week joined several hotel operators breaking out. Even airlines, beset by soaring fuel costs and widespread labor shortages, are starting to bounce back.
Meanwhile, that Pfizer Covid drug news slammed MRNA stock and other Covid vaccine makers. But Moderna stock had flashed several signals in prior months. So did PTON stock, which crashed to a 16-month low Friday on horrible Q3 results.
Finally, Apple stock now has a cup-with-handle buy point. But the AAPL chart shows an important flaw.
The video embedded in this article analyzed the market action and reviewed Airbnb, EXPE stock and Moderna.
Dow Jones Futures Today
Dow Jones futures will open at 6 p.m. ET on Sunday, along with S&P 500 futures and Nasdaq 100 futures.
Coronavirus cases worldwide reached 249.84 million. Covid-19 deaths topped 5.05 million.
Coronavirus cases in the U.S. have hit 47.28 million, with deaths above 773,000.
Stock Market Rally
The stock market rally had yet another strong performance, with the major indexes rising for the fifth straight week. The Dow Jones Industrial Average climbed 1.4% in last week’s stock market trading. The S&P 500 index rose 2%. The Nasdaq composite popped just over 3%.
The small-cap Russell 2000 surged 6%.
The 10-year Treasury yield fell 10 basis points last week to 1.45%, despite a Fed taper decision and a strong jobs report.
The two standout stocks of the current market rally, Nvidia and Tesla stock, last week ran up 16% and nearly 10%, respectively. Those follow sharp gains in the prior few weeks. At a combined market cap of nearly $2 trillion, that has had a huge impact on the Nasdaq. Both drifted lower Friday, which is probably healthy.
Among the best ETFs, the Innovator IBD 50 ETF (FFTY) climbed 2.5%, while the Innovator IBD Breakout Opportunities ETF (BOUT) rallied 3.9%. The iShares Expanded Tech-Software Sector ETF (IGV) was flat. The VanEck Vectors Semiconductor ETF (SMH) surged 8.4%. Nvidia stock was a major SMH driver last week.
SPDR S&P Metals & Mining ETF (XME) rose 4% and Global X U.S. Infrastructure Development ETF (PAVE) gained 3.4%. The long-suffering U.S. Global Jets ETF (JETS) surged 10.85%. SPDR S&P Homebuilders ETF (XHB) advanced 3.2%. The Energy Select SPDR ETF (XLE) climbed 1.4% and the Financial Select SPDR ETF (XLF) retreated 0.6%.
Airbnb stock surged 13% Friday to 201.62 on strong earnings and travel tailwinds. It was the heaviest volume for an up day since the Airbus IPO debut on Dec. 10, 2020.
Shares had moved just past a 177.06 flat-base buy point on Thursday ahead of results. Investors could have used options to play earnings, as IBD Live discussed on Thursday, or bought the gap-up Friday morning.
Expedia stock leapt nearly 16% to 182.17 on Friday after swinging to a profit and nearly doubling revenue. EXPE stock cleared a 175.47 buy point in the strongest volume in a year for an up day.
Booking stock jumped 8.2% to 2,618.97 last week, clearing a 2,540.10 buy point from a flat base, which was right next to a longer consolidation. BKNG stock came up to the buy on Thursday following its earnings report, but erased its intraday gains. Shares surged higher on Friday in the wake of the Expedia and Airbnb earnings and the Pfizer Covid pill news.
Moderna stock plunged Thursday and Friday, first on an earnings miss and then on the Pfizer Covid pill. But MRNA stock had flashed myriad sell signals in recent months. That includes taking partial profits in early August, just before the all-time high. On the downside, investors got an early sell signal as MRNA stock plunged through its 10-day line on Aug. 11. Various 21-day line breaks could have offered further signals. But breaking below the 50-day line on Sept. 28, followed by another gap down on Oct. 1, provided strong signals that the Moderna stock run was over, at least for a while.
In most cases, a winning stock will peak before the fundamentals.
Much like Moderna, Peloton stock crashed last week after offering many sell signals along the way. PTON stock plummeted 35% to a 16-month low on Friday following a big loss, weak revenue and slashed guidance. Bottom line, with the Covid pandemic waning, people are exercising more outside the home.
After a long, powerful run in 2020, PTON stock broke out again at the very end of last year. Investors probably could have bought the Peloton stock from the 50-day/10-week line a few days earlier, but the breakout initially worked. But after one week, shares began to whipsaw up and down. Investors, especially newer ones, may have wanted to take some profits.
Finally, on Feb. 17, PTON stock fell through its 50-day line, then kept sliding for several weeks. After finding 200-day line support, Peloton ran up to its 50-day line before reversing to fall through the 200-line. PTON stock did rebound again from early May to early July, as the delta Covid wave started to gain steam. But since then, shares have been in retreat.
Apple stock now has a cup-with-handle base, with a 153.26 buy point, according to MarketSmith analysis. The handle formed after AAPL stock rebounded from its 50-day line following mixed Apple earnings. But the relative strength line is at its worst levels since late June. More broadly, the RS line, the blue line in the charts provided, has been trending slightly lower since August 2020, reflecting Apple stock’s laggard status vs. the S&P 500 index.
Of course, a powerful Apple stock move would quickly revive the RS line. ABNB stock had a lackluster RS line until Friday’s surge.
Meanwhile, news broke late Friday that Apple has hired Tesla’s former Autopilot software director for its secretive Apple Car effort. C.J. Moore came under scrutiny earlier after he appeared to disagree with Elon Musk’s optimistic statements about Tesla self-driving capabilities in Moore’s conversations with California DMV officials.
It’s still unclear when Apple will come out with a car, expected to be electric and have self-driving capabilities.
The Apple Car hiring news had virtually no impact on Apple or Tesla stock late Friday.
Tesla FSD Beta Update
Elon Musk tweeted Friday night that next FSD Beta update, 10.4, would be delayed briefly due to “late-breaking issues.” The new timeline is to release 10.4 to “external” FSD Beta users — FSD owners who have Beta access — on Sunday.
Tesla stock edged lower on Friday, but still rose 9.7% for the week after surging 22% in the prior week. TSLA stock has rallied for 11 straight weeks, nearly doubling over that span.
Market Rally Analysis
The stock market had yet another strong week, with the major indexes and even the Russell 2000 hitting record highs. The Nasdaq is on a 10-day winning streak, managing to advance even with MRNA stock plunging 17%. The composite is starting to look extended, thanks to the likes of Nvidia, Tesla and some near-vertical giants, though Tesla and Nvidia stock did close fractionally lower Friday.
The Nasdaq closed the week 6.1% above its 50-day line. The Nasdaq 100 is 6.7% above the 50-day line, after topping 7% intraday Friday.
When the Nasdaq gets 6% and especially 7% above its 50-day line, it’s at higher risk of a pullback, with the odds rising that any such pullback will be larger. Of course, the market rally can keep moving higher for some time when it’s extended, and pullbacks often are modest. It’s also early in the latest market rally, so it’s less concerning.
Finally, a market rally pullback would likely be healthy, letting leaders pull back to key levels or form new bases, offering new opportunities to buy.
Meanwhile, the market is showing broad strength. Yes, chips are leading the way right now, along with other techs. But travel plays are looking strong, while EV makers, retailers, steel, and industrials are all showing at least pockets of strength.
What To Do Now
With the stock market rally starting to get extended, investors may not want to build up their exposure substantially. If you’ve gotten deep into margin, you may want to consider backing off, taking some partial profits.
Selling a winning stock into strength or on weakness both have their merits, and there’s no reason you can’t employ both methods.
Investors may want to consider adding exposure to sectors such as travel, which could be ready to lead. Run your screens this weekend and build up your watchlists.
If the market rally does pause or pull back, some leading stocks could form brief consolidations or pull back to key support. So make sure you have capital ready to deploy, yet another reason to take some small winnings now.
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