S&P 500 Hits High In Stock Picker’s Market; Five New Buys

Feb 3, 2024

Dow Jones futures will open Sunday evening, along with S&P 500 futures and Nasdaq futures.


The stock market rally largely weathered a huge week of earnings and economic news. The Dow Jones and S&P 500 hit fresh all-time highs Friday while the Nasdaq rebounded to a two-year high thanks to Meta Platforms (META) and Amazon.com (AMZN).

Big Tech earnings for the week were mixed but generally positive, buoying the sector.

Market breadth was weak, with small caps struggling. Tesla (TSLA) broke a weekly losing streak, but is leading S&P 500 losers in 2024.

It’s a stock picker’s market, for sure. But despite the weak breadth there have been plenty of stocks to choose from.

Adobe (ADBE), Axon Enterprise (AXON), MongoDB (MDB) and Synopsys (SNPS) flashed buy signals Friday.

SNPS stock is on IBD Long-Term Leaders. Synopsys and MDB stock are in the IBD 50. Synopsys and Axon stock are on the IBD Big Cap 20. Axon was Friday’s IBD Stock Of The Day.

The video embedded in this article discussed the market action in depth and analyzed MongoDB, Axon and SNPS stock.

Earnings will remain heavy in the coming week, with Caterpillar (CAT), Chipotle Mexican Grill (CMG), Eli Lilly (LLY), ELF Beauty (ELF), Arm Holdings (ARM) and Pinterest (PINS) among the many notable companies reporting.

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.

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

The stock market rally struggled midweek, with Fed chief Jerome Powell largely ruling out a March rate cut, and Google-parent Alphabet (GOOGL) weighing on techs. But the major indexes then rallied strongly.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average and S&P 500 index rose 1.4% in last week’s stock market trading, both setting record highs. The Nasdaq composite climbed 1.1%, buoyed by over-1% gains on Thursday and Friday.

Meta Platforms (META) and Amazon.com (AMZN) were huge earnings winners while, ultimately, Microsoft (MSFT) rallied in its results. Those offset tough weeks for Google parent Alphabet (GOOGL) and Apple (AAPL).

Also, these megacap tech earnings, guidance and — crucially — capital spending plans were good news for peers, partners and suppliers, notably Nvidia (NVDA) but also stocks such as MongoDB.

Market breadth weakened however. Even as the major indexes rallied to highs, losers trounced winners on Friday.

The small-cap Russell 2000 declined 0.8% for the week, falling below the 21-day line but holding support at the 50-day.

The Invesco S&P 500 Equal Weight ETF (RSP) and First Trust Nasdaq 100 Equal Weighted Index ETF (QQEW) both rose 0.4%, significantly lagging the S&P 500 and Nasdaq 100. But RSP and QQEW are close to recent 52-week highs.

The Nasdaq closed Friday 5.4% above its 50-day moving average with the S&P 500 up 4.9%. The Nasdaq 100 is 6% above its 50-day. Those are starting to get extended again or nearly so.

The 10-year Treasury yield sank 13 basis points to 4.03%, despite Friday’s 17 basis-point jump following the hot jobs report. Regional bank fears weighed on long-term Treasury yields. But the two-year Treasury yield, more closely tied to Fed policy, was little changed.

U.S. crude oil futures plunged 7.35% to $72.28 a barrel last week amid demand concerns and hopes for an Israel-Hamas cease-fire


Among growth ETFs, the iShares Expanded Tech-Software Sector ETF (IGV) rose 1.4%, hitting a two-year high Monday, with Adobe stock a big holding and Samsara also in the ETF. The VanEck Vectors Semiconductor ETF (SMH) advanced 1.6%. SNPS stock is in both IGV and SMH.

Reflecting more-speculative story stocks, ARK Innovation ETF (ARKK) climbed 1.6%, snapping a five-week losing streak. The ARK Genomics ETF (ARKG) edged up 0.2%. Tesla stock remains a major holding across Ark Invest’s ETFs.

The Global X U.S. Infrastructure Development ETF (PAVE) jumped 3.4% and the Industrial Select Sector SPDR Fund (XLI) rallied 1.9%, both to record highs. The Health Care Select Sector SPDR Fund (XLV) climbed nearly 2%, clearing a long consolidation.

SPDR S&P Metals & Mining ETF (XME) advanced 0.5% last week. U.S. Global Jets ETF (JETS) nudged 0.2% higher. SPDR S&P Homebuilders ETF (XHB) rose 1.7%. The Energy Select SPDR ETF (XLE) fell 0.9%.

The Financial Select SPDR ETF (XLF) rose 0.85% but the SPDR S&P Regional Banking ETF (KRE) tumbled 7.2% on fresh lending concerns.

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Stocks In Buy Zones

MongoDB stock jumped 6.6% to 436.01 on Friday, breaking out from a 425.51 handle buy point in a two-month consolidation. That consolidation is right next to a failed cup-with-handle base, so clearing the Nov. 30 high of 442.84 is a big test for MDB stock as well. The database software firm, with AI aspirations, was a beneficiary of Amazon’s strong Q4 results.

Axon Enterprise stock popped 1.7% to 256.99 on Friday, extending Thursday’s move from the 10-week line and offering an early entry. The law enforcement products company is now expanding its body cameras for retail and health-care workers.

Adobe stock rose 1.1% to 634.76 on Friday, just above a 633.89 flat-base buy point. Shares rose 3.4% for the week, their fourth straight weekly gain.

Synopsys stock climbed 2.2% on Friday to 552.05. The chip and electronics design software maker has a 554.57 buy point from a cup-with-handle base, but Friday’s move offered an early entry. Shares popped 4.5% for the week, rebounding from the 50-day and 10-week lines. The 50-day line is a good place to start a position in a Long-Term Leader.

Samsara (IOT) stock rose 2.8% to 32.51 on Friday, retaking the 21-day and 50-day moving averages and clearing a tight trendline. IOT stock has a 36.91 consolidation buy point, according to MarketSmith. Investors could use Friday’s move as an early entry. Decisively clearing Friday’s high of 32.98 would also mean topping the 10-week line.

This Internet of Things software firm, an AI play, is prone to head fakes. Friday’s low could be a place to exit.

Tesla Stock

Tesla stock rose 2.5% to 187.91, snapping a six-week losing week. But it’s down 24.4% in 2024, making it the S&P 500’s worst performer so far. TSLA stock hasn’t even touched its plunging 10-day line in 2024.

The EV giant’s market cap is now $597 billion, less than half of any of the other Magnificent Seven stocks. But it still boasts, by far, the highest forward price-to-earnings ratio of those megacaps.

After Tesla’s weak Q4 earnings and 2024 growth warning, Wall Street analysts now see this year’s earnings flat vs. 2023’s tumble to $3.12 a share.

Tesla has already cut prices in China and Europe, with Model Y inventory discounts over 10% in the U.S. All of this in the backdrop of sluggish EV demand worldwide and intense competition in China.

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What To Do Now

The stock market rally continues to power higher. The weak breadth is something to note. However, leadership remains robust, even if many of the biggest winners are in the AI space.

Investors had a few buying opportunities late in the week, while some more stocks are setting up. But many leaders are extended, often greatly.

The Nasdaq getting extended once again is a reason to be cautious about new buys. But investors should have significant or heavy exposure.

Keep working on those watchlists.

The weekend also is a good time to review your portfolio. Are there laggards to prune? With big winners, do you look to take profits or try to find places to add shares? The answers will depend greatly on your investing style.

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