Dow Jones futures, along with S&P 500 futures and Nasdaq 100 futures, were higher late Monday after tech stocks sold off sharply. Bitcoin tumbled from all-time highs, while Tesla stock dived through a key support level.
On Monday, the tech-heavy Nasdaq composite sold off 2.5%, its worst day since Jan. 27. The S&P 500 moved down 0.8%, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average traded up 0.1%.
Among the Dow Jones leaders, Apple (AAPL) slid 3%, while Microsoft (MSFT) descended 2.7%. Apple stock fell further below its 10-week line, while Microsoft is testing a recent buy point. Disney (DIS) is back in buy range after Monday’s sharp gain.
Tesla (TSLA) dived 8.55% Monday, breaking down through its 50-day support level.
Dow Jones Futures Today
After the stock market close Monday, Dow Jones futures and S&P 500 futures were up 0.2% each, while Nasdaq 100 futures rallied 0.5% vs. fair value. Remember that trading in Dow Jones futures and elsewhere doesn’t necessarily translate into actual trading in the next regular stock market session.
U.S. Stock Market Today Overview
Last Update: 4:28 PM ET 2/22/2021
Stock Market Rally
Looking back at the current uptrend, November was a key month for the stock market. IBD’s The Big Picture flagged the new uptrend following the market’s bullish follow-through day on Nov. 4. Meanwhile, the middle of February has the Dow Jones Industrial Average, Nasdaq and S&P 500 pulling back from record highs.
Monday’s Big Picture cautioned, “Just four trading sessions ago, the market cap-weighted Nasdaq touched new all-time highs and closed above 14,000 for a third straight session. But a fourth decline in the past five sessions has now trimmed the index’s year-to-date advance to 5%.”
Focus on stocks that show strong relative strength during the current weakness. They could be some of the market’s leaders if the indexes are able to get back to their record-setting ways.
The price of Bitcoin topped $57,000 on Saturday and $58,000 on Sunday before briefly diving back below $48,000 Monday morning. Bitcoin rebounded, trading around $53,690 in evening trade, according to CoinDesk.
The Grayscale Bitcoin Trust (GBTC) ETF slid over 4% Monday, falling from record highs.
Dow Jones Stocks: Disney
Disney stock advanced 4.5% Monday.
Stocks In Or Near Buy Zones: Shoals, Trade Desk
Friday’s IBD Stock Of The Day, Shoals Technologies, is attempting to break out past a 41.86 buy point in a narrow IPO base, according to IBD MarketSmith chart analysis. Shares briefly topped the buy point before reversing over 1% lower. Shares closed about 5% below the entry.
Shoals is an IBD IPO Leader. The firm provides an array of gear needed to operate solar energy systems, according to the Shoals IPO filing. Moreover, it provides the components needed to carry electric currents from solar panels to solar inverters and ultimately to the power grid.
On Friday, the stock jumped nearly 7% in the wake of the company’s strong Q4 results. Earnings and sales grew 149% and 48%, respectively, vs. the year-ago period.
According to IBD Stock Checkup, Trade Desk stock shows a strong 98 out of a perfect 99 IBD Composite Rating. The IBD Composite Rating helps investors easily measure the quality of a stock’s fundamental and technical metrics.
Trade Desk ranks No. 10 on the IBD Big Cap 20.
Stock Market Earnings: Cadence, Palo Alto, ZoomInfo
Cadence Design Systems, Palo Alto Networks and IBD Leaderboard stock ZoomInfo reported earnings after the close Monday.
Cadence pulled back to its 50-day line Monday amid a 4.65% fall. After the close Monday, Cadence reported strong Q4 results. The company earned an adjusted 83 cents a share on sales of $760 million in the December quarter. Analysts had predicted Cadence earnings of 74 cents a share on sales of $732 million.
Shares rallied 5% in overnight trade.
Cybersecurity leader Palo Alto Networks reported better-than-expected fiscal Q2 earnings and sales results, but the company’s earnings outlook range fell short of consensus. Palo Alto stock pared losses to about 2% in overnight trade.
Shares closed Monday in the buy range past a 375.10 buy point in a flat base.
ZoomInfo slid 6.25% Monday, closing below a 53.18 entry in a cup base. After the close Monday, ZoomInfo jumped 10% on strong Q4 results and better-than-expected Q1 sales guidance.
According to Leaderboard commentary, “ZoomInfo broke out over a short handle on Feb. 1. But it topped an alternate entry that leaves shares in buy range. The stock is becoming more volatile, a risk.”
Tesla Stock Breaks Support
IBD Leaderboard stock Tesla dived 8.55% Monday, cracking through its key 50-day moving average. Shares are below the critical support level for the first time since a Nov. 18 breakout above a 466 buy point.
On Sunday, Tesla stopped taking orders for the cheapest version of the Model Y Standard Range sport utility vehicle, just over a month after its launch and barely a week after a price cut, according to its website.
The Jan. 8 IBD Stock Of The Day column signaled that Tesla was flashing several signs of a climax top amid a sharply vertical run in recent months.
On Jan. 25, Tesla stock hit a record high at 900.40. Shares are about 84% above a 466 buy point in a cup with handle amid Monday’s action.
Dow Jones Leaders: Apple, Microsoft
Among the top Dow Jones stocks, Apple fell 3% Monday, as it dropped further below its 10-week line.
On Thursday, the stock triggered the 7%-8% loss-cutting sell rule when it fell more than 7% below its 138.89 buy point in a cup with handle.
Meanwhile, Microsoft declined 2.7% Monday. Shares of the software giant are in the 5% buy zone from a 232.96 buy point that goes up to 244.61
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