Dow Jones futures were little changed Monday morning, while S&P 500 futures and Nasdaq futures rose slightly. Twitter (TWTR) skyrocketed Monday morning after Tesla CEO Elon Musk disclosed a 9.2% stake in TWTR stock.
The stock market rally is in the midst of a modest pullback after a strong run from mid-March lows.
The major indexes still look healthy. But investors should be cautious about new buys in the very short term and be ready to exit positions if they aren’t working. Growth and shipping stocks ran into trouble late last week, such as Dutch Bros (BROS) and J.B. Hunt Transport Services (JBHT).
Tesla stock is on IBD Leaderboard and the IBD 50. XOM stock is on the IBD Big Cap 20, which is full of energy and commodity names. The video embedded in this article analyzes the market rally and discusses Apple (AAPL), JBHT stock and SEDG stock.
Elon Musk Takes Twitter Stake
Tesla’s Elon Musk disclosed a 9.2% passive stake in the social-networking company, according to an SEC filing. Twitter shot up about 25% in premarket trading, signaling a move back to its 200-day moving average.
Musk has tweeted in recent weeks about creating his own social network.
China Delisting Threat Over?
Beijing is signaling that it will back down vs. the U.S. over accounting oversight, easing delisting fears.
China’s securities regulator said Saturday it would release revised regulations for Chinese companies listed overseas. Notably, this line will be removed from the rules: “On-site inspections shall be conducted primarily by Chinese regulators or rely on the results of inspections by Chinese regulators.”
U.S.-listed Chinese stocks rallied Friday on a report that China was moving toward giving U.S. auditing regulators access to those companies’ books.
But China’s widening lockdowns and restrictions, including Shanghai’s extended shutdown could have a significant impact on production and demand, hitting Chinese stocks.
Dow Jones Futures Today
Dow Jones futures were roughly flat vs. fair value. S&P 500 futures climbed 0.1% and Nasdaq 100 futures rose 0.4%.
The Hang Seng tech index leapt 5.4% Monday, with China internet and EV plays rallying on delisting optimism.
The 10-year Treasury yield rose 2 basis points to 2.4%. The 2-year yield climbed 2 basis points to 2.45%, with the yield curve still inverted.
Stock Market Rally
The stock market rally started last week strong but ended with modest gains or slim losses.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average dipped 0.1% in last week’s stock market trading. The S&P 500 index rose less than 0.1%. The Nasdaq composite rose 0.7%. The small-cap Russell 2000 also climbed 0.7%
The 10-year Treasury yield sank 11 basis points last week to 2.38%. The two-year Treasury yield spiked to 2.43%, decisively moving above the 10-year rate. This yield inversion is a possible recession signal — down the road — with the Fed set to aggressively raise rates at upcoming meetings. Experts differ on whether the yield curve inversion poses a serious recession risk. Fed chief Jerome Powell recently noted that the very short end of the yield curve is still well below long-term rates.
Still, the yield curve bears watching.
U.S. crude oil futures plunged nearly 13% to $99.27 a barrel, their biggest weekly loss in nearly two years. President Biden said Thursday that the U.S. would release 1 million barrels a day for six months from strategic reserves to help combat high gasoline prices.
Among the best ETFs, the Innovator IBD 50 ETF (FFTY) fell 1.4% last week, while the Innovator IBD Breakout Opportunities ETF (BOUT) dipped 0.8%. The iShares Expanded Tech-Software Sector ETF (IGV) climbed 2.2%. But the VanEck Vectors Semiconductor ETF (SMH) sold off 3.6%, falling sharply from mid-week.
Reflecting more-speculative story stocks, ARK Innovation ETF (ARKK) jumped 4.7% last week and ARK Genomics ETF (ARKG) 7.3%. Tesla stock is the No. 1 holding across Ark Invest’s ETFs. Cathie Wood recently began buying some Nio stock and has been adding to Ark’s BYD position. Ark also owns some XPEV stock.
SPDR S&P Metals & Mining ETF (XME) retreated 1.4% last week, but rebounded well off lows. The Global X U.S. Infrastructure Development ETF (PAVE) sank 1.5%. U.S. Global Jets ETF (JETS) jumped 4.3% on lower fuel costs. SPDR S&P Homebuilders ETF (XHB) slumped 2.8% to a 52-week low.
The Energy Select SPDR ETF (XLE) lost 2.15%, but bounced off lows. XOM stock is a major XLE holding. The Financial Select SPDR ETF (XLF) slumped 3.3%, as the inverted yield curve hit bank stocks. The Health Care Select Sector SPDR Fund (XLV) climbed 1.3%.
Tesla Deliveries Strong
Tesla on Saturday reported Q1 global deliveries of 310,048, just topping Q4’s record of 308,600. Analysts had expected deliveries of 309,000, though some consensus forecasts were higher.
That includes 295,324 Model 3 and Model Y vehicles and 14,218 Model S and X vehicles.
Tesla produced 305,407 vehicles in Q1 vs. 305,840 in Q4. The Tesla Berlin factory has just begun deliveries, while the Shanghai plant has been closed since March 28 amid China Covid restrictions.
Tesla Shanghai remained closed on Monday due to the city’s Covid lockdown.
Tesla stock continued to run up last week toward the 1208.10 cup-base buy point or a trendline entry around 1,145, but might be starting work on a handle. But so far the pullback in the handle has been very slightly for the deep cup case.
TSLA stock rose 1% early Monday.
China EV giant on Sunday reported March sales of new energy sales hit 104,878, up 333% vs. a year earlier. Of the 104,338 passenger vehicles, BYD sold 53,664 pure electric vehicles, up 229% from a year earlier. Plug-in hybrid sales skyrocketed 615% to 50,674.
BYD sold 286,329 EVs and hybrids in the quarter, despite the impact of a subsidy cut in January and the China New Year in February. The company could overtake Tesla sales in Q2 or Q3.
BYD stock closed just below its falling 50-day line on Friday.
BYD stock trades over the counter in the U.S., so there’s no premarket action. But shares did jump 8.2% in Hong Kong trading.
Apple stock broke out Tuesday above a 176.75 double-bottom buy point. But after an 11-day win streak, it wasn’t a surprise to see the iPhone giant pull back, retreating modestly in the last three sessions. For the week, AAPL stock edged down 0.2% to 174.31. It’s now working on a handle on a daily chart, but that needs at least two more days to be proper. On a weekly chart, Apple stock technically has a small handle with a 179.71 buy point. But investors likely should wait for at least a daily handle to form, perhaps with a little more depth.
The relative strength line for Apple stock is right at record highs.
Exxon stock, like many other energy plays, showed resilience amid plunging crude prices. Shares fell 2.4% to 83.12 last week, but rebounded from a 10-week line test, according to MarketSmith analysis. At just 2.9% above that key level, investors could buy XOM stock here. They could also wait for the oil major to consolidate further and form a proper base, though that would take a few weeks.
SEDG stock tends to make big intraday swings on a daily basis, but it’s tightening up somewhat on a weekly basis. SolarEdge stock fell 3.7% to 322.83 last week, finding support at its 21-day moving average. Shares are just below a 335.67 cup-with-handle buy point. SEDG stock is still well above the 50-day line, so pausing for a while longer would be helpful.
J.B. Hunt Stock
J.B. Hunt stock had a strong breakout on March 16, initially pulling back gradually before failing decisively this week. After breaking below the buy point earlier in the week, JBHT plunged Friday below the 50-day line and closed below its 200-day for the first time in nearly two years. JBHT stock fell 9.6% on Friday, leading all S&P 500 decliners, and was down 13.2% for the week.
Other trucking stocks, as well as rail plays, were big losers amid industry concerns of slowing freight demand. Union Pacific (UNP) sank 4.85% on Friday, nearly round-tripping a modest gain from an early March breakout.
Market Rally Analysis
The stock market rally ran up through Tuesday, breaking past fresh resistance levels. Then the major indexes pulled back, with the Nasdaq stopping short of the 200-day line while the Dow Jones fell back below that key level.
So far this is all still normal, with Friday’s push for slim gains suggesting the rally is in sound condition. But investors don’t know if stocks will quickly rebound, continue to pull back or move sideways for a few weeks, or if conditions will rapidly deteriorate.
Apple stock, Tesla and many others are working on possible handles. But those are still generally works in progress.
While the overall market looks strong, key sectors had ugly weeks.
A lot of tech stocks struggled late last week, notably chips. Several of those names were still deep in bases, but others like Alpha & Omega Semiconductor (AOSL) were failed breakouts. AOSL stock crashed 18% last week, with an even-bigger reversal from Wednesday’s highs.
The sell-off in JBHT stock, Union Pacific and other shippers may be related to the weakness in chip and PC names. After staying close to home during the pandemic, Americans may shift spending away from goods toward travel and nights out on the town.
Homebuilders and banks are in downtrends, struggling with rising interest rates and flat-to-inverted yield curves, respectively.
Meanwhile, cyclicals such as energy, steel, fertilizer plays and more reasserted themselves late in the week. Some like XOM stock and Shell (SHEL) are near buy points, while others are extended.
What To Do Now
The powerful initial stock market rally run is over. Investors also should step back and take a look at their holdings.
Are you too concentrated in specific sectors? While the major indexes closed relatively flat for the week, some sectors and stocks suffered sharp losses. Whether this is the return of sector rotation or just a narrowing market rally, investors need to listen to these market signals and act accordingly.
Keeping positions small and diversified amid modest overall exposure can limit the fallout. Taking profits quickly and cutting losers quickly is still vital.
Work on those watchlists. The recent market action could create a wave of new buying opportunities ahead. So you want to be ready.
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