Dow Jones Surges From Key Level As Microsoft Fizzes Higher On This; Tesla AI Day Gains Fade

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average rallied from a cardinal enactment level Friday, though tiny caps made the biggest gain. Microsoft (MSFT) spiked higher connected quality it volition hike the outgo of its Office 365 subscription, portion Intel (INTC) was lagging. Tesla (TSLA) saw aboriginal gains slice pursuing its AI Day.


Despite the wide rally, determination was a scarcity of stocks passing bargain points. Shoe Carnival (SCVL) and Travelers (TRV) were some trying to signifier breakouts.

Nasdaq Gains As Small Caps Lead

The Nasdaq was the starring large scale of the day, closing up 1.2%. It benefited arsenic exertion bounced back. Nvidia (NVDA) was the starring name, rising much than 5%. Nvidia topped the 207.43 bargain constituent of a cupful with handle.

The bullish determination saw vulnerability to the banal accrued connected the IBD Leaderboard surface of starring maturation stocks.

The S&P 500 was besides roseate higher, finishing up 0.8%. Telecommunications play Lumen Technologies (LUMN) was 1 of the stars here, rising 4.3%. But the banal remains heavy successful a correction.

The S&P sectors were each successful affirmative territory, with exertion rising the most. Consumers staples and industrials notched the lightest gains.

U.S. Stock Market Today Overview

Index Symbol Price Gain/Loss % Change
Dow Jones (0DJIA) 35118.94 +224.82 +0.64
S&P 500 (0S&P5) 4441.95 +36.15 +0.82
Nasdaq (0NDQC ) 14714.50 +172.71 +1.19
Russell 2000 (IWM) 215.49 +3.55 +1.68
IBD 50 (FFTY) 45.30 +0.71 +1.59
Last Update: 4:00 PM ET 8/20/2021

Small caps outperformed the large indexes pursuing a chastening week. The Russell 2000 finished with a summation for the time of 1.7%. But it was inactive down much than 2% for the week.

Growth stocks were not acold down however, with the Innovator IBD 50 ETF (FFTY) surging 1.6%. This allowed it to inch distant from the cardinal 50-day moving average.

Microsoft Stock Boosts Dow Jones Today

The Dow Jones Industrial Average made the weakest gains of the different large indexes. Nevertheless, it closed up much than 200 points, rising 0.6%. It managed to besides propulsion distant from the cardinal 50-day line.

It was helped by the beardown show of Microsoft. While it closed disconnected highs, it inactive roseate 2.6% successful dense volume. It besides fizzed to a caller precocious for the 2nd league successful a row, a bullish sign.

Microsoft stock is rising toward its 20% nett extremity of 315.95 aft antecedently passing a 263.29 cup-base bargain point.

Investors cheered aft the bundle steadfast said it would hike the subscription terms of its Microsoft 365 and Office 365 suites. Consumers whitethorn not beryllium rather truthful chuffed though, with the terms of Microsoft 365 Business Premium rising to $22 from $20 and its premium Office 365 E5 tier rising to $38 from $35. The hikes are to beryllium implemented successful 2022.

The determination saw Mizuho, UBS and Wedbush hiking their Microsoft terms people to 350. Microsoft has been a beardown performer successful 2021 and is presently an IBD Leaderboard and IBD Long-Term Leader stock.

Microsoft's aged spouse Intel (INTC) was having little luck. The spot elephantine narrowed losses, but inactive gave up 0.8%, making it the worst performer connected the Dow Jones today.

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Tesla Stock Gains Fade After AI Day Boost

Tesla banal gave up crushed aft an aboriginal surge, and finished with a summation of 1% for the day. Volume was besides light. It's present beneath an assertive introduction constituent of 700.10.

The AI Day featured engineer-led presentations of the EV maker's self-driving capabilities and its Project Dojo supercomputer.

"More than anything, we deliberation AI Day was an lawsuit intended to pull endowment arsenic it strives to 'crack the code' and attain Level 5 afloat autonomy, an elusive extremity Musk promised Tesla would person achieved good earlier now," said CFRA Research expert Garrett Nelson successful a enactment Friday.

However, CEO Elon Musk revealed astatine the lawsuit that the steadfast should unveil a humanoid robot prototype by adjacent twelvemonth to grip boring and repetitive tasks. Wedbush expert Daniel Ives said the determination volition "further agitate investors astatine a clip the Street is showing increasing interest astir rising EV contention and information issues for Tesla."

TSLA banal was battered earlier successful the week aft it emerged that the National Highway Safety Administration has opened a ceremonial probe into Tesla's Autopilot system.

These Stocks Near Buy Points

Thinly traded Shoe Carnival is closed successful a bargain portion aft passing a cup-with-handle bargain constituent of 37.39. But this is simply a third-stage base, which is not ideal.

Stock marketplace show has been a cardinal spot for the banal implicit the past 12 months, with its Relative Strength Rating a mighty 96 retired of 99.

Insurance banal Travelers came wrong a hairsbreadth of breaking retired of a level base. It ended the time conscionable beneath the perfect introduction constituent of 162.81. The stock's comparative spot enactment has been spiking of late, but wide net and banal marketplace show are not ideal.

Please travel Michael Larkin connected Twitter at @IBD_MLarkin for much connected maturation stocks and analysis.


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