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Nasdaq Closes at New High as Earnings, Chip Rally Spur Tech Bulls

Stock MarketsNov 19, 2021 04:12PM ET
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By Yasin Ebrahim

Investing.com – The Nasdaq closed at all-time highs Friday, as tech rallied on positive earnings and growing demand for growth sectors of the market amid jitters about the global economy as fresh Covid-19 lockdowns appear on the horizon in Europe. 

The S&P 500 fell 0.19%, the Dow Jones Industrial Average slipped 0.75%, or 268 points, the Nasdaq gained 0.44% to end the day at a closing record of 16,057.4.

Intuit (NASDAQ:INTU) led the move higher in tech after the business software company reported fiscal first-quarter results that beat on both the top and bottom lines.  The positive results sparked a wave of the bullish price target upgrades on Wall Street, with Deutsche Bank lifting its price target on Intuit to $780 from $700.

"Despite INTU shares +66% year to date (vs IGV +24%) we expect continued strength on the back of these results and as we enter tax season where opportunities with TurboTax Live and cross-selling Credit Karma should drive upside to updated guidance, {{0|Deutsche Bank} said.

Semiconductor stocks also supported the broader tech sector as a surge in Micron Technology (NASDAQ:MU) and Nvidia (NASDAQ:NVDA) offset weakness in Applied Materials.

Applied Materials (NASDAQ:AMAT) reported third-quarter results and fourth-quarter guidance that fell short of estimates as supply shortages continue to weigh on growth. Its shares fell more than 5%.

The melt-up in tech was also spurred by fresh appetite for growth stocks amid concerns about a potential slowdown in the global economy as parts of Europe looks set to step up Covid-19 restrictions.  

Austria said it would reimpose a nationwide lockdown on Monday to curb surging Covid-19 cases, raising concerns about the impact on the global economy as larger economies in the bloc including Germany could also introduce fresh restrictions.

“[S]uddenly markets are paying attention [to raising Covid-19 cases in Europe] perhaps because policy responses are beginning to emerge,” Scotiabank Economics said.

The gains in consumer discretionary stocks, one of the best performing sectors this week, continued, with Nike (NYSE:NKE) and Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA) up more than 2% and 3% respectively. 

Energy fell more than 3% and is on track for second-weekly losses as oil prices fell below $80 a barrel this week on concerns fresh restrictions in Europe will dent oil demand.

Devon Energy (NYSE:DVN), Hess (NYSE:HES), Baker Hughes (NYSE:BKR) all fell more than 5% and led the selloff in the energy sector.

Travel-related stocks including United Airlines (NASDAQ:UAL), Carnival (NYSE:CCL) and Airbnb (NASDAQ:ABNB) were under pressure as investors eased bets on the reopening trade.

Also adding to the broader market angst, Federal Reserve Vice Chair Richard Clarida said it may be appropriate for Fed members to consider whether to speed up the tapering of bond buying next month amid elevated inflation and an ongoing recovery in the labor market.

In health care, meanwhile, Moderna (NASDAQ:MRNA) was the standout performer, racking up a 4% gain after the Food and Drug Administration authorized Covid vaccine booster shots for all U.S. adults. Pfizer’s vaccine also received approval.

In other news, Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F) confirmed that it would drop plans to jointly develop an electric vehicle with Rivian Automotive Inc (NASDAQ:RIVN). Rivian ended the day up more than 4%.

On the political front, the House of Representatives passed President Biden’s $1.75 trillion "human infrastructure" package, or Build Back Better Act.

The legislative measure will progress to the Senate, where Democrats hope to pass it using the budget reconciliation process, without Republican support.

The bill will likely have to be revised as centrists such as Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia have balked at its hefty price tag, and "question claims the initiative was fully paid for,” Stifel said.

“The bill would contribute $791B to the deficit in the next five years and $367B to the deficit over the coming 10 year period,” Stifel added, citing findings from the Congressional Budget Office.

Nasdaq Closes at New High as Earnings, Chip Rally Spur Tech Bulls
 

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Forex Harbingers
Forex Harbingers Nov 20, 2021 8:53AM ET
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The crash next year will be SPECTACULAR! Get ready to have the opportunity to grow your passive income portfolio, especially in the realty market.
Ron Love
Ron Love Nov 20, 2021 8:53AM ET
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What’s next year?
Brian Benson
Brian Benson Nov 20, 2021 8:53AM ET
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Patiently waiting for it
michael engel
michael engel Nov 19, 2021 7:34PM ET
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The DOW & IWM retraced 38% of the move from Sept low. They will move up next week, perhaps to a new all time hi.
Chris Sundo
Chris Sundo Nov 19, 2021 7:34PM ET
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-- I wouldn't be surprised at a MONDAY gap down for a better BTFD entry ;)  --
MAMUN AMZAD
MAMUN AMZAD Nov 19, 2021 7:04PM ET
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New Jazenevd
New Jazenevd Nov 19, 2021 6:51PM ET
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This bull is mad and so old rules of the market behavior are thrown out. This make the market inconvenient for old-school investors. Hey, I am old-school and feel this inconvenience. However, this bull is real and investors must adapt to realities.
Ronald Warren
Ronald Warren Nov 19, 2021 6:48PM ET
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Tired of the lies and half truths that spill into this dribble. In Sept Powell said he was going to taper in Nov and start raising rates in June. The story constantly changes. This morning word was hopefully we could see a rate increase by the end of next year. This story has FED members calling for increased tapering next month. What about the tapering this month? NASDAQ has gone up 10% in the last month. Really? My puts expired today. I doubled down for another month. The math and news don't add up. This thing is gonna' burn down soon.
New Jazenevd
New Jazenevd Nov 19, 2021 6:48PM ET
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Not sure whether Powell said it. However, in any case, rates will be raised only after Reps win Pres elections. Tapering will continue in intermittent on/off mode for many  years. In the meantime, don’t fight market tape. This is futile and costly.
Empire Destroyer
Empire Destroyer Nov 19, 2021 6:48PM ET
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Tapering should start before end of this month but I know what you mean. Nothing confirmed or announced and Fed members constantly change stories and then when meeting comes change again and justify it, then more stories and come next meeting changes again... The Fed meetings are just a wine and dine party and when they are drunk they invent stories for statement and press conference
Ron Love
Ron Love Nov 19, 2021 6:48PM ET
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Empire Destroyer It’s almost like they survey employment data every FOMC.
Strat Afro
Strat Afro Nov 19, 2021 5:42PM ET
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Highly liquid Tech 100 is sponsored by money launderers turkeys and hogs.... And the beat goes on.
jj mm
jj mm Nov 19, 2021 4:35PM ET
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bull bull bull it is an artificial bull
New Jazenevd
New Jazenevd Nov 19, 2021 4:35PM ET
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Horns are real. Beware.
Steffen vdm
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"In the age of information, ignorance is a choice"
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lol okay whatever.
 
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