Cracks Emerge In The Stock Market
The stock market continues to churn, and cracks are still emerging as we noted the other day. The market is still looking weak, and some of the most prominent companies are just extremely overbought. For now, the S&P 500 is still not out of the woods, and the direction is still lower, with the potential for a shallow 3-5 percent pullback.
Is this start of some massive sell-off? No, it is a normal and healthy pullback after nearly a 5.5 percent rise in January.
The first crack came after the close, with Microsoft shares trading lower, nothing substantial but still by about 2 percent as I write this at 4:30. It doesn’t matter whether Microsoft beat or miss its numbers, because the numbers looked very good, boosted by significant gains in Azure and Office 365. But the market is taking profits on a stock that ran up too much ahead of results.
We spoke about Apple and the importance of the stock holding support on the uptrend, and to this point that has been the case. But the main event comes tomorrow night when we hear all about the iPhone X.
But Broadcom may have spoiled the party today, when it narrowed its fiscal first revenue range, and issued above estimates second-quarter revenue guidance. But the big news was in the last meaningful paragraph when the company noted: “Looking ahead to our second fiscal quarter, strong data center demand for our wired and enterprise storage products and a seasonal pick up in broadband is expected to offset a greater than seasonal decline in wireless”.
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Amazon had an interesting reversal today, and it could be merely a filling the gap moment, but should the stock move below $1,440 it could be the sign of a move lower. Again the company reports results tomorrow after the close, and that will be the key. But let Microsoft serve as an example of what Amazon could do after those results get published.
Biotech stocks fell for the second day in a row with the Nasdaq Biotech ETF down nearly 2 percent and are down about 3.3 percent over the past two days. The chart below shows how the ETF fell right to support, around $113.50. I expect that the ETF will hold support at this level, as it a steady level on the way, and it is like to act that should it try to go lower.
The drug pricing issue continues to plague the group, and we have been hearing about this now since September of 2015. Again, I continue to believe that anything that happens with regards to drug pricing will come in the form of regulation, with perhaps getting generic to market faster.
That is going to it.
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