Futures Mixed Ahead Of Powell Speech

Dow Jones futures rose early Wednesday ahead of Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell’s afternoon speech. Meanwhile, Microsoft (MSFT) jumped on strong earnings, as Alphabet (GOOGL) stock dived on mixed results. And Meta earnings are due late Wednesday.


Early Wednesday, the Commerce Department’s new home sales are due out at 10 a.m. ET. Sales are expected to rise to an annual rate of 685,000 in September, up from August’s 675,000.

After the stock market close, Fed chief Powell is scheduled to make introductory remarks ahead of the 2023 Moynihan Lecture in Social Science and Public Policy in Washington D.C. The event is sponsored by the American Academy of Political and Social Science.

On the earnings front, Boeing (BA), Paccar (PCAR), Texas Instruments (TXN), Snap (SNAP) and Visa (V) were key movers Wednesday.

Dow Jones aerospace giant Boeing advanced 3%. Paccar rose nearly 1% in premarket trade, while TXN stock tumbled 6%. Snap shares rallied almost 2%, as Visa stock declined more than 1%.

Dow Jones software giant Microsoft jumped nearly 5% after crushing Wall Street’s targets for its fiscal first quarter thanks to its strong cloud-computing business. It also raised its outlook for the current quarter.

Alphabet reported third-quarter earnings that topped analyst estimates while revenue edged by views. But shares of the Google parent tumbled more than 6% as cloud-computing sales growth missed. YouTube, however, turned in a strong quarter.

Looking ahead, Meta Platforms (META) will report after the market close.

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Ahead of Wednesday’s opening bell, Dow Jones futures rose 0.2% vs. fair value, while S&P 500 futures lost 0.4%. Tech-heavy Nasdaq 100 futures moved down 0.7% vs. fair value.

Among U.S. exchange traded funds, the Nasdaq 100 tracker Invesco QQQ Trust (QQQ) dropped 0.7%, while the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY) moved down 0.4% early Wednesday.

The yield on the 10-year U.S. Treasury bond ticked higher to 4.89% Wednesday morning. On Tuesday, the benchmark settled at 4.84%.

Oil prices were slightly higher Wednesday, pausing after a three-day losing streak. West Texas Intermediate futures traded below $84 a barrel.

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Stock Market Correction

On Tuesday, the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 0.6%, while the S&P 500 gained 0.7%. The tech-heavy Nasdaq composite popped 0.9%.

Tuesday’s Big Picture column commented, “The Nasdaq composite fared best out of the major indexes as it popped 0.9%. It continues to make a stand at the 13,000 level. The tech-heavy index pulled further away from its 200-day moving average but remains firmly below its 50-day moving average. The Nasdaq is now up 1.2% for the week and nearly 27% for the year.”

Now is an important time to read IBD’s The Big Picture column, with the current outlook back in market correction status. Be sure to read how to handle changing market forces.

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Stock Market Today

Electric-vehicle giant Tesla (TSLA) dipped 0.2% early Wednesday, as Nvidia (NVDA) lost 0.3%. Meanwhile, Dow Jones tech icons Apple (AAPL) and Microsoft traded mixed ahead of today’s stock market open.

IBD Leaderboard member Arista Networks (ANET), Lululemon Athletica (LULU), Meta Platforms and Light & Wonder (LNW) — as well as Dow Jones stocks Walmart (WMT) and Salesforce (CRM) — are among the best stocks to buy and watch in the new stock market correction.

Light & Wonder is a recent IBD Stock Of The Day.

Dow Jones Stocks: Walmart, Salesforce

Dow Jones retail giant Walmart is tracing a flat base with a 165.85 buy point, according to IBD MarketSmith chart analysis. This week, shares regained their key 50-day line and are about 2% away from their latest entry. WMT stock inched higher Wednesday.

Software leader Salesforce is battling resistance around its key 50-day line. If the stock retakes that key level, then it would move closer to a 228.79 buy point in a double-bottom base. CRM stock dropped 0.6% Wednesday morning.

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Stocks To Buy And Watch: Light & Wonder Eyes Buy Point

Arista added 2.1% Tuesday, closing above the 50-day line and about 4% away from a 198.70 buy point in a flat base. The company reports third-quarter results Oct. 30. ANET stock rose 0.1% early Wednesday.

Lululemon tacked on 0.2% Tuesday, still just below a flat base’s 406.94 buy point, according to IBD MarketSmith pattern recognition. Wait for another sustained move past that entry as a buy signal. LULU stock was up 0.3% Wednesday morning.

Facebook-parent Meta Platforms gave up a 312.87 buy point during the stock’s 0.5% drop Tuesday. Meanwhile, Meta stock is still below a cup base’s official buy point at 326.20. The social media giant reports third-quarter results late Wednesday. Meta shares lost 0.4% Wednesday.

Casino games maker Light & Wonder is rapidly approaching a flat base’s 79.97 buy point in a flat base. Aggressive investors could use the recent high of 77.25 as a buy trigger. But the market is in a correction, increasing risk. LNW stock was unchanged early Wednesday.

Best Stocks In Today’s Stock Market Action

These are four best stocks to watch in today’s stock market, including a Dow Jones leader.

Company Name Symbol Correct Buy Point Type Of Buy Point
Meta Platforms (META) 312.87 Handle entry
Salesforce (CRM) 228.79 Double bottom
Lululemon (LULU) 406.94 Flat base
Arista Networks (ANET) 198.70 Flat base
Source: IBD Data As Of Oct. 24, 2023

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Tesla Stock

Tesla stock rallied 2.1% Tuesday, finishing right at the 200-day line. Shares are trying to find support around that long-term level, and are nearly 30% off their 52-week high.

Shares moved down 0.2% early Wednesday, threatening to give up a part of Tuesday’s gains.

Dow Jones Leaders: Apple, Microsoft

Among Dow Jones stocks, Apple inched higher Tuesday, continuing to find support around the 200-day line. Apple delivers its fiscal fourth-quarter report on Nov. 2. Shares dropped 0.4% early Wednesday.

Microsoft stock gained 0.4% Tuesday, as shares continue to hold to find support around their 50-day line. A new base is forming. The base shows an early entry at 340.86. Another early entry, at the Oct. 16 high of 336.14, is also in play. But on Wednesday morning, MSFT stock was set to open above both early entries with its 4% gain.

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