The market slumped at open today, seeing some profit-taking. However, after the first 30 minutes, buyers came in again! The market struggled around the flatline for most of the day, until the last hour. After the Fed minutes were released, which showed more easing could happen soon, the market rallied to a new new 5-month high!
AAPL reached a new all-time high at $299.5 before slipping to close at $298.54, up +1.08%. AMZN bounced up +2.25%. WYNN recorded a new multi-year high at $104.58 intraday. Last Friday, WYNN opened at around $90. In just 3 trading days, WYNN gained almost $15! LVS also continued to see new highs, closing at $39, up almost +1%.
Agriculture stocks also pushed higher. UBS raised its price target for AGU to $95. AGU finished at $85.47, up another +3%. CF climbed another +2.57%. MOS gained +2.28%. Oil services were strong today as the deepwater drilling moratorium was lifted. RIG was up +4.68% and DO added +4.03%.
After the market, INTC reported a solid quarter, beating the estimates, and gave an upbeat forecast for the holidays. INTC shares climbed less than 1% in after-hours trading. CSX delivered a strong quarter with strong forward guidance. CSX jumped +2.46% this evening, after closing in the red during the day.
The Dow was up +10.06 points; SPX added +4.45 points; Nasdaq gained +15.59 points:
OIH (oil services) rose +1.38% while USO (oil) was up slightly. SOXX (semiconductors) added +0.75% ahead of INTC earnings. XLF (financials) garnered +1.12% (JPM earnings tomorrow morning). DBA (agricultural commodities) jumped nearly +2%. FXI (Chinese ADRs) slipped 0.31%.
INTC's earnings might have brought a sigh of relief, but, there was no strong buying after the market. Tomorrow morning, JPM will report. Financials have been lagging in this rally since the beginning of September. We'll have to see how investors react. CSX's strong earnings may boost mining stocks again, which saw some profit-taking today. SPX went briefly above 1170 today. Nasdaq managed to close above 2400. VIX closed below 19 after bouncing higher to test 20 again in the morning. The market seems to be keeping its upwards momentum. However, things are starting to look a bit toppy. Remember to locking profits along the way. We've already started to lighten up on our long positions.
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