Wall Street was up for the second straight session with gains leading to another round of fresh all-time highs for the major indexes — and more in Wednesday’s stock market recap.
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The Nasdaq rallied 2% with the afternoon all-time high of 13,486.
The S&P 500 surged 1.4% after tagging a record high of 3,859.
The Dow gained 0.8% following the second-half push to 31,235.
The Russell 2000 rose 0.4% with the lifetime peak reaching 2,173 shortly after the opening bell.
Communications Services and Real Estate paced sector strength after soaring 3.1% and 2.1%, respectively. Financials were the only sector laggard after falling 0.4%.
Shares of Ford Motor Co. (NYSE: F) broke out to a fresh 52-week peak following a price target upgrade to $11 from $9. The analyst kept a Hold rating on the shares and sees strong volume growth in 2021 for U.S. autos. This growth is helped by low inventories and coronavirus-induced demand for comfort, privacy and protection.
The AAII Sentiment Survey revealed bullish sentiment closed at 45.2% last week. Optimism has remained above its historical average of 38% for the 10th straight week.
Neutral sentiment was at 23.1% and below its historical average of 31.5%.
Bearish sentiment was seen at 31.7%. Pessimism was above its historical average of 30.5% for the first time in 10 weeks.
From the global stock market recap, European markets settled higher across the board.
The Belgium20 rose 0.9% and Germany’s DAX 30 soared 0.8%. The Stoxx 600 was up 0.7% and France’s CAC 40 advanced 0.5%. The UK’s FTSE 100 was higher by 0.4%.
Asian markets closed mostly higher with Japan underperforming ahead of the two-day Bank of Japan meeting.
Hong Kong’s Hang Seng jumped 1.1% and South Korea’s Kospi gained 0.7%. China’s Shanghai added 0.5% and Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 climbed 0.4%. Japan’s Nikkei declined 0.4%.
Mortgage Bankers Association reported mortgage applications slipped -1.9% last week following the 16.7% surge in the prior week. Compared to the same week last year, the index posted a 59.1% year-over-year clip, down from 61.8% previously. All of the weakness was in the refi component, which dropped -4.7%. However, it is still up 86.7% year-over-year versus 92.5% previously. The purchase index rose 2.7% versus the prior 8% previously and is 14.7% higher year over year, compared to 92.5%. The 30-year mortgage rate edged up to 2.92% rate versus 2.88% previously. The five-year ARM rate increased to 2.76% versus the 2.66% in the prior week.
The iShares 20+ Year Treasury Bond ETF (Nasdaq: TLT) extended its winning streak to three straight sessions with the session high reaching $152.48. Near-term and lower resistance at $152.50-$153 was challenged but held. Continued closes above the $154 level would be a more bullish development and signal a possible near-term bottom.
Support is at $151.50-$151 followed by $150.50-$150.
The iPath S&P Vix Short-Term Futures (NYSEArca: VIX) fell for the second straight session with the late low tapping 21.37. Current and upper support at 21.50-21 was tripped but held. A move below the latter would signal further weakness towards 20.50-20.
Lowered resistance is 22.50-23 and the 50-day moving average.
The S&P 400 Mid Cap Index (NYSE: MID) was up for the second straight session after testing an all-time intraday high of 2,470. Unchartered territory and lower resistance at 2,450-2,475 was cleared and held. A close above the latter would indicate further momentum towards 2,500-2,525.
Fresh support is at 2,425-2,400 followed by 2,375-2,350.
RSI (relative strength index) is in an uptrend with lower resistance at 70-75 getting cleared and holding. A move above the latter would signal a possible run towards 80 and the overbought peak from early October 2017. Support is at 65-60.
The Health Care Select Sector SPDR Fund (NYSE: XLV) extended its winning streak to three sessions with the record peak hitting $118.69. New and lower resistance at $118.50-$119 was breached but held. A close above the latter would signal continued strength towards $120-$120.50.
Support is at $117.50-$117 with backup help at $116-$115.50.
RSI remains in an uptrend with key resistance at 70 getting recovered. Continued closes above this level would indicate additional upside towards 75-80 with the latter representing the monthly high. Support is at 65-60.
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