Dow Jones futures dropped Thursday morning after a surprise drop in weekly initial jobless claims from the Labor Department. regional bank First Republic ,FRC) crashed 34% after Bloomberg reported the company is “exploring strategic options, including a sale.”
The SPDR S&P Regional Banking ETF (KRE) declined another 1.4%, on pace to add to Wednesday’s 1.6% loss. Other regional banks were also lower, but not as sharply as in previous sessions. Western Alliance ,wal) tumbled almost 9%, while keycorp ,keys) was off 1.6%.
Further, Credit Suisse ,CS), which sparked early stock market losses on Wednesday, rebounded 5.5% after receiving a $53 billion lifeline from the Swiss central bank.
Economic Data, Earnings
Weekly first-time unemployment claims fell to 192,000, much lower than the expected decrease to 205,000 vs. 211,000 in the previous week. Meanwhile, the Commerce Department’s housing starts numbers rose more than expected to 1.450 million in February vs. 1.309 million in January. Housing permits, a measure of upcoming construction activity, also rose more than anticipated, to 1.524 million in February vs. January’s 1.339 million.
Finally, the Philadelphia Federal Reserve’s Manufacturing Index remained in contraction, with a -23.2 reading, up slightly from February’s -24.3.
On the earnings front, Academy Sports & Outdoors ,A.S.O., adobe ,ADBE, dollar general ,DGand five below ,FIVE) were key earnings reports early Thursday.
Academy climbed more than 4% in premarket trade, while Adobe jumped 5.4% early Thursday after beating Wall Street’s sales and earnings targets for its fiscal first quarter and guided higher for the full year.
Dollar General slipped 1% after its Q4 results, as Five Below sank 3% after reporting a disappointing full-year outlook late Wednesday.
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Electric-vehicle leader Tesla ,TSLA) traded up a fraction Thursday morning. Also, Dow Jones tech giants apple ,AAPLand Microsoft ,MSFTwere slightly higher ahead of today’s stock market open,
chip leader Advanced Micro Devices ,AMD, IBD SwingTrader stock Meta Platforms ,METAand IBD Leaderboard watchlist stocks Palo Alto Networks ,Panw) — as well as Dow Jones stocks Nike ,NKEand Salesforce ,CRM) — are among the top stocks to watch in the ongoing stock market correction.
Palo Alto is an IBD Leaderboard watchlist stock. AMD featured in Wednesday’s IBD Screen Of The Day, And Nike was featured in this week’s Stocks Near a Buy Zone column. Meta is an The IBD SwingTrader stock.
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Dow Jones Today: Oil Prices, Treasury Yields
Ahead of Thursday’s opening bell, Dow Jones futures lost 0.35% vs. fair value, while S&P 500 futures were down 0.3%. The Nasdaq 100 futures, which do not track financials, fell 0.1% in morning action with Adobe a top performer.
Among US exchange-traded fundsthe Nasdaq 100 tracker Invesco QQQ Trust (QQQ) gained 0.3% and the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (Spy) moved down 0.3% early Thursday.
The 10-year US Treasury yield dived to 3.49% Wednesday, as investors crowded back into bonds amid as Credit Suisse compounded the financial sector’s concerns. On Thursday, the 10-year Treasury yield ticked lower to 3.44% in morning trade.
US oil prices held below $68 a barrel after Wednesday’s heavy losses, as West Texas Intermediate traded at its lowest level since December 2021.
Stock Market Correction
On Wednesday, the Dow Jones Industrial Average ended the session with a 0.9% loss while the S&P 500 shed 0.7%. The Nasdaq composite closed nearly flat, underpinned by Big Tech’s “not a bank” strength. The Russell-2000 small-cap index brought up the rear, giving up 1.7%.
Wednesday’s Big Picture column commented, “IBD lowered its outlook to “market in correction” last week, in recognition of weak stock market price action fueled by the banking crisis. Now is the time to raise cash and avoid falling knives because prices could drop much lower. However, It also makes sense to build watchlists of the strongest performers because they could lead the upside when positive catalysts return.”
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Dow Jones Stocks To Watch: Nike, Salesforce
Since bottoming on Oct. 3, Nike shares have rallied as much as 59% to their recent high at 131.31. Now the stock is consolidating within a flat base that offers a 131.41 buy pointaccording to IBD MarketSmith pattern recognition. NKE stock moved down 0.7% early Thursday.
Following recent declines, the stock remains below its 50-day moving average, a key benchmark. A decisive retake would be bullish for the base-building prospects, carving the right side of the pattern. The relative strength line is also holding up well during the rapidly developing stock market correction.
In recent weeks, Dow Jones leader Salesforce showed big upside strength after strong fourth-quarter results, Those gains rapidly disappeared during last week’s losses, but now the stock is back above a 178.94 cup-with-handle entry this week. Still, the market is in a correction, so investors should avoid new purchases until the market environment improves. CRM stock fell rose 0.7% Thursday.
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Top Stocks To Watch: AMD, Meta, Palo Alto
Advanced Micro Devices broke out past an 89.04 buy point in a flat base during Wednesday’s 2.55% breakout move. Shares closed in the buy range that tops out at 93.49. AMD featured in Wednesday’s IBD Screen of the Day column. AMD stock rose 0.45% Thursday morning.
Backstory: In early February, the chip maker reported stronger-than-expected data center chip sales in the fourth quarter. But AMD tempered that news with soft guidance for the current period.
Backstory: Like social media rivals, Meta is struggling due to a sharp reduction in advertising revenue as clients squirm over macroeconomic concerns, recession fears and higher interest rates. This is happening as it spends billions of dollars on a risky bet to build the “metaverse,” a virtual reality world that has yet to take hold.
IBD Leaderboard watchlist stock Palo Alto Networks continues to trade quietly in a handle after the stock’s 12.5% surge on Feb. 22. Shares remain within striking distance of a base’s 192.94 buy point. PANW stock traded down 0.1% on Thursday.
Backstory: On Feb. 21 cybersecurity giant announced good results for the January-ended quarter that saw earnings hit $1.05 a share, up 81% vs. a year earlier, on a 26% jump in revenue to $1.7 billion.
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Stocks To Watch In Stock Market Correction
These are the four top stocks to watch in today’s stock market, including the two Dow Jones leaders.
|Company Name||symbols||Correct Buy Point||Type Of Buy Point|
|Meta Platforms||,META,||197.26||flat base|
|Palo Alto Networks||,Panw,||192.94||cup with handle|
|Salesforce||,CRM,||178.94||cup with handle|
Source: IBD Data As Of March 15, 2023
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Tesla stock skidded 1.5% Wednesday, snapping a three-day winning streak. Still, shares are holding above their key 50-day moving average. Shares closed Wednesday around 53% off their 52-week high.
TSLA stock moved up 0.5% Thursday morning, looking to bounce back from Wednesday’s losses.
Dow Jones Leaders: Apple, Microsoft
among Dow Jones stocksApple shares rose 0.3% Wednesday, adding to this week’s rebound from the long-term 200-day line. AAPL rose 0.1% Thursday morning.
Microsoft shares moved further above its 200-day line after Wednesday’s 1.8% rally. MSFT stock now shows a new buy point at 276.86 due to the forming flat base. The stock is still around 16% off its 52-week high. MSFT stock gained 0.1% early Thursday.
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