Dow Jones Rises On Key Housing Data; Netflix Stock Is Breaking Out Today

The Dow Jones Industrial Average kept stretching gains Monday, as the markets continue to touch new highs following last week’s rally and digested new housing data. Meanwhile, Tesla hit an early buy trigger last week and shares looked to extend that breakout, while Netflix stock is breaking out today.


The Housing Market Index from the National Association of Home Builders rose to 37 for December, just above the Econoday estimate. That’s up from November’s 34 reading.

There’s more housing data on the horizon as the Commerce Department is scheduled to release housing starts and building permits Tuesday at 8:30 a.m., along with new home sales Friday at 10 a.m. The National Association of Realtors is due to issue a report on existing home sales Wednesday at 10 a.m.

Further on the economic front this week, the Fed’s primary inflation gauge, the Personal Consumption Expenditures price index, takes the spotlight Friday. The PCE price data is a part of the Commerce Department’s personal income and outlays report.

Finally, key earnings reports this week are coming from FedEx (FDX), General Mills (GIS), Heico (HEI), Nike (NKE) and Toro (TTC).

On the markets, U.S. Steel (X) soared 26% Monday morning after Nippon Steel agreed to acquire the Pittsburgh-based company for $55 a share, a 40% premium to Friday’s closing price.

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After Monday’s opening bell, the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 0.1%, while the S&P 500 gained 0.3%. And the tech-heavy Nasdaq composite climbed 0.2% in morning action. Both the Dow and Nasdaq are working toward an eighth-straight day in the black.

Among U.S. exchange traded funds, the Nasdaq 100 tracker Invesco QQQ Trust (QQQ) moved up 0.2%, while the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY) gained 0.3% early Monday.

The yield on the 10-year U.S. Treasury bond ticked higher, at 3.96% Monday morning. Last week, the benchmark tumbled to 3.92%, its lowest level since late July.

Oil prices looked to rebound for a fourth session Monday, as West Texas Intermediate futures rose more than 3%. WTI moved above $74 a barrel. Last week, WTI hit its lowest level since late June before bouncing.

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Stock Market Rally

The Nasdaq composite ended with a solid gain of 0.4% on Friday. It now sits at levels last seen in January 2022 after rising just shy of 3% for the week.

The S&P 500 gave up slight ground Friday, but closed essentially flat. The index rose about 2% for the week, its seventh weekly gain in succession. Finally, the Dow Jones industrials inched higher, hitting a another record closing high.

Friday’s Big Picture column commented, “The stock market turned in bulky gains for the week following a dovish Federal Open Market Committee meeting where Fed Chair Jerome Powell and Co. indicated at least three rate cuts are possible in 2024. Stocks held on to those returns even after New York Federal Reserve President John Williams said Friday that they are not ‘really talking about rate cuts right now.'”

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Stock Market Today: Best Stocks To Buy And Watch

Chip giant Applied Materials (AMAT), IBD Leaderboard stock Arm (ARM), IBD SwingTrader issue Netflix (NFLX) and Snowflake (SNOW) — along with Dow Jones stocks American Express (AXP), JPMorgan Chase (JPM) and Visa (V) — are among the best stocks to buy and watch in the current market rally.

Apple and Snowflake are featured in this Stocks Near A Buy Zone column.

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Dow Jones Stocks To Watch: AMEX Breaks Out

Financial leader American Express is breaking out past a 175.31 buy point in a cup with handle, as it posted sharp gains last week. AXP stock rose 0.6% early Monday.

Banking giant JPMorgan is in buy range past a 159.38 buy point in a cup base, rallying 0.8% Friday. JPM stock gained 0.5% Monday.

Payments leader Visa fell for a second day Friday, down 0.3% but still in the buy range above a 250.06 buy point in a cup base, according to IBD MarketSmith pattern recognition. V stock bounced 0.4% Monday.

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Chip giant and recent IBD Stock Of The Day Applied Materials rose 0.1% Friday, hitting a fresh 52-week high. Shares are extended past a 148.40 double-bottom entry, but they are in buy range past an alternate buy point at 157.76. AMAT stock moved down 0.8% early Monday.

IBD Leaderboard stock Arm is extended past a 64.92 buy point in a cup with handle, according to IBD MarketSmith. The 5% buy area went up to 68.17. ARM stock slid 2% Monday after Deutsche Bank downgraded the stock from buy to hold.

IBD SwingTrader stock Netflix gained 0.5% Friday, just 3% away from a 482.70 buy point in a cup with handle. NFLX stock moved up 4% Monday morning, breaking out past the latest entry.

Artificial intelligence leader Snowflake is in buy range past a cup-with-handle’s 192.66 buy point. SNOW stock lost 0.9% Friday, about 3% above the buy trigger. SNOW stock dropped 0.4% early Monday.

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
Applied Materials (AMAT) 145.86 Alternate entry
JPMorgan (JPM) 159.38 Cup base
Netflix (NFLX) 482.70 Cup with handle
Snowflake (SNOW) 192.66 Cup with handle
Source: IBD Data As Of Dec. 18, 2023

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Magnificent Seven Stocks: Nvidia, Tesla

Among the so-called “Magnificent Seven” stocks, Tesla (TSLA) moved up 1.1% early Monday, while Nvidia (NVDA) rose 1.25%.

Graphics-chip giant Nvidia moved up 1.1% Friday, extending a win streak to four sessions. NVDA stock is still in buy range above a 476.09 double-bottom entry.

Tesla stock rallied 1% Friday, closing above an early entry at 252.75. The stock’s big double-bottom pattern has a 278.98 buy point.

Dow Jones Leaders: Apple, Microsoft

Two Dow Jones stocks in the Magnificent Seven, Apple (AAPL) and Microsoft (MSFT), traded mixed ahead of today’s stock market open.

Apple stock moved down 0.3% Friday, as its breakout move continues. Shares are in a buy range above a cup-with-handle entry at 192.93. Apple shares lost 1.5% Monday after Bloomberg reported that China expanded its ban on Apple devices late Friday.

Microsoft stock regained its 366.78 cup-base buy point during Friday’s 1.3% rise. And the software giant was down 0.3% Monday morning.

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