Dow Jones Reverses On Key Economic Data; 10-Year Treasury Yield Nears 11-Year High

The Dow Jones Industrial Average reversed Thursday morning after jobless claims unexpectedly fell for the first time, retail sales rose and factory indicators fell. Meanwhile, the 10-year Treasury yield remains on course to hit June’s 11-year high.




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Initial jobless claims from the Labor Department fell to 213,000. They were expected to rise to 228,000 from 222,000 the previous week. And U.S. retail sales rose 0.3% in August from July, easily beating Econoday estimates that expected total sales to remain flat. But the Philadelphia Fed’s manufacturing index posted -9.9, well below the 3.1 expected.

Elsewhere, a tentative deal has been reached to avert a strike by railroad workers as early as Friday, the Biden administration said. This news sent rail stocks such as CSX (CSX) and Union Pacific (UNP) after their sinking on Wednesday.

Adobe (ADBE) reported better-than-expected quarterly results, but slightly missed revenue as the company released pre-open earnings instead of its usual post-close report. The reason is that the software giant has confirmed that it is buying online design collaboration company Figma for $20 billion. ADBE shares plunged 13%.

Leader in electric vehicles You’re here (TSLA) traded up 1% on Thursday. Among the industrialists of the Dow Jones, the titans of tech Apple (AAPL) and Microsoft (MSFT) were lower after today’s stock market open.

In the current market volatility, Arista Networks (A NET), DoubleVerify (DV), Palo Alto Networks (PANW) and Pure storage (PSTG) – as well as Dow Jones stocks Chevron (CVX) – are among the best stocks to buy and watch. Keep in mind that increased market volatility is a good reason for investors to be more defensive, especially after Tuesday’s market drop.

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Dow Jones Today: Treasury Yields, Oil Prices

After Thursday’s opening bell, the Dow Jones Industrial Average reversed from early losses to rise 0.25%, while the S&P 500 rose 0.1%. The tech-heavy Nasdaq composite gained 0.1% in morning action.

Among exchange-traded funds, the Nasdaq 100 tracker Invesco QQQ Trust (QQQ) rose 0.2% and the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY) rose 0.15% in early trading.

The 10-year Treasury yield rose to 3.45% on Thursday morning. On Tuesday, the 10-year Treasury yield hit its highest closing level since June 14 and is just below the 11-year high of 3.48% set on June 14.

U.S. oil prices fell more than 1% early Thursday, with West Texas Intermediate futures trading around $87 a barrel. Natural gas futures fell 6% as the railroad strike was averted, meaning coal shipments will not be disrupted. Natgas futures climbed 9% on Wednesday.


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On Wednesday, the Nasdaq Composite led the way, up 0.7%. The S&P 500 gained 0.3%, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose just 0.1%.

Wednesday’s The Big Picture column commented, “Energy continues to rank number one on IBD’s stock research charts in terms of medium to long-term performance. The sector rose 4% on Tuesday on a price-weighted basis. Confirming the bullish action: Energy Select Sector SPDR (XLE) rose 2.8% amid crude oil futures’ fourth gain in five sessions at $88.98 a barrel. VanEck Oil Services (OIH) advanced 3.6%.

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Dow Jones Stocks to Watch: Chevron

Dow Jones Chevron stock rose 2.4%, once again approaching a cup with the last buy point of the handle at 166.93 – according to chart analysis by IBD MarketSmith – at the amid a strong performance by energy stocks so far this year. The stock was down 1.45% early Thursday.

The CVX stock is posting a solid 97 out of a perfect IBD Composite Rating of 99, according to the IBD Stocks Balance Sheet. Investors can use the IBD Composite Rating to easily assess the quality of a stock’s fundamental and technical metrics.


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Top stocks to watch: Arista, DoubleVerify, Palo Alto Networks, Pure Storage

Arista Networks added a handle to a double bottom base, placing the correct entry at 132.97, according to IBD MarketSmith’s chart analysis. An early entry at 126.80 is also in play. Arista’s relative strength line is near the highs. ANET shares were slightly lower on Thursday morning.

IBD Leaderboard DoubleVerify stock is holding above a buy point of 28.07 in a lower base. The shares are in the 5% buy zone which rises to 29.47. DV shares were down 2% on Thursday morning.

Cybersecurity leader Palo Alto Networks is approaching a buy point of 193.01 in a cup with handle despite falling 0.5% on Wednesday. An early entry around 187 exists due to a trendline, according to IBD Leaderboard commentary. Shares lost nearly 1% on Thursday.

Pure Storage is approaching a buy point of 31.62 in a mug with handle. Meanwhile, an early entry is also in play after the stock broke above a downtrend line in this handle. Shares fell more than 1% on Thursday.


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Tesla Stock

Tesla stock rebounded 3.6%, rebounding from Wednesday’s 4% slide. Stocks reclaimed their 200-day line, which they had just abandoned. The electric vehicle giant gained 1% on Thursday morning.

The shares are down about 27% from their 52-week high.

Dow Jones Leaders: Apple, Microsoft

Among Dow Jones stocks, Apple shares rose 1% on Wednesday, recovering a small portion of Tuesday’s 5.9% drop. They remain below their 50-day and 200-day lines. The stock is around 14% off a buy point at 176.25 on a mug with handle. Apple stock fell 0.3% on Thursday.

Microsoft edged higher on Wednesday, failing to recover much of Tuesday’s 5.5% decline. The software giant remains well below its 50 and 200 day lines. Shares are around 28% off their 52-week high. Microsoft shares fell 1.2% on Thursday morning.

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