Nasdaq 100, Dow Jones, S&P 500 News: Early Market Reversals Raise Concerns

James Hyerczyk
Published: Feb 23, 2024, 16:23 GMT+00:00

Key Points:

  • US stock indexes show initial strength, Nasdaq faces quick reversal.
  • Varied corporate earnings influence broader stock market trends.
  • Nvidia's market cap fluctuation indicates potential tech sector shift.
S&P 500 Index, Nasdaq-100 Index, Dow Jones

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The U.S. stock indexes began the day on a strong note, with both the S&P 500 and Nasdaq initially climbing. However, this upward movement was short-lived, particularly for the Nasdaq, which soon saw a reversal, trading lower. This change in direction underscores the market’s sensitivity to a range of influencing factors, from sector-specific news to broader economic indicators.

The question some skeptics like myself are asking, was Thursday’s surge a knee-jerk reaction to the Nvidia news, or the start of another leg up?

In the cash market at 16:08 GMT, the blue chip Dow Jones is trading 39203.12, up 134.01 or +0.34%. The benchmark S&P 500 Index is at 5086.05, down 0.98 or -0.02% and the tech-weighted Nasdaq is trading 15970.71, down 70.91 or -0.44%.

Nvidia and the Tech Sector’s Swing

In the tech world, Nvidia’s ascent above a $2 trillion market cap, spurred by the AI boom, was a standout. Despite this, the stock later recoiled from its session high. This fluctuation is key for traders, especially those using technical analysis, as it could suggest a shift in investor sentiment.

Watching for Reversal Patterns

The recent pattern in Nvidia, and by extension the broader tech sector, could be hinting at a closing price reversal top, particularly in the Nasdaq-100. This technical pattern, noted when a stock reaches a new high but closes near or below its opening, often signals a potential change in market direction. It’s a pattern traders watch closely, as it could indicate a shift from buying to selling pressure.

Varied Corporate Performance Impact

Different stocks are painting a varied picture. Carvana’s surge following its profitability report contrasts sharply with Warner Bros Discovery’s decline after a larger quarterly loss than expected. Block’s jump on optimistic earnings forecasts also stands out. These movements reflect the diverse reactions of investors to company-specific news.

Short-Term Market Outlook

In the near term, the market presents a complex picture. The tech sector, with potential reversal patterns like the one seen in Nvidia, is a focal point for traders. Meanwhile, broader market indicators and varying corporate performances suggest a mixed environment. Traders should be alert to both technical signals, such as potential reversal patterns, and fundamental economic indicators, navigating a market that is showing signs of both opportunity and caution.

Technical Analysis

Daily E-mini Nasdaq-100 Index

E-mini Nasdaq-100 Index futures are trading lower on Friday after failing to confirm the breakout above the previous top at 18121.50. Today’s early rally stopped at 18144.75 before the tech-heavy index turned lower. This puts it in a position to post a potentially bearish closing price reversal top on the daily chart.

A closing price reversal top is not a change in trend, but it does indicate the selling is greater than the buying at current price levels. It also suggests that investors are selling rallies since this will be the market’s second reversal top in eight trading sessions.

The key level to watch into the close is yesterday’s settlement at 18047.50. The second is last week’s close at 17744.00. Look out to the downside if the index closes under this level.

About the Author

James is a Florida-based technical analyst, market researcher, educator and trader with 35+ years of experience. He is an expert in the area of patterns, price and time analysis as it applies to futures, Forex, and stocks.

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