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Morning stock market summary

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Futures are little changed this morning but biased to the positive side, as the direction of the market is listless with little in the way of economic data or major earnings reports to speak of. Perhaps the most notable move has been in crude oil, where WTI is down over 1% after falling through its 200-day moving average yesterday.

Yesterday’s gain for the Nasdaq was the index’s eighth straight positive day in a row and the longest streak of consecutive gains since November 2021.  In the process of this 8.3% rally, the Nasdaq has also managed to reclaim both its 50 and 200-day moving averages (DMA)- levels it was below before the streak started.  While the Nasdaq has managed to trade back above both of its key moving averages, it finished the day right at the downtrend that has been in place since the summer highs, so that is a potential roadblock as the rally looks to keep going.

Eight-day winning streaks are nothing out of the ordinary for the Nasdaq.  Since the index’s inception back in 1971, there have been 86 prior winning streaks of at least eight days with the longest, back in 1979, stretching to 19 days.  In the current streak, we’re not even halfway there.  What is much more uncommon for the Nasdaq is to start an eight-day winning streak below both its 50 and 200-DMAs and by the eighth day of the streak to trade back above both of those levels.  Since 1971, there have only been ten prior periods where that occurred (red lines in the chart).

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