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Morning stock market summary

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S&P 500 futures were just unchanged on the day in what has been a relatively quiet morning.  Crude oil is modestly lower and treasury yields are slightly lower. In terms of earnings, Disney is sharply lower after reporting weaker-than-expected sales and dragging the Nasdaq lower, shares of Palantir (PLTR) are down over 8% despite reporting better-than-expected EPS and sales. Dragging the stock lower? A disappointing forecast relative to lofty expectations.

Heading into yesterday’s session to start the week, the setup looked much like the prior Monday.  Then, we started the week following a Friday when the S&P 500 rallied but came up just shy of its 50-DMA. While we rallied to start last week, the market couldn’t maintain enough momentum to get back above its 50-DMA.  We then followed that failed attempt with a disheartening three straight days of lower intraday highs and lower intraday lows.  Last Friday, we rallied again and broke that streak of lower highs and lows and rallied but finished the week just shy of the 50-DMA.

One positive about weakness in the middle of last week around the Fed meeting was that from the lows in mid-April, the S&P 500 maintained a run of higher lows. Fortunately for bulls, Monday wasn’t a Groundhog Day type event, and the S&P 500 not only opened the week above its 50-DMA, but it stayed there the entire session in a run of three straight days of gains of at least 0.91%.

The picture for the Nasdaq looks a lot like the S&P 500. Unlike the S&P 500, though, the Nasdaq finished off last week above its 50-DMA and stayed there to kick off this week.  Like the S&P 500, however, it took the Nasdaq two tries to get back above that short-term moving average.  As the old saying goes, “If at first you don’t succeed, try again.”

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