DOW Posts First Record Close Since August

All three of the major averages finished the week higher, marking three straight weeks of gains, with the DOW being the only one to post a daily gain on Friday, hitting a record close. The DOW was able to post a weekly gain of +1.08%, while the S&P 500 gained +1.64% and the NASDAQ gained +1.29%, triggering a new green weekly Trade Triangle, indicating it's now in a strong uptrend.

The DOW climbed 74 points or +0.21%, hitting a record close of 35,677.02, its first since August 16. The S&P 500 fell -0.11% to close at 4,544.90 a day after closing at a record, and the NASDAQ shed -0.82% to the week at 15,090.20.

On a monthly level, the S&P and DOW are up about +5%, while the NASDAQ is up +4%.

This week's other big news is Bitcoin and, more specifically, the forest Bitcoin-related ETF that started trading this week.

Bitcoin rose to an all-time high of $67,016.50 as the ProShares Bitcoin Strategy ETF (BITO), the first bitcoin-related exchange-traded fund to trade in the U.S., made its debut on Tuesday.

BITO ended the trading day up 4.65% at near $41.80 per share. As of 4:02 p.m. ET, shortly after the close of U.S. stock markets on Monday, the ETFs trading volume had reached 23.9 million shares, worth more than $1 billion based on the closing price, ranking the investment vehicle as one of the top ETF launches in history.

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Strong Start To Earnings Season Boosts Stocks

Earnings season is off to a better-than-expected start for the third-quarter earnings reports, which in turn gave the DOW a boost to achieve its best weekly performance since June. Friday's move higher was strong enough to trigger a new green weekly Trade Triangle for the DOW, pushing the Chart Analysis Score to +100, indicating that the DOW is now in a strong uptrend. Friday's move also propelled the S&P 500 higher, triggering a new green weekly Trade Triangle, leaving the NASDAQ as the only index of the three in a sidelines position.

The DOW gained 382.20 points or +1.09% to close at 35,294.76. The S&P 500 added +0.75% to end the day at 4,471.37, and the NASDAQ rose +0.50% to finish at 14,897.34.

The three major indexes closed the week higher and are positive on the month. The DOW had a weekly gain of +1.58%, the S&P 500 +1.82%, and the NASDAQ outperformed with a weekly gain of +2.18%. Continue reading "Strong Start To Earnings Season Boosts Stocks"

On To The Fourth Quarter Of 2021

I don't know about you, but I'm glad that September and the third quarter of 2021 are over! I'm ready to head into the fourth quarter with a fresh mindset, and hopefully, the market is too.

On the final day of September trading, the DOW dropped 546.80 points or -1.59%, to close at 33,843.92. The S&P 500 was down -1.19% to 4,307.54, while the NASDAQ fell -0.4% to 14,448.58.

Overall, September was a rough month for equities, with inflation fears, rates rising, and concerns about Chinese property putting pressure on the market. The S&P 500 finished the month down -4.8% for its worst month since March 2020, when the pandemic caused a major market sell-off. In addition, the NASDAQ fell -5.3% for its worst month since March 2020, while the DOW dropped -4.3% for its worst month in 2021. Continue reading "On To The Fourth Quarter Of 2021"

Wild Week Comes To A Calm Close

Trading started on the wrong foot Monday, extending last week's losses for stocks, but a mid-week bounce and calm day of trading on Friday helped soothe the market. The DOW gain 33.18 points or +0.10%, to 34,798.00. The S&P 500 edged +0.15% higher to 4,455.48, and the NASDAQ shed 0.03% to close at 15,047.70.

All three major indexes were able to finish the stress-filled week in the green, with the DOW finishing the week +0.6% higher, while the S&P 500 ended it +0.51% higher and the NASDAQ eked out a small gain of +0.02%. Continue reading "Wild Week Comes To A Calm Close"

Quadruple Witching Puts Pressure On Markets

You might be wondering what "Quadruple Witching" is and why it would have a negative effect on the market. Quadruple witching refers to a date on which stock index futures, stock index options, stock options, and single stock futures expire simultaneously. For example, while stock options contracts and index options expire on the third Friday of every month, all four asset classes expire simultaneously on the third Friday of March, June, September, and December.

Quadruple witching days witness heavy trading volume, thus putting strain on the markets, which often leads to down trading days like we see today. In fact, the week following quadruple witching, the market indices such as the S&P 500, DOW, and NASDAQ tend to decline, perhaps due to exhausting the near-term demand for stocks. Something to keep in mind as we head into next week. Continue reading "Quadruple Witching Puts Pressure On Markets"