U.S. markets showed strength throughout Wednesday’s session as positive developments overseas and a ton of Fed speak here at home helped sentiment. The major indexes have remained in a longer-term trading range since the start of August but are once again pushing near-term and crucial resistance levels
The Nasdaq rallied 1.3% after reaching a late day high of 7,981. Near-term and lower resistance at 7,950-8,000 was reclaimed with a close above 8,050 and the 50-day moving average being a more bullish signal for additional strength towards 8,100-8,150.
The S&P 500 was up for the 4th time in 5 sessions after adding 1.1% and testing a high of 2,938. Current and lower resistance at 2,925-2,950 was cleared and held with a move above the latter and the 50-day moving average signaling additional strength towards 2,975-3,000.
The Dow rose 0.9% following the intraday push to 26,362. Near-term and low resistance at 26,400-26,600 held with a close above the latter and the 50-day moving average being a bullish signal for a run towards 26,750-27,000.
The Russell 2000 also gained 0.9% following the opening pop to 1,487. Current and lower resistance at 1,485-1,500 was challenged but held with a close above the latter signaling additional strength towards 1,515-1,530 and the 200/50-day moving average.
Communication Services and Technology led sector strength after rallying 2% and 1.7%, respectively, while Energy was up 1.4%. There was no sector weakness.
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Before the open: Bitauto Holdings (BITA), Ciena (CIEN), Donaldson Company (DCI), G-III Apparel (GIII), Kirkland’s (KIRK), Lands’ End (LE), Meredith (MDP), SecureWorks (SCWX), Shiloh Industries (SHLO), Signet Jewelers (SIG)
After the close: ABM Industries (ABM), CrowdStrike (CRWD), Culp (CULP), DocuSign (DOCU), Domo (DOMO), Guidewire Software (GWRE), Korn/ Ferry International (KFY), Lululemon (LULU), Medallia (MDLA), PagerDuty (PD), Quanex Building Products (NX), Science Applications (SAIC), Zoom Video (ZM), Zumiez (ZUMZ)
UPCOMING ECONOMIC NEWS
Thursday’s economic reports (EST):
Challenger Job-Cut Report - 7:30am
ADP Employment Report - 8:15am
Jobless Claims - 8:30am
Productivity and Costs - 8:30am
PMI Services Index - 9:45am
ISM Non-Manufacturing Index - 10:00am
Factory Orders - 10:00am
METALS / OIL
Gold closed at $1,560.40 an ounce,