Traders’ screens finally turned from red to green on Thursday, as broad-based buying sent stocks higher.
rose 18 to 769, and the Nasdaq climbed 80 to 3736. The S&P 500 charged ahead 25 to 1451, and the Dow soared 177 to 10,805. Volume declined to 495 million shares on the NYSE and 845 million on the Nasdaq. Advancers led 16 to 9 on the NYSE and 19 to 16 on the Nasdaq. For earnings reports, visit our earnings calendar and reported earnings. For after hours quotes and news, visit our new after hours trading site.
Big-cap Internet leaders recovered some of their recent losses. Yahoo
regained 6 3/16 to 96 9/16 on positive comments from Merrill Lynch analyst Henry Blodget and others. The stock broke down at 99 1/2-99 3/4 yesterday, the May and August bottoms, and needs to get back above 100 to correct the technical damage. eBay
gained 5 11/16 to 69 3/16, and Amazon
rose 2 1/16 to 39 15/16.
recovered 15/16 to 11 11/16 a day after falling 40% on an earnings warning that carried the rest of the Net sector down with it. A technical comment and chart on Priceline: When Priceline was at $25, we said it looked like there could be further downside ahead, and here’s why: the stock broke a descending triangle, a flat-bottomed pattern with a descending upper boundary, at $32 back in July. As the size of the pattern was 18 points from peak (50) to trough (32), that gave the stock downside potential to $14, or 18 points below the break. For more on the Priceline story, click here.
The acquisition of Global Crossing’s Web hosting business by Exodus
was back on today. Exodus, off 2 3/16 to 51 1/16, will pay about $6.5 billion in stock, and said the deal will be accretive to EBITDA in 2001. Navisite
gained 2 3/4 to 30 5/8, and Data Return
added 1 5/8 to 17 5/8.
Telecom equipment stocks weathered a report by Sanford Bernstein that said growth in telecom equipment spending should slow from 28% this year to less than 20% next year. Cisco Systems
slipped 5/16 to 57, but Nortel
gained 3 1/2 to 62 15/16 and Juniper Networks
rose 3 5/8 to 228 5/8. Cisco announced acquisitions of privately held Vovida Networks and IPCell technologies for $369 million in cash.
rose 1 7/16 to 12 11/16 after announcing the elimination of 1,100 jobs and a restructuring the company said will save $250 million a year. The company will divest its plastics and filtration technologies subsidiaries.
slipped 5/16 to 8 1/16 after beating estimates by 11 cents with a 33-cent loss.
rose 7/8 to 7 1/16 after pre-announcing better than expected results.
PDA stocks were strong. Handspring
soared 9 3/16 to 76 1/2, and Palm
rose 3 1/8 to 52.
, which dropped 10 points yesterday on various rumors of weakness in DSL business, recovered 1 3/8 to 40. The stock has been battered by rumors for weeks.
Some technical comments on the market: Note: We will now be including charts with the technical market commentary; just click on the links in the story below to go to them. If you have trouble accessing the charts via the email newsletter version, try this link:
We said yesterday that
we had signs of at least a short-term bottom here, so today’s rally is not surprising. The market was very oversold, as oversold on a technical basis as it has been all year, and there were a number of confirming indicators, like dojis (reversal patterns) in the Dow and S&P and a spike up in the put/call ratio. A market can’t go higher until fear shakes out weak positions. So is this just a bounce, or the beginning of a new bull leg? There are a number of possibilities that could make this just a bounce: an end-of-the-month rally, end-of-quarter window dressing, and the week between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur is seasonally positive. And we still have October ahead, and investors haven’t been too impressed with earnings as of late. So it might not be a major bottom, but it could give us a few positive days here. We’ll watch for signs that the rally might be reversing back to the downside. And if any of the recent lows are taken out in the weeks ahead – 10,575 on the Dow, 1420 on the S&P or 3,614 on the Nasdaq – look out.
The first test is here, the Dow’s downtrend line from the start of the month, just under 10,850. If the Dow can get above 10,900, the old industrials could have room to run. Not bad, considering that 8 of the 30 Dow stocks have warned for this quarter. To the downside, critical support on the Dow is the October 1998 trendline. That line is just under 10,600 now, so a move below last week’s low of 10,575 would be a big negative.
The S&P 500 is back above 1435-1440 resistance. Next up is 1460, a pretty important level. A move above that could give the S&P room to run. To the downside, critical support is the March uptrend line at 1420 (the black line. Also in the S&P chart, note the gray line, which is the broken October 1998 trendline; and the broken rising wedge, or a rally with converging boundary lines, that began the decline). 1420, where the S&P turned up last week and yesterday, is on a line with the March (1340) and April (1361) bottoms.
On the Nasdaq, first resistance is at 3750, and then about every 50 points thereafter. The first major Fibonacci test comes at 3859, the 38% retracement level of the 4259-3614 decline. To the downside, critical support is the October 1998 trendline around 3600. Lower than 3600, and that trendline would be broken for the first time since the May lows. Below that, critical support is the August bottom of 3521; lower than that, and the Nasdaq could be headed for trouble. The ISDEX is back above 750-760 support. Next resistance is in the 787-800 range. Above that, two recent rallies have peaked around the 50% retracement level at 850. The selling on the ISDEX stopped just below 740 the last two days, above the May uptrend line at about 725.