Apple, Microsoft Lead Market Rally; Snap, Twitter Surge On Earnings, Lifting Rivals


Dow Jones futures rose slightly Thursday night, along with S&P 500 futures and Nasdaq futures, as Snap stock and Twitter leapt on earnings, lifting social rivals such as Facebook (FB). The stock market rally was mixed Thursday, with Apple (AAPL), Microsoft (MSFT) and other megacap techs and software leading the way while small caps and many sectors retreated.


Snapchat parent Snap (SNAP), Twitter (TWTR) and Intel (INTC) reported earnings after the close.

Snap and Twitter earnings crashed views amid booming revenue growth. Snap and TWTR stock surged in overnight trade, signaling possible breakouts. That also gave a lift to Facebook stock and Pinterest (PINS), as well as Google stock, all of which report next week. Facebook and Pinterest stock had flashed bullish reversals from their 50-day lines earlier this week.

Intel beat views but gave mixed guidance. Intel stock fell modestly in extended trade.

Apple, Microsoft Lead Market Rally

The stock market rally fared well on the major indexes. Apple stock rose 1% on Thursday while Microsoft, (AMZN) and Facebook stock climbed more than 1%. Google parent Alphabet (GOOGL) climbed 0.7%.

Leading stocks generally did well, with XPEL (XPEL), CrowdStrike (CRWD) among those flashing buy signals.

On the downside, small caps pulled back. So did many real economy sectors, though they pared losses.

Microsoft and Google stock are on IBD Leaderboard and IBD Long-Term Leaders. PINS stock is on SwingTrader. Snap stock, Pinterest and Google are on the IBD 50.

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Dow Jones Futures Today

Dow Jones futures rose  0.1% vs. fair value. S&P 500 futures climbed 0.2%. Nasdaq 100 futures gained 0.3%, helped by Facebook and Google stock.

Remember that overnight action in Dow futures and elsewhere doesn’t necessarily translate into actual trading in the next regular stock market session.

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Stock Market Rally

The stock market rally saw slim gains on the major indexes, some solid gains for leading stocks but weakness elsewhere.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average edged up 0.1% in Thursday’s stock market trading. The S&P 500 index climbed 0.2%. The Nasdaq composite advanced 0.4%, with the big-cap Nasdaq 100 up nearly 0.7%. The small-cap Russell 2000 slumped 1.6%.

Apple stock and Microsoft are part of the Dow Jones, S&P 500 and Nasdaq composite, so these $2 trillion-plus market-cap giants sway markets. Amazon, Google and Facebook stock, the next biggest companies by market cap, are S&P 500 and Nasdaq members. All five tech titans report earnings next week.

Among the best ETFs, the Innovator IBD 50 ETF (FFTY) climbed 0.7%, while the Innovator IBD Breakout Opportunities ETF (BOUT) was just above breakeven. The iShares Expanded Tech-Software Sector ETF (IGV) gained 1.3%. Microsoft stock is a major IGV component. The VanEck Vectors Semiconductor ETF (SMH) retreated 0.6% after strong gains in the prior two days. Intel stock is a key SMH component.

SPDR S&P Metals & Mining ETF (XME) sank 0.8% and Global X U.S. Infrastructure Development ETF (PAVE) 0.7%. U.S. Global Jets ETF (JETS) slumped 1.2%. SPDR S&P Homebuilders ETF (XHB) retreated 0.8%. The Energy Select SPDR ETF (XLE) and the Financial Select SPDR ETF (XLF) both fell 1.1%.

Reflecting more-speculative story stocks, ARK Innovation ETF (ARKK) dipped 0.8% and ARK Genomics ETF (ARKG) 1.1%. That snapped four-day win streaks for both.

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Intel Earnings

Intel earnings topped views, along with overall revenue and data-center chip sales. But the chipmaker guided slightly lower on Q3 sales.

Intel stock fell 2% late after shares dipped 0.5% to 55.96 on Thursday. The Dow Jones tech giant has been a longtime laggard. However, Intel earnings, guidance and capital spending plans are still relevant for rivals such as AMD (AMD) as well as chip-equipment makers.

Snap Earnings

Snap earnings easily beat as revenue soared 116% and user growth topped.

Snap stock leapt 16% to 73.25 in extended trade, signaling a possible move above a new buy point of 70.34. Shares edged down 0.7% to 62.97 on Thursday, finding support around the 50-day line. Snap stock broke out just below 66 in late June, but that move fizzled earlier this month. At this point, investors should focus on 70.34.

Twitter Earnings

Twitter earnings blew out views as revenue grew 74%, the best gain in seven years.

Twitter stock popped 5% to 73.14 in overnight trade. TWTR stock has a 72.17 buy point from a handle. though the relative strength line has lagged during its consolidation. Shares had edged up 3 cents to 69.57 on Thursday.

With Snap and Twitter results so strong, PINS stock rose 4% and Facebook climbed…

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