The major stock market indexes are up in the last hour and climbing back toward the highs of the day, as investors celebrate higher jobless claims. That’s because increased claims point to a slowing labor market, a key factor in the Fed’s policymaking.
The S&P 500 gained 0.8% while the Nasdaq rose 1.2%. The Dow Jones Industrial Average increased 0.6%. The Russell 2000 small-cap index was in line with the other indexes, adding 1%.
The Nasdaq composite is testing resistance at its 21-day exponential moving average. The S&P 500 is hugging its 21-day line.
The tech-heavy Nasdaq 100-tracking Invesco QQQ trust ETF (QQQ) rallied 1.2%. Volume on the NYSE was higher and fell on the Nasdaq vs. the same time on Wednesday.
Crude oil was unchanged at $71.99 per barrel. The Energy Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLE) was unchanged also. Natural gas popped 7%. It is trading above $6 per million British thermal units.
The 10-year Treasury note yield added 6 basis points to 3.48%, near levels last seen in September.
European markets were mixed, with the German DAX unchanged and the Paris CAC 40 closing 0.2% lower. The London FTSE 100 also shed 0.2%.
Odds for a 50-basis-point hike at the mid-December Fed meeting stand at 79.4%, while 20.6% are looking for a 75-basis-point hike, according to the CME FedWatch Tool.
Initial unemployment claims for the week ending Dec. 3 rose to 230,000 versus the 228,000 consensus estimate. This is an increase over the 226,000 in the prior week and is the highest level since February. Increased unemployment claims shows a potential cooling in the job market. The Fed uses employment numbers to help it decide the pace of interest-rate hikes. The next FOMC meeting is Dec. 13-14.
Diabetes Equipment Maker Breaks Out
Dexcom (DXCM) gapped up and broke out of a flat base hitting a 123.46 buy point, according to MarketSmith pattern recognition. Shares were up 3.7% in heavy volume, and are in the 5% buy zone stretching to 129.63. Dexcom is an S&P 500 leader today.
Dexcom is a leading maker of glucose monitoring systems used in diabetes care. Shares are up after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration cleared its G7 continuous glucose monitor. The stock ranks third in the medical product industry group. The groups ranks 35th out of the 197 IBD industry group.
Meme stock GameStop (GME) rebounded 9% after yesterday’s 4.8% drop in heavy volume. The company late Wednesday reported a bigger Q3 loss than expected and missed sales estimates.
Stock Market Today: IBD 50 Beverage Stock Up Nicely
The Innovator IBD 50 ETF (FFTY) inched up 0.2%, faring worse than the major stock market indexes.
Lattice Semiconductor (LSCC) gained 3.1% on light volume. Shares are in a 55-week-old base and nearing the 73.63 buy point. The relative strength line hit a new high as indicated by the blue dot on the MarketSmith chart.
Shares of LSCC are up over 41% quarter-to-date after a positive earnings report and higher guidance in late October. Lattice holds the top spot on the chip designers industry group.
Arcus Biosciences (RCUS) dropped another 2.5% but is finding support at its 21-day line. The stock soared in late November following positive efficacy for its lung cancer drug, but has pulled back since.
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