Dow Jones futures rose Friday morning after key housing data, with the early release of the Commerce Department’s housing starts and permits. Meanwhile, seven best stocks to buy and watch include software giant Microsoft (MSFT) and Amazon (AMZN).
Early Friday, October housing starts rose to a 1.372 million annualized rate vs. September’s 1.358 million. They were expected to dip to a 1.350 million annualized rate. Permits rose to a 1.487 million rate in October, compared to September’s 1.473 million pace. They were expected to slow to a rate of 1.463 million rate.
AMAT stock dived more than 7%, while Beazer Homes shares rose around 1% in morning action. BJ stock sold off around 5%, while Copart shares rallied nearly 3%. Finally, Gap soared 18% and Ross Stores gained more than 6% in premarket trade.
Dow Jones Today: Oil Prices, Treasury Yields
Ahead of Friday’s opening bell, Dow Jones futures rose 0.25% vs. fair value, while S&P 500 futures gained 0.15%. Tech-heavy Nasdaq 100 futures moved down 0.1% in morning action.
The yield on the 10-year U.S. Treasury bond dropped to 4.4% Friday morning. On Thursday, the benchmark had settled at 4.44%.
Oil prices bounced back after three straight losses, as West Texas Intermediate futures rose more than 1%. WTI prices are trading around $74 a barrel, their lowest level since early July.
Stock Market Rally
On Thursday, the Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped more than 0.1%, while the S&P 500 gained 0.1%. The tech-heavy Nasdaq composite rose 0.1%. But the small-cap Russell 2000 sold off 1.5%. The index met resistance at its 200-day moving average Wednesday.
Thursday’s Big Picture column commented, “On Thursday, indexes closed mostly near session highs, finishing mixed with modest gains or losses. The limited price moves were a good sign, indicating institutional investors were in no big rush to take profits from the November rally.”
Now is an important time to read IBD’s The Big Picture column after the recent gains. Be sure to read how to invest during the ongoing stock market uptrend.
Stock Market Today: Best Stocks To Watch
IBD Leaderboard stock Amazon, along with MercadoLibre (MELI), IBD SwingTrader stock Shopify (SHOP) and Toll Brothers (TOL) — as well as Dow Jones stocks Microsoft, Salesforce (CRM) and UnitedHealth (UNH) — are among the best stocks to watch in the current market rally.
Dow Jones Stocks To Watch
Software leader Salesforce is approaching a 228.79 buy point in a double-bottom base, according to IBD MarketSmith chart analysis. CRM stock is about 3% away from the latest buy point. Shares rose 0.25% early Friday.
Health care giant UnitedHealth is adding a handle to a massive consolidation, and showing a new buy point at 546.78. UNH stock inched higher Friday.
Stocks To Buy And Watch: Shopify Breaks Out
Amazon fell further below its cup base’s 145.86 buy point during Thursday’s slight drop. Shares remain above an early entry at 134.48. AMZN stock moved up 0.5% Friday.
IBD SwingTrader stock Shopify is trying to break out past a double bottom’s 67.60 buy point. The buy zone tops out at 70.98. SHOP stock rose 0.5% Friday morning.
Homebuilder Toll Brothers will be a stock to watch, with housing data due out today. It is still in buy range past a cup-with-handle’s 82.39 buy point in the wake of Tuesday’s breakout move. The buy zone that goes up to 86.51. TOL stock rose 0.4% Friday morning.
Best Stocks In Today’s Stock Market Action
These are four best stocks to watch in today’s stock market, including a Dow Jones leader.
|Company Name||Symbol||Correct Buy Point||Type Of Buy Point|
|Toll Brothers||(TOL)||82.39||Cup with handle|
|MercadoLibre||(MELI)||1,398.59||Cup with handle|
Source: IBD Data As Of Nov. 16, 2023
Magnificent Seven Stocks: Nvidia, Tesla
Graphics-chip giant Nvidia is in buy range past a double-bottom base’s 476.09 entry amid Thursday’s 1.2% rise.
Tesla stock skidded nearly 4% Thursday, snapping a three-day win streak. Shares are facing strong resistance around their 50-day line after retaking the 200-day line earlier this week. TSLA is around 20% off its 52-week high.
Dow Jones Leaders: Apple, Microsoft
Two Dow Jones stocks in the Magnificent Seven, Apple (AAPL) and Microsoft (MSFT), traded higher ahead of today’s stock market open. Apple gained 0.9% Thursday, closing at its highest level since Aug. 5. Shares are above an early entry at 182.34, as they continue to trace a consolidation that has a 198.23 buy point. Apple shares tacked on 0.3% Friday.
Microsoft stock moved up 1.8% Thursday, hitting an all-time high at 376.35. The stock is above a cup base’s 366.78 buy point and in buy range. In recent weeks, shares rose above an early buy trigger at 346.20. MSFT stock edged up Friday morning.
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