Dow Jones futures were little changed Wednesday morning, along with S&P 500 futures and Nasdaq futures. The April CPI inflation report and retail sales are due before Wednesday’s open. Nu Holding (NU), MakeMyTrip (MMYT) and Monday.com (MNDY) were earnings movers.




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The stock market rally saw modest to solid gains Tuesday, gaining steam in the afternoon with the Nasdaq setting a record close. The April producer price index came in hotter than expected, but March data saw big downward revisions. Also, various components that feed into the Fed’s favorite inflation gauge, the core PCE price index, generally came in light. Fed chief Jerome Powell, speaking Tuesday, noted the “mixed” PPI reading.

Meme stocks such as GameStop (GME) and AMC Entertainment (AMC) soared again Tuesday. But GME stock and AMC tumbled early Wednesday.

Nvidia (NVDA) is moving toward a buy point with earnings a week away.

Embraer (ERJ), Pure Storage (PSTG), On Holding (ONON), CrowdStrike (CRWD) and Oracle (ORCL) broke out or flashed other buy signals.

Nvidia stock is on IBD Leaderboard, with Embraer and MakeMyTrip stock on the Leaderboard watchlist. Nvidia, CrowdStrike and Pure Storage stock are on SwingTrader. Nvidia, MakeMyTrip and CrowdStrike stock are on the IBD 50. CrowdStrike was Tuesday’s IBD Stock Of The Day.

The video embedded in this article discusses Tuesday’s market action and analyzes CrowdStrike, Pure Storage and ONON stock.

Dow Jones Futures Today

Dow Jones futures rose a fraction vs. fair value. S&P 500 futures and Nasdaq 100 futures were little changed.

The 10-year Treasury yield dipped to 4.41%.

Crude oil futures fell slightly.

Investors will get the April consumer price index, April retail sales and the May Empire State Manufacturing Index at 8:30 a.m. ET. Those will be sure to swing Dow Jones futures and Treasury yields.

Economists expect overall and core consumer prices to rise 0.3% in April after a 0.4% gain in March. Overall CPI inflation should dip to 3.4% vs. a year earlier from March’s 3.5%. Core CPI inflation should cool to 3.6% from 3.8%.

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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Earnings

Nu Holdings topped Q1 targets Tuesday night. Shares of the Brazilian fintech rose solidly, signaling a move to around at least an early entry, not far from an official breakout.

India-based travel site MakeMyTrip reported strong fiscal Q4 results. MMYT stock fell modestly near the top of a short consolidation.

Work management software maker Monday.com easily beat earnings views and also topped on Q1 revenue. MNDY stock soared more than 15%, signaling a move from the 200-day line back above the 50-day.

Chinese e-commerce giant JD.com (JD) also reports early Wednesday.

Stock Market Rally Tuesday

The stock market rally built momentum Tuesday afternoon.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 0.3% in Tuesday’s stock market trading. The S&P 500 index climbed 0.5%, just below record highs. The Nasdaq composite rose 0.75%, marking a fresh closing high, just below its March 21 all-time best. The small-cap Russell 2000 jumped 1.1%.

That the key indexes are trading around record highs after a solid advance has been constructive. Leading stocks have looked even better, with some flashing buy signals in recent days and many more setting up.

U.S. crude oil prices fell 1.4% to $78.02 a barrel.

The 10-year Treasury yield fell 3.5 basis points to 4.44%, reversing lower from an intraday peak of 4.53%.

ETFs

Among growth ETFs, the iShares Expanded Tech-Software Sector ETF (IGV) rose 0.6%, with Oracle and CRWD stock both members. The VanEck Vectors Semiconductor ETF (SMH) gained 1.7%. NVDA stock is the dominant SMH holding.

SPDR S&P Metals & Mining ETF (XME) advanced 1%. The SPDR S&P Homebuilders ETF (XHB) stepped up 0.9%. The Energy Select SPDR ETF (XLE) edged up 0.1% and the Health Care Select Sector SPDR Fund (XLV) rose 0.4%.

The Industrial Select Sector SPDR Fund (XLI) closed just below break-even. The Financial Select SPDR ETF (XLF) climbed 0.5%.


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GME Stock, AMC Entertainment

Meme stocks continued to soar, led by OG meme plays GameStop and AMC Entertainment.

GameStop stock skyrocketed 60% to 48.75 after spiking 74% on Monday. GME stock hit 64.83 intraday.

AMC stock shot up 32% to 6.85, but closed below its 200-day moving average. That’s after soaring 78% on Monday. Shares hit 11.88 intraday.

GameStop fell sharply early Wednesday in volatile trade, reversing from strong overnight highs. AMC stock tumbled after announcing a new debt-for-equity swap plan.

This week’s surge in meme stocks came as Keith Gill, aka Roaring Kitty, returned to social media for the first time in three years with, what else, various memes. Gill helped spark the original meme stock rally in 2021.

Stocks In Buy Zones

Embraer stock jumped 9.1% to 28.85, running past a 27.25 flat-base buy point in very heavy volume. The Brazilian jet maker is now slightly extended.

Pure Storage stock climbed 3.8% to 56.41, topping a 55.09 double-bottom buy point.

On Holding stock gapped up 18.3% to 36.30, clearing a short-term high of 34.93 and the official 36.15 buy point, according to MarketSurge. On Holding earnings more than doubled vs. a year earlier, crushing estimates.

CrowdStrike stock rose 3.25% to 329.55, continuing to move above its 50-day line. It’s actionable now, or investors could use Friday’s high of 327.50 as an early entry. The official buy point is 365, but investors could use a move above the 338 level as an early entry.

Oracle stock rose 3.9% to 120.87, retaking the 50-day line in double normal volume. The database software giant has a 132.77 buy point from a new base next to a longer consolidation. But investors could use Tuesday’s move as an early entry into ORCL stock. Shares jumped Tuesday on a report that Elon Musk’s artificial intelligence startup xAI is in talks with Oracle on a multiyear, $10 billion cloud-computing deal


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Nvidia Stock

NVDA stock climbed 1.1% to 913.56 on Tuesday, continuing to trade tightly over the last several sessions, modestly above the 50-day line. Nvidia stock has a 922.20 cup-with-handle buy point.

The AI chip leader reports earnings on May 22.

What To Do Now

The stock market rally continues to trade tightly, slightly below record highs. That breather is letting more stocks set up while names that are making gains quickly see improving relative strength.

Some stocks like Pure Storage and Embraer are breaking out while others like Nvidia are setting up.

The CPI inflation report and other economic data will be important for Wednesday, but it’s already time to look ahead to Nvidia’s results next week. Nvidia earnings and guidance will be key for the AI sector and the overall market rally.

So be careful how much you add exposure in the next few days, especially in the AI/tech space.

Definitely work on your watchlists. A lot of stocks are moving into position.

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