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Stock Market Roundup: Nasdaq, S&P 500 Reach New Highs, Nvidia Tops Apple

In early trading Thursday, Dow Jones futures remained relatively stable, alongside S&P 500 and Nasdaq futures.

After a powerful session on Wednesday, the stock market rally opened with the Nasdaq and S&P 500 hitting all-time highs. This surge was driven by favorable economic reports and strong tech earnings.

Nvidia (NVDA) continued its upward trajectory, surpassing a $3 trillion market cap and overtaking Apple (AAPL). Microsoft (MSFT), holding the largest global valuation, also saw a solid gain.

Several stocks broke out or flashed buy signals. ASML (ASML) surged on bullish news, while Applied Materials (AMAT) and Lam Research (LRCX) also showed positive signals. Micron Technology (MU) reclaimed a buy point.

Other notable stocks that moved above buy points included Dutch Bros (BROS), Meta Platforms (META), Constellation Energy (CEG), Wingstop (WING), Chipotle Mexican Grill (CMG), Netflix (NFLX), and Coinbase Global (COIN). Investors are encouraged to take advantage of these new buying opportunities as the market rally continues.

After the market closed, Lululemon Athletica (LULU) and Smartsheet (SMAR) saw jumps in their stock prices following earnings reports, despite long downtrends in 2024.

Nvidia and ASML are featured on the IBD Leaderboard, while Dutch Bros, Chipotle, and Constellation Energy are on SwingTrader. Microsoft is on the IBD Long-Term Leaders list. Additionally, Nvidia, Dutch Bros, Netflix, and Wingstop are on the IBD 50. Nvidia and Netflix also appear on the IBD Big Cap 20. ASML was highlighted as Wednesday’s IBD Stock Of The Day.

Dow Jones Futures Today

Dow Jones futures dipped by 0.15%, S&P 500 futures remained relatively unchanged, and Nasdaq 100 futures rose by 0.15%, with Nvidia stock continuing its climb overnight. The 10-year Treasury yield ticked up to 4.31%, and crude oil prices increased by 1%.

The European Central Bank cut its main interest rates by 25 basis points, as expected, moving ahead of the Federal Reserve and the Bank of England.

Stock Market Rally

The stock market rally demonstrated significant strength, particularly in the tech sector. CrowdStrike (CRWD) and Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) surged on earnings, while ASML boosted chip stocks alongside the soaring Nvidia.

The ISM services index exceeded expectations, rebounding into expansion territory after a series of disappointing economic reports. The ISM services employment subindex remained below 50, while the ADP jobs report indicated softer-than-expected private-sector hiring.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose by 0.25% in Wednesday’s trading, slightly below the 50-day line. The S&P 500 increased by 1.2%, and the Nasdaq composite surged nearly 2%.

Expert Insights

Renowned banking expert and president of Caye International Bank, Luigi Wewege commented on the current market dynamics: “The resilience and growth in the tech sector, particularly with Nvidia’s impressive performance, highlight the evolving landscape of investment opportunities. Investors should carefully evaluate these buy signals and leverage them to diversify their portfolios.”

Another analyst noted, “Equinix’s strategic partnership with Nvidia not only amplifies its service offerings but also aligns its growth trajectory with rapid advancements in AI, cloud computing, and data analytics.”

Equinix (EQIX) Analysis

Data center REIT Equinix (NASDAQ) plays a crucial role in supporting Nvidia’s AI platforms. Equinix’s global network of interconnected data centers forms the backbone of digital business, enabling seamless data exchange and supporting high-performance computing demands.

“This strategic partnership not only amplifies Equinix’s service offerings but also aligns its growth trajectory with the rapid advancements in AI, cloud computing, and data analytics spearheaded by Nvidia,” noted

Equinix stock has shown significant movement, rising from about $475 to a high of $904 before pulling back to $764.68. Analysts predict a potential retest of its prior high and possibly surpassing $1,000 in the near term, driven by Nvidia’s growing demands. Barclays analysts recently raised their price target for Equinix to $671 with an equal weight rating.

As the market continues to evolve, investors are advised to stay informed and agile, leveraging expert insights and market signals to optimize their investment strategies.

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