The Dow Jones Industrial Average rallied back into positive territory, even as the bears mauled the bulls in a mixed session. Apple (AAPL) and Tesla (TSLA) flashed sell signals, while Walt Disney (DIS) was the leading blue chips.
Among other EV stocks, Nio (NIO) surrendered a key benchmark, while General Motors (GM) was in positive territory. IBD 50 stock MaxLinear (MXL) led stocks passing buy points. Meanwhile, Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen issued a warning about the dangers of Bitcoin.
Nasdaq, S&P 500 Fall
The S&P 500 was also forced lower, though it was down less than 0.5%. Pharmaceuticals stock Viatris (VTRS) was the biggest laggard, slipping more than 13% after giving disappointing 2021 revenue guidance.
Volume was mixed compared to the same time Friday. It fell about 7% on the Nasdaq and was up more than 20% on the NYSE.
The S&P sectors were a mixed bag, with a balance of winners and losers. Energy and financials were leading.
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Small caps were outperforming the major indexes. The Russell 2000 was up around 0.4%, and was near session highs.
Disney Stock Aids Dow Jones Rally
The Dow Jones Industrial Average was the best performing major index. It managed to rally strongly after opening lower, and was up around 0.3%.
The top performing component was Disney stock. It was up more almost 4%, and is looking to make a new closing high. Disney stock is now at the very top end of its buy range after breaking out of a five-week flat base, according to MarketSmith analysis.
Apple Stock Loses Key Support
Apple stock flashed a sell signal as it fell below its 50-day moving average. It is also now shy of its 10-week moving average on a weekly chart.
The stock’s bearish action was discussed on Monday’s IBD Live. Its Composite Rating has come under pressure, and has now fallen to a far from ideal 76.
Apple stock is now close to erasing gains from a 125.49 early entry. Investors should consider taking at least partial profits by reducing their exposure to the Leaderboard stock.
The IBD Stock Checkup tool shows earnings growth was hit amid the pandemic in recent quarters. Apple has averaged 16% growth over the past three quarters, which is shy of the 25% earnings growth sought by CAN SLIM investors. However EPS grew by a strong 34% in the most recent quarter.
Tesla Stock Dips; GM Stock Holds Steady
This is a time to at least consider taking some profits off the table, as its RS line has been declining since early January. It is now up just over 5% for the year, but has surrendered more than 6% over the past four weeks.
Tesla’s Chinese rival Nio also fell below its 50-day line as it gave up more than 5%. A previous breakout from a cup base with a 57.30 buy point failed.
Yellen Warns About “Speculative” Bitcoin
Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen spoke out about the dangers of Bitcoin Monday. She highlighted the fact it is not widely used as a transaction mechanism. Bitcoin tumbled from around $57,500 to just over $52,500.
“To the extent it is used I fear it’s often for illicit finance,” she told CNBC. “It’s an extremely inefficient way of conducting transactions, and the amount of energy that’s consumed in processing those transactions is staggering.”
The key Biden Administration member also warned investors they could be left nursing heavy losses if the digital currency takes a tumble.
“It is a highly speculative asset and you know I think people should be aware it can be extremely volatile and I do worry about potential losses that investors can suffer,” she said.
Grayscale Bitcoin Trust (GBTC) was down more than 8%.
IBD 50 Stock Leads Breakouts
The stock punched above its 50-day line before passing its entry point, which is a bullish indicator.
The relative strength line for MXL stock has been rising of late, which is encouraging. The stock boasts a near-perfect Composite Rating of 98. At the moment earnings are lagging stock market performance. However, EPS has been accelerating for the past three quarters.
MaxLinear is a provider of RF, analog, digital and mixed-signal integrated circuits. It is a supplier for the cable and satellite broadband communications and the connected home, and wired and wireless infrastructure markets. It is benefiting from the push for 5G adoption.
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