An upgrade by Goldman Sachs was the latest catalyst for the stock, already up 609 percent this year. Analyst Mark Delaney based his call on macro and micro factors.
Walt Disney (DIS), Cisco Systems (CSCO) and Applied Materials (AMAT) beat analyst forecasts but remained below recent highs. Less prominent companies including Chinese e-commerce firm Pinduoduo (PDD) and cannabis stock GrowGeneration (GRWG) surged to new territory.
The Invesco Solar Energy ETF (TAN) rose 2.35 percent on Tuesday, bucking a drop of 1.65 percent for the broader S&P 500. TAN’s gain of almost 4.2 percent in the last week makes it the best-performing industry fund over that period.
The biggest decliner in the S&P 500 today, for instance, was Mylan (MYL). Disappointing results, manufacturing problems and weak demand hammered the drug maker 24 percent. That was its worst decline in at least a decade
The S&P 500 rose 1.2 percent between Friday, April 19, and Friday, April 26. The index also closed at a new all-time high of 2940, with technology and the Nasdaq-100 still leading the charge.
Business transformation is the sixth of our seven major catalysts for price movement in the stock market. It occurs when a company transitions from an old, weakening model to a new model better suited to the present time. The process often results from changes in technology, but can also involve adapting to more recent customer trends.
The S&P 500 rose less than 0.1 percent between Friday, February 1, and Friday, February 8. It was only the sixth and smallest advance in the last seven weeks, following the index’s sharp rebound in January. The index also had its narrowest weekly trading range (just 57 points) since late September.
Apple (AAPL), which didn’t even make the Top 10 in June or July, was the busiest stock at TradeStation last month. The surge in activity came after a transformative earnings report drove the smart-phone giant into new record territory.