The Nasdaq-100 rose 4.2 percent between Friday, October 2, and Friday, October 9. It was the index’s third straight positive week, and its best performance since early July. Its gain was also twice the advance of the broader S&P 500 index.
The S&P 500 rose 3.3 percent between Friday, September 21, and Friday, September 28. It was the biggest weekly gain since the end of June 29 – July 2.
In a little over six months, the stock price increased from a closing low of US$31.73 in December 2018, to reach a high close of US$43.20 on July 11. That’s a healthy 36% rise, which is clearly nothing to sneeze at.
Yesterday’s private-sector payrolls report from ADP showed the industry adding 49,000 jobs in April. That translated into a 0.66 percent increase overall — triple the broader total. It followed a string of increases going back more than two years.
The first major theme was a rebound in beaten down social-media stocks
Facebook (FB) and Snap (FB). Both showed signs of repairing different kinds of problems plaguing their businesses. FB’s big achievement was to keep drawing advertiser dollars – especially from its new Stories format and video service.
Skyworks Solutions (SWKS), Microchip Technology (MCHP), On Semiconductor (ON) and Cypress Semiconductor (CY) all pushed higher after releasing their quarterly results. Some beat estimates and others merely came in line, but they all gained on hopes that the worst of the industry’s slowdown has passed.
Tesla Motors (TSLA) has traded in a tight range since late October, even as volatility swept the broader market. Some potentially important things have happened during that time, including a so-called “golden cross” chart pattern.
The Fed is going to hold a two-day FOMC meeting, on September 25th -26th. According to CME FedWatch, there is a 94.4% chance that interest rates will increase by 0.25%, which turns out to be 2.25%.