The Dow Jones Industrial Average rallied 240 points midday Friday, on track to halt a three-day slide, as Microsoft hit a new high.
At around noon in New York, the Nasdaq rallied nearly 0.8%, the S&P 500 rose 0.6% and the Dow Jones industrials were up 0.6% in the stock market today. Small caps tracked by the Russell 2000 outperformed, up 1%. Volume was mixed, lower on the NYSE and higher on the Nasdaq vs. the same time Thursday.
The U.S. economy continues to recover from the Covid-19 pandemic, which triggered nationwide lockdowns over a year ago. Most states had relaxed restrictions as vaccinations continued to roll out and cases decreased.
But cases are rapidly rising again and mask mandates are returning in some states as the delta variant spreads.
Cumulative Covid-19 cases worldwide have topped 211 million, with over 4.4 million deaths, according to Worldometer. In the U.S., cases have surpassed 38 million with more than 643,000 deaths.
Growth Stocks To Watch
TaskUs (TASK) led the IBD 50 with a nearly 8% surge to a record high. Shares are now 40% extended from a 35.73 buy point of a consolidation. TaskUs broke out on Aug. 11 after reporting better-than-expected earnings. The digital outsourcing tech company came public June 11.
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Nvidia, up nearly 3% in fast trade, added to Thursday’s 4% advance. Shares are getting close to a 207.43 buy point of a cup with handle, according to MarketSmith chart analysis. The chart also can be interpreted as a flat base with a 208.85 buy point. The graphics chip designer is an IBD Leaderboard and SwingTrader stock.
Upstart is nearly extended from a 191.99 buy point of a cup base, which it first cleared last Friday. The buy zone tops out at 201.59. The cloud-based consumer lending platform, which held its IPO in December, earns a highest-possible 99 Composite Rating. That puts it at the top of the 31-stock consumer loans group.
About a dozen IBD 50 stocks were lower, most with losses below 1% each. Sea Limited (SE) led the downside with a nearly 3% drop, while Kulicke & Soffa (KLIC), Carvana (CVNA) and Shopify (SHOP) gave up roughly 1% apiece.
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Microsoft rose more than 2% in triple normal trade to mark a second straight new high. The software giant said it would raise prices on its Office 365 and Microsoft 365 suite. Mizuho, UBS and Wedbush hiked their Microsoft price target to 350, according to Barron’s.
Shares continue to trade solidly above a 263.29 buy point of a cup base cleared in June. Microsoft stock is extended from the 5% buy zone, which goes up to 276.45. Microsoft is a Leaderboard and IBD Long-Term Leader stock.
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