Dow Jones Futures: Microsoft, Google Jump; New Market Rally Still Must Do This

Dow Jones futures rose overnight, along with S&P 500 futures and especially Nasdaq futures. Microsoft (MSFT) jumped and Google parent Alphabet (GOOGL) soared on earnings, leading another big night of quarterly results.


The stock market rally attempt suffered sharp losses Thursday morning as Meta Platforms (META) tumbled on guidance and a GDP report showing slower-than-expected growth and hot inflation. But the major indexes slashed losses.

Nvidia (NVDA), Broadcom (AVGO) and other AI chip and hardware plays rebounded on Meta’s hefty capital spending plans.

Meanwhile, a number of non-tech sectors and leading stocks advanced. Notably Chipotle Mexican Grill (CMG) broke out on earnings, with several other restaurant stocks making bullish moves.

The market rally attempt showed some resilience Thursday, but it hasn’t proved anything yet. Investors need patience.

Microsoft and Google earnings, guidance and spending plans will have a huge impact on so many sectors.

Dexcom (DXCM) and Western Digital (WDC) were among the hundreds of other companies reporting Thursday night.

Early Friday, Exxon Mobil (XOM) and Dow giant Chevron (CVX) are on tap.

Investors on Friday also will get the March reading for the core PCE price index, the Fed’s favorite inflation report. That data may have less market impact given Thursday’s Q1 PCE data in the GDP report.

Nvidia stock is on IBD Leaderboard. Microsoft stock is on the IBD Long-Term Leaders list. Google stock is on the IBD 50 and the IBD Big Cap 20. Chipotle was Thursday’s IBD Stock Of The Day.

Dow Jones Futures Today

Dow Jones futures rose 0.1% vs. fair value. S&P 500 futures gained 0.8%. Nasdaq 100 futures jumped 1.1%. Microsoft is a Dow Jones, S&P 500 and Nasdaq component, while Google stock is an S&P 500 and Nasdaq giant.

The 10-year Treasury yield edged down to 4.7%.

Remember that overnight action in Dow futures and elsewhere doesn’t necessarily translate into actual trading in the next regular stock market session.

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Stock Market Rally Attempt

After bouncing Monday-Tuesday and stalling Wednesday, the stock market rally attempt sold off Thursday morning on Meta Platforms and the hot inflation reading in the GDP report. The major indexes did come well off early lows, but it was a down session.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 1% in Thursday’s stock market trading, with IBM (IBM) and Caterpillar (CAT) tumbling on weak sales. The S&P 500 index sank 0.5%. The Nasdaq composite retreated 0.6% after plunging 2.35% shortly after the open. The small-cap Russell 2000 gave up 0.7%

Meta stock plunged 10.6% to 441.38, though it did come off lows of 414.50. Nvidia stock rallied 3.7% to 826.32 though still below its 50-day line. Broadcom stock rose 3%, hitting resistance at the 50-day line. 50-day. Arista Networks (ANET), which counts Meta and Microsoft as its two-biggest customers, popped 3.85%.

A follow-through day could come at any time to confirm the new market rally attempt. Microsoft and Google could provide that catalyst. But it’s also possible that the market heads lower and a longer correction takes hold.

U.S. crude oil prices rose 0.9% to $83.57 a barrel.

The 10-year Treasury yield climbed 5 basis points to 4.71%, the highest since Nov. 1. The two-year Treasury yield, a good proxy for the Fed rate outlook, is back to the 5% level.


Among growth ETFs, the iShares Expanded Tech-Software Sector ETF (IGV) fell 0.9%. Microsoft is a huge IGV member. The VanEck Vectors Semiconductor ETF (SMH) gained 2%, with NVDA stock the largest component and Broadcom a key holding.

SPDR S&P Metals & Mining ETF (XME) rebounded 1.7%. SPDR S&P Homebuilders ETF (XHB) dipped 0.2%. The Energy Select SPDR ETF (XLE) advanced 0.5% with Exxon and Chevron accounting for 40% of the ETF’s holdings. The Health Care Select Sector SPDR Fund (XLV) fell 0.6%, with Dexcom stock a holding.

The Industrial Select Sector SPDR Fund (XLI) edged up 0.3%. The Financial Select SPDR ETF (XLF) declined 0.5%.

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Microsoft Earnings

Microsoft earnings and revenue growth modestly beat views. Revenue from Azure and other cloud services grew 31%, beating views and picking up from fiscal Q2’s 30%.

The Dow tech titan was bullish about AI demand on the conference call. Microsoft forecast strong cloud growth going forward, though it was somewhat cautious on overall profit and revenue. It expects capital spending to increase “materially” in the current Q4.

Microsoft stock rose solidly in extended trade, suggesting a move back to the 50-day line. Shares fell 2.45% on Thursday to 399.04 after hitting a three-month low of 388.03 intraday.

Nvidia stock climbed modestly overnight on the continued Big Tech spending blitz, signaling a possible 50-day test. Arista, which counts Microsoft as a huge customer along with Meta Platforms, also advanced.

Several software stocks that retreated Thursday…

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