Dow Jones Futures: Dow, S&P 500, Nasdaq Hit Highs, Nvidia Leads 12 New Buys;

Dow Jones futures rose slightly overnight, along with S&P 500 futures and Nasdaq futures. Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway is in focus.


The stock market rally saw record highs on the Dow Jones, S&P 500 and Nasdaq composite following a tame inflation reading and weak retail sales.

Nvidia (NVDA), the market’s most important stock, broke out past a buy point a week before earnings. Dell Technologies (DELL), PulteGroup (PHM), Intuitive Surgical (ISRG), Deckers (DECK), Eli Lilly (LLY), Azek (AZEK), KLA Corp. (KLAC), DraftKings (DKNG), KKR (KKR) NetApp (NTAP) and ServiceNow (NOW) were among the leading stocks flashing buy signals.

After the close, Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway (BRKB) disclosed first-quarter stock buys and sells. Berkshire disclosed that insurer Chubb (CB) is the “mystery stock” that Buffett has been buying confidentially in recent months. CB stock jumped late.

Cisco Systems (CSCO) reported strong earnings late Wednesday. Cisco stock rose solidly late, but is still trying to break an eight-month downtrend.

Fellow Dow giant Walmart (WMT) reports early Thursday. WMT stock edged lower Wednesday, continuing to slip after briefly breaking out on Monday.

Nvidia stock and Eli Lilly are on IBD Leaderboard. Dell stock, Intuitive Surgical, DraftKings, ServiceNow and Nvidia are on SwingTrader. KLAC stock is on the IBD Long-Term Leaders list. Nvidia and KKR stock are on the IBD 50. Nvidia was Wednesday’s IBD Stock Of The Day.

Dow Jones Futures Today

Dow Jones futures rose 0.2% vs. fair value. S&P 500 futures advanced 0.15% and Nasdaq 100 futures climbed 0.2%. CSCO stock is a Dow Jones, S&P 500 and Nasdaq 100 component.

The 10-year Treasury yield fell slightly to 4.32%.

Crude oil futures rose slightly.

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

The stock market rally enjoyed solid gains Wednesday, with all the major indexes pushing into new-high ground on favorable economic data.

The April consumer price index was in line with views, with core inflation falling to a three-year low. The April retail sales report and the May Empire State manufacturing index were weaker than expected.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average climbed 0.9% in Wednesday’s stock market trading. The S&P 500 index popped 1.2% and the Nasdaq composite rallied 1.4%.

The Nasdaq’s strong move came on significantly higher volume than the prior session.

The small-cap Russell 2000 jumped 1.1%, nearing a two-year best from late March.

A large number of leading stocks flashed buy signals across a variety of sectors, far more than listed in this article. Those follow several actionable stocks over the past week or so.

U.S. crude oil prices fell 0.8% to $78.63 a barrel.

The 10-year Treasury yield plunged 9 basis points to 4.35%, below the 50-day line for the first time in two months.


Among growth ETFs, the iShares Expanded Tech-Software Sector ETF (IGV) jumped 2.5%, with ServiceNow stock a key component. The VanEck Vectors Semiconductor ETF (SMH) leapt 3%. Nvidia stock is the No. 1 holding in SMH, with KLAC also a notable member.

Reflecting more-speculative story stocks, ARK Innovation ETF (ARKK) climbed 1.4% and ARK Genomics ETF (ARKG) advanced 0.5%. DKNG stock is a notable holding across Ark Invest’s ETFs.

SPDR S&P Metals & Mining ETF (XME) gained 1.3% and the Global X U.S. Infrastructure Development ETF (PAVE) rose 1.2%. U.S. Global Jets ETF (JETS) fell 0.5%. SPDR S&P Homebuilders ETF (XHB) popped 2.35%, with PulteGroup a notable holding. The Energy Select SPDR ETF (XLE) edged up 0.2% and the Health Care Select Sector SPDR Fund (XLV) advanced 1.5%, with Eli Lilly the No. 1 holding and ISRG stock also a member.

The Industrial Select Sector SPDR Fund (XLI) and Financial Select SPDR ETF (XLF) climbed 0.7%.

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Nvidia Stock Breaks Out

NVDA stock rose 3.6% to 946.30, clearing a 922.20 cup-with-handle buy point. The AI chip leader reports earnings on May 22.

Other Stocks Clearing Buy Points

Dell stock surged 11.2% to 149.16, clearing a short consolidation entry of 136.16. It’s now extended, with the buy zone ending at 142.97. The relative strength line, the blue line in the charts provided, is at a record high, a bullish sign. On Wednesday, Morgan Stanley called Dell the “best way to play” the AI infrastructure buildout.

PulteGroup stock leapt 5.1% to 122.07, topping a short cup-with-handle base buy point of 120.74, according to MarketSurge. Investors also could have used a break of the handle’s downtrend as a slightly early entry. Some other builders, including KB Home (KBH), also triggered buy signals.

Intuitive Surgical stock popped 4% to 399.39, rebounding from the 50-day line and clearing short-term highs, offering an early entry. ISRG stock has a 403.76 flat-base buy…

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