The Dow Jones Industrial Average edged higher in a mixed session Friday, even as aerospace giant Boeing (BA) dipped. Rival aerospace stock Honeywell (HON) was among the leading blue chips, while Apple (AAPL) is on track to extend its win streak to a seventh session in a row.
Nasdaq Flags As S&P 500 Hits High
The tech-heavy Nasdaq gave up some recent gains, though its retreat of less than 0.1% was mild. Coronavirus vaccine play Moderna (MRNA) was the leading component, rising more than 5%.
The S&P sectors were mixed, with more winners than losers. Health care and financials led, while energy and communication services were the biggest laggards.
The Russell 2000 small-cap index eased 0.3%.
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Dow Jones Rallies As Boeing Stock Dips
The Dow Jones Industrial Average performed in line with the S&P 500, up 0.2%.
The worst performing component was Boeing. It fell almost 2% after it emerged that a production issue led to airlines pulling some 737 Max jets from service.
The aerospace giant has recommended customers fix a “potential electric issue” on certain 737 Max jets before returning them to service. The firm said 16 customers were impacted by the recommendation and that it was working with the Federal Aviation Administration regarding the issue.
The Boeing 737 Max only returned to service in the U.S. late last year following a 20-month grounding.
Boeing stock remains in a buy zone after breaking out of a cup base, according to MarketSmith analysis. The ideal buy point is 244.18. It could be forming a new base, however.
Meanwhile rival aerospace stock Honeywell was among the best performing Dow Jones stocks. It rose around 2%. The stock is in the buy zone after breaking out of a flat base. The ideal entry here is 216.80.
It was boosted after Deutsche Bank upgraded the stock from a hold to a buy, while JPMorgan Chase named HON stock as a top pick.
Apple stock also looked set to extend its winning run to its seventh session in a row as it posted a gain of around 0.6%.
It comes after the tech giant retook the key 10-week moving average. The fact it is pulling further away from this benchmark is encouraging following recent declines.
New Leader Is In Buy Zone
Floor & Decor stock is in a buy zone after breaking out of a cup-with-handle base, although the stock was off highs. The ideal entry point was 101.84, 10 cents above the stock’s March 22 intraday high.
The Atlanta-based retailer operated 133 warehouse-format stores and two design centers across 31 states at the end of Q4. It specializes in hardwood, tile, wood and natural stone flooring. Floor & Decor also offers decorative accessories and installation services.
Back in February it reported Q4 results that topped views. It opened five new warehouse stores during the quarter. It expects to open seven stores in the current quarter.
The Power Of LOVE
Furniture stock Lovesac also managed to stage a breakout of its own. The stock passed a consolidation buy point of 66.10.
LOVE stock holds a strong Composite Rating of 94. Technical performance is currently outstripping earnings however.
It holds an EPS Rating of 65, while its Relative Strength Rating sits at a near-perfect 98.
The company designs and manufactures modular couches and bean bags. It has 66 showrooms around the U.S.
Lovesac reports earnings next week. For more details, check out the latest Earnings Preview story.
GameStop Stock Dips Again
GameStop was falling again, slipping more than 3%. It is sinking closer to its 50-day line, according to MarketSmith chart analysis. It is now down more than 65% from its peak of 483 in late January.
The stock has failed to bounce despite announcing Thursday it plans to elect activist investor Ryan Cohen chairman of the board of directors. He is pushing the firm to transform its struggling brick-and-mortar business into an e-commerce enterprise.
GameStop stock jumped after a Reddit-fueled short squeeze. Hedge funds holding short positions were forced to take massive losses, shooting GME stock to fame in the process.
GME is featured in a new column that explains why the Reddit short squeeze rebellion looks to be over. Read it here.
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