Dow Jones Today, Futures Shift Higher On Jobs Data; Tesla Q2 Deliveries Miss Target; Apple Poised To Extend Breakout

Stock futures shifted higher Friday, after data showed an unexpected surge of new jobs in June. Markets were waiting on an oil production decision from OPEC, and on Q2 deliveries news from Tesla. Meanwhile, Apple upshifted to the top of the Dow Jones today.


Nasdaq 100 futures led, rising almost 0.4% in early trade. S&P 500 futures traded 0.2% above fair value. Dow Jones futures improved from flat trade to a 0.2% advance, held back by JPMorgan (JPM) and Cisco Systems (CSCO) trading at the bottom of the index.

Enphase Energy (ENPH) rallied 1.6%, leading the S&P 500, after Goldman Sachs boosted the stock’s price target to 202, from 187.

IBD 50 stock Cerence (CRNC) jetted 9% higher, after Standard & Poor’s announced late Thursday the stock would be added to the S&P MidCap 400 beginning on Wednesday. The maker of automotive software ended Thursday about 11% below a 120.10 buy point in a cup-with-handle base.

Virgin Galactic (SPCE) soared 23% after the company scheduled the first fully crewed flight of its SpaceShipTwo space plane, including company founder Richard Branson, on July 11. Virgin shares were down almost 23% for the week through Thursday.

Biotech Alector (ALEC) bolted 48% after announcing it would partner with GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) to develop two treatments targeting Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative diseases. The $700 million deal includes another $1.5 billion in potential milestone payments, linked to trial results.

Wireless services provider Shenandoah Telecommunications (SHEN) rallied 11.3% in early trade. The Edinburgh, Va., company declared a special dividend of $18.75 a share, after closing the $1.95 billion sale of its ShenTel wireless business to T-Mobile U.S. (TMUS) on Thursday.

Dow Jones Today: Apple Set To Extend Breakout

Apple (AAPL) cranked up an early 0.6% gain, leading the Dow Jones today. Apple stock ended Thursday low in a buy range above a flat base buy point at 137.17.

JPMorgan hung at the bottom of the Dow, down 0.6% ahead of the early payrolls data. JPMorgan shares are up almost 24% for the year, even after a two-week breakdown in June. But the stock is below its 10-week moving average, with no proper buy point in sight.

Payrolls Soar 52% In June

U.S. nonfarm employers added a startling 850,000 workers in June, the Labor Department reported, a surge of more than 50% over May’s hiring tally. Economists expected an increase 675,000 new workers, following a gain of 599,000 new jobs in May.

The unemployment rate dipped to 5.6%, down from May’s 5.8% rate, undercutting consensus estimates for 5.7%.

Jobs Report: Hiring Heats Up In June, But Jobless Rate Rises; S&P 500 Futures Gain

Monthly payrolls roundups from the Labor Department are always closely watched reports. They have become even more so in the recovery from the Covid-19 shutdowns, as employers struggle to find workers, and workers fight to get jobs as the economy feels its way toward a new normal.

The reports have struck even more vital notes for markets, following the Federal Reserve’s shift in strategy to link policy action to employment data. That shift, away from the more abstract 2% inflation gauge traditionally used by the Fed as its policy guardrail, may be giving jobs and hiring data an even more immediate influence over financial markets.

Tesla Q2 Deliveries Miss Target

Tesla (TSLA) reversed early gains and slipped 0.3% after reporting second-quarter deliveries below analyst expectations. The EV industry leader delivered 201,250 vehicles during the quarter, up from 184,800 deliveries in Q1, but below estimates for around 207,000 units moved.

Tesla produced a total of 206,421 autos during the period, 204,081 of which were its more moderately priced Model 3 and Model Y.

China-based EV makers Nio (NIO) and Xpeng Motors (XPEV) reported sales Thursday and Li Auto (LI) gave strong numbers on Friday.

Stocks To Watch: Investment Bankers, IPOs

Investment bankers are among the top names to watch on the IBD 50 list for Friday. Cowen (COWN) is 4% below a 43.27 buy point in what IBD MarketSmith analysis labels a 14-week consolidation. B. Riley Financial (RILY) is less than 2% below a 79.05 entry. Jefferies Financial Group (JEF) is 3% from a 34.95 proper buy point, although aggressive investors might opt to get in early using an alternative entry at 34.52.

IPO stocks to watch for Friday include China’s Didi (DIDI), which reversed early gains and dived almost 9% in premarket action after Beijing announced a cybersecurity probe. The ride-hailing network had posted a 14% gain in its first two days of trade. Shares of Pop Culture Group (CPOP) rallied almost 20% ahead of its third day of trade. The stock ended Thursday almost 900% over Wednesday’s initial offering price.

Shares of satellite launch provider Astra Space (ASTR) gained almost 6% in Friday’s premarket trade. The Alameda, Calif.-based outfit saw shares rise 4.5% in its first day of trade on Thursday.

Vital Signs: Oil, Bitcoin, Bond Yields

Oil prices remain front and center on the market radar, after the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries and partners led by Russia delayed their meeting to discuss production strategy until Friday. U.S. benchmark West Texas Intermediate hovered just above $75 a barrel early Friday, up not quite 55% since the start of the year. BakerHughes weekly rig count census, due out at 1 p.m. ET, could also have an influence on oil prices.

Stock Market ETF Strategy And How To Invest In The Current Uptrend

Bitcoin leveled off at around $33,000, according to CoinDesk, after reaching above $40,000 in mid-June and diving below $29,000 on June 22.

Bonds remained highly active ahead of the payrolls report. The 10-year Treasury bond yield dipped to 1.44% early Friday, after settling Thursday at 1.48%. Yields ended Thursday down about 3.7% for the week, and tracking toward the sixth decline in the past seven weeks.

The bond market will close early, at 1 p.m. ET on Friday, ahead of the holiday weekend. Stock markets will remain closed on Monday in observance of the July 4 holiday.

Dow Jones Today: A 42% YTD Gain

Walgreens stock broke down after its fiscal third-quarter report on Thursday, in a steep bout of profit taking for what had been one of the Dow’s highest fliers of the year. Walgreens shares entered the session up almost 32% for the year, trailing only Goldman Sachs (GS) and American Express (AXP) among the industrials’ top advancers.

On the Dow Jones today, Goldman Sachs enters the session with a year-to-date gain of 42%. The stock is angling toward a second weekly rebound following a sharp two-week pullback. It has regained its 10-week moving average, and is technically poised to retake a three-weeks tight buy point at 377.08.

Can Microsoft Stock Deliver On Its Second Act?

On the blue chip watchlist for Dow Jones stocks in bases, Microsoft (MSFT) is working to complete the sixth week of its rebound to new highs. The stock remains in a buy range above a 263.29 entry. The buy zone runs to 276.45.

Visa (V)continues to ride firm support at its 21-day exponential moving average, below a flat base buy point at 237.60.

Find Alan R. Elliott on Twitter @IBD_Aelliott


Why This IBD Tool Simplifies The Search For Top Stocks

Best Growth Stocks To Buy And Watch

IBD Digital: Unlock IBD’s Premium Stock Lists, Tools And Analysis Today

Why This Highly Rated Medical Stock Just Flashed A Sell Signal

Leave a Comment