Stocks Higher Despite Hot CPI Inflation Report

The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped Thursday, as Wall Street digested a hotter-than-expected inflation report from the Labor Department. Among individual stocks, Nvidia stock rallied to hit another record high, while crypto stock Coinbase (COIN) jumped on SEC approval for bitcoin ETFs.


After the opening bell, the Dow Jones Industrial Average inched lower, while the S&P 500 gained 0.2%. The tech-heavy Nasdaq composite moved up 0.4% in morning action.

Among U.S. exchange traded funds, the Nasdaq 100 tracker Invesco QQQ Trust (QQQ) was up 0.4%, while the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY) rose 0.2%.

The 10-year Treasury yield ticked lower to 4.02% Thursday after the Consumer Price Index inflation report. On Wednesday, the Treasury yield closed at 4.03%, holding above 4% for the fourth straight session.

Also, oil prices recovered from Wednesday’s losses, as West Texas Intermediate futures moved up 1.9% Thursday morning. WTI futures traded near $72.70 a barrel.

Nvidia (NVDA) rallied 1.4% Thursday morning, on pace to hit another record high. The Magnificent Seven stock is extended past a flat base’s 505.48 buy point. Nvidia is also an IBD Leaderboard stock.

Finally, Coinbase jumped 2% after the Securities and Exchange Commission approved a slew of spot bitcoin exchange traded funds following months of anticipation. The news comes just hours after the Chicago Board Options Exchange approved all six of its bitcoin ETF applications and announced trading will start Thursday.

CPI Inflation Report

The Bureau of Labor Statistics’ CPI inflation report showed consumer prices rising 0.3% for December, with an annual increase of 3.4%. Wall Street expected a 0.2% monthly increase, with a 3.2% annual rise. Core prices in December rose 0.3%, with a 3.9% annual increase, both hotter than estimates.

Also from the Labor Department, initial unemployment claims held steady at 202,000 vs. 202,000 in the previous week. They were expected to rise to 209,000.

Ahead of Friday’s earnings kickoff, KB Home (KBH) was an earnings mover Thursday morning. KBH stock tumbled 2% in morning action. Shares finished Wednesday squarely above a 54.84 cup-with-handle-entry.

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Dow Jones Rebounds

On Wednesday, the Dow Jones Industrial Average moved up 0.5%, and the S&P 500 rallied 0.6%. The tech-heavy Nasdaq composite climbed nearly 0.8%.

Wednesday’s Big Picture column commented, “Perhaps it’s no surprise that the Nasdaq composite is leading the way with its 0.8% advance to 14,969. At one point, the tech-enriched index floated up to a session high of 14,998, just a few points below 15,000, a psychological level.”

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Magnificent Seven players Alphabet (GOOGL) and Amazon (AMZN), along with Netflix (NFLX) and Novo Nordisk (NVO) — plus Dow Jones components Amgen (AMGN), Caterpillar (CAT) and Merck (MRK) — are among the best stocks to buy and watch in the current market rally.

Amgen and Novo Nordisk featured in this Stocks Near A Buy Zone column.

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Dow Jones: Merck Nears Buy Point

Biotech leader Amgen slipped 0.9% Wednesday, holding out of the 5% buy range past a 288.46 official buy point in a flat base. The 5% buy area went up to 302.88. AMGN stock dropped 0.6% early Thursday.

Heavy machinery giant Caterpillar ended Wednesday just below its 293.88 buy trigger, amid a 0.4% gain. CAT stock was up 0.1% Thursday morning.

Drug maker Merck is trying to break out past a cup base’s 119.65 buy point, amid a 10-day win streak, according to IBD MarketSmith pattern recognition. MRK stock dropped 1% Thursday.

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Google Retakes Entry

Alphabet rallied 0.9% Wednesday, hitting a new high and moving further above a 139.42 buy point in a cup with handle, according to IBD MarketSmith. GOOGL stock rose 1.7% early Thursday.

IBD Leaderboard stock Amazon ended out of buy range beyond a cup base’s 145.86 buy point, with a 1.6% rally Wednesday. AMZN stock rose 2.1% Thursday morning.

IBD SwingTrader stock Netflix slipped 0.9% Wednesday, closing further below a 482.70 buy point in a cup with handle. NFLX stock gained 4.2% Thursday.

Weight-loss drug maker Novo Nordisk ended Wednesday up 1.6%, further above a 105.69 flat-base buy point following a strong breakout on Jan. 4. NVO stock moved down 0.2% early Thursday.

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Best Bets In Today’s Action

These are four best stocks to watch in today’s stock market, including a Dow Jones leader.

Company Name Symbol Correct Buy Point Type Of Buy Point
Novo Nordisk (NVO) 105.69 Flat base
Caterpillar (CAT) 293.88 Cup base
Netflix (NFLX) 482.70 Cup with handle
Snowflake (SNOW) 192.66 Cup with handle
Source: IBD Data As Of Jan. 11, 2024

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Magnificent Seven Stocks: Tesla

Magnificent Seven stock Tesla (TSLA) skidded 2% Thursday morning.

Tesla stock declined another 0.4% Wednesday, closing further below its 50-day line after sharp losses in recent weeks. The EV giant has a big double-bottom pattern with conventional buy point of 278.98. Meanwhile, an early buy trigger is at 265.13.

Dow Jones Leaders: Apple, Microsoft

Among Dow Jones stocks in the Magnificent Seven, Apple (AAPL) and Microsoft (MSFT) traded higher after Thursday’s stock market open.

Apple rose 0.6% Wednesday, remaining below a 192.93 buy point and the 50-day line. AAPL rose 0.3% Thursday morning.

Microsoft stock rallied 1.9% Wednesday, just shy of a flat base’s 384.30 buy point. MSFT was Wednesday’s IBD Stock Of The Day. And the software giant was up 1.6% Thursday morning, breaking out past the latest buy point.

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