Dow Jones futures fell early Wednesday, S&P 500 futures dipped, while Nasdaq futures jumped. Netflix (NFLX) soared late on strong subscriber growth. Fellow FANG stocks Amazon.com (AMZN), Facebook (FB) and Google parent Alphabet (GOOGL) also climbed late. Strong results from Lam Research (LRCX), ASML Holding (ASML), CSX (CSX) and United Airlines (UAL), as well as good news for Roku (ROKU), also supported Nasdaq futures.
In Tuesday’s stock market trading, the Dow Jones vaulted 2.2%, the S&P 500 2.15% and the Nasdaq composite 2.9%, with many top stocks reclaiming key support levels. The still-new stock market correction isn’t over, but the nascent rally is promising. Another strong gain in higher volume on one more of the major market averages would signal a follow-through day to confirm a new market uptrend. That could happen as soon as Wednesday.
Keep in mind that confirmed rallies don’t always work, but uptrends without confirmation almost never do.
Dow Jones futures fell 0.4% vs. fair value, with much of that loss due to IBM (IBM) falling on its earnings report. S&P 500 futures were down nearly 0.2%. Nasdaq 100 futures popped 0.5%. Remember that action in Dow futures, Netflix stock and elsewhere doesn’t necessarily translate into actual trading in the next regular session.
Netflix subscriber growth blew out forecasts, with a net gain of 6.96 million streaming customers vs. views for about 5 million. Q4 subscriber guidance was also hot.
Netflix stock skyrocketed 11% to 383.50, suggesting a gap-up far above the 50-day line. Shares may test a mini-resistance area around 387, but the conventional buy point is at 423.30.
Meanwhile, Amazon stock climbed 1.3% to 1,844. If it moves back toward its early-September peak, the e-commerce giant will have a 2050.60 buy point. Facebook stock and Google stock were each up a fraction.
CSX earnings growth accelerated for a fourth straight quarter, to 106%, on solid revenue growth and declining expenses. CSX stock rose 0.6% late, signaling a possible retest of the 50-day line, with a buy point not much further out.
The chip equipment giants are the first notable semiconductor earnings reports. Lam Research earnings and guidance topped views late Tuesday, followed by ASML overnight. Lam stock popped 6.8% early Wednesday and ASML 3.3%. Several other chip stocks rallied modestly.
The streaming media firm said it will resume device sales in Mexico. Sales had been halted for more than a year in the country due to a court battle over hackers pirating content via Roku devices.
Roku stock rose 4% early after closing up 3.2% Tuesday to just below its 50-day line. Roku also may be rallying in sympathy with Netflix.
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