Dow Jones Futures Fall After Surprise Jobless Claims; Amazon, Apple Earnings Due

Dow Jones futures trimmed losses Thursday morning after the Labor Department’s initial unemployment claims. Earnings reports are due after the close from Amazon (AMZN) and Apple.


Early Thursday, first-time jobless claims rose to 227,000 vs. 221,000 in the previous week. They were expected to rise to 225,000.

Further, the U.S. Services Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) is due out at 9:45 a.m. with a 52.4 reading. Finally, the Institute for Supply Management services index, out at 10 a.m., is expected to ease to 53.0 in July vs. 53.9 in June.

Meanwhile, the Bank of England raised its key interest rate, from 5% to 5.25%, its highest level since February 2008.

Stock Market Earnings: PayPal, Qualcomm

Early Thursday, CF Industries (CF), DoorDash (DASH), Etsy (ETSY), Fastly (FSLY), HubSpot (HUBS), MercadoLibre (MELI), PayPal (PYPL), Qualcomm (QCOM), Shift4 Payments (FOUR), Shopify (SHOP), Unity Software (U) are key earnings movers.

CF stock inched lower Thursday premarket, while DoorDash shares rallied 4%. ETSY stock tumbled 9%, as Fastly shares jumped 8%.

HubSpot dived 7.6% early, as MELI stock advanced more than 5%. PayPal shares slid more than 7% in morning action.

Qualcomm plunged 8%, FOUR stock climbed 5% and Shopify lost 1.1% in morning action. Finally, Unity shares moved up around 6% ahead of the market open.

Late Thursday, tech titans Amazon and Apple (AAPL) are slated to report their highly anticipated earnings results.

Stock Market Today

Electric-vehicle giant Tesla (TSLA) traded down 0.4% early Thursday. Dow Jones tech giants Apple and Microsoft (MSFT) were modestly lower before today’s stock market open.

Other stock market leaders include Alphabet (GOOGL) and Meta Platforms (META). GOOGL stock lost 0.5%, while Meta shares dropped 0.8% in early action.

Broadcom (AVGO), Skechers (SKX), Splunk (SPLK) and UiPath (PATH) — as well as Dow Jones stocks Boeing (BA), Intel (INTC) and Salesforce (CRM) — are among the best stocks to watch in the now-struggling stock market rally.

Tesla is an IBD Leaderboard stock, while Boeing and Skechers were recent IBD Stocks Of The Day. And Skechers featured in this Stocks Near A Buy Zone column.

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Dow Jones Today: Oil Prices, Treasury Yields

Ahead of Thursday’s opening bell, Dow Jones futures dropped 0.2% vs. fair value, while S&P 500 futures lost 0.3%. Nasdaq 100 futures declined 0.5% in morning action.

Among U.S. exchange-traded funds, the Nasdaq 100 tracker Invesco QQQ Trust (QQQ) was down 0.5%, while the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY) fell 0.3% early Thursday.

The 10-year U.S. Treasury yield ticked higher to 4.15% Thursday morning. On Wednesday, the 10-year yield closed at its highest since early March, settling at 4.07%.

West Texas Intermediate oil prices pulled back from their recent highs, with big losses Wednesday. WTI futures extended those losses, falling modestly Thursday morning, to below $79.50 a barrel.

Stock Market Action

On Wednesday, the Dow Jones Industrial Average sold off 1%, while the S&P 500 dropped 1.4%. The tech-heavy Nasdaq composite finished down 2.2%.

Wednesday’s Big Picture column commented, “The Nasdaq posted its biggest single-session drop in more than five months on Wednesday, and volume rose sharply. While earnings reports certainly deserved much of the blame, perhaps the primary news that helped stimulate sellers actually came from the debt markets. Long-dated U.S. government bonds fell hard after Fitch Ratings delivered the first downgrade of U.S. Treasury securities in 12 years.”

Now is an important time to read IBD’s The Big Picture column as the stock market pulls back from this year’s highs.

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Dow Jones Stocks To Watch: Boeing, Intel, Salesforce

Aerospace giant Boeing broke out last week, topping a 223.91 flat-base entry. Shares are falling back into the 5% buy area that goes up to 235.11, with a 2.8% drop Wednesday. BA stock dipped 0.2% Thursday morning.

Chip giant Intel is holding close to a 37.11 cup-base buy point, according to IBD MarketSmith pattern recognition. Shares are about 6% away from their latest entry. INTC stock moved down 0.7% Thursday morning.

Salesforce’s recent breakout continues to struggle, with the stock falling further below the flat base’s 225.00 entry, according to IBD Leaderboard analysis. CRM stock lost another 0.5% Thursday.

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Stocks To Buy And Watch: Broadcom, Skechers, Splunk, UiPath

Chip giant Broadcom is eyeing a 921.78 buy point in a consolidation, according to IBD MarketSmith pattern recognition. Shares are just 3% away from their latest entry. AVGO stock traded a fraction lower Thursday morning.

Skechers broke out Friday, surging above a 54.77 buy point after the company’s strong quarterly earnings results. But shares gave up their entry during Wednesday’s 2.5% drop. SKX stock was unchanged early Thursday.

Splunk is near a 111.72 buy point in a cup with handle as it tries to again find support at the 50-day line. SPLK moved down 1.7% Thursday morning.

UiPath is also building a cup with handle. But shares closed below their 50-day line Wednesday and are about 14% away from their 19.03 buy point. PATH stock dropped 0.6% early Thursday.

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Best Stocks To Buy And Watch In Stock Market Rally

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

Company NameSymbolCorrect Buy PointType Of Buy Point
UiPath (PATH)19.03Cup with handle
Salesforce (CRM)225.00Flat base
Broadcom (AVGO)921.78Consolidation
Skechers (SKX)54.77Flat base
Source: IBD Data As Of Aug. 1, 2023

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Tesla Stock

IBD Leaderboard stock Tesla skidded 2.7% Wednesday, falling sharply for a second day. Amid the pullback, Tesla shares are trying to find support around their key 50-day line. A decisive rebound would place the electric-vehicle leader in a new buy area.

TSLA stock threatened to add to Wednesday’s losses, trading down 0.4% Thursday morning.

Dow Jones Leaders: Apple, Microsoft

Among Dow Jones stocks, Apple stock dropped 1.55% Wednesday, falling from its recent highs. Still, AAPL stock is far above its 157.38 buy point and nicely above the 50-day line. Apple will report fiscal third-quarter results after the close. Early Thursday, shares fell 0.3% in morning action.

Microsoft shares closed Wednesday squarely below their 50-day line, a sign the stock needs more time to consolidate before a new buy point emerges. And on Thursday morning, Microsoft shares were down 0.3%.

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