Dow Jones Futures Fall On Surprise Jobless Claims; Apple Sells Off On Expanded China Ban

Dow Jones futures dropped Thursday morning, while S&P 500 and Nasdaq futures were sharply lower, after the Labor Department’s initial unemployment claims. Meanwhile, Apple stock sold off after the Wall Street Journal reported that China ordered officials at central government agencies not to use iPhones and other foreign-branded devices for work.


Early Thursday, first-time jobless claims dropped to 216,000. They were expected to rise to 238,000 vs. 228,000 in the previous week.

Meanwhile, key earning movers Thursday include American Eagle (AEO), (AI), GameStop (GME), Sprinklr (CXM) and UiPath (PATH).

AEO stock declined nearly 1% in premarket trade, while AI shares dived around 10%. GME stock jumped more than 4%. Finally, Sprinklr shares dipped modestly, while PATH stock rallied more than 4%.

Stock Market Today

EV giant Tesla (TSLA) traded down 1.6% Thursday, while Nvidia (NVDA) dropped nearly 2%. Among Dow Jones tech leaders, Apple (AAPL) was down hard, Microsoft (MSFT) traded modestly lower, ahead of today’s stock market open.

Other stock market leaders include Alphabet (GOOGL) and Meta Platforms (META). GOOGL stock dipped 0.2% and Meta shares fell 0.3% in early action.

Adobe (ADBE), Baker Hughes (BKR), Cadence Design Systems (CDNS), Shopify (SHOP) and Synopsys (SNPS) — as well as Dow Jones stocks IBM (IBM) and Visa (V) — are among the best stocks to watch in the ongoing stock market rebound.

Adobe is an IBD Leaderboard stock and was featured in this Stocks Near A Buy Zone column.

Dow Jones Today: Oil Prices, Treasury Yields

Ahead of Thursday’s opening bell, Dow Jones futures dropped 0.3%, while S&P 500 futures lost 0.8%. Tech-heavy Nasdaq 100 futures retreated 1.3% in morning action, with PDD Holdings (PDD) and ASML Holding (ASML) trading down hardest.

Among U.S. exchange-traded funds, the Nasdaq 100 tracker Invesco QQQ Trust (QQQ) was down 1.3%, while the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY) traded down 0.8% early Thursday.

Early action Thursday also showed the 10-year U.S. Treasury yield at 4.3%, looking to extend a three-day win streak.

Early Thursday, oil prices paused after a string of sharp gains. West Texas Intermediate futures fell around 0.5% in morning trade, trading just above $87 a barrel.

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Stock Market Trend

On Wednesday, the Dow Jones Industrial Average declined 0.6%, while the S&P 500 moved down 0.7%. The tech-heavy Nasdaq composite sold off 1.1%.

Wednesday’s Big Picture column commented, “While the S&P 500 finished off its intraday low, at 4465 it still dropped below its 50-day moving average. The stock market is widely considered to be healthy when the major indexes are trading above their 50-day lines, not below them.”

Now is an important time to read IBD’s The Big Picture column as the stock market tries to extend its recent gains after a sharp pullback from this year’s highs.

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Dow Jones Stocks: IBM, Visa

Dow Jones leader IBM is breaking out past a cup-with-handle’s 146.50 buy point. IBM stock edged lower Thursday, after a slight fall Wednesday.

And Dow Jones payments leader Visa is breaking out past its latest entry, a flat base’s 245.37 buy point, according to IBD MarketSmith pattern recognition. V stock inched down 0.2% Thursday.

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Stocks To Watch: Adobe, Baker, Cadence, Shopify, Synopsys

IBD Leaderboard stock Adobe is breaking out past a 552.94 buy point in a short consolidation amid recent gains. Shares are in the 5% buy area. ADBE stock fell 0.5% early Thursday. Adobe announces its fiscal Q3 results on Sept. 14.

Oil field services and equipment leader Baker Hughes cleared a 36.48 buy point in a tight pattern, according to IBD MarketSmith. BKR stock moved down a fraction in early morning trade.

Cadence Design Systems is in a flat base with a 248.16 buy point. Shares moved above an early entry at 237.91 last week and are about 1% away from their next entry. CDNS was off 0.6% Thursday.

Last week, Shopify shares jumped above their 50-day line in big volume. A 71.43 buy point in a cup base is about 7% away. The stock has broken out past a downward trendline drawn from its July top. Meanwhile, another earlier entry looms at 67.60. SHOP stock moved down 1% Thursday morning.

Recent IBD 50 Stocks To Watch pick, Synopsys, is within striking distance of a flat base’s 468.03 entry. SNPS stock edged lower Thursday.

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Best Stocks In Stock Market Action

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

Company Name Symbol Correct Buy Point Type Of Buy Point
Adobe (ADBE) 552.94 Consolidation
Visa (V) 235.57 Flat base
SLB (SLB) 58.70 Cup with handle
Synopsys (SNPS) 468.03 Flat base
Source: IBD Data As Of Sept. 6, 2023

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Tesla Stock

Tesla stock skidded 1.8% Wednesday, continuing to bounce between resistance around its 50-day line and support at its 21-day exponential moving average. For now, investors can use Thursday’s high of 261.18 as an early entry. And TSLA stock has a 299.29 official buy point.

On Thursday morning, TSLA stock slipped another 1.6% in early action.

Dow Jones Leaders: Apple, Microsoft

Among Dow Jones stocks, Apple stock dived 3.6% Wednesday, snapping a seven-day win streak and breaking back below the 50-day line. Despite Wednesday’s fall, AAPL stock is building a cup base with a 198.23 buy point. AAPL stock tumbled nearly 3% early Thursday.

Microsoft shares are also testing their 50-day line in recent sessions, with a slight fall Wednesday. And on Thursday morning, the stock moved down 0.2%.

Be sure to follow Scott Lehtonen on X/Twitter at @IBD_SLehtonen for more on growth stocks and the Dow Jones Industrial Average.


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