Dow Jones Falls Ahead Of CPI Data; AI Stock Monday Dives On Earnings

The Dow Jones Industrial Average reversed higher Monday, as Wall Street prepared for Tuesday’s consumer price index inflation report. Meanwhile, artificial intelligence leader (MNDY) plunged after reporting fourth-quarter results on the stock market today.


After the opening bell, the Dow Jones Industrial Average turned up 0.1%, while the S&P 500 inched lower. The tech-heavy Nasdaq composite traded a fraction higher in morning action.

Among U.S. exchange traded funds, the Nasdaq 100 tracker Invesco QQQ Trust (QQQ) was up slightly, while the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY) hovered above the break-even point.

The 10-year Treasury yield was down slightly to 4.17% Monday. Further, oil prices paused after last week’s gains, as West Texas Intermediate futures declined more than 1%. WTI futures traded just below $76 a barrel.

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The week’s economic highlight will be the January consumer price index, which is due Tuesday. Economists polled by FactSet see the CPI up 0.2% on the month, lowering the 12-month headline inflation rate to 2.9% from 3.4%.

Much of the CPI data feeds through to the Personal Consumption Expenditures price index, which is reported toward the end of the month. But lately, markets have taken their cue from the Producer Price Index, due out Friday morning.

Further retail sales for January are out Thursday. Economists expect a 0.1% decline amid lower auto sales.

Early Monday, AI stock tumbled more than 11% despite stronger-than-expected earnings and sales results. Monday offered a first-quarter sales outlook that merely met analyst expectations.

Later this week, key earnings reports are expected from Applied Materials (AMAT), Deere (DE), Occidental Petroleum (OXY) and Roku (ROKU).

Dow Jones Falls

On Friday, the Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 0.1%, and the S&P 500 moved up 0.6%. The tech-heavy Nasdaq composite rallied 1.25%.

Friday’s Big Picture column commented, “Breadth was pleasing on the stock market Friday, with advancers outnumbering decliners by more than 2-to-1 on both the New York Stock Exchange and the Nasdaq exchange. This week’s gains mean the number of distribution days has fallen to one on the Nasdaq composite and three on the S&P 500.”

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Lennar (LEN), MongoDB (MDB) and Samsara (IOT) — plus Dow Jones members Procter & Gamble (PG) and Walmart (WMT) — are among the best stocks to buy and watch in the current market rally.

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Dow Jones Stocks: P&G At Buy Point

Consumer products giant Procter & Gamble declined 0.8% Friday, falling back below a 158.38 buy point in a cup base, according to IBD MarketSmith pattern recognition. Procter shares inched higher Monday.

Discount retail leader Walmart is in buy range past a 163.57 entry in a cup with handle, even as the stock dipped Friday. The stock dipped 0.1% early Monday.

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Samsara Eyes Buy Point

Homebuilder Lennar is within striking distance of a flat base’s 156.01 buy point, with a 0.2% fall Friday. Lennar shares were up 1.1% early Monday.

Software leader MongoDB is moving out of buy range past a 442.84 buy point, with a 5.4% jump Friday, according to IBD MarketSmith. MongoDB shares fell 0.8% Monday.

Samsara rebounded bullishly from its 50-day line last week, as it rallied another 3.4% Friday. Shares are rapidly nearing an official entry at 36.91 after taking an an early buy trigger at 35.18. Samsara shares rose 3.4% Monday morning.

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Best Bets On Stock Market Today

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
Merck (MRK) 119.65 Cup base
DraftKings (DKNG) 39.35 Cup base
Spotify (SPOT) 202.88 Flat base
Source: IBD Data As Of Feb. 12, 2024

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Magnificent Seven Stocks: Nvidia, Tesla

Magnificent Seven stocks Nvidia (NVDA) climbed 0.6% and Tesla (TSLA) rose 0.1% in morning action Monday.

Nvidia rallied 3.6% Friday, setting more record highs and closing more than 40% past a a 505.48 buy point in a flat base after a Jan. 8 breakout move.

Tesla rallied 2.1% Friday, extending a win streak to four sessions and continuing its rebound from its lowest level since May 2023.

Dow Jones Leaders: Apple, Microsoft

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

Apple is forming a new double-bottom base with a new buy point at 196.38. But Apple stock must first retake the key 50-day moving average, a potential resistance level. Shares fell 0.6% Monday.

Microsoft shares rallied 1.6% Friday, further out of buy range past a 384.30 buy point in a flat base. The software giant dropped 0.9% Monday morning.

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