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Dow Jones Futures: Boeing, Biden, French Vote In Focus; Tesla, Amazon In Buy Zones

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Dow Jones futures were little changed Monday morning, along with S&P 500 futures and Nasdaq futures. President Joe Biden mulled his re-election campaign while French parliamentary elections took a hard right.

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The stock market rally gave some mixed signals last week, but the Nasdaq power trend is intact. Meta Platforms (META), Amazon.com (AMZN) and Tesla (TSLA) broke out last week, with software makers AppLovin (APP), Monday.com (MNDY) and ServiceNow (NOW) flashing buy signals. Nvidia (NVDA) found its footing.

The Justice Department has told Boeing (BA) that it will charge it with fraud, urging the Dow aerospace giant to plead guilty or risk a trial, according to multiple reports. Meanwhile, Boeing has agreed to buy supplier Spirit AeroSystems (SPR) for $4.7 billion in an all-stock deal after weeks of talks. Boeing stock fell 1% while Spirit Air jumped 6.5%

Meanwhile, China EV makers reported June sales on Monday.

Dow Jones Futures Today

Dow Jones futures rose a fraction vs. fair value. S&P 500 futures tilted higher and Nasdaq 100 futures edged lower, with Nvidia stock retreating modestly before the open.

The 10-year Treasury yield rose several basis points to 4.41%.

Crude oil futures rose slightly.

Over the weekend, the official China manufacturing index was steady at 49.5 in June, in line with views and just below the break-even level. The non-manufacturing index dipped 0.6 point to 50.5, just below forecasts. Meanwhile, the private Caixin manufacturing index edged up 0.1 point to 51.8, topping views and a three-year high.

Remember that overnight action in Dow futures and elsewhere doesn’t necessarily translate into actual trading in the next regular stock market session.

Biden Mulls Campaign

President Biden discussed his re-election campaign at Camp David Sunday with members of his family, who urged him to fight on, the New York Times reported citing sources. That followed Biden’s disastrous performance during Thursday night’s  presidential debate, which raised concerns about his fitness for office.

Top Democratic officials have publicly voiced their continued support, despite many privately having serious concerns.

Biden’s Odds Fall

According to PredictIt, Biden’s odds of receiving the Democratic nomination are at 6% as of Sunday night vs. 72% on Friday and 85% before the debate. Biden’s odds of winning the presidency are at 30%, up from 25% Saturday evening but down vs. 36% on Friday and 48% on Thursday before the debate.

Donald Trump’s odds of winning have barely risen even as Biden’s chances have faded. PredictIt sees Trump with a 56% chance vs. 59% on Friday and only up from 53% before the debate.

Still, rising speculation of a second Trump presidency with a GOP-led Congress hit solar and hospital stocks Friday.


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French Takes Right Turn

France’s far-right National Front party, led by Marine Le Pen, won a big victory in the first round of parliamentary voting Sunday. A left-wing alliance is set to finish second, while President Emmanuel Macron’s centrist party lags in third place.

The leftist group reportedly is seeking alliances, willing to moderate its agenda to stop Le Pen’s National Front.

A hung parliament is likely after the final round of voting on July 7, though the National Front could end up with a majority.

Macron called the snap election on June 9, triggering market disruption in France and Europe in the days that followed,

But French stocks and the euro rose Monday following the election results.

Stock Market Rally Last Week

The Dow Jones Industrial Average edged down 0.1% in last week’s stock market trading after a solid start to the week. The S&P 500 index dipped 0.1% and the Nasdaq edged up 0.2% after both reversed from record highs Friday morning.

The small-cap Russell 2000 popped 1.3%, reclaiming its 50-day line.

Looking on a weekly chart, the Nasdaq hasn’t shown any real weakness, rising for the past four weeks and nine out of the last 10.

The Nasdaq is 5.9% above its 50-day, slightly extended even with recent sideways action A longer pause or mild pullback would let stocks set up and give more room for the next advance.

China EV Sales

Investors got June and second-quarter sales from China EV makers Nio (NIO), Li Auto (LI), XPeng (XPEV) and Zeekr (ZK) early Monday. Nio and Zeekr reported record monthly sales while Li Auto and XPeng reported higher June sales vs. May.

EV and battery giant BYD (BYDDF) will report Monday or Tuesday.

Tesla and Rivian (RIVN) should release figures early Tuesday. Most automakers will release Q2 U.S. sales on Tuesday as well.


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ETFs

Among growth ETFs, the Innovator IBD 50 ETF (FFTY) fell 0.4% last week.

The iShares Expanded Tech-Software Sector ETF (IGV) jumped 2.4%, its fourth straight strong weekly advance. ServiceNow stock and AppLovin are IGV holdings. The VanEck Vectors Semiconductor ETF (SMH) sank 1.6%, but came off lows somewhat. Nvidia stock is the dominant SMH holding.

Reflecting more-speculative story stocks, ARK Innovation ETF (ARKK) rose 1.4% last week and ARK Genomics ETF (ARKG) tumbled 3.5%, back toward the April lows. Tesla stock is the No. 1 holding across Ark Invest’s ETFs.


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Megacap Stocks

Nvidia stock fell 2.4% for the week to 123.54. But after tumbling 6.7% on Monday, capping a three-day sell-off, the AI chip leader rebounded and steadied above the 21-day moving average. NVDA stock could use a longer break, forging a new base and letting the 50-day line catch up.

Meta stock rose 1.9% to 504.22. Shares cleared a 514.01 cup-with-handle buy point on Thursday, but fell nearly 3% on Friday. However, it’s still around some early entries within the handle.

Amazon stock gained 2.2% to 193.25, moving past a 191.70 flat-base buy point. Shares fell 2.3% on Friday.

Tesla stock jumped 8.1% to 197.88, breaking out from a 191.08 handle buy point. The buy range extends to 200.63. TSLA stock hit resistance at the 40-week line on Friday, but did close higher.

Tesla’s big weekly gain came as several analysts slashed second-quarter delivery estimates ahead of the EV giant’s Tuesday news release.

Tesla may cut China prices in the next few days, according to local media.


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Software Stocks In Buy Zones

AppLovin stock leapt 5.9% for the week to 83.22, clearing a tight trendline and a short-term high of 82.66 on Thursday, offering an early entry. The official flat-base buy point is 88.50, according to MarketSurge.

Monday.com stock jumped 7% last week to 240.76, rebounding from the 50-day line within a short, mini-double-bottom consolidation next to another base. The official buy point is 249. However, MNDY stock cleared a trendline on Thursday. On Friday, the software maker tested a short-term high of 239.54, which roughly coincides with the prior base’s buy point of 239.22.

ServiceNow stock rallied just over 5% to 787.19, breaking a trendline. Shares have surged 23% from the May 31 intraday low of 637.99. The official buy point is 815.32. Ideally, NOW stock would forge a handle.

Meanwhile a number of software stocks are running up from the bottom, trading within bases, while a few leaders are extended.

Investors could use IGV — which has a chart a lot like ServiceNow’s — or other software ETFs to play this sector move.

Market Rally Analysis

There are lots of ways for active investors to play the current stock market rally.

A highly active trader might have made numerous trades over the past couple of weeks, catching some winners while also exiting a number of stocks that quickly faded amid the mini-rotations. Other traders may have chosen to take little or no action depending on how their existing positions behaved.

The key is to find the investing style and rules that work for you.

Pay attention to the market and sector action. Many software names should be on your watchlists. And while financials and industrials backed off, many stocks in those areas are very close to being actionable.

The presidential race is a huge wild card, with Biden’s debate performance and the related fallout creating a lot more uncertainty months ahead of Election Day.

Read The Big Picture every day to stay in sync with the market direction and leading stocks and sectors.

Nvidia stock, Amazon and Meta are on IBD Leaderboard. Amazon and Meta stock are on SwingTrader. Nvidia, Monday.com and ServiceNow stock are on the IBD 50. AppLovin was Friday’s IBD Stock Of The Day while Amazon stock was Thursday’s pick.

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