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Familiar Names Pace Healthcare, Technology; Major Indices Rise Again


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Market Recap for Friday, November 3, 2017

Well, Apple (AAPL) delivered great results on Thursday after the market closed to lift technology (XLK, +0.79%) on Friday and Align Technology (ALGN) continued its impressive 2017 ascent with another solid earnings report as well, lifting healthcare (XLV, +0.83%) to the top of the sector leaderboard.  Medical supplies ($DJUSMS), the home to ALGN, jumped 2.73% and is in a very bullish pattern.  The DJUSMS is covered below in the Sector/Industry Watch section.

Biotechnology ($DJUSBT) was also very strong, rising 1.28% and printing a bullish engulfing candle near key price support.  Take a look:

After the recent gap down, we've seen biotechs mostly consolidate, but with the potential reversal on Friday, watch for a gap higher to leave the recent consolidation on an "island".  Island cluster reversals like this one can mark significant short-term bottoms, especially in a previously uptrending group.

Financial stocks (XLF, -0.41%) were the day's laggard as the 10 year treasury yield ($TNX) continues to struggle.

Pre-Market Action

There's not a lot going on this morning and Dow Jones futures reflect that.  With 30 minutes left to the opening bell, Dow Jones futures are slightly higher, up 21 points.

Current Outlook

We're gapping lower on the TNX this morning with little or no economic news out, so traders will be watching to see if we can find a floor here.  A reversal in the TNX and subsequent rise would indicate money flowing away from the bond market and make more available to flow into equities.  For now, however, the short-term downtrend continues:

The next key level is near 2.27%.  A move below that level and I'd expect to see some selling in the benchmark S&P 500.

Sector/Industry Watch

The Dow Jones U.S. Medical Supplies Index ($DJUSMS) broke out in October and is showing very bullish indications.  There was a bullish cup with handle pattern in play that broke out and measures in the near-term to roughly 940:

The measurement is determined by subtracting the bottom of the cup (820) from the top of the cup (880).  That difference of 60 is added to the 880 breakout to arrive at the initial target of 940.  That shouldn't be expected to be the final high, just the next high.

Monday Setups

Every Monday, I provide several trade setups, one of which I highlight here in this blog.  All of the potential trade setups can be viewed by CLICKING HERE.  This list of annotated trade setups includes the past few weeks so feel free to peruse the charts to get a sense for what I look for when I trade.  These are provided for educational purposes, so if you decide to trade them, please understand the risks of trading and remember to keep stops in place to avoid large losses.

If you've followed my Monday setups for awhile, you've probably noted that most of my setups involve uptrending stocks that have pulled back to unwind overbought oscillators.  Not this week!  Instead, I really like the setup on Las Vegas Sands (LVS), which broke out on Friday on better than average volume.  The gambling index ($DJUSCA) is currently in a very bullish ascending triangle pattern and the consumer discretionary sector just broke out.  So LVS is an extension of both.  Here's the chart:

I would be looking for a target in the 70-71 area.

Historical Tendencies

It will be interesting to see whether the stock market pauses this week.  Historically, the 7th to 10th (tomorrow through Friday) represents a period of profit taking.  Since 1950 on the S&P 500, here are the annualized returns of each of these calendar days:

7th:  -11.24%
8th:  +2.49%
9th:  -19.68%
10th:  +4.75%

Keep in mind this isn't just the 7th through 10th of November.  This represents the 7th to 10th of all calendar months.  Also, for comparative purposes, the S&P 500 has averaged gaining 9% per year since 1950.  You can see that each of the annualized returns above is well below that 9% average.

Key Earnings Reports

(actual vs. estimate):

CAH:  1.09 vs 1.01

CVS:  1.50 vs 1.49

FNV:  .30 vs .27

HSIC:  .87 vs .90

MYL:  1.10 vs 1.22

SYY:  .74 vs .73

(reports after close, estimate provided):

FMC:  .63

IFF:  1.42

MCHP:  1.35

PAA:  .22

PCLN:  34.31

SWKS:  1.75

Key Economic Reports


Happy trading!


Tom Bowley
About the author: co-founded Invested Central and served as the site's Chief Market Strategist for more than 10 years. His unique trading style combines both his fundamental and technical strategies to systematically manage risk while trading. A regular contributor to's bi-weekly ChartWatchers newsletter since 2006, Tom's role at StockCharts has expanded significantly since he joined the company as a full-time Senior Technical Analyst in March of 2015. Learn More
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