The S&P 500 and the Nasdaq Composite both closed the week in new high ground as inflation fears continue to recede. Outside of the markets however, there's an increasing concern going into this long weekend, as health experts are eyeing an increase in the spread of the Delta variant of the COVID-19 virus. In fact, the Biden administration has readied "surge response teams" that will focus on high-risk areas that have lower-than-average vaccinations.
The Delta variant's takeover in the U.S. is viewed as inevitable, but there is good news for those already vaccinated by Pfizer (PFE), Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) or Moderna (MRNA)'s vaccine. Each company has announced at least a 90% protection rate against hospitalization from the Delta variant. The positive news has pushed Pfizer (PFE) and Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) back into uptrends, while Moderna (MRNA) experienced a bullish 3-week base breakout. These stocks each appear poised for further near-term upside.
Below is a daily chart of Pfizer (PFE). The company was the first to receive FDA emergency use for its COVID-19 vaccine last November in a move that shattered previous development records. Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla expects that we'll be using vaccines to keep the disease under control in the long-term, with data now showing that a third booster will be helpful for those who've received their first 2 shots. The company is currently estimated to grow earnings by 68% vs last year, and the 3.9%-yielder currently has positive momentum indicators that points to a rally to its recent highs and beyond.
DAILY CHART OF PFIZER INC. (PFE)
Next up is Moderna (MRNA), which hit a record high in price last week following news of 2 positive developments. The company announced that its COVID-19 vaccine appears to protect against several new coronavirus strains including the Delta variant. In addition, MRNA reported that India granted Emergency Use Authorization for its vaccine.
Moderna's 3-week base breakout pushed the stock into an uptrend, and MRNA can be bought on a pullback to its 5-day simple moving average at the $232 level.
DAILY CHART OF MODERNA (MRNA)
Last up is single-shot COVID-19 vaccine provider Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) which also announced its ability to combat the Delta variant as well as other highly prevalent viral strains last week. In addition, the World Bank announced a deal to fund JNJ's vaccine production in South Africa to help meet demand for billions of doses.
Johnson & Johnson bullishly broke back above its 50-day moving average following the positive news. With its RSI and MACD in positive territory, JNJ is now in an uptrend and can be bought.
DAILY CHART OF JOHNSON & JOHNSON (JNJ)
There is plenty of bullish action elsewhere in the markets as well, with Large-Cap Growth stocks leading the markets higher. Growth stocks fare well in a period of declining interest rates and, last week, we saw yields fall even further from their recent May highs.
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Mary Ellen McGonagle, MEM Investment Research