Dow Jones futures and the other major indexes threatened to extend losses, as Nvidia (NVDA) continued to slide on the stock market today. Meanwhile, bitcoin rallied to record highs.


Dow Jones futures fell 0.4% vs. fair value in morning action Monday, as did S&P 500 futures. Tech-heavy Nasdaq 100 futures moved down 0.5% before the opening bell.

Among U.S. exchange traded funds, the Nasdaq 100 tracker Invesco QQQ Trust ETF (QQQ) was down 0.4%, while the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY) lost 0.3%.

The 10-year Treasury yield ticked lower to 4.08%. Further, oil prices added to Friday’s losses, as West Texas Intermediate futures fell 0.4%, trading around $77.70 a barrel.

Artificial intelligence titan Nvidia declined 0.6% Monday morning, threatening to add to Friday’s 5.6% tumble. Nvidia stock, however, remains more than 80% above a flat base’s 505.48 entry and is an IBD Leaderboard stock.

The price of bitcoin rallied 3.5% Monday morning, hitting a fresh record high and trading near $72,000. Cryptocurrency stock Coinbase (COIN) jumped nearly 6% in premarket action, sharply above a 193.64 buy point.

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Stock Market Today

Tuesday’s release of the consumer price index from the U.S. Labor Department takes the spotlight this week. The CPI is expected to rise 0.4% on the month with an increase of 3.1%. Wall Street expects core prices in February to climb 0.3%, with a year-over-year rise of 3.7%.

In addition, U.S. retail sales are set to be released on Thursday, a key reading on the consumer mindset.

Key earnings reports this week include Adobe (ADBE), Oracle (ORCL) and Jabil (JBL).

Dow Jones Falls

On Friday, the Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 0.2%, while the S&P 500 moved down 0.7%. The tech-heavy Nasdaq composite sold off 1.2%.

Friday’s Big Picture column commented, “A majority of the S&P 500 sectors ended Friday in the red. The defensive utilities and real estate sectors as well as the energy sector rose on the day. In contrast, technology and consumer discretionary had tough sessions.”

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Duolingo (DUOL), Fifth Third Bancorp (FITB), Fortinet (FTNT) and Weatherford (WFRD) — plus Dow Jones components Disney (DIS), IBM (IBM) and Procter & Gamble (PG) — are among the best stocks to buy and watch on the stock market today.

IBM and Duolingo were featured in this Stocks Near A Buy Zone column.

An essential resource for daily breakouts is IBD MarketSurge’s “Breaking Out Today” list. It shows MarketSurge Growth 250 stocks that are breaking out past new buy points. There were three breakouts Friday, including Samsara (IOT). Samsara shares surged past a 36.91 buy point Friday. The stock slipped 0.8% Monday.

Meanwhile, the MarketSurge “Near Pivot” list shows stocks nearing buy points in bases, like D.R. Horton (DHI), which is approaching an 157.93 cup entry. Shares were off 0.5% Monday.

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Dow Jones Stocks: Disney Attempts Breakout

Disney is trying to break out past a big cup-with-handle base’s 112.92 buy point, according to IBD MarketSurge chart analysis. Disney stock edged lower on the stock market today.

IBM stock is also attempting a breakout above a flat base’s 196.90 buy point, but dropped 0.3% Friday. IBM shares fell 0.4% Monday.

Consumer products giant Procter & Gamble fell 0.2% Friday, holding above a 158.38 buy point in a cup base. P&G stock was up 1% Monday.

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Square Eyes Buy Point

IPO Leader Duolingo added a handle to a cup base, taking the buy point to 241.86. Duolingo shares were up 1.7% Monday.

Fifth Third Bancorp inched lower Friday, still above a 35.73 buy point. Shares were down 0.5% Monday.

Cybersecurity leader Fortinet is adding a handle to a long cup base, taking the buy point to 73.91. The stock was down 0.6% Monday.

Square parent Block is adding a high handle to a cup base, taking the correct buy point to 83.29. A short-lived breakout past an 80.29 entry failed last week when the stock fell 7% from the buy trigger. Square stock rose 0.5% Monday.

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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. 28, 2024

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Magnificent Seven Stocks: Tesla

Among Magnificent Seven stocks, Tesla (TSLA) edged up in premarket trading.

Tesla stock skidded 1.9% Friday, holding near its recent lows. Shares remain sharply below their 50-day and 200-day moving averages.

Dow Jones Leaders: Apple, Microsoft

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

Apple stock climbed 1% Friday, snapping a seven-day losing streak. Shares remain sharply below their long-term 200-day line. The stock was up 0.7% Monday morning.

Microsoft shares are trying to find support at the 50-day line in recent sessions, a key area to watch. The software giant fell 0.5% on the stock market today.

Be sure to follow Scott Lehtonen on X, formerly known as Twitter, at @IBD_SLehtonen for more on growth stocks, the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the stock market today.


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