Stock Market Keeps Humming; IBD 50 Reaches This Milestone

The stock market doesn’t seem to be done with its seven-month advance, as stocks rose broadly. The ETF that tracks the IBD 50 made a record high for the first time in six and a half months.


The Nasdaq composite and S&P 500 added 0.3% as both made new highs in Thursday’s trading. The Dow Jones Industrial Average climbed 0.4%. Small caps led with a 0.9% gain in the Russell 2000.

Innovator IBD 50 ETF (FFTY) rose 1.7%, topping its prior Feb. 16 high and setting an all-time high. The IBD 50 index itself is also at new highs.

The index is a proxy for growth stocks and it outperformed the major indexes even on an off day for growth stocks. The iShares Russell 1000 Growth ETF (IWF) was nearly flat while iShares Russell 1000 Value (IWD) rose 0.6%. It was IPO stocks that again led the IBD 50.

IPOs Lead IBD 50 Gains

U.S. Stock Market Today Overview

Index Symbol Price Gain/Loss % Change
Dow Jones (0DJIA) 35458.01 +145.48 +0.41
S&P 500 (0S&P5) 4537.93 +13.84 +0.31
Nasdaq (0NDQC ) 15347.09 +37.71 +0.25
Russell 2000 (IWM) 229.46 +2.02 +0.89
IBD 50 (FFTY) 50.16 +0.94 +1.91
Last Update: 1:14 PM ET 9/2/2021

Asana (ASAN) surged more than 13% to a new high. The project management software company late Wednesday posted a loss for the July quarter, but sales acceleration continued. Several analysts raised their price targets on Asana. Doximity (DOCS), Upstart Holdings (UPST) and DLocal (DLO) surged more than 4%.

But some IBD 50 stocks are cooling off after heated runs. Dynavax Technologies (DVAX) slid nearly 9% and Global-e Online (GLBE) shed 4%.

Advancing stocks numbered about 11-to-5 over decliners on the Nasdaq and NYSE. Volume was lower on the NYSE and Nasdaq compared with the same time on Wednesday.

Energy Sector Tops Stock Market

Energy Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLE) jumped more than 3% after U.S. crude prices topped the $70 mark for the first time since Aug. 6. In afternoon trading, oil was up 2.5% to $70.28 a barrel.

Major oil producers on Wednesday decided to stick with their plan to gradually boost output. But market watchers say investors are trading on Wednesday’s U.S. supply data. The Energy Information Administration reported that U.S. oil stockpiles fell by 7.2 million barrels for the week ended Aug. 27, far more than analysts polled by S&P Global Platts had expected, according to Dow Jones.

Six of the 10 best-performing industry groups today were from the energy sector, including drilling, oil field services and exploration & production groups. All were up more than 2%.

One problem with energy stocks is that the sector has lacked good breakouts. But that could be changing.

Better Action For Oil Stocks

Denbury (DEN) broke out of a double-bottom base with a 73.30 buy point. Magnolia Oil & Gas (MGY) rose above the 16.48 buy point of a cup base. Continental Resources (CLR) is nearing the 40.51 buy point of a cup base. Many other energy stocks are moving back above their 50-day moving averages.

In the finance sector, XP (XP) broke out of a base, according to MarketSmith pattern recognition. The Brazil-based brokerage is on course to close above the 50.35 buy point of a handle area. Volume was more than double the stock’s average.

Mercado Libre (MELI) made a better move above its 1,899.43 buy point, and volume was running more than 40% above average. The stock was raised in position size in IBD Leaderboard today.

Juan Carlos Arancibia is the Markets Editor of IBD and oversees our market coverage. Follow him at @IBD_jarancibia


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