A surprise jump in unemployment claims sparked a brief rally in the Dow Jones Industrial Average Thursday, as the blue chip index tried to reverse three straight days of losses. Meanwhile, Nvidia (NVDA) and Tesla (TSLA) climbed on the stock market today.




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Ahead of Thursday’s stock market open, the Labor Department said first-time jobless claims jumped to 221,000 vs. 210,000 in the previous week. They were expected to edge higher to 213,000. Claims had been steady the past couple of months.

The unexpected jump in jobless claims could help pave the way for the Federal Reserve to lower interest rates as a way to keep the economy in balance. Futures were gaining steam in premarket trades Thursday after the Labor Department’s announcement.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average pared gains to 0.3%, or 140 points, after rising more than 275 points in morning action, while the S&P 500 gained 0.7%. The tech-focused Nasdaq composite climbed 0.8% after the opening bell. Both the S&P and Nasdaq posted gains Wednesday.

The 10-year Treasury yield ticked lower to 4.31%. Further, oil prices dipped after five days of gains, as West Texas Intermediate futures traded around $85.25 a barrel.

Among U.S. exchange traded funds, the Nasdaq 100 tracker Invesco QQQ Trust ETF (QQQ) was up 1%, while the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY) rose 0.8%.

Stock Market Today: Nvidia, Tesla Gain

Magnificent Seven stocks Nvidia and Tesla climbed 0.4% and 0.8%, respectively, in morning action Thursday.

On Wednesday, Nvidia dropped 0.6%, closing at its lowest level since March 18. The artificial intelligence giant is an IBD Leaderboard stock.

And Tesla bounced 0.9% Wednesday, cutting into Tuesday’s sharp losses. Shares remain more than 40% off their 52-week highs.

Conagra (CAG) was a big earnings mover Thursday, as the food brands company topped earnings estimates. Conagra stock jumped more than 7% in early trading.


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Dow Jones Falls

On Wednesday, the Dow Jones Industrial Average moved down 0.1% and the S&P 500 rose 0.1%. The tech-heavy Nasdaq composite gained 0.2%.

Wednesday’s Big Picture column commented, “Partly for these reasons, IBD’s outlook for active stock investors has held at 60%-80% exposure for weeks. On Wednesday, the invested percentage in the Leaderboard model stock portfolio got shaved to around 60%.”

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Best Stocks To Watch On Stock Market Today

Google-parent Alphabet (GOOGL), Arista Networks (ANET), DraftKings (DKNG) and ServiceNow (NOW) — plus Dow Jones components Disney (DIS), IBM (IBM) and Verizon Communications (VZ) — are among the best companies to watch on the stock market today.

ServiceNow is 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, like Google. Meanwhile, the MarketSurge “Near Pivot” list shows stocks nearing buy points in bases.

To find more stock ideas, check IBD Stock Lists like IBD 50, Big Cap 20 and Stocks Near A Buy Zone. These features identify bullish patterns and buy points and are available to check every day.


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Dow Jones: Disney, IBM, Verizon

Disney — the strongest performer on the Dow in the first quarter — is extended past a big cup-with-handle base’s 112.92 buy point, according to IBD MarketSurge chart analysis. Shares tumbled more than 3% Wednesday, but remained out of buy range. Disney stock gained 0.2% Thursday morning.

IBM stock bounced from its 50-day line, with a 1.1% gain Wednesday. Shares remain below a flat base’s 196.90 buy point. IBM stock rose 0.5% Thursday.

Telecom giant Verizon is building a cup base with a 43.21 entry, as the stock bullishly rebounds from its 50-day line. Verizon shares added 0.6% Thursday morning.


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Stock Market Today: Google Breaks Out

Alphabet is breaking out past a 153.78 buy point in a consolidation, as the stock added 0.2% Wednesday. Google stock lost 1.5% Thursday.

Arista shares regained a 292.66 flat-base buy point, according to MarketSurge charts, with a 2.7% advance Wednesday. And on Thursday, the stock climbed 0.4% in morning action.

DraftKings remains below its 46.52 buy point in a short consolidation following recent losses. And the sports-betting giant bounced 2.4% Thursday morning.

Finally, ServiceNow continues to see resistance at the 50-day line this week. Shares are building a flat base with an 815.32 entry. The stock rose 1.3% Thursday.


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Stocks To Watch

These are four stocks in or near buy zones in today’s stock market.

Company Name Symbol Correct Buy Point Type Of Buy Point
Disney (DIS) 112.92 Cup with handle
Arista Networks (ANET) 292.66 Flat base
DraftKings (DKNG) 45.62 Consolidation
ServiceNow (NOW) 815.32 Flat base
Source: IBD Data As Of April 1, 2024

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Dow Jones Leaders: Apple, Microsoft

Among Dow Jones stocks in the Magnificent Seven, Apple (AAPL) and Microsoft (MSFT) traded higher after Thursday’s stock market open.

Apple stock moved up 0.5% Wednesday, still near its recent lows. Shares remain sharply below their long-term 200-day line. The stock added 0.8% Thursday morning.

Microsoft shares slipped 0.2% Wednesday, still holding above their 50-day line. The software giant is just off new highs. And the stock moved up 1.4% early Thursday.

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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