Tech stocks have taken off this week due to their strong earnings results. Companies such as Netflix (NasdaqGS: NFLX) soared 18% today after the company reported better than expected subscriber growth. Also today and just after the close, Google (NasdaqGS: GOOGL) too reported better than expected results with revenue coming in at $14.35 billion compared to $14.26 billion the street was expecting. In after hours trading Google is up over 10% or well over $70.00 per share. Thanks to Google’s earnings results, most other tech companies are also trading up in the after-hours session so it appears that the rally on the Nasdaq (chart) will continue at least through tomorrow.
On a technical note, I want to point to your attention how two of the most influential major averages held their respective 200-day moving averages recently. A little over a week ago the markets were roiled in the Greece debt drama as well as how China’s stock market was falling off a cliff. There was enormous uncertainty as to how Greece and even more so how China’s stock market would play out. This fear and uncertainty sent the Dow Jones Industrial Average (chart) and the S&P 500 (chart) tumbling down toward and below their 200-day moving averages. It really only took a day for this key support metric to kick in and demonstrate its technical support influence. Since this brief but noticeable selloff occurred, both indices have snapped back and we now find the S&P 500 (chart) within 10 points of its all-time high. Some pundits did indeed expect that Q2 earning reporting season could be the catalyst to lift the markets out of the fears of Greece and China. And seemingly their expectations have been met. That said, there are many more companies set to report their earnings results over the next couple of weeks, with all eyes now focusing on how Apple (NasdaqGS: AAPL) will fare as they are set to report their quarterly report next Tuesday July 21st after the close. As with most earnings reporting seasons over the past few years, stocks have overall fared well and this time it appears well enough to break key index records.
Good luck to all 🙂