Dow Jones Futures: Market Rally Near Highs, Square Makes Huge Deal; Li Auto, Tesla Rivals Report Strong Sales

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Dow Jones futures roseate modestly Monday morning, on with S&P 500 futures and Nasdaq futures. The banal marketplace rally held adjacent highs past week with a fig of leaders flashing buying opportunities.

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Square (SQ) announced a large acquisition and released blowout earnings, but income beneath views. Li Auto reported booming July income arsenic Tesla's different China EV rivals Nio (NIO) and Xpeng besides reported deliveries.

Square Takeover, Earnings

Square agreed to wage $29 billion for Afterpay, an Australian fintech specializing successful bargain now/pay aboriginal services. The integer payments person besides released Q2 results up of Thursday's scheduled date. Square net per stock spiked 266% to 66 cents with gross up 266% to $4.68 billion. Analysts expected EPS of 30 cents connected income of $5.03 billion.

SQ banal slid 5% earlier the open. Square banal fell 6.3% past week to 247.26, beneath a 254.88 cup-with-handle bargain point.

Li Auto (LI) connected Sunday reported July deliveries of 8,589, up 251% vs. a twelvemonth earlier. Xpeng (XPEV) connected Monday reported deliveries jumped 228% to 8,040. Nio deliveries roseate 124.5% to 7,931. Fellow Chinese EV shaper BYD Co. (BYDDF) is acceptable to merchandise July income wrong the adjacent fewer days. Tesla (TSLA) China income for July won't travel for astatine slightest different week. Tesla has made a bid of moves successful China, including exports, cheaper variants and outright terms cuts.

Chinese EV makers are trying to support accelerated maturation amid spot shortages and different supply-chain issues plaguing the car industry. Meanwhile, China stocks person travel nether dense unit as  Beijing has cracked down connected backstage industry, including U.S.-listed Chinese companies, Internet and consumer-data dense firms and more.

So far, China has not cracked down connected automakers oregon EV makers specifically. But the hazard is ever there. More U.S. investors whitethorn steer wide of Chinese equities entirely, portion others volition beryllium highly wary.


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China EV income travel amid signs of a slower Chinese economical recovery. China's authoritative manufacturing scale fell 0.5 constituent successful July to 50.4, the weakest since February 2020 and beneath views for 50.8. The nonmanufacturing scale dipped 0.2 constituent to 53.3, successful enactment with estimates.

Li Auto and XPEV banal popped earlier the open, portion Nio edged higher. BYD banal was not yet active. Tesla banal roseate slightly.

Nio stock, Xpeng, Li Auto and BYD Co. each rallied past week backmost supra cardinal levels amid signs that China wanted to halt the broader sell-off successful Chinese stocks. BYD banal arguably cleared an assertive introduction and is adjacent a morganatic bargain point.

Tesla banal besides rebounded past week from cardinal support, flashing an assertive introduction supra a inclination line.

Tesla banal is connected SwingTrader. Nio, BYD and Li Auto banal are connected IBD's Five Best China Stocks To Buy And Watch.

Dow Jones Futures Today

Dow Jones futures roseate 0.35% vs. just value. S&P 500 futures precocious 0.5% and Nasdaq 100 futures climbed 0.5%.

Crude lipid futures fell much than 1% earlier the open.

The Senate could ballot connected the existent bipartisan infrastructure bill, with astir $550 cardinal successful caller spending implicit respective years, aboriginal this week. The House isn't expected to ballot connected the authorities until there's statement connected a mammoth $3.5 trillion spending bill.

A nationalist eviction prohibition imposed during the pandemic expired Saturday. That could spur foreclosures and evictions, arsenic good arsenic trim user spending extracurricular of housing. It could spur much occupation seekers.

Remember that overnight enactment successful Dow futures and elsewhere doesn't needfully construe into existent trading successful the adjacent regular stock market session.


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Coronavirus News

Coronavirus cases worldwide reached 199.15 million. Covid-19 deaths topped 4.24 million.

Coronavirus cases successful the U.S. person deed 35.76 million, with deaths supra 629,000.

Stock Market Rally

The Dow Jones Industrial Average and S&P 500 scale slid 0.4% successful past week's stock marketplace trading. The Nasdaq composite fell 1.1%. The small-cap Russell 2000 roseate 0.7%, but deed absorption adjacent its 50-day line.

While bundle paused past week and determination were immoderate high-profile net blowups, marketplace enactment expanded, with beardown enactment successful chips, alloy and homebuilders.

Among the best ETFs, the Innovator IBD 50 ETF (FFTY) gave up 1.25% past week, portion the Innovator IBD Breakout Opportunities ETF (BOUT) dipped 0.6%.  The iShares Expanded Tech-Software Sector ETF (IGV) sank 1.1%. The VanEck Vectors Semiconductor ETF (SMH) gained 2.3%, with AMD (AMD), Qualcomm (QCOM) and KLA (KLAC) each net winners.

SPDR S&P Metals & Mining ETF (XME) soared 7% past week portion the Global X U.S. Infrastructure Development ETF (PAVE) gained 2.4%. U.S. Global Jets ETF (JETS) edged down 0.5% portion the SPDR S&P Homebuilders ETF (XHB) rallied 1.5%. The Energy Select SPDR ETF (XLE) climbed 1.8% and the Financial Select SPDR ETF (XLF) roseate 0.8%.

Reflecting more-speculative communicative stocks, ARK Innovation ETF (ARKK) slid 2%, retreating backmost beneath its 200-day enactment connected Friday. ARK Genomics ETF (ARKG) mislaid 1.5%, finishing the week beneath its 50-day, which is beneath its 200-day. Tesla banal is the apical holding crossed the ARK Invest ETFs.


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China EV Sales

Li Auto's July income came successful astatine 8,529, up 251% vs. July 2020 and 11.4% vs. June. So acold this year, Li Auto has delivered 38,473 Li One SUVs. The Li One is simply a hybrid, with a tiny state motor arsenic a scope extender.

Xpeng deliveries changeable up 228% to 8,040, up 22% vs. June. That includes 6,054 P7 sedans and 1,986 compact SUVs, some all-electric. So acold successful 2021, Xpeng has delivered 38,788 vehicles.

Nio deliveries came successful 7,931, up 124.5% vs. a twelvemonth earlier. But that's down 1.9% from 8,083 successful June. July's EV full includes 1,702 ES8 SUVs, 3,669 ES6 SUVs and 2,560 EC6 crossovers.

BYD is connected pat sometime this week. All 4 automakers enjoyed higher income successful Q2 vs. Q1, though Nio's income lone roseate somewhat amid chip-related accumulation woes.

So far, Beijing hasn't targeted EV makers oregon automakers generally. It whitethorn presumption the car assemblage — particularly EVs — arsenic a strategical industry. China whitethorn privation to support section EV makers arsenic they effort to go existent car manufacture contenders.

So it's not astonishing EV makers are heavy represented astir the best Chinese to stocks to watch close now. But the risks are ever contiguous for Chinese stocks. As EV and different automakers grow driver-assist systems, their accrued user information could spur much oversight and controls from the Chinese government.

The China EV stocks person held up amended than Chinese stocks generally, though they each faced immoderate large drops successful precocious July. All are trying to enactment their mode backmost aft tumbling 50% from highs.

Before the open, Li Auto banal precocious 4% and Xpeng climbed 4%. Nio banal edged higher. BYD banal was not yet active.

Nio stock rebounded past week to adjacent up 1.6%, conscionable reclaiming its 50-day and 200-day moving averages. XPEV banal mislaid 1.15% for the week, but besides rebounded backmost supra those cardinal levels. Li Auto banal surged 10.3% for the week.

Meanwhile, determination are galore different EV startups that don't commercialized successful the U.S., but are showing immense maturation arsenic well. Hozon reported 6,011 EV deliveries successful July, up 392% vs. a twelvemonth earlier. Leap Motor delivered 4,404 autos, up 666%.

China EV Stocks

Nio, Li Auto and Xpeng banal each person handle-like formations, with their stocks adjacent to breaking downtrends successful their handles. But the volatile "handles" are excessively debased successful precise heavy bases to beryllium proper. Buying a money-losing Chinese banal from a inclination enactment wrong a too-low grip wrong a too-deep basal is adding hazard upon hazard upon risk.

But these "handles" could crook into abbreviated bases wrong the larger consolidation, offering a somewhat-safer pattern.

BYD Stock

Unlike its startup rivals, BYD is profitable and overmuch larger, selling EV cars and buses arsenic good arsenic hybrids, gas-powered vehicles and is simply a large artillery producer. BYD sold 54,841 all-electric cars successful Q2, not acold beneath Tesla's 61,745. The China EV shaper sold 99,828 caller vigor vehicles, which besides see hybrids and commercialized vehicles.

BYD introduced a cheaper, standard-range Han EV connected July 31 aft Tesla chopped the Model 3 terms successful China past week.

BYD stock, which ne'er undercut its 200-day line, jumped 7% for a 2nd consecutive week, closing Friday astatine 30.81. It's already breached a downtrend successful a handle, with a 31.40 authoritative bargain point. The BYD banal basal is 52% deep, which is little than perfect but amended than its China rivals. The midpoint of the grip is supra the midpoint of the base.

But it inactive mightiness beryllium amended if BYD banal could clasp successful its scope for different week, turning its grip into a abbreviated base.

Nio banal and Xpeng person dual listings successful the U.S. and Hong Kong. U.S.-listed Li Auto is moving toward a Hong Kong listing. BYD banal is listed successful Hong Kong and trades implicit the antagonistic successful the U.S.


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Tesla China Shifts

Tesla China income fell 16% successful Q2 vs. Q1, adjacent arsenic Model Y accumulation continued to ramp up. Is this a motion of anemic demand? It's hard to beryllium definitive. Chip shortages and different supply-chain issues whitethorn beryllium taking a toll with Tesla, arsenic with Nio and automakers generally.

Tesla is exporting much and much of its Shanghai production, mostly to Europe. Starting successful Q3, that volition see made-in-China Model Y exports to Europe, the past large marketplace for the crossover. So, successful theory, determination could beryllium plentifulness of section demand, Tesla conscionable isn't making the proviso available.

That whitethorn beryllium particularly existent successful July, arsenic Tesla exports a batch aboriginal successful the quarter.

Still, exporting the Tesla Model Y astir six months aft section deliveries began isn't a large sign. Tesla besides has introduced a much-cheaper, lower-range Model Y variant, different denotation of flagging demand. Tesla past week besides chopped the section terms of the made-in-China Model 3 by astir $2,400, adjacent with a immense stock of accumulation already going to China. That's successful opposition to the U.S., wherever Tesla has raised the Model 3 and Model Y prices respective times amid the broader new-car shortage.

Keep successful mind, the Tesla Berlin works volition beryllium operational soon. The EV elephantine says it'll statesman accumulation by year-end, though that could gaffe to aboriginal 2022. In immoderate case, successful the adjacent future, Shanghai's main export marketplace volition close, raising a large question of whether section request tin sorb astir each of its production.

Tesla Stock

Tesla reported better-than-expected net connected Monday, but besides delayed the Semi to 2022 and suggested the Cybertruck besides wouldn't beryllium produced until 2022. It besides indicated that the 4680 artillery cells — cardinal for the Semi and Cybertruck successful peculiar — are not acceptable for wide production.

Tesla banal initially dipped pursuing earnings, but recovered enactment astatine cardinal moving averages. On Thursday, TSLA banal popped 4.7%, conscionable topping a inclination enactment going backmost to the January highest of 900.40. On Friday, shares roseate 1.45% to 687.20. Investors besides could usage 700.10, conscionable supra short-term highs, arsenic different aboriginal entry.

Before Monday's open, Tesla banal roseate 1.6% to 698.

Market Rally Analysis

The banal marketplace rally had a mostly affirmative week. The Dow Jones and S&P 500 hardly dipped from grounds highs. The Nasdaq retreated a small more, but lone to its 21-day moving average. The Nasdaq, adjacent the big-cap Nasdaq 100, don't look adjacent to extended close now.

Meanwhile, marketplace breadth improved somewhat past week, though it's inactive adjacent to 2021 lows.

The champion motion for the marketplace rally came successful starring stocks. Yes, Amazon.com (AMZN) and PayPal (PYPL) tumbled connected earnings, but determination plentifulness of net winners arsenic well. Another batch of prime stocks broke retired oregon flashed bargain signals, including immoderate alloy and lodging names. Software names cooled past week, but inactive look strong.

What To Do Now

The trillion-dollar tech net are successful the books, but hundreds of companies study this week, including dozens of highly rated stocks. Take heed of the lessons from Amazon earnings. If you person stocks with small oregon nary summation heading into earnings, you've got a large determination to maker. IBD mostly recommends having a decent cushion for holding onto a presumption into earnings. That cushion depends connected your hazard tolerance, the size of your presumption and your condemnation successful the stock.

Also support way of ticker lists stocks adjacent bargain points with net connected tap. That could connection caller buying opportunities successful the days ahead.

Don't consciousness the request to beryllium excessively aggressive. It's a confirmed banal marketplace rally, but it's decidedly not 2020's huffy bull.

Read The Big Picture every time to enactment successful sync with the marketplace absorption and starring stocks and sectors.

Please travel Ed Carson connected Twitter astatine @IBD_ECarson for banal marketplace updates and more.

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