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Dow Jones Rallies As Pfizer Covid-19 Vaccine Gets FDA Approval; Nvidia Stock Is Breaking Out Today 

The Dow Jones Industrial Average rallied 250 points Monday, as the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine received full FDA approval. Bitcoin climbed above $50,000 for the first time in three months. And Tesla stock looked to rise for a second straight session, while Nvidia broke out past a new buy point.


Among Dow Jones leaders, Apple (AAPL) rose 0.3% Monday, while Microsoft (MSFT) moved down 0.25% in today’s stock market. Home Depot (HD) remains below a recent buy point, as it rebounds from a key support level.

Tesla (TSLA) raced more than 3% higher Monday morning, looking to add to Friday’s 1% gain. The EV giant remains below a recent buy point.

Among the top stocks to buy and watch, Mercado Libre (MELI), Nvidia (NVDA) and Shopify (SHOP) are in or near new buy zones.

Mercado Libre, Microsoft and Tesla are IBD Leaderboard stocks. Nvidia is an IBD SwingTrader stock. Shopify featured in last week’s Stocks Near A Buy Zone column.

Dow Jones Today: Pfizer Covid-19 Vaccine

The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 0.8% Monday morning, while the S&P 500 traded up 1%. The tech-heavy Nasdaq composite gained 1.3% in midday trade.

Early Monday, the Covid-19 vaccine from Pfizer (PFE) and BioNTech (BNTX) received full FDA approval. The Food and Drug Administration’s clearance of the shot on Monday, for people 16 years and older, is the agency’s first full approval of a Covid-19 vaccine. The decision was expected this week, The Wall Street Journal and other news outlets reported.

Pfizer jumped over 3%, while BNTX stock rallied over 10%.

U.S. Stock Market Today Overview

Index Symbol Price Gain/Loss % Change
Dow Jones (0DJIA) 35367.47 +247.39 +0.70
S&P 500 (0S&P5) 4477.59 +35.92 +0.81
Nasdaq (0NDQC ) 14882.89 +168.23 +1.14
Russell 2000 (IWM) 218.04 +2.52 +1.17
IBD 50 (FFTY) 46.31 +1.01 +2.23
Last Update: 10:34 AM ET 8/23/2021

Among exchange traded funds, the Innovator IBD 50 (FFTY) rallied 1.8% Monday. Nasdaq 100 tracker Invesco QQQ Trust ETF (QQQ) advanced 1%. Meanwhile, the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY) climbed 0.8%.

Stock Market Rally

The three major stock indexes — the Dow Jones industrials, Nasdaq and S&P 500 — continued to rebound from their 50-day support levels Monday. The Nasdaq and S&P 500 looked to extend their win streaks to three sessions.

Friday’s Big Picture noted a reason to be bullish amid last week’s volatility. “Stock market bears might be worried about waning breadth on the Nasdaq, what the Fed plans, and skittish action among many leading growth stocks. But the bulls certainly have reasons to feel good about the uptrend. Bullish sentiment dropped off a cliff earlier in the week when the Investors Intelligence weekly survey of stock market newsletter writers fell to 51.1% from 56.4%. It’s a contrarian indicator, meaning when there aren’t too many bulls around, it might actually be the time to be bullish.”

For more stock market commentary, check out IBD’s The Big Picture.

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Bitcoin Price

The price of Bitcoin climbed more than 2% Monday morning, topping $50,000 for the first time in three months. The price of Bitcoin traded around $50,200 in early trade, according to Coindesk.

The Grayscale Bitcoin Trust ETF (GBTC) rallied 3% Monday, but remains about 30% off its all-time high, which was set back on Feb. 19.

Cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase (COIN) ascended 2% in morning trade. COIN stock found support at its 50-day line on Thursday, but is still about 40% off its 52-week high.

Dow Jones Stocks To Buy And Watch: Home Depot

Home Depot stock is below a cup-with-handle’s 333.55 buy point following last week’s earnings sell-off.

Shares rallied 0.4% Monday morning, looking to extend a win streak to four sessions, but are still just below the buy point. The stock found much-needed support at its 50-day line.

Stocks To Buy And Watch: Mercado Libre, Nvidia, Shopify

IBD Leaderboard stock and Wednesday’s IBD Stock Of The Day, Mercado Libre, moved up nearly 1% Monday morning. The largest e-commerce company in Latin America continues to trace a cup-with-handle with a 1,899.43 buy point. MELI stock is holding just above a 1,755.05 buy point created by the Aug. 5 gap-up on earnings.

IBD SwingTrader stock Nvidia is in buy range above a 207.43 buy point, according to IBD MarketSmith chart analysis. The chart also can be interpreted to be a flat base with a 208.85 buy point. Nvidia stock is breaking out past that buy point Monday morning, rallying nearly 3% in early trade. The chip giant featured as Thursday’s IBD Stock Of The Day.

Shopify is below a 1,499.85 buy point in a cup base, and has given up potential support at its key 50-day moving average. Shares rose about almost 1% Monday. The IBD Stock Checkup shows SHOP stock with a strong 95 out of a perfect 99 IBD Composite Rating. The IBD Composite Rating identifies stocks with a blend of strong fundamental and technical characteristics.

Tesla Stock

Tesla stock rallied more than 3% Monday morning. Shares remain modestly below a 700.10 aggressive buy point deep inside a correction. Meanwhile, a deep, large base continues to take shape.

On Jan. 25, Tesla stock hit a record high at 900.40, after climbing as much as 93% from a 466 buy point in a cup with handle.

Dow Jones Leaders: Apple, Microsoft

Among the top Dow Jones stocks, IBD SwingTrader stock Apple moved up 0.3% Monday, looking to extend a win streak to three sessions. Apple stock is back above a 148 trendline buy point. The stock hit an all-time high on Aug. 18 at 151.68 before reversing lower.

Software giant Microsoft lost 0.2% early Monday, easing from Friday’s new highs. Microsoft is about 15% above a cup base’s 263.29 buy point.

Be sure to follow Scott Lehtonen on Twitter at @IBD_SLehtonen for more on growth stocks and the Dow Jones Industrial Average.


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