The Nasdaq Composite’s
sharp swing lower Thursday came as it rose just shy of the widely followed 50-day moving average (DMA), which many chart watchers use as a guide to the short-term trend. The Nasdaq was up as much as 0.4% at an intraday high of 8,048.58 within 15 minutes after the open, while the 50-DMA line extended to 8,051.62 according to FactSet, but the index was last down 1.0%. The last time the Nasdaq was above the 50-DMA intraday was Aug. 13, but it pulled back to close below the line. The last close above it was Aug. 8. In comparison, the S&P 500’s intraday high 2,939.08 was below the 50-DMA of 2,947.51 and the Dow Jones Industrial Average’s
high of 26,388.78 was well below the 50-DMA of 26,615.13. The S&P 500 was last down 0.5% and the Dow was down 66 points, or 0.3%. Meanwhile, all three indexes remain above their respective 200-day moving averages (DMA), which is viewed as a dividing line between longer-term uptrends and downtrends. The Nasdaq’s 200-DMA extends to 7,590.06, while the S&P 500’s extends to 2,801.93 and the Dow’s is now at 25,615.83.
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