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Dow Jones Futures Jump; TWTR Stock Crashes, Pares Losses On Elon Musk's Twitter Deal Tweets

By ED CARSON

Dow Jones futures rose sharply early Friday, along with S&P 500 futures and Nasdaq futures. Tesla CEO Elon Musk said the Twitter deal is "temporarily on hold," sending TWTR stock crashing, though it pared losses as Musk said he is "committed" to the takeover.

The stock market saw big intraday swings Thursday, with the S&P 500 nearly entering a bear market before the major indexes rebounded to close narrowly mixed, while beaten-up small caps and story stocks rebounded.

Apple and Tesla stock, the two megacaps that had been holding up reasonably well until the past week or so, continued to come under pressure Thursday. Apple stock tumbled to a seven-month low. Tesla broke below its February low of 700 to its worst levels since late August, though it did pare losses substantially.

Musk Puts Twitter Deal 'On Hold'

Elon Musk tweeted early Friday that he is putting his "Twitter deal temporarily on hold pending details supporting calculation that spam/fake accounts do indeed represent less than 5% of users." Musk is referring to a Twitter estimate that spam and bot accounts are less than 5% of total users.

Twitter crashed more than 25% at one point, but slashed losses as Musk later tweeted that he is "still committed to the acquisition."

Twitter stock is currently down 11% to about 40. That's far below the $54.20 purchase price. It's somewhat above the 39.31 price on April 1, before Musk belatedly disclosed he had built up a sizeable stake in TWTR stock.

Twitter stock had fallen in recent days to 45.08 amid speculation that Musk could walk away from the deal or renegotiate the price. The sharp drop in Tesla stock, partly tied to concerns Musk would have to sell more shares for the Twitter deal, raised fears of such a scenario.

Musk faces a $1 billion breakup fee if he walks away from the $43 billion deal.

Tesla stock jumped early Friday.

Digital World Acquisition Corp., the SPAC partner for Trump Media & Entertainment Group, which runs the struggling Truth Social network, popped before the open.

Dow Jones Futures Today

Dow Jones futures advanced 1% vs. fair value. S&P 500 futures leapt 1.4% and Nasdaq 100 futures jumped 2%.

The 10-year Treasury yield climbed 9 basis points to 2.91%.

Crude oil prices rose nearly 2%.

Remember that overnight action in Dow futures and elsewhere doesn't necessarily translate into actual trading in the next regular stock market session.

Stocks To Watch

Northrop Grumman, Penske Automotive, Dollar Tree and Cigna are all worth watching. All have relative strength lines at 52-week or record highs, reflecting their outperformance vs. the S&P 500 index.

NOC stock is slightly below its 50-day moving average, but within a shallow cup-with-handle base. PAG is forging a handle at the top of a long consolidation. DLTR stock is fighting around its 50-day line, with a possible trendline entry. Cigna stock is trading tightly in a long cup-with-handle base, according to MarketSmith analysis.

Penske Automotive late Thursday raised its quarterly dividend by 3 cents to 50 cents a share. It also increased its PAG stock buyback plan, which had $46.3 million remaining, to $250 million.

DLTR stock is on the IBD Leaderboard watchlist.

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Stock Market Thursday

The stock market had a wild trading session. The major indexes hit fresh 2022 lows and also traded solidly higher at various points, before finally closing narrowly mixed.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 0.3% in Thursday's stock market trading. The S&P 500 index dipped 0.1%. The Nasdaq composite rose less than 0.1%. The small-cap Russell 2000 popped 1.25%.

U.S. crude oil prices erased early declines to close up 0.4% to $106.13 a barrel.

Gold, copper and palladium suffered significant losses. Growing concerns about global economic growth are weighing on oil and industrial commodities.

The 10-year Treasury yield tumbled 10 basis points to 2.82%, the fourth straight decline after reversing from a 3-year-high 3.17% on Monday.

Among the best ETFs, the Innovator IBD 50 ETF closed flat, while the Innovator IBD Breakout Opportunities ETF edged up 0.1%. The iShares Expanded Tech-Software Sector ETF climbed 0.9%. The VanEck Vectors Semiconductor ETF advanced 0.5%.

SPDR S&P Metals & Mining ETF skidded 2.15% and the Global X U.S. Infrastructure Development ETF rose 0.8%. U.S. Global Jets ETF slumped 2.1%. SPDR S&P Homebuilders ETF popped 3.4%. The Energy Select SPDR ETF climbed 0.4% and the Financial Select SPDR ETF retreated 0.75%. The Health Care Select Sector SPDR Fund gained 1%

Reflecting more-speculative story stocks, ARK Innovation ETF jumped 5.6% and ARK Genomics ETF 5.1%. A lot of beaten-down techs rallied Thursday after massive losses in recent days and weeks. TSLA stock remains the No. 1 holding across Ark Invest's ETFs

Apple Stock

Apple stock, a Dow Jones, S&P 500 and Nasdaq heavyweight, weighed heavily on the major indexes, falling 2.7% to 142.56. That's after tumbling 5.2% on Wednesday. As recently as Tuesday, the RS line was right around record highs, even as AAPL stock had fallen below its 200-day line. Now the RS line is falling sharply.

On Thursday, Apple iPhone maker Foxconn warned of slowing demand for consumer electronics, including smartphones. Last month, Taiwan Semiconductor, which makes chips for Apple and many others, also cited slackening consumer electronics demand.

AAPL stock rose nearly 2% early Friday.

Tesla Stock

Tesla stock sank 0.8% to 728. Intraday, shares fell to 680, undercutting the Feb. 24 low of 700, and back to levels not seen since August. TSLA stock hit 1,092.22 intraday on April 21 following earnings, but has plunged since then. The RS line for Tesla stock is just above recent lows.

It's notable that Tesla stock was unable to rebound Thursday, given the gains in many other beaten-down EV stocks and ARK-type story plays, but the sell-off in recent weeks isn't unusual.

Tesla stock jumped 6% early Friday, partially on futures rebounding but also on Musk putting the Twitter deal on hold.

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Market Analysis

The stock market searched for direction on Thursday. With Apple stock erasing big losses and Tesla moving higher by mid-morning after undercutting lows, it looked like the major indexes were finally going to bounce.

But Apple and Tesla quickly faded while the key indexes quickly sold off to hit fresh lows. The S&P 500 came within a few points of a 20% decline to reach a bear market. The Nasdaq is down more than 30% from its November all-time high.

The major indexes did rally in the final 40 minutes, with the Nasdaq just sneaking into the green as the closing bell rang. Tesla stock slashed losses, while Apple only pared its latest big decline.

While the major indexes whipsawed, small caps and highly valued growth plays staged a solid relief rally. But these stocks have suffered massive losses in recent weeks.

Advancers narrowly beat decliners in Thursday's session, but the trend has been highly negative in recent days and weeks. New lows obliterated new highs.

With investor fears shifting from inflation toward growth concerns — in part due to Fed rate hikes to rein in inflation — even commodity plays have faltered. Oil and gas stocks are an area of strength, but some have faltered while even many leaders are fighting for support at their 50-day lines.

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What To Do Now

Futures indicate a strong bounce at Friday's open, with beaten-down techs again leading the way. But the market needs a lot more than a strong open, or even a good day or two. It needs several strong sessions to indicate some sort of sustained rally. Even that might only end up being a bear market rally to the 21-day or 50-day lines before reversing lower again.

There is no reason to be involved in this market, aside from long-term winners.

Work on your watchlists. Focus on stocks with strong relative strength, such as Northrop, Dollar Tree and Cigna. Note those that are setting up near buy points, but don't get too hung up on that right now. If this market correction/bear market continues for some time, resilient stocks will have time to form better patterns over time.

Read The Big Picture every day to stay in sync with the market direction and leading stocks and sectors.

Please follow Ed Carson on Twitter at @IBD_ECarson for stock market updates and more.

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