Stocks Open Nicely Higher; Retail Weak, Upgrade Lifts John Deere – Investor’s Business Daily

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The stock market held strong gains early Tuesday, helped by strength in European markets overnight. The Nasdaq led the way, up 1.3%. The S&P 500 and Dow Jones industrial average added around 1% each. Volume on the NYSE and Nasdaq was tracking slightly higher than Monday’s levels.

In Europe, the CAC 40 was up 1.9% in late trading Paris, Germany’s DAX gained 1.7%, and London’s FTSE added 1%.

In economic news, April new-home sales spiked 16.6% to an eight-year high. IBD’s home-building group performed mostly in line with the market on the news, up about 0.9%.

In the stock market today, John Deere (DE) added more than 1.5%, thanks to a BMO Capital upgrade and a price target hike to 96 from 70. Volume was running already more than double its usual pace. But the stock is still more than 19% below a 98.23 52-week high, so it’s not yet close to a potential breakout.

Early big movers in the Dow included American Express (AXP) and Visa (V), up about 2% each.

Inside the IBD 50, Universal Display (OLED) followed through after Monday’s strong move, rising another 3%. China names NetEase (NTES) and New Oriental Education (EDU) also outperformed.

Meanwhile, earnings reports were once again in focus. Toll Bros. (TOL) jumped 6%. Better-than-expected earnings and revenue were fueled by strong sales of luxury homes in California. Toll is a laggard in the group, though, still deep in base-building mode and trying to regain its slumping 50-day moving average.

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In the health care space, Zimmer Biomet (ZBH) picked up 1% in heavy volume. It’s still in buy range from a 117.87 cup-with-handle buy point.

The market’s performance was impressive in light of some weak retail reports. Best Buy (BBY) and DSW (DSW) slumped after reporting sluggish earnings, down 7% and 10%, respectively.