Stocks Modestly Higher; These Top Retailers Advance On Bullish Data

The major market averages were modestly higher in early morning trade Thursday. The Dow Jones industrial average paced the indexes with a 0.2% rise, notching a record high. The tech-heavy Nasdaq and the S&P 500 inched 0.1% higher.

[ibd-display-video id=3023066 width=50 float=left autostart=true] Among the Dow Jones industrial components, WaltDisney ( DIS ) reversed from early losses to rise 0.7% after reaching a $66.1 billion deal to buy 21st Century Fox 's ( FOXA ) entertainment assets. The media company is gearing up for a streaming content fight with FANG stocks Amazon ( AMZN ) and Netflix ( NFLX ), which rose 0.5% and 1%, respectively. Netflix was attempting to reclaim a 190.05 cup-with-handle entry.

On the downside, Verizon Communications ( VZ ) was the day's early big loser, falling 1.3%. The stock remains in buy range from a 51.28 flat-base entry.

Leading retailers were mostly higher in the stock market today , after November's retail sales handily beat the consensus estimate, coming in at 0.8% vs. 0.3% forecasts. The sales beat reinforces sustained strength in the economy. Michael Kors (KORS) advanced 1.2% and is well-extended from a 46.36 flat-base entry. Lululemon (LULU) moved up 1% and is extended from a 64.91 buy point. The stock was also upgraded from hold to buy at Deutsche Bank.

Among companies reporting earnings , tech companies Adobe Systems (ADBE) and Oracle (ORCL) will report after the close Thursday. Adobe has been a top big-cap stock in 2017. Shares are 12% above a recent 157.99 flat-base entry that was gapped above on Oct. 19. The stock recently found solid support at its 50-day line. Analysts expect the software company to earn $1.15 per share with revenue of $1.95 billion.

Oracle is forming a double-bottom base pattern with a 51.38 potential buy point. Consensus estimates have the company's fiscal-Q2 earnings results coming in at 68 cents per share on sales of $9.56 billion.

Meanwhile, Costco (COST) will release its fiscal-Q1 results. Analysts anticipate the warehouse retailer earning $1.35 per share on revenue of $31.52 billion. The stock is extended after a recent breakout above a 173.19 cup-with-handle entry.

Inside the IBD 50 , PayPal (PYPL) rose 1.3%, on pace for a fourth straight up day. Shares have been rallying from their 50-day line since Dec. 4.

On the downside, Alibaba (BABA) declined nearly 4% in heavy turnover and moved further below its 50-day line, where it found resistance on Dec. 11. The stock is in the early stages of forming a brand-new base - its first since an ascending-base-pattern breakout in September.


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