These Top Stocks Signal This Key Tech Sector Is Back: S&P 500 Index

Futures for the S&P 500 index rose slightly above fair value early Tuesday morning as the major averages all set record highs on Monday, fueled by Apple ( AAPL ). Notably, chip stocks appear on the mend, with Intel ( INTC ) continuing to surge from its 50-day line, Micron Technology ( MU ) retaking that support area and KLA-Tencor ( KLAC ) breaking out to a buy zone.

[ibd-display-video id=3031068 width=50 float=left autostart=true] S&P 500 futures rose about 0.15% vs. fair value. Nasdaq futures were up a fraction. Dow futures climbed nearly 0.2%.

Chip stocks have been a key driver of bull markets for decades. Not only are they a major part of the Nasdaq and S&P 500, but they also are integral to so much of the tech sector, from PCs to data centers to smartphones such as the Apple iPhone.

(Notably, Apple rose 1.4% to 176.62 in Monday's stock market trading , just clearing a 176.34 flat-base entry . But it fell 1.1% in early Tuesday trading, back below that buy point.)

So it was not a good sign that chip stocks sold off in late November, with most chipmakers and nearly all significant chip equipment makers eventually falling below their 50-day moving averages. Chip stocks have been rallying for more than a week, but Monday was an important day.

The Philadelphia Semiconductor Index, or Philly Sox, regained its 50-day moving average for the first time since Dec. 1.

Micron Technology, which reports earnings late Tuesday , also moved above that level, jumping 3.1% to 43.71 Monday. Micron rose 1% early Tuesday.

Intel was the top-performing Dow stock for a second straight session, surging 3.8% to 46.26 after blasting 3% on Friday, rebounding from its 50-day. Volume was very strong on both days. Intel is now closing in on a 47.40 flat-base entry. Intel fell a fraction early Tuesday.

KLA-Tencor cleared its 110.11 buy point on Monday, vaulting 5.3% to 111.22. KeyBanc raised the chip equipment maker to overweight with a 134 price target. KLA-Tencor retook its 50-day line on Friday. It was not yet active Tuesday morning.

As for other notable chip plays, Nvidia ( NVDA ) popped 3.3% to 197.90, while chip gear leader ASML (ASML) advanced 1.5% to 176.34. Both are just below their 50-day moving averages. Both rose a fraction early Tuesday.


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