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Monday’s stock market performance was a bit like a seesaw with a twist – while banks were having a bit of a “meh” moment, the tech side of things was riding a high-speed rollercoaster fueled by Nvidia’s turbocharged surge (NASDAQ:NVDA).

It’s like the financial world was sipping on a fancy latte, eagerly waiting for a data-filled treasure chest to spill its secrets about consumer behavior. The Dow Jones Industrial Average did a little victory dance with a 0.1% rise, Nasdaq decided to shoot for the stars with a 1% jump, and the S&P 500 joined the party with a cheerful 0.6% boost.

Dow futures steady, key retail sales report ahead

U.S. stock futures were little changed during Monday’s evening deals, following a positive session among major benchmark averages, with major tech companies NVIDIA Corporation (NASDAQ:NVDA), Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT), and Alphabet (NASDAQ:GOOGL) posting significant gains as investors bought the dip following last week’s slump.

By 6:55pm ET (10:55pm GMT) Dow Jones Futures were up 0.1%, S&P 500 Futures added 0.2% and Nasdaq 100 Futures were up 0.3%.

In extended deals, Getty Images Holdings Inc (NYSE:GETY) shed 14% after the company reported Q2 losses of $0.01 per share versus expected earnings of $0.04 per share, while revenue came in at $225.7 million versus $236.26 million expected.

Discover Financial Services (NYSE:DFS) dipped 4.5% after announced that the Chief Executive Officer and President Roger Hochschild will step down, serving as an advisory to the company until the end of the year.

Ahead in Tuesday’s trade, investors will be monitoring retail sales and business inventories data as well as import and export price indexes.

Among earnings, companies including Home Depot Inc (NYSE:HD), Inc Adr (NASDAQ:JD), Suncor Energy Inc (NYSE:SU), Alcon AG (NYSE:ALC) and Agilent Technologies Inc (NYSE:A) are expected to release quarterly results.

During Monday’s regular session, the Dow Jones Industrial Average added 26.2 points or 0.1% to 35,307.6, the S&P 500 added 25.7 points or 0.6% to 4,489.7 and the NASDAQ Composite lifted 143.5 points or 1.1% to 13,788.3.

On the bond markets, United States 10-Year rates were at 9-month highs of 4.201%.



Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE:BRKa) put on its financial artist’s beret and whipped up a masterpiece in the second quarter, as revealed in the firm’s 13F filing with the SEC after the closing bell on Monday.

The star of the show? A daring dance into the world of homebuilding, with Berkshire waltzing its way into the spotlight with newfound positions in three key players: D. R. Horton (DHI), Lennar Corp. (NYSE:LEN), and NVR, Inc. (NYSE:NVR).

In this grand tableau, the boldest stroke of the brush was the whopping 5,969,714 shares of D.R. Horton Inc (NYSE:DHI), a masterpiece in its own right. But the artistry didn’t stop there – Berkshire also revealed its smaller yet still eye-catching works, holding 152,572 shares of Lennar and 11,112 shares of NVR, each a brushstroke contributing to the portrait of a strategic investment virtuoso.

The BSE MidCap index stocks decided to flaunt their acrobatic prowess on Monday, leaping and twirling their way to new 52-week highs. The market arena transformed into a stage, as these daring darlings – led by headliners 3M India, Aurobindo Pharma, Motilal Oswal Financial Services, and Trent – donned their confidence capes and stole the spotlight.

With a swish of their metaphorical capes, they set the midcap universe ablaze, sending a clear message to the stock market: Midcaps are here to rock and roll, one gravity-defying leap at a time!

Smart investing is like a finely choreographed dance between financial intuition and calculated strategy. It’s the art of putting your money to work in a way that not only appreciates over time but also weaves a safety net for your financial future. Just like a skilled conductor orchestrates a symphony, a savvy investor conducts thorough research, diversifies their portfolio, and stays attuned to market rhythms.

It’s not about chasing every shiny opportunity but rather identifying those hidden gems that align with your goals and risk tolerance. Smart investing embraces the long game, understanding that patience and discipline can yield rewards that crescendo over the years. Whether it’s stocks, bonds, real estate, or innovative ventures, the symphony of smart investing harmonizes knowledge, timing, and a dash of courage to compose a financial masterpiece.