The Dow Jones Industrial Average trimmed losses Friday after a weaker-than-expected monthly jobs report from the U.S. Labor Department. Meanwhile, Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba (BABA) jumped as the company faces a $1.1 billion fine on its fintech affiliate, Ant Group.


Friday’s employment report for June showed that nonfarm payrolls rose 209,000, below estimates for growth of 213,000 and down from May’s 339,000 growth. The unemployment rate ticked lower to 3.6%, in line with estimates.

Attention on the report intensified Thursday after the surprise surge in June hiring reported in ADP’s National Employment Report. That data sent bond and stock markets spiraling lower on Thursday.

Elsewhere, Alibaba shares rallied more than 3% Friday after Reuters reported that China’s central bank is expected to fine the company’s Ant Group $1.2 billion, ending the probe into Alibaba. That will allow Ant Group to revive its business growth and eventually restart plans for an initial public offering.

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On the earnings front, Levi Strauss (LEVI) tumbled more than 7% after slashing its full-year guidance.

Electric-vehicle giant Tesla (TSLA) advanced 0.9% Friday morning. Dow Jones tech giants Apple (AAPL) and Microsoft (MSFT) were lower after today’s stock market open.

Other stock market leaders include Alphabet (GOOGL) and Meta Platforms (META). GOOGL stock dipped 0.1%, while Meta shares edged higher.

Alphabet, Chipotle Mexican Grill (CMG), Dynatrace (DT), MongoDB (MDB) and Nvidia (NVDA) — as well as Dow Jones stocks JPMorgan Chase (JPM), Visa (V) and Salesforce (CRM) — are among the best stocks to watch in the current stock market pullback.

Tesla is an IBD Leaderboard stock, while Nvidia this week was featured in the Stocks Near A Buy Zone column. Alphabet and Dynatrace were recent IBD Stocks Of The Day.

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After Friday’s opening bell, the Dow Jones Industrial Average dipped 0.1%, while the S&P 500 rose 0.1%. The tech-heavy Nasdaq composite moved up 0.4% in morning action.

Among U.S. exchange-traded funds, the Nasdaq 100 tracker Invesco QQQ Trust (QQQ) traded up 0.4%, while the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY) gained 0.1% early Friday.

The 10-year U.S. Treasury yield ticked higher to 4.08% after the jobs report as it continues to break out above recent highs. The yield settled Thursday at 4.04%, its highest level since early March.

Oil prices continued higher Friday morning, after slight gains on Thursday. West Texas Intermediate futures traded up around 0.3%, to near $72 a barrel.

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On Thursday, the Dow Jones Industrial Average declined 1.1%. In the Dow 30, American Express (AXP) skidded nearly 2.7%, just as it was getting close to a 177.04 buy point in a cup with handle.

The S&P 500 and Nasdaq composite both lost 0.8%, well off the session lows. The small-cap Russell 2000 sold off 1.6%.

Thursday’s Big Picture column commented, “Despite Thursday’s sharp losses, the stock market uptrend remains intact. So, IBD’s recommended market exposure still sits at 80%-100%. Still, investors should be prepared for the market to pull back some more.”

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Dow Jones Stocks To Watch: JPMorgan, Salesforce, Visa

Dow Jones banking leader JPMorgan ended trading Thursday just below a 143.37 flat-base buy point following the session’s 1% decline. The 5% buy zone goes up to 150.54. JPM stock rose 0.6% Friday morning, following an upgrade to outperform from peer perform. Wolfe has its 12-month price target set at 170, about 19% above where shares closed on Thursday.

Salesforce managed to steady itself after its post-earnings slump. It is now testing support at the 50-day line and a decisive rebound would create a new buying opportunity. The megacap tech previously moved past a pair of alternative entries at 194.01 and at 200.10, according to IBD Leaderboard analysis.

In recent weeks, shares reached the 20% profit zone from a 178.94 cup-with-handle entry. CRM stock inched lower Friday morning.

Payments leader Visa closed further above a flat base’s 235.57 buy point Thursday, with a gain of 0.6%. The buy range tops out at 247.35. V stock fell 0.8% early Friday.

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Best Stocks To Buy And Watch: Alphabet, Chipotle, Dynatrace, MongoDB, Nvidia

Wednesday’s IBD Stock Of The Day, Alphabet, is trying to find support around its 50-day line. This week, investors could have used the June 30 high of 121.08 as a buy point. But shares are below that buy trigger after Thursday’s loss of nearly 1.4%. Plus, Alphabet shares could have a proper base in another week. GOOGL stock moved down 0.1% Friday morning.

IBD Leaderboard watchlist stock Chipotle is trying to break out past flat base’s 2,139.88 buy point, according to IBD MarketSmith pattern recognition. An early entry at 2,092.51 was also available due to a trendline. Chipotle was a recent IBD Stock Of The Day. CMG stock fell 0.3% Friday morning.

Software maker Dynatrace has formed a three-weeks-tight chart pattern, representing a brief consolidation in which institutional investors pause their buying. Shares are about 3% away from their latest entry at 52.99. DT stock was down 0.4% Friday morning.

MongoDB traded tightly after its recent earnings-fueled jump, which offered a new entry. Shares are just above the three-weeks-tight formation that showed a buy point at 398.89 after two straight days of losses. Meanwhile, aggressive investors could have used a trendline entry around 386. MDB stock moved up 0.3% Friday morning.

Following its May 25 earnings-fueled gap-up, Nvidia shares have been trending consistently higher. Amid a pullback since June 20, the stock is offering another opportunity to buy shares. It formed a trendline entry at 418 after the stock found support at its 21-day exponential moving average. Nvidia is an IBD Leaderboard stock. Shares gained 0.5% Friday.

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Best Stocks To Buy And Watch In Stock Market Rally

These are four best stocks to buy and watch in today’s stock market, including a Dow Jones leader.

Company Name Symbol Correct Buy Point Type Of Buy Point
ASML (ASML) 683.18 Cup with handle
Salesforce (CRM) 200.00 Consolidation
Cloudflare (NET) 66.20 Double bottom
Roku (ROKU) 75.45 Cup with handle
Source: IBD Data As Of July 5, 2023

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Tesla Stock

IBD Leaderboard stock Tesla snapped a six-day win streak Thursday, with a 2.1% skid. Still, Tesla shares remain sharply out of buy range beyond a double-bottom’s 207.79 buy point.

TSLA stock looked to rebound from Thursday’s losses, climbing 0.9% Friday.

Dow Jones Leaders: Apple, Microsoft

Among Dow Jones stocks, Apple stock continued to hold just off last week’s record high at 194.48, rising 0.25% Thursday. Shares continue to hold sharply above a 157.38 buy point. Early Friday, shares fell 0.2% in morning action.

Microsoft shares rose another 0.9% Thursday, holding about 4% away from their June 16 all-time high at 351.47. Shares are on pace to end with a modest weekly gain.

In recent weeks, the stock reached the 20% to 25% profit zone from a 276.76 flat-base buy point, so investors could have taken at least some profits there. And on Friday morning, Microsoft shares were down 0.4%.

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