Stock Market Analysis: Nasdaq Dips, But Weekly Gain Strong; Cadence Design, Chegg In Focus | Summary and Q&A

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December 18, 2020
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Stock Market Analysis: Nasdaq Dips, But Weekly Gain Strong; Cadence Design, Chegg In Focus

TL;DR

A comprehensive analysis of the stock market technicals, including the performance of the Nasdaq and S&P 500, as well as the analysis of individual stocks like Cadence and Chegg.

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Questions & Answers

Q: What was the overall performance of the stock market this week?

The Nasdaq closed slightly down but had a strong week overall. The S&P 500 also finished with a small decline but remained solid. Both indexes hit record highs during the week.

Q: What is the outlook for the Nasdaq going forward?

It would be ideal for the Nasdaq to move sideways and hold above the middle regression line. This would allow major averages to catch up and give leading stocks a chance to form patterns before moving higher.

Q: What are the key factors to consider when analyzing individual stocks?

Strong technical action, such as breakout from a cup base, along with accelerated earnings and sales growth, can indicate a promising stock. It's also important to consider any potential shakeouts or pullbacks before entering a position.

Q: What should investors do over the weekend to prepare for the week ahead?

Investors should review their stocks, identify the ones that are looking strong and potentially extended, and decide whether to take profits or make adjustments to their portfolio. It's also important to have a game plan and follow it calmly and rationally.

Summary & Key Takeaways

  • Nasdaq closed slightly down, but a late flurry of buying in the final minutes capped off a strong week.

  • S&P 500 finished the week with a small decline, but still holding above the 21-day moving average.

  • Cadence Design Systems broke out of a cup base and showed strong technical and fundamental strength, while Chegg has been in base building mode but with solid top-line growth and a potential shakeout opportunity.

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