The major stock market indexes picked up steam in afternoon trading as they climbed to the highs of the day. The Dow Jones Industrial Average remained the leader, up more than 2.6%, or more than 800 points.
The S&P 500 gained steam with a 2.5% gain. The Nasdaq composite added 2.8%, while the Russell 2000 small-cap index gained 2.3%.
The tech-heavy Nasdaq 100-tracking Invesco QQQ Trust ETF (QQQ) popped 3%.
NYSE and Nasdaq traded on higher volume than at the same time on Thursday.
Crude oil fell 1.2% to $88 per barrel, while the Energy Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLE) edged up 0.5%. Natural gas retreated, losing 2.1%, and holding above $5 per million British thermal units.
The 10-year Treasury note yield rose 9 basis points to 4.02%. Bitcoin trimmed 0.1% to $20,695.
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European stock markets closed mixed, with the German DAX index up 0.2%, the Paris CAC 40 up 0.5% and the London FTSE 100 dipping 0.4% to close out the trading week.
The quarter-over-quarter U.S. Employment Cost Index rose 1.2%, in line with the consensus estimate. Year over year, it rose a hefty 5% in the third quarter, also meeting expectations.
Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said, "I don't see signs of a recession in this economy at this point." But she added that inflation is "unacceptably high and Americans feel that every day."
September personal income rose 0.4% vs. the 0.3% consensus expected, while personal consumption expenditures increased 0.6%, vs. the 0.4% expected.
The October University of Michigan's consumer sentiment came in at 59.9 vs. the 59.7 projected. The September pending home sales dropped a whopping 10.2% vs. the expected 3.8% decline.
Amazon.com (AMZN) plunged another 7.2% in heavy volume after reporting mixed Q3 results and disappointing guidance late Thursday. The stock is flirting with its lowest close since April 7, 2020, when it closed at 100.58. Shares are down 39.3% year to date, putting it on pace for its worst year since 2008, when it fell 44.7%.
IBD Big Cap 20 stock ExxonMobil (XOM) rose 3.1% after reporting record profits for Q3. Shares are in the 5% buy zone after hitting the 105.67 buy point of a long, choppy base, according to MarketSmith pattern recognition.
Glucose monitor manufacturer Dexcom (DXCM) gapped up over 17% after reporting a beat on Q3 EPS and sales. It also gave 2022 revenue guidance better than analysts expected. The stock leads the S&P 500 today.
Adtalem Global Education (ATGE) was up 3.8% and broke out of a cup base hitting the 41.50 buy point.
Chevron (CVX) rose 0.7% after reporting a beat on its Q3 sales and earnings. Shares are near a 182.50 buy point. The relative strength line hit a new high as indicated by the blue dot on the weekly MarketSmith chart.
Commercial truck manufacturer Paccar (PCAR) rose 2.1% and broke out of a saucer-with-handle base, hitting the 95.23 buy point. The company beat Q3 EPS and sales views on Tuesday, and has been climbing in heavier than average volume since then.
Vertex (VRTX) rebounded 7.9% after yesterday's 7.2% sell-off, as investors digest Thursday's positive Q3 EPS and sales numbers. Several analysts raised their price targets on the stock. Morgan Stanley boosted it to 285 and UBS to 342.
The Innovator IBD 50 ETF (FFTY) inched up 0.9%, lagging the major stock market indexes.
Medical staffing provider AMN Healthcare Services (AMN) rose 4.3% and broke out of a cup-with-handle base with a 125.04 buy point. The relative strength line hit a new high, too.
W.W. Grainger (GWW) gapped up 5.7% after reporting a beat on Q3 EPS and sales. Management raised its full-year 2022 EPS and sales guidance above analysts' views. Shares are in a cuplike base, nearing the 588.72 buy point. The relative strength line hit a new high already.
Natural gas shipper Flex LNG (FLNG) gapped down 4.1%, dropping below its 50-day and 21-day exponential moving averages.
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