The Nasdaq Composite ($COMPX) ended the session lower by 4.61 points, or 0.16%, on Monday and it closed at 2,811.94. The strongest performers in the Nasdaq-100 ($NDX) on Friday were Verisign (VRSN) (+2.18%), Micron Technology (MU) (+1.75%), and Nuance Communications (NUAN) (+1.65%). The weakest were CTrip.com Intl. (CTRP) (-5.68%), Staples Inc. (SPLS) (-4.87%), and First Solar (FSLR) (-3.82%).
Nasdaq Composite (Figure 3)
Housing Data Disappoints
The morning's big data ahead of the open was the Standard & Poor's/Case-Schiller home-price index at 9:00 a.m. ET. The market has been looking for further evidence of incoming stability and a bottom in the housing crash, but Tuesday's data did not help bolster those hopes. U.S. home prices fell in nearly all of the cities tracked by the index. This marks the third straight monthly loss. Out of the 20 cities in the index, only Washington and Detroit posted year-over-year increases. The market did not react to the news.
Later this morning, watch for the Chicago PMI, followed by January's consumer confidence report.
Unless otherwise stated, the index action described in this article relates to the E-mini futures contracts for the respective indices. Actual index action may differ slightly in terms of pattern formation, although the market bias will remain the same.
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