S&P, Nasdaq Hit New Highs After Alphabet Earnings

All three benchmarks are eyeing weekly wins

Managing Editor
Jul 26, 2019 at 12:02 PM
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The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJI) is treading water at midday, as the latest corporate earnings reports share the spotlight with a well-received reading on second-quarter gross domestic product (GDP). The blue-chip index has spent time on both sides of breakeven, but had erased early morning losses at last check, as it looks to avoid a third straight loss. The S&P 500 Index (SPX) and Nasdaq Composite (IXIC) are comfortably in the black, though, fresh off record highs thanks to an earnings beat from Google parent Alphabet (GOOGL). 

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  • Plus, call traders eye post-earnings gains for Zynga; MGM breaks out on cost-cutting success; and Xilinx extends slide.

Midday Market Stats July 26

Zynga Inc (NASDAQ:ZNGA) is seeing accelerated options trading today. More than 25,000 calls have traded -- seven times what's typically seen at this point in the day, and 38 times the number of puts traded. Most of this action is occurring around the August 6 call, where new positions are likely being purchased. At last check, Zynga stock was up 1.3% to trade at $6.46, ahead of the mobile game developer's second-quarter earnings report, due out after the close next Wednesday, July 31.

One of the better stocks on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) today is MGM Resorts International (NYSE:MGM). The shares are up 5.9% to trade at $31.10, and earlier nabbed a fresh annual high of $31.68, after the casino name announced it was on track to hit its 2020 cost-cutting goal. This overshadows a second-quarter earnings miss, and has prompted several price-target hikes, including one to $37 at Instinet.

One day removed from a subpar quarterly reportXilinx, Inc. (NASDAQ:XLNX) is down 3.3% to trade at $123.36 today. While the chip name is heading toward a 7% loss in the last two days, it's still on pace for a weekly win , and has seen this pullback contained near its ascending 20-day moving average.

MMC Daily Chart XLNX


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