Dow Jones Industrial Average maintains the red

  • Dow Jones retreats as US manufacturing activity data beats expectations.
  • Real Estate and Health sectors are leading losses, while Communication Services and Energy advance.
  • DJIA corrects lower after rejection at the 40,000 psychological level.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) is going through a significant pullback on Monday. The positive surprise in the US ISM Manufacturing PMI Index has poured cold water on the US Federal Reserve’s (Fed) easing expectations which has triggered a sharp rebound in US Treasury yields.

The US manufacturing sector’s activity expanded again after more than one year of contraction. The headline PMI rose to 50.3 from 47.8 in March, beating expectations of a milder increase to 48.4. Beyond that, the Prices Paid sub-index surged to 55.8, its highest reading since July 2022 and a positive contribution to inflationary trends.

These figures will likely back Fed hawks’ view that there is no rush to start lowering borrowing costs. This week we have a string of Fed speakers and key employment figures to provide more clues about the central bank’s plans.

Dow Jones news

The Dow Jones Index loses 0.64%, to 39,545 during Monday's afternoon trade, with most sectors in the red. The Real Estate and Health sectors are the biggest losers, dropping 1.46% and 1.06% respectively. On the positive side, Communication Services advances 1.1%, followed by the Energy sector, 0.74% up.

Home Depot (HD) shares are leading the decline with a 3.14% drop to $371.61, followed by Nike (NKE), down 1.93% to $92.17. Boeing (BA) continues bleeding with the company under a major crisis that has led to the replacement of the board. The planemaker loses 1.48% to $190.16.

On the positive side, 3M (MMM) outperformed the rest of the companies in the Index with a 4.55% jump to $92.72, followed by Chevron (CVX), up 0.9% to $159.17.

Dow Jones technical outlook

The Dow Jones Index is going through a significant downward correction on Monday, giving away half of the ground taken last week. The overall trend remains bullish, but the pullback from all-time highs gives bears hopes of testing support at the previous resistance level of 39,240. 

DJIA remains bullish, standing comfortably above previous highs and the 4-hour 50 Simple Moving Average (SMA) at 39,250. Below here, the next downside targets lie at the 39,000 level and the trendline support at 38,775.

Further down, the trendline resistance from late January lows at 38,850 would be next.

On the upside, the resistance area between 39,850 and the 40,000 psychological levels seems a tough nut to crack for bulls.

DJIA 4-Hour Chart



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