Dow Jones futures fell modestly late Thursday, along with S&P 500 futures and Nasdaq futures after top stocks fared well in a sideways current stock market rally. Arista Networks (ANET) and Nvidia earnings were out late. Arista Networks stock and Nvidia stock rallied late, with Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) and some other chips playing in sympathy with [NDIA] Apple stock fell modestly after Warren Buffett published that Berkshire Hathaway (BRKB) trimmed its big Apple (AAPL) holding in the fourth quarter. Meanwhile IBD 50 software maker SS&C Technologies '(SSNC) earnings growth accelerated yet again, with SS&C stock nearing a buy point overnight.
Dow Jones Futures Today Dow Jones futures dipped 0.2% vs. fair value. S&P 500 futures fell 0.25%. Nasdaq 100 futures pulled back 0.3%. Apple stock is a big weight in the Dow Jones, S&P 500 index and Nasdaq composite.
Current Stock Market Rally
In Thursday's stock market, the 200-day line acted as support and resistance. The S&P 500 index fell 0.3%, but closed just above its 200-day average. The Nasdaq rose 0.1%, but was turned back again at its 200-day. The Dow Jones sank 0.4%. But while the major averages spun their wheels, top stocks are outperformed again in the current stock market rally. The Innovator IBD 50 ETF (FFTY) rose 1.3% Thursday to its best level in nearly four months.
Nvidia earnings fell 53% vs. a year earlier than 80 cents a share, but analysts had expected Nvidia earnings of just 63 cents. The graphics chip maker was light on sales and Q1 sales guidance, but its full-year sales outlook was better than feared.
Nvidia stock soared 5.62% in late trading. Shares rose 1.1% to 154.53 in Thursday's stock market. But Nvidia stock is still long, long way from its Oct. 2 peak of 292.76
Nvidia rival AMD stock rose 1.3% late, with several other chipmakers showing some modest after hours gains.
Apple stock fell a fraction to slightly below 170 in late trade after Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway cut its Apple stake in Q4, as shares plunged. Berkshire sold nearly 3 million shares of the iPhone maker. Apple stock now accounts for 21.5% of its portfolio, down from 25.79% the prior quarter.
Berkshire also sold shares of United Airlines (UAL) and Southwest Airlines (LUV)
Arista Networks Earnings
Arista Networks' earnings rose 32% to $ 2.25 a share in Q4, while adding to stakes of JPMorgan and some other banks. Revenue climbed 27% to $ 595.7 million. Wall Street Expected Arista Networks earning $ 2.07 a share on sales of $ 591.4 million. The cloud networking software maker also slightly higher on Q1 revenue.
Arista Networks stock increased 5.6% in late trading. That signals a move above the 200-day line, but still well below the late August peak of 313.37. Its stock rose 1.85% to 240.78 on Thursday, as larger rival Cisco Systems (CSCO) rallied on its solid earnings
SS&C earnings rose 76% to 95 cents a share, beating views by a dime. Revenue swelled 157% to $ 1.13 billion. SS&C earnings growth has accelerated for four straight quarters while top-line growth has picked up for the past three quarters. The financial software maker's growth has been fueled in large part by acquisitions that expand the company's size and scope.
SS&C stock is on the IBD 50 list and boasts a best-possible IBD composite rating of 99.
SS&C stock rose 8% to 60.82 late. Shares are just below a 61.7 buy point from a six-month cup base.
Remember that SS&C stock, Nvidia stock, Apple stock, Dow Jones futures and other overnight action do not necessarily translate into actual trading in the next regular stock market session. While investing interestingly, investors should follow the current stock market rally by the action of key indexes and leading stocks in daylight hours
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