Market Pulse: QQQ Is Making a Comeback as Tesla Keeps Flying

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The Nasdaq-100 tracking QQQ has lagged since September, along with FANG stocks. But recent price action may suggest they’re coming back to life.

The Nasdaq was the only major index to rise yesterday. (The S&P 500, Dow Jones Industrials and Russell 2000 all fell.) Interestingly, the gain was led by big companies like Tesla (TSLA), Apple (AAPL), Facebook (FB) and Netflix (NFLX). That’s important because most of the Nasdaq’s big gainers in the last three months were smaller names like Moderna (MRNA).

TSLA’s running into its December 21 addition to the S&P 500. AAPL’s starting to get attention as analysts look for the iPhone 12 upgrade cycle to kick in. It’s not clear why FB and NFLX moved. That could indicate investors are simply returning to the large-cap tech names that have been the long-term leaders.

For months, the bulls have piled into energy, financials and industrials — the cyclical reopening/value plays. However, the economy is still struggling and Covid cases are spiking again. That could cause money to shift back to the big-cap Nasdaq stocks.

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