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These stocks soared up to 12% after inflation cooled

Amid the euphoria following what appeared to be the first sign of slowing inflation, stocks staged a broad rally on Aug. 10, with dozens of large-cap stocks rising 5% or more.

Those included several tech names that investors loved during the early stages of the coronvirus pandemic, along with cruise lines, credit-card lenders and chip-related companies.

A list of the day’s best performers among the S&P 500 Index
SPX
and the Nasdaq-100 Index
NDX
is below.

The S&P 500 rose 2.1% and is up 12% since its 2022 closing low on June 22. The benchmark index is still down 11.7% this year.

The strong showing followed a report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics saying the Consumer Price Index was unchanged in July from June after rising 1.3% in June from May, and decelerated to an annual 8.5% in July from 9.1% the previous month.

Greg Robb provided further analysis of what the better-than-expected inflation report might mean for interest rates when the Federal Open Market Committee has its next meeting Sept. 20-21, which will be followed by a decision on the fed funds rate and the Federal Reserve’s investment policy.

All 11 sectors of the S&P 500 were up for the day:

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Index

Price change – Aug. 10

Price change since S&P 500 closing low June 22

Price change – 2022

Materials

2.9%

6.3%

-12.4%

Consumer Discretionary

2.9%

20.4%

-18.2%

Information Technology

2.8%

16.8%

-15.1%

Communication Services

2.8%

6.8%

-25.4%

Financials

2.3%

10.3%

-11.6%

Industrials

2.2%

13.3%

-7.6%

Real Estate

1.4%

12.0%

-13.3%

Health Care

1.1%

6.7%

-5.9%

Consumer Staples

0.7%

6.6%

-3.2%

Energy

0.7%

2.7%

35.9%

Utilities

0.5%

13.8%

5.4%

S&P 500

2.1%

12.0%

-11.7%

Source: FactSet

The Nasdaq-100 includes the largest 100 non-financial stocks in the full Nasdaq Composite Index
COMP.
When added to the S&P 500, the group expands to 518 stocks, 92% of which posted gains on Aug. 10.

Here are the day’s 20 best performers in this expanded large-cap group — many are still down by high double digits from their one-year highs:

Company

Ticker

Price change – Aug. 10

Price change since June 22

Price change – 2022

Decline from 52-week high

Date of 52-week intraday high

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd.

NCLH 12.1%

18.2%

-34.6%

-54.0%

11/05/2021

Zscaler Inc.

ZS 10.4%

21.0%

-43.9%

-52.0%

11/19/2021

Royal Caribbean Group

RCL 9.8%

13.6%

-45.8%

-57.6%

11/08/2021

Carnival Corp.

CCL 9.2%

7.5%

-48.6%

-62.2%

09/27/2021

SVB Financial Group

SIVB 7.7%

13.0%

-33.3%

-40.7%

11/16/2021

DocuSign Inc.

DOCU 7.7%

21.5%

-50.5%

-76.0%

08/10/2021

CrowdStrike Holdings Inc. Class A

CRWD 7.5%

21.2%

-1.9%

-32.7%

11/10/2021

Etsy Inc.

ETSY 7.4%

57.8%

-46.6%

-62.0%

11/26/2021

Datadog Inc Class A

DDOG 7.3%

29.3%

-33.9%

-41.0%

11/17/2021

Marvell Technology Inc.

MRVL 7.3%

18.5%

-37.1%

-41.4%

12/08/2021

MercadoLibre Inc.

MELI 6.9%

57.1%

-21.1%

-46.0%

09/02/2021

Teradyne Inc.

TER 6.8%

8.5%

-39.4%

-41.3%

12/28/2021

Qorvo Inc.

QRVO 6.6%

14.4%

-30.3%

-44.1%

08/09/2021

Zoom Video Communications Inc. Class A

ZM 6.4%

-2.7%

-39.1%

-71.5%

08/10/2021

Generac Holdings Inc.

GNRC 6.3%

22.1%

-26.2%

-50.5%

11/02/2021

Netflix Inc.

NFLX 6.2%

36.5%

-59.5%

-65.2%

11/17/2021

Discover Financial Services

DFS 6.0%

14.8%

-6.6%

-20.4%

08/13/2021

Albemarle Corp.

ALB 6.0%

19.9%

10.9%

-11.0%

11/22/2021

Capital One Financial Corp

COF 6.0%

6.7%

-22.3%

-36.6%

08/13/2021

Aptiv PLC

APTV 5.9%

15.8%

-36.1%

-41.7%

11/04/2021

Source: FactSet

Click on the tickers for more about each company.

Click here for Tomi Kilgore’s detailed guide to the wealth of information for free on the MarketWatch quote page.

Despite all the good cheer among investors, economists at Pimco warned that core inflation might increase again in August, and BlackRock’s chief investment officer for global fixed income agreed with the Pimco economists that the Fed was still likely to increase the federal funds target range by another 0.75% in September.

Rex Nutting cautioned that one month of inflation data might not yet signal a trend because of the continuing increase in rents.

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