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It’s Friday the 13th, however the bulls will have to be feeling slightly lucky, given the S&P 500 stands at a five-month high.

Sure, these days’s earnings from giant banks may solid a hex on this market. Plus, we’ve got that U.S.-U.Okay. “special relationship” turning extra special.

But our call of the day may embolden the bulls. It tackles a sizzling topic — this FAANG-tastic stock market’s most sensible heaviness — and it comes from A Wealth of Common Sense’s Ben Carlson, who also throws a bone to the bears.

“The stock market isn't recently being pushed via just a handful of stocks,” writes Carlson, Ritholtz Wealth Management’s director of institutional asset management.

One “tell-tale sign that this isn’t the case” comes from the truth that small-cap stocks are outperforming this 12 months, he says. The small-fry Russell 2000 is up 10% in 2018, besting the S&P’s achieve of 4.7%.

Carlson also issues to a key indicator for market breadth — the NYSE Advance-Decline Line. He provides the chart under that plots that gauge’s moves alongside the S&P’s motion.

“If there were just a few stocks rising, you might see a large divergence between these traces,” he writes. “Instead, we see the advance-decline rather in step with the stock market. This tells us that there are way more stocks rising than just some of the biggest names.”

The Michigan-based portfolio supervisor gives a few caveats as smartly, together with:

• “We definitely may see what many would call an past due correction in tech stocks that brings down the remainder of the market.”

• “If you’re invested solely in a complete market or S&P 500 index fund, then sure, your returns will be pushed via a handful of stocks. This is solely the way in which market-cap weighting works.”

Go here to read his complete post. (H/t Abnormal Returns)

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And see: The tech sector delivered the entire stock market’s features so far in 2018

Key market gauges

Futures for the Dow YMU8, +0.04%  , S&P 500 ESU8, -0.01% and Nasdaq-100 NQU8, +0.04% are little modified, after the Dow DJIA, +0.91%  , S&P SPX, +0.87% and Nasdaq Composite COMP, +1.39% closed with features the previous day, with the tech-laden Naz scoring an all-time high. The 3 gauges are on track for weekly rises of greater than 1%, as of Thursday’s shut.

European stocks SXXP, +0.26% are trading mostly higher, after Asia largely completed with features. Gold  GCQ8, -0.34% is shedding, as oil CLQ8, +0.23% and the greenback index DXY, +0.20% advance.

See the Market Snapshot column for the newest motion.

The chart
Here comes 2,800 (shown in crimson) once more.

“The S&P 500 is knocking on the 2,800 door once more, and I think we now have a a lot better chance of breaking through this time,” technical analyst Mark Arbeter says in a be aware to purchasers, as the index sits at its perfect last level since Feb. 1.

The Arbeter Investments president is inspired partially via that NYSE Advance-Decline Line mentioned previous. Meanwhile, Elliott Waver Ari Gilburt has been predicting a rally toward 2,800, however then an August pullback.

Read extra: The stock market’s subsequent step may tip the stability toward bears — or bulls

The quote
Trump and May in Brussels previous this week — caption contest?

“If they do a deal like that, we might be dealing with the European Union as an alternative of dealing with the U.Okay., so it'll most certainly kill the deal.” — President Donald Trump has teed off on British Prime Minister Theresa May’s so-called soft Brexit plan.

He is saying that manner would ruin any doable trade pact between the U.S. and the U.Okay.

His comments appeared late Thursday in the U.Okay.’s Sun newspaper, which stated it had interviewed the president simply earlier than he arrived in the land of heat beer. The pound GBPUSD, -0.2877% is slumping following the comments, whilst Trump these days is sounding friendlier and saying the nations’ relationship is “very, very strong.”

The buzz

J.P. Morgan Chase JPM, +0.43% simply posted an earnings beat, and Wells Fargo WFC, -0.07% and Citigroup C, +0.88% also reported earlier than the outlet bell.

Read extra: Banks’ earnings are anticipated to polish, however their stocks won't

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross has agreed to sell all of his stocks after acknowledging that he failed to sell some holdings as required via ethics agreements.

A jury in St. Louis discovered Johnson & Johnson JNJ, +1.20% will have to pay $four.7 billion in damages to 22 ladies and their families who blamed ovarian-cancer cases on asbestos in the company’s iconic baby powder.

There remains to be buzz around the previous day’s extremely contentious hearing on Capitol Hill featuring the FBI’s Peter Strzok. He testified that he didn’t leak damaging details about Trump earlier than the election.

China’s trade surplus widened sharply in June, as tensions with the U.S. ramped up. Meanwhile, a Shenzhen hotel is denying a file that it was charging Americans an additional 25%.

The Justice Department has appealed a key antitrust ruling that had given a inexperienced light to AT&T T, +1.13% buyout of Time Warner.

On the U.S. information front, a file on import and export costs arrived earlier than the open, and a reading on client sentiment is slated to hit once trading gets underway.

The Federal Reserve has a few issues for us: a financial coverage file, plus the Atlanta Fed’s Raphael Bostic doing a Q&A with CPAs. Did he lose a raffle or something?

Check out: MarketWatch’s Economic Calendar

Tesla TSLA, -0.71% information: Elon Musk reportedly violated federal hard work legislation via urging employees to not form a union, and the car maker has hit a key threshold for deliveries, so a tax credit score shall be phased out.

Bitcoin BTCUSD, +1.36% is trading around $6,200 as lovers spotlight a key anniversary:

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Victor Reklaitis is a London-based markets writer for MarketWatch. Follow him on Twitter @VicRek.

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