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  • Google and Microsoft drag tech shares lower on Monday.
  • Financials rebound as bond market stays closed on Columbus Day.
  • DJIA pares early losses to end the day higher.

Major equity indexes in the U.S. started the day in the negative territory and pushed lower during the first half of the session before staging a modest recovery later in the day.  

The negative impact of rising bond yields on equities faded on Monday as the bond market stayed closed due to the Columbus Day holiday in the U.S.  “There is anxiety about how the bond market will reopen and when you get a little bit of a downturn, the sentiment just builds over it,” Randy Frederick, vice president of trading and derivatives for Charles Schwab in Austin, Texas, told Reuters.

The S&P 500 Financials Index, which finished the previous week on a weak note, rebounded on Monday and closed the day 0.58% higher to help the financial-heavy Dow Jones Industrial Average outperform the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq Composite.  

On the other hand, after a Wall Street Journal report revealed that Google failed to report a security breach to its social media, Google+, users, shares of Alphabet Inc (Google) plummeted on Monday to weigh on the technology sector. The S&P 500 Technology Index lost 1.18% on the day to record the biggest daily percentage of the 11 major sectors.  

The Dow Jones Industrial Average added 48.21 points, or 0.18%, to 26,495.26, the S&P 500  closed virtually unchanged at 2,884.99 points,  and the tech-sensitive Nasdaq Composite lost 52.17 points, or 0.67%, to 7,736.28.

DJIA technical outlook via FXStreet Chief Analyst Valeria Bednarik

The DJIA recovered from an intraday low of 26,215, its lowest since mid-September, and finished the day a handful of points below a still bullish 20 DMA, while technical indicators have turned flat around their midlines, indicating that selling interest keeps being overshadowed by bulls’ determination to add on slides.

The 4 hours chart shows that the index flirted with a bullish 200 SMA at around the daily low, the first time it tests it since mid-August, and finished the day right below an also bullish 100 SMA, although the 20 SMA maintains a strong downward slope above this last. Technical indicators in the mentioned chart have recovered after hitting oversold readings, but remain below their midlines, in line with the daily perspective. The upside will look more constructive on a recovery above 26,534, the immediate resistance.

Support levels: 26,490 – 26,435 – 26,380.

Resistance levels: 26,534 – 26,591 – 26,660.