Stocks are breaking out and look set for new highs, says this chart

The stock market is kicking off this earnings-heavy week by sizing up President Trump and Iran’s latest war of words.

And trade tensions are staying in the mix, after a big G-20 meetup wrapped up with little progress on that hot topic.

“I’d love for these trade-war headlines to go away so that we could get back to business,” writes CrackedMarket’s Jani Ziedins to his subscribers. “But not going down is the next best thing. The market’s resilience impresses me.”

Get ready for the S&P 500 to jump to new highs, says our chart of the day from Cam Hui over at Humble Student of the Markets. He has shared the graphic below that shows the index breaking out of a cup-with-handle pattern, a chart formation that many technical analysts love to see.

The breakout is holding up, and the next stop for S&P could be in the area of 2,925 to 2,960, according to Hui. That type of advance would take the benchmark above its January record close around 2,873.

“While the long-term forecast calls for caution, the near-term outlook looks bright,” Hui tells his subscribers.

“The upside breakout of the SPX from its cup-and-handle formation confirms that the bulls have taken control of the tape.”

Other pundits are singing a similar song.

“Short- to medium-term, I’m positive on the major stock market indexes in the U.S. — my base case scenario remains that the S&P 500 makes new all-time highs, getting above 2,873, before the next bear market,” says Nick Reece at Merk Investments. “However, I’m cautious over the medium to longer term.”

Read more: The stock market keeps ignoring trade-war fears

And see: Dennis Gartman says an ‘exaggerated’ and ‘stunning’ rally may be on the way

Futures for the Dow YMU8, -0.07% , S&P 500 ESU8, -0.09%and Nasdaq-100 NQU8, -0.43%are little changed, after the Dow DJIA, -0.03% , S&P SPX, -0.09% and Nasdaq Composite COMP, -0.07%mostly ended flat on Friday — both for the session and for the week.

Europe SXXP, -0.23%is largely flat to lower, after Japan’s Nikkei NIK, -1.33%closed down sharply, but China’s markets gained. Oil CLQ8, +1.25%is higher, while gold GCQ8, -0.10%and the dollar index DXY, +0.12%are slipping. Bitcoin BTCUSD, +2.25%is up, recently climbing near $7,800.

There’s nothing like splashing in the waves with family, friends and the plastic garbage that’s floating in the water. People want to eliminate that last bit from their beach day, and that helps explain the growing movement to cut down on the use of plastic stuff, including straws and bags.

Investors could be underestimating what this war on plastic means, says our call of the day from Nick Stansbury, a fund manager at Legal & General Investment Management. The backlash is bearish for oil companies XLE, -0.35%and crude prices, he suggests.

“Investors need to recognize the risk that long-term oil demand growth cannot be relied upon as plastic and therefore, oil consumption, is dramatically reduced,” says the LGIM strategist, referring to the fact that plastic items are made from oil.

“Peak demand is coming sooner than many believe. The destabilizing effect on oil markets will be profound, and we believe that investors, and oil companies, need to start taking those risks more seriously.”

Trump blasted Iranian President Hassan Rouhani last night, warning him in an all-caps tweet to never threaten the U.S. again. That came after Rouhani had warned Trump not to pursue a hostile policy toward Iran.

In other political news, the weekend release of top-secret surveillance warrants reignited partisan skirmishes over whether the Justice Department was justified in monitoring former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page. And Trump’s approval rating has edged higher in a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll.

A gunman opened fire on a busy Toronto street last night, killing one person and injuring 13 others. The shooter was killed after he fired a handgun at police.

Merger Monday: IT company Syntel SYNT, +0.28%is set to get bought out by French peer Atos ATO, -7.31%in a $3.4 billion deal.

Around 35% of the S&P 500 ought to report earnings this week. Today, Hasbro HAS, +0.26%and Halliburton HAL, +0.53%are on the docket before the open, and Google parent Alphabet GOOG, -0.17%GOOGL, -0.10%is on tap after the close.

A reading on existing home sales is due at 10 a.m. Eastern.

Check out: MarketWatch’s Economic Calendar

Fiat Chrysler’s U.S.-listed shares FCAU, -1.08%FCA, -2.84%are falling in premarket action after the company said Sergio Marchionne was ailing and appointed Mike Manley as its new CEO. The Marchionne news also appears to be weighing on shares in Ferrari RACE, -1.77% , CNH CNHI, -0.87%and Exor EXO, -3.57% .

Papa John’s PZZA, +1.16%board has adopted a “poison pill” to prevent embattled founder John Schnatter from gaining a controlling interest in the pizza chain.

The head of Amazon’sAMZN, +0.04%  U.K. business reportedly has warned there could be “civil unrest” in the country if it leaves the European Union without having reached a transition deal with Brussels.

“It’s simply ludicrous, and it just shows that Tesla is desperate right now.” —Dennis Virag, a veteran automotive-industry consultant, blasts Elon Musk’s company TSLA, -2.08%for asking some suppliers for cash back.

And see: Tesla earnings — investors should gear up for more drama

The longest total lunar eclipse of the century is coming Friday.

Some Ritz Cracker products are being recalled over a salmonella risk.

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