Dear Momentum Options Subscriber,
The bulls showed their muscle as Wall Street opened its coffers to buy stocks on St. Patrick’s Day. The Dow’s return to green for 2016 was a bullish sign, although the small-caps and tech slacked. Both indices still closed higher, as did the S&P 500, but they have a little more work to do before they can reclaim positive territory for the year.
The Dow advanced 155 points, or 0.9%, to close at 17,481. The blue-chips were a little slippery on the open following the retreat to 17,297. Short-term support at 17,400-17,350 was stretched before the surge to 17,529 late in the day. I mentioned that a run to 17,600 could be in the works for this week, and 17,800-18,000 is a possibility for next week or by the end of the month.
The S&P 500 added 13 points, or 0.7%, to settle at 2,040. The index traded down to 2,022 shortly after the open, with support at 2,025-2,020 holding. The rebound to 2,046 intraday pushed upper resistance at 2,050-2,060. A move above the latter could lead to 2,075-2,080.
The Nasdaq advanced 11 points, or 0.2%, to finish a hair under 4,775. Tech was wobbly during the first half of the action, with the low checking in at 4,737. Support at 4,725-4,700 held for the fifth-straight session, with the bulls building a nice base at these levels. Resistance remains at 4,800, but Thursday’s high tapped 4,788.
The Russell 2000 surged 16 points, or 1.6%, to end at 1,091. The small-caps tested a low of 1,069 at the start of trading before leading the charge to higher highs. The bulls held rising support at 1,075-1,070 before the late-day push to 1,094. I have been cheerleading that a run to 1,100 could come quickly if 1,080 was cleared, and this level is now in play. There is possible fluff to 1,110-1,120 on continued closes above this level.
The S&P 500 Volatility Index ($VIX, 14.44, down 0.55) confirmed higher highs after the bulls pushed a low of 13.82 intraday. I have been talking about a move to 13.50-12.50 as long as 15 held. From there, I will have to do additional analysis, but that’s where I’m expecting a possible short-term top. Resistance is at 14.50-15, which are levels that need to hold into the weekend to keep the current momentum going.
I have a lot to cover this morning, so let’s get to it.
From desk to press, futures look like this: Dow (+51); S&P 500 (+6.5); Nasdaq 100 (+11); Russell (+2).
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Energous (WATT, $8.88, up $0.14)
WATT May 10 calls (WATT160520C00010000, $1.50, flat)
Entry Price: $0.80 (3/15/2016)
Exit Target: $2.40
Stop Target: $1.05, raise to $1.20 (Stop Limit)
Action: I’m adjusting the Exit Target from $1.60-$2.40 to $2.40. Also, raise the Stop Limit order from $1.05 to $1.20.
Shares reached an intraday peak of $9.20 yesterday, with the options trading up to $1.75, so I have lifted the $1.60 Exit Target. I will continue to raise the Stop Limit to protect profits on further strength.
Resistance is at $9-$9.50 on continued momentum. Support is at $8.50-$8.25.
You can read my detailed write-up in the March 17 Mid-Market Update.
Intel (INTC, $31.98, up $0.29)
INTC April 29 puts (INTC160415P00029000, $0.17, down $0.07)
Entry Price: $0.38 (3/7/2016)
Exit Target: $0.80 (closed first half at $0.17 on 3/17/2016)
Stop Target: $0.10 (Stop Limit)
Action: Set a Stop Limit at $0.10 on the second half of the trade.
I wanted to close the first half of the trade in case shares held $32 on Thursday. I still like this trade as protection going into mid-April, but I wanted to save some premium.
Resistance is at $32 and the 100-day moving average. Support is at $31.75-$31.50.
You can view a chart for INTC and read my write-up in the March 7 New Trade Alert.
Nucor (NUE, $46.65, up $1.16)
NUE April 48 calls (NUE160415C00048000, $0.65, up $0.29)
Entry Price: $0.55 (3/17/2016)
Exit Target: $1.10
Stop Target: None
Action: NUE traded to a high of $46.76 yesterday. Shares look good for a run at $50 or higher, as the 50- and 100-day moving averages are curling higher. The close above $46.50 should lead to a run towards $48-$50. The 52-week high is at $50.70. Rising support is at $46-$45.50.
Sony (SNE, $26.09, up $0.59)
SNE April 26 calls (SNE160415C00026000, $0.91, up $0.31)
Entry Price: $0.72 (3/17/2016)
Exit Target: $1.45
Stop Target: None
Action: Shares traded to a high of $26.14 on Thursday. The close above $26 and the 200-day moving average was a bullish signal for a possible push towards $28. Short-term support is at $26-$25.75.
American Express (AXP, $60.08, up $0.38)
AXP April 62.50 calls (AXP160415C00062500, $0.46, up $0.01)
Entry Price: $0.60 (3/11/2016)
Exit Target: $1.20
Stop Target: None
Action: Near-term resistance is at $60-$62.50. Support is at $58.50-$58 and the 50-day moving average.
You can read my original write-up and view a chart in the March 14 Pre-Market Update.
Editor and Chief Options Strategist