Dear Momentum Options Subscriber,

The Dow and S&P 500 are garnering headlines this week following their moves to record highs, but the strength of the small-caps can’t be ignored. The Russell 2000 cleared major resistance, as did the Nasdaq, to give the bulls their third-straight win on Tuesday. However, volatility stayed slightly elevated for the second-straight session.

The Dow jumped 120 points, or 0.7%, to finish at 18,347. The blue-chips’ print at 18,371.95 was an intraday record high, and the close was just two points off of the prior intraday high. Blue-sky resistance is now at 18,500-18,600. Support remains at 18,200, followed by 18,100-18,000.

The S&P 500 surged 15 points, or 0.7%, to settle at 2,152. The index traded to an all-time high of 2,155.40 while testing my near-term “fluff” targets of 2,150-2,175. Support has moved up to 2,125-2,115.

The Nasdaq soared 34 points higher, or 0.7%, to close at 5,022. Tech made a push to resistance at 5,025-5,050 as it tapped 5,032 intraday. A close above the latter would be bullish for a run to 5,075-5,100.  Support is at 5,000-4,975.

The Russell 2000 jumped nearly 16 points, or 1.3%, to end at 1,205. The small-caps led Tuesday’s charge after trading to a high of 1,211. I’ve talked about upper resistance at 1,200-1,210, and a close above the latter should get 1,125 in play. Shaky support is at 1,190-1,185.

The S&P 500 Volatility Index ($VIX, 13.55, up 0.01) stayed mellow after testing a low of 12.75 on the open. The bulls came close to clearing support at 12.50 before the bears pushed a high of 13.93. Resistance at 14.50-15 easily held, but it still needs to be watched.

From desk to press, futures look like this: Dow (+5); S&P 500 (+1); Nasdaq 100 (+7); Russell (+4).

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All prices given in this update are current as of 8:00 a.m. EST.

I hereby disclose that I will be participating in the following trade(s).


Cisco Systems (CSCO, $29.61, up $0.18)

CSCO August 30 calls (CSCO160819C00030000, $0.61, up $0.03)

Entry Price: $0.62 (7/11/2016)

Exit Target: $1.25

Return: -2%

Stop Target: None

Action: Resistance is at $29.75-$30. Tuesday’s 52-week high tapped $29.74. Support is at $29.25-$29.


Achillion Pharmaceuticals (ACHN, $9.24, up $0.03)

ACHN August 10 calls (ACHN160819C00010000, $0.59, down $0.05)

Entry Price: $0.45 (7/8/2016)

Exit Target: $0.90-$1.35

Return: 31%

Stop Target: $0.50 (Stop Limit)

Action: Shares tested $9.36 yesterday. Near-term resistance is at $9.25-$9.50, with a move above the latter likely leading to $10 or higher. Support is at $9-$8.75.


Green Dot (GDOT, $23.88, up $0.04)

GDOT August 25 calls (GDOT160819C00025000, $0.90, up $0.11)

Entry Price: $0.80 (7/7/2016)

Exit Target: $1.60

Return: 13%

Stop Target: None

Action: GDOT traded to a 52-week high of $24.23 before finishing basically flat. Resistance is at $24-$24.50. Support is at $23.50-$23.


Energous (WATT, $12.96, up $0.22)

WATT August 12.50 calls (WATT160819C00012500, $1.58, up $0.13)

Entry Price: $1.57 (6/28/2016)

Exit Target: $3.15

Return: 1%

Stop Target: $0.75

Action: Shares cleared resistance at $13 and kissed $13.20 yesterday before finishing below this level. New resistance is at $13-$13.25. Support has moved up to $12.50-$12.25.


Morgan Stanley (MS, $27.31, up $0.91)

MS August 28 calls (MS160819C00028000, $0.63, up $0.25)

Entry Price: $0.79 (6/23/2016)

Exit Target: $1.50

Return: -20%

Stop Target: None

Action: Resistance at $27.50 was tested following Tuesday’s push to $27.44. Support will try to hold at $27-$26.75 on a pullback.


Viavi Solutions (VIAV, $7.00, up $0.12)

VIAV September 7 calls (VIAV160916C00007000, $0.42, up $0.06)

Entry Price: $0.55 (6/23/2016)

Exit Target: $1.10

Return: -24%

Stop Target: None

Action: We got a close at $7 following yesterday’s hike to $7.06. Resistance is at $7.15-$7.25. Support is at $6.65-$6.60.

Trade on!

Rick Rouse
Editor and Chief Options Strategist
Momentum Options