Dear Momentum Options Subscriber,

The bears were a nag on Monday, as they took over the bulls’ camp for a day. The damage was minor, but volatility was slightly heightened on the backtest to fresh support. With second-quarter earnings heating up this week, the action should help sway the market to higher highs or possibly lower lows.

The Dow fell 77 points, or 0.4%, to finish at 18,493. The blue-chips traded in negative territory throughout the session, with the low checking in at 18,452. Backup support at 18,400-18,350 held, but there is risk to 18,200 on a move below the latter. Resistance is at 18,500-18,600, followed by 18,800-19,000.

The S&P 500 slipped 6 points, or 0.3%, to settle at 2,168. The index also stayed underwater from the open, while sinking to a low of 2,161 intraday. Near-term support at 2,160 held, and backup at 2,150-2,140 was not needed. Resistance is at 2,170-2,175.

The Nasdaq fell 2 points, or 0.1%, to close at 5,097. Tech managed a brief trip into positive territory by more than half of a point, but near-term resistance at 5,100-5,125 held. The backtest to 5,082 held support at 5,075-5,050.

The Russell 2000 declined 3 points, or 0.3%, to end at 1,209. The small-caps were also weak throughout the day and tested a low of 1,207. The higher low for the fourth-straight session was a slightly bullish clue as long as support at 1,200 holds throughout the week. Resistance remains at 1,215-1,225.

The S&P 500 Volatility Index ($VIX, 12.87, up 0.85) jumped 7% to close back above 12.50. The bears pushed a high of 13.72 but failed to hold upper resistance at 13.50. Support is at 12.50-11.50.

From desk to press, futures look like this: Dow (-10); S&P 500 (-1.5); Nasdaq 100 (+4); Russell (-0.1).

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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).


Rambus (RMBS, $13.72, up $0.16)

RMBS September 14 calls (RMBS160916C00014000, $0.47, up $0.05)

Entry Price: $0.40 (7/22/2016)

Exit Target: $0.80

Return: 18%

Stop Target: None

Action: Shares traded to a high of $13.92 yesterday. Resistance is at $13.75-$14. A close above the latter would be very bullish. Support is at $13.25-$13 on a move back below $13.50.


MGM Resorts International (MGM, $23.32, up $0.13)

MGM August 24 calls (MGM160819C00024000, $0.55, up $0.05)

Entry Price: $0.74 (7/15/2016)

Exit Target: $1.50

Return: -26%

Stop Target: $0.35 (Stop Limit)

Action: Resistance is at $23.50-$23.75. Support is at $23-$22.75.


Flextronics International (FLEX, $12.96, down $0.04)

FLEX August 13 calls (FLEX160819C00013000, $0.28, down $0.02)

Entry Price: $0.44 (7/14/2016)

Exit Target: $0.50 (Limit Order)

Return: -36%

Stop Target: None

Action: Support is at $12.75-$12.50. Resistance is at $13.25-$13.50.


Green Dot (GDOT, $24.02, down $0.13)

GDOT August 25 calls (GDOT160819C00025000, $0.80, flat)

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

Exit Target: $1.60

Return: 0%

Stop Target: None

Action: Near-term resistance is at $24.25-$24.50. The recent 52-week high is at $24.34. Support is at $23.75-$23.50 if $24 fails to hold.


Energous (WATT, $12.37, up $0.38)

WATT August 12.50 calls (WATT160819C00012500, $0.80, up $0.05)

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

Exit Target: $3.15

Return: -49%

Stop Target: $0.50 (Stop Limit)

Action: Monday’s peak reached $12.38. Resistance is at $12.50-$12.75. Support is at $11.75-$11.50 and the 50-day moving average on a close back below $13.


Viavi Solutions (VIAV, $7.12, flat)

VIAV September 7 calls (VIAV160916C00007000, $0.45, up $0.05)

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

Exit Target: $1.10

Return: -18%

Stop Target: None

Action: Resistance is at $7.15-$7.25. Support is at $6.80-$6.75 and the rising 50-day moving average.

Trade on!

Rick Rouse
Editor and Chief Options Strategist
Momentum Options