Dear Momentum Options Subscriber,

Semiconductor stocks, along with the overall market, were taken to the woodshed in June and bottomed following the Brexit news. Specifically, shares of Cypress Semiconductor (CY, $11.30, up $0.30) fell below their 50-day moving average to test $9 and the 200-day moving average a couple of months ago.

The rebound to a fresh 52-week peak of $12.32 in late July represented a gain of over 30%, although the stock recently pulled back to its now-flattened 50-day moving average. The 100-day moving average is in a solid uptrend, and the 200-day moving average is turning up slowly.

Short-term resistance is at $11.25-$11.50. Support is at $11-$10.75, but a close below $10.50-$10.25 would be a bearish development.

Earnings are due out in late October, and Wall Street is expecting a profit of $0.14 a share on revenue just south of $526 million. This will be an important update, as Cypress needs a strong quarter to break out of its pattern of penny-beats and flat results over the past four quarters.

The company pays an annual dividend of $0.44 a share, which equates to a 4% dividend yield at current levels. When money comes back into the market and off of the sidelines, like it has been, semiconductor stocks should do well, and I believe CY will rebound well from its current lows.

I have the CY September 12 calls (CY160916C00012000, $0.45, up $0.10) on my watch list, as well as the CY December 12 calls (CY161216C00012000, $0.80, up $0.06). I usually don’t profile options four months out, but what intrigues me about the CY December 12 calls is that there is open interest of 76,000 contracts. This is usually a good indicator for where traders are expecting shares to be by mid-December.

The CY December 12 calls would return 100% if shares clear $13.60, technically, by Dec. 16. I’m still researching a number of other names for possible trades ahead of the closing bell, and I would also like to see CY shares clear and hold $11.50 before getting too aggressive.

The Dow is currently gaining 78 points to 18,655, while the S&P 500 is higher by 9 points to 2,193. The Nasdaq is adding 37 points to 5,270, and the Russell 2000 is advancing 13 points to 1,243.

I issued a Trade Alert for our previous position in Vuzix (VUZI) earlier this afternoon, so be sure to check that out if you haven’t already. For now, I have updated the current action below, so let’s go check the tape.

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All prices given in this update are current as of 1:55 p.m. EST.

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


MGM Resorts International (MGM, $24.50, down $0.39)

MGM September 25 calls (MGM160916C00025000, $0.70, up $0.17)

Entry Price: $0.70 (8/8/2016)

Exit Target: $1.40

Return: 0%

Stop Target: None

Action: Resistance is at $24.75-$25. Support is at $24.25-$24.


Bank of America (BAC, $14.97, up $0.06)

BAC September 15 calls (BAC160916C00015000, $0.34, up $0.02)

Entry Price: $0.50 (8/8/2016)

Exit Target: $1.00

Return: -32%

Stop Target: None

Action: Short-term resistance is at $15-$15.25. Support is at $14.75-$14.50.


Rambus (RMBS, $13.77, up $0.17)

RMBS September 14 calls (RMBS160916C00014000, $0.35, up $0.08)

Entry Price: $0.40 (8/1/2016)

Exit Target: $0.80

Return: -12.5%

Stop Target: None

Action: Resistance is at $13.75-$14. Support is at $13.50-$13.25.


Viavi Solutions (VIAV, $7.59, up $0.28)

VIAV September 7 calls (VIAV160916C00007000, $0.69, up $0.26)

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

Exit Target: $1.10

Return: 25%

Stop Target: None

Action: Resistance is at $7.75-$8 following today’s 52-week peak at $7.80. Support is trying to move up to $7.25.

Trade on!

Rick Rouse
Editor and Chief Options Strategist
Momentum Options