Dear Momentum Options Subscriber,

The market could be on the verge of establishing a short-term trend, either bullish or bearish, as a result of this morning’s jobs report and the start of third-quarter earnings season next week. The recent action is suggesting that higher highs could come into play, but the market can turn on a dime, as we have seen throughout the year.

The Dow dipped 12 points, or 0.07%, to end at 18,268. The blue-chips traded in negative territory throughout much of Thursday’s session, with the bears pushing a low of 18,162. Support at 18,200-18,100 was split, and there is risk to 18,000-17,800 on a move below the latter. Resistance at 18,350-18,400 was hardly tested following the mid-day push to 18,288. A close above the latter could lead to another run at 18,600.

The S&P 500 added a point, or 0.05%, to settle at 2,160. The index tested a low of 2,150 during the first half of the action, with upper support at 2,150-2,140 holding. During the second half of the action, the index reached a peak of 2,162, with lower resistance at 2,165-2,170 holding. A move above 2,175 would be a bullish development for a possible return to all-time highs.

The Nasdaq slipped 9 points, or 0.2%, to finish at 5,306. Tech traded in the red throughout the session, with the low checking in at 5,281. Support at 5,300-5,275 held for the fifth-straight session, but there is risk to 5,250-5,225 on a close below the latter. Resistance remains at 5,325-5,350.

The Russell 2000 fell 2 points, or 0.2%, to close at 1,246. The small-caps struggled from the start of trading after opening at 1,247 and testing a low of 1,237. Support at 1,240-1,235 was split, and there is risk to 1,225-1,220 on a move below the latter. Resistance is at 1,250-1,260.

The S&P 500 Volatility Index ($VIX, 12.84, down 0.15) tapped a high of 13.84 shortly after the open, with resistance at 14.50-15 easily holding. The backtest to 12.80 and close below 13.50 were bullish signals, but I would like to see the VIX get below 12.50 ahead of the weekend.

I could have a New Trade after the open this morning, depending on the action, so stay close to your email inboxes.

From desk to press, futures look like this: Dow (-1); S&P 500 (-1.5); Nasdaq 100 (-2.5); Russell (-0.4).

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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).


Kroger (KR, $29.37, up $0.53)

KR November 27.50 puts (KR161118P00027500, $0.36, down $0.12)

Entry Price: $0.50 (10/4/2016)

Exit Target: $1.00

Return: -28%

Stop Target: None

Action: Yesterday’s peak reached $29.60. Resistance is at $29.50-$29.75. A move above $30 could force us to make an early exit. Near-term support is at $29.25-$29.


Halozyme Therapeutics (HALO, $12.12, down $0.19)

HALO November 13 calls (HALO161118C00013000, $0.85, down $0.05)

Entry Price: $1.07 (9/27/2016)

Exit Target: $2.15

Return: -21%

Stop Target: $0.55 (Stop Limit)

Action: Shares kissed $12.39 mid-day before fading to a low of $12.10. Near-term support is at $12-$11.75. Resistance is at $12.25-$12.50.


Goodyear Tire & Rubber (GT, $32.86, up $0.20)

GT October 33 calls (GT161021C00033000, $0.68, up $0.03)

Entry Price: $0.75 (9/22/2016)

Exit Target: $1.50

Return: -9%

Stop Target: $0.30 (Stop Limit)

Action: Shares traded to a high of $32.96 on Thursday. Resistance is at $33. Support is at $32.75-$32.50. The company is scheduled to announce earnings during the last week of the month.


Viavi Solutions (VIAV, $7.38, flat)

VIAV December 8 calls (VIAV161216C00008000, $0.22, flat)

Entry Price: $0.51 (8/19/2016)

Exit Target: $1.05

Return: -57%

Stop Target: $0.15 (Stop Limit)

Action: Yesterday’s high reached $7.43. Resistance is at $7.45-$7.50 and the 50-day moving average. Support is at $7.25-$7.20. Earnings are due to be released during the first week of November.

Trade on!

Rick Rouse
Editor and Chief Options Strategist
Momentum Options