Dear Momentum Options Subscriber,

The bulls returned to their winning ways on Tuesday following some opening weakness, as the market finished mostly higher. The small-caps slacked, but tech tapped another all-time intraday high. Today’s action could see wider swings as a result of OPEC’s decision and the subsequent reaction in oil prices to a possible cut in production.

The Dow added 23 points, or 0.1%, to close at 19,121. The blue-chips slipped to 19,062 on the open, with support at 19,000-18,900 holding. The low was 10 points lower than Monday, so there is still risk to the downside. The run to 19,144 made a higher high than Monday and came within 8 points of another record intraday peak. Resistance and greener pastures remain at 19,200-19,325.

The S&P 500 added 3 points, or 0.1%, to finish at 2,204. The index fell below upper support at 2,200-2,190 after testing 2,198 shortly after the opening bell. The rebound to 2,210 was a bullish sign, with resistance at 2,215-2,225 back in play.

The Nasdaq climbed 11 points, or 0.2%, to settle at 5,379. Tech traded down to 5,360 during the first half-hour of the action, with support at 5,375-5,350 getting split. The run past resistance at 5,400 to 5,403 was another record high and reaffirms that 5,450-5,500 could trigger this week or at some point in December.

The Russell 2000 dipped less than 2 points, or 0.1%, to end at 1,328. The small-caps kissed 1,327 on the opening dust, with lower support at 1,330-1,325 standing strong. There is still risk to 1,315-1,300 on a move below the latter. Lower resistance at 1,335-1,340 was pushed intraday, and a close above the latter would be a bullish signal.

The S&P 500 Volatility Index ($VIX, 12.90, down 0.25) reached a peak of 13.55 during the morning action, with resistance at 13-13.50 getting slightly stretched. The fade to 12.62 ahead of the close fell just shy of the 12.50 level and additional support at 12-11.50.

From desk to press, futures look like this: Dow (+40); S&P 500 (+5); Nasdaq 100 (+3); Russell (+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).


T-Mobile (TMUS, $55.39, up $0.41)

TMUS December 56 calls (TMUS161216C00056000, $1.08, up $0.33)

Entry Price: $0.75 (11/25/2016)

Exit Target: $1.50

Return: 44%

Stop Target: $0.90 (Stop Limit)

Action: Set a Stop Limit at $0.90 to protect profits.

Shares traded to a fresh 52-week high of $55.84 yesterday. Continued closes above double-nickels ($55) should lead to blue-sky territory towards $57.50-$60. Support is trying to move up to $55-$54.75.


Chicago Bridge & Iron (CBI, $32.09, down $0.73)

CBI January 35 calls (CBI170120C00035000, $0.65, down $0.25)

Entry Price: $1.25 (11/25/2016)

Exit Target: $2.50

Return: -48%

Stop Target: None

Action: Tuesday’s low reached $31.92. Support is at $32-$31.50. Resistance is at $32.50-$32.75.


Imax (IMAX, $31.55, down $0.50)

IMAX January 36 calls (IMAX170120C00036000, $0.45, flat)

Entry Price: $0.90 (11/23/2016)

Exit Target: $1.80

Return: -50%

Stop Target: None

Action: Lower support at $31.25-$31 was tested on Tuesday. Resistance is at $31.75-$32.

You can read my previous comments on IMAX in yesterday’s Pre-Market Update.


Microsoft (MSFT, $61.09, up $0.48)

MSFT December 62.50 calls (MSFT161216C00062500, $0.32, up $0.07)

Entry Price: $0.45 (11/22/2016)

Exit Target: $1.00

Return: -29%

Stop Target: None

Action: Resistance is at $61-$61.25. Yesterday’s run to $61.41 was an all-time high, with the options trading up to $0.43. Support is at $61-$60.50.


Lattice Semiconductor (LSCC, $7.04, down $0.05)

LSCC December 7.50 calls (LSCC161216C00007500, $0.05, up $0.03)

Entry Price: $0.30 (10/12/2016)

Exit Target: $0.60 (Limit Order)

Return: -83%

Stop Target: None

Action: Support is at $7-$6.75. Resistance is at $7.20-$7.25. Continue to hold.

Trade on!

Rick Rouse
Editor and Chief Options Strategist
Momentum Options