Pre-Market Update for 2/7/2017

Another Sluggish Monday

8:00am (EST)

The bulls failed to capitalize on Friday’s momentum as the bears won another choppy Monday. The losses were contained as near-term support easily held but the longer-term trading range from early December continues. While this remains a neutral reading, certain stocks and sectors remain in a bullish trend.

The Dow dipped 19 points, or 0.1%, to end at 20,052. The blue-chips opened lower at 20,025 but managed a run to 20,094 shortly afterwards. Upper resistance at 20,000-20,125 held before a backtest to 20,002 during the second half of trading. Support remains at 19,900-19,800 on another move below 20K.

The S&P 500 slipped nearly 5 points, or 0.2%, to finish at 2,292. The index traded in negative territory throughout the session with the low reaching 2,288. Support at 2,275-2,270 wasn’t challenged but could be on a move below 2,285. Resistance is at 2,300-2,325.

The Nasdaq fell 3 points, or 0.1%, to settle at 5,663. Tech struggled for much of Monday but did manage a 2-point pop to 5,668 during the morning action. Lower resistance at 5,675-5,700 held before ensuing weakness into the afternoon. The intraday low of 5,650 held support at 5,625-5,600.

The Russell 2000 declined 11 points, or 0.8%, to close at 1,366. The small-caps were also held underwater throughout yesterday’s session with the low checking-in at 1,364. Lower support at 1,370-1,365 was stretched but held into the closing bell. The bears are still targeting 1,360 and the 50-day moving average this week and a development we need to watch closely. Resistance remains at 1,385-1,390 and the all-time high at 1,392.

The S&P 500 Volatility Index ($VIX, 11.37, up 0.40) stayed elevated while reaching a high of 11.84. Resistance at 12.50-13.50 stood tall with a move above the latter being a bearish development. Support is trying to build a base at 11-10.50 with another possible drop below 10 still in play.

I have updated the parameters from yesterday’s GLD trade. I could also have a New Trade this morning so stay close to your email inboxes.

From desk to press, futures look like this: Dow (-2); S&P 500 (-1); Nasdaq 100 (flat).


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Spider Gold Shares (GLD, $117.71, up $1.58)

GLD March 121 calls (GLD170317C00121000, $1.10, up $0.33)

Entry Price: $0.95 (2/6/2017)
Exit Target: $1.90
Return: 16%
Stop Target: 50 cents

Action: Set an Exit Target at $1.90. Set a Stop Target at 50 cents.

Resistance is at $118-$120 and the 200-day moving average. Support is at $117-$116.50 and the 100-day moving average.


Mylan (MYL, $39.98, up $0.77)

MYL March 42.50 calls (MYL170317C00042500, $0.95, up $0.35)

Entry Price: $0.55 (2/3/2017)
Exit Target: $1.10
Return: 73%
Stop Target: 70 cents (Stop Limit)

Action: Set an initial Stop Limit at 70 cents to protect profits. MYL garnered a lot of chatter yesterday on the push past $40 and I’m hoping for continued momentum. However, if the trade becomes crowded, we will be out with a nice double-digit profit.

Monday’s high reached $40.25. Near-term resistance is at $40-$40.25. A close above the latter would be a very bullish signal. Rising support is at $39.25-$39.


Viavi Solutions (VIAV, $9.44, up $0.21)

VIAV March 9 calls (VIAV170317C00009000, $0.65, up $0.15)

Entry Price: $0.50 (1/25/2017)
Exit Target: $1.00
Return: 30%
Stop Target: None

Action: Shares traded to a 52-week peak of $9.47 yesterday. Fresh resistance is at $9.50-$10. Support is at $9-$8.75.


TherapeuticsMD (TXMD, $5.83, down $0.01)

TXMD June 7.50 calls (TXMD170616C00007500, $0.60, flat)

Entry Price: $0.75 (1/18/2017)
Exit Target: $1.50
Return: -20%
Stop Target: None

Action: Support is at $5.75-$5.50. Yesterday’s low tapped $5.77. Resistance is at $6.


Sony (SNE, $31.94, up $0.28)

February 27 puts (SNE170217P00027000, $0.10, flat)

Entry Price: $0.65 (12/23/2016)
Exit Target: $1.30 (closed half at 10 cents on 1/23/17)
Return: -85%
Stop Target: None

Action: Resistance is at $32. Support is at $31.50-$31.