Pre-Market Update for 2/28/2017

Dow Streak Hits 12-Straight

8:00am (EST)

Despite a sluggish start, the bulls continued their run towards record highs with the Dow and S&P 500 making fresh intraday record peaks while the other major indexes also went out higher. The blue-chips are working on their longest winning streak in 30 years despite volatility rising 6%. Although the VIX stayed slightly elevated, the bulls held key levels of resistance with the bears remaining in limbo.

The Dow gained 15 points, or 0.1%, to finish at 20,837. The blue-chips tested a low of 20,774 on Monday’s open with near-term support at 20,600-20,550 holding for the eight-straight session. The second half run to 20,851 was another all-time high with rising resistance now at 20,900-21,000.

The S&P 500 advanced 2 points, or 0.1%, to close at 2,369. The index sank a 6-pack to 2,361 at the start of trading with support at 2,350-2,325 holding. The intraday rebound past 2,371 set a fresh all-time with lower resistance at 2,375-2,400 still in play.

The Nasdaq added 16 points, or 0.3%, to settle a shade under 5,862. Tech traded down to 5,827 within the first 30 minutes of action with lower support at 5,825-5,800 also holding for the eight-straight session. The bounce of the low reached a peak of 5,861 but fell shy of the record high by a half-dozen points. Resistance remains at 5,875-5,900.

The Russell 2000 soared nearly 13 points, or 0.9%, to end at 1,407. The small-caps slipped 2 points to 1,392 on the opening scuffle with upper support at 1,390-1,385 standing tall. The close split resistance at 1,405-1,410 with additional hurdles at 1,415-1,425 on a move above the latter and lifetime high.

The S&P 500 Volatility Index ($VIX, 12.09, up 0.62) closed just off its intraday peak of 12.14 with lower resistance at 12.50-13.50 easily sticking. Support is at 11-10.50 on a move back below the 11.50 level.

There are numerous trades I like, mostly bullish, that I could have ready after the open. If volatility stays somewhat relaxed, the bulls could run strong into mid-March with slight hiccups on small pullbacks while extending the current trading environment.

From desk to press, futures look like this: Dow (-4); S&P 500 (-2); Nasdaq 100 (-3); Russell (-2).


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Advanced Micro Devices (AMD, $15.20, up $1.08)

AMD April 16 calls (AMD170421C00016000, $1.15, up $0.42)

Entry Price: $0.85 (2/27/2017)
Exit Target: $1.70
Return: 35%
Stop Target: 88 cents (Stop Limit)

Action: Set an initial Stop Limit at 88 cents to start protecting profits.

Shares traded to a fresh 52-week peak of $15.35 yesterday with the call options trading up to $1.21. Near-term resistance is at $15.25-$15.50. Rising support is at $15-$14.75.

Vuzix (VUZI, $6.65, up $0.35)

VUZI April 7.50 calls (VUZI170421C00007500, $0.50, up $0.10)

Entry Price: $0.50 (2/27/2017)
Exit Target: $1.00
Return: 0%
Stop Target: None

Action: Shares closed above their 50-day moving average after going out at the session high on Monday. Fresh resistance at $6.75-$7. Rising support is at $6.25-$6 on a move back below $6.50.

3D Systems (DDD, $16.94, up $0.45)

March 18 calls (DDD170317C00018000, $0.45, up $0.12)

Entry Price: $0.45 (2/22/2017)
Exit Target: $1.00
Return: 0%
Stop Target: None

Action: Yesterday’s high tapped $17.04. Near-term resistance at $17-$17.25. Support is at $16.75-$16.50.

Earnings are due out this morning and I could have a Trade Alert shortly before, or after, the opening bell, depending on the news.


Flex (FLEX, $16.71, down $0.02)

FLEX April 17 calls (FLEX170421C00017000, $0.40, flat)

Entry Price: $0.35 (2/15/2017)
Exit Target: $0.70
Return: 14%
Stop Target: None

Action: Monday’s high point reached $16.78 before the lower close. Support is at $16.50-$16.25. Resistance is at $17-$17.25.


TherapeuticsMD (TXMD, $6.34, up $0.50)

TXMD June 7.50 calls (TXMD170616C00007500, $0.75, up $0.15)

Entry Price: $0.75 (1/18/2017)
Exit Target: $1.50
Return: 0%
Stop Target: None

Action: Shares traded up to $6.39 yesterday and the close above $6 was bullish. Fresh resistance is at $6.50. Rising support is at $6.25-$6.