Pre-Market Update for 5/11/2017

Tech Sets Another Record Close

8:00am (EST)

Wednesday’s market action was more of the same with the major indexes trading on both side of the ledger with slight gains and losses. The current 3-week trading range with incremental higher highs continues to frustrate Wall Street and aggressive traders but sometimes there is calm before a storm. It is uncertain on when the the next major trend will develop but the odds are still favoring the bulls and higher highs.

The Dow dropped 32 points, or 0.2%, to settle at 20,943. The blue-chips traded underwater for much of the session aside from a 1-point gain to 20,976 during the first half of action. Resistance at 21,150-21,200 easily held. Support at 20,800-20,700 was hardly challenged following the low of 20,884.

The S&P 500 advanced 2 points, or 0.1%, to close 2,399. The index tested a low of 2,392 shortly after the open with support at 2,390-2,385 holding. Lower resistance at 2,400-2,425 held throughout the second half by a quarter point on the session high. A move above 2,405 will likely lead to some short-covering on fresh record highs.

The Nasdaq gained 8 points, or 0.1%, to finish at 6,129. Tech was held underwater throughout the first half of trading with the low checking in at 6,103. Near-term support is trying to move up to 6,100-6,075 with a move below 6,050 becoming a better signal to possibly go short. The run to 6,131 fell a couple points shy of another lifetime high, but was a closing high, with resistance and fresh fluff to 6,150-6,175 still in play.

The Russell 2000 climbed nearly 8 points, or 0.6%, to end at 1,399. The small-caps showed the most strength throughout the session with the index falling just a point to 1,390 shortly after the opening bell. Support at 1,380-1,375 easily held before the three-quarter point push past the 1,400 level intraday. The close above lower resistance at 1395-1,400 is looking bullish with additional hurdles at 1,410-1,415.

The S&P 500 Volatility Index ($VIX, 10.21, up 0.25) traded down to 9.62 yesterday with lowered support at 10-9.50 holding but not upper. Lower resistance at 10.50-11.50 held on rebound to 10.24 ahead of the closing bell. A move into this area ahead of the weekend would be a slightly cautious signal.

I have set an initial Stop Limit on STM so adjust your trading accounts accordingly.

From desk to press, futures look like this: Dow (-44); S&P 500 (-6); Nasdaq 100 (-19).


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Viavi Solutions (VIAV, $11.53, down $0.01)

June 12 calls (VIAV170616C00022500, $0.40, flat)

Entry Price: $0.35 (5/5/2017)
Exit Target: $0.70-$1.05
Return: 14%
Stop Target: None

Action: Resistance is at $11.50-$11.75 with yesterday’s high tapping $11.60. Support is at $11.25-$11.


iShares Russell 2000 (IWM, $139.20, up $0.85)

IWM June 134 puts (IWM170616P00134000, $0.90, down $0.20)

Entry Price: $1.40 (5/2/2017)
Exit Target: $2.10-$2.80
Return: -xx
Stop Target: 70 cents (Stop Limit)

Action: The close above lower resistance at $139-$139.50 was slightly bullish following Wednesday’s run to $139.48. A move above $140 will likely trigger the Stop Limit. Near-term support is at $138.50-$138.


STMicroelectronics (STM, $16.85, up $0.27)

STM July 17.50 calls (STM170721C00017500, $0.70, up $0.05)

Entry Price: $0.55 (5/2/2017)
Exit Target: $1.10
Return: 27%
Stop Target: 57 cents (Stop Limit)

Action: Set an initial Stop Limit at 57 cents to start protecting profits.

Resistance at $17-$17.25 after shares finished a penny of a fresh 52-week peak of $16.86. The calls reached a high of 72 cents on rising volume. Support has moved up to $16.50-$16.25.


Cypress Semiconductor (CY, $13.58, up $0.15)

CY June 14 calls (CY170616C00014000, $0.40, up $0.05)

Entry Price: $0.85 (4/20/2017)
Exit Target: $1.70
Return: -53%
Stop Target: 25 cents

Action: Shares traded up to $13.60 yesterday. Fresh resistance is at $13.75-$14. Support is at $13.25-$13, if $13.50 fails to hold.