Pre-Market Update for 5/17/2017

Tech Stays White Hot

8:00am (EST)

The bulls once again pushed all-times highs on Tuesday but had trouble holding the majority of the gains as the market finished mixed. The bears weren’t a threat but remain an unwanted guest as they continue to hold the blue-chips and small-caps hostage. The action is still favoring the bulls but an ambush attack by the bears can’t be ruled out given the market nervousness.

The Dow dipped 2 points, or 0.01%, to settle at 20,979. The blue-chips cleared upper resistance at 20,975-21,000 shortly after the open on the run to 21,033 but a level that failed to hold. Continued closes above the latter gets 21,150-21,200 in play. Support at 20,800-20,700 easily held on the intraday backtest to 20,932.

The S&P 500 slipped over a point, or 0.1%, to close 2,400. The index opened higher north of 2,404 while reaching a fresh all-time intraday high of 2,405.77. Upper resistance at 2,400-2,405 was stretched but held with rom to run to 2,425-2,430 on continued closes above the latter. Support remains at 2,390-2,385 with Tuesday’s low reaching 2,396.

The Nasdaq added 20 points, or 0.3%, to finish at 6,169. Tech traded down to 6,139 during the first half weakness after opening at a record high of 6,160. Key support at 6,150 is trying to hold with backup at 6,125-6,100. A future close below 6,075 will be a signal to possibly go short. Upper resistance and my near-term fluff targets of 6,150-6,175 were tested following the rebound to a second half intraday high of 6,170.

The Russell 2000 gained a point, or 0.1%, to end at 1,395. The small-caps opened a point higher just south of 1,395 while reaching a peak of 1,396 shortly afterwards. Upper resistance at 1395-1,400 continues to be a trouble spot. Support at 1,380-1,375 easily held on the fade to 1,384 with a close below the latter being a bearish development.

The S&P 500 Volatility Index ($VIX, 10.65, up 0.23) traded between 10.67-10.18. Resistance is at 10.50-11.50. Support is at 10-9.50.

I have updated the parameters of the FLEX and STM trades from yesterday.

From desk to press, futures look like this: Dow (-107); S&P 500 (-13); Nasdaq 100 (-31).


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Flex (FLEX, $16.71, up $0.43)

FLEX July 17 calls (FLEX170721C00017000, $0.53, up $0.17)

Entry Price: $0.45 (5/16/2017)
Exit Target: $0.90
Return: 18%
Stop Target: None

Action: Set an Exit Target at 90 cents. There is no Stop Target.

Shares traded to a high of $16.79 yesterday. Resistance is at $16.75-$17 and the 52-week high of $16.99. Support is at $16.25-$16.


STMicroelectronics (STM, $17.15, up $0.26)

STM October 20 calls (STM171020C00020000, $0.70, up $0.05)

Entry Price: $0.70 (5/15/2017)
Exit Target: $1.40
Return: 0%
Stop Target: None
STM July 17.50 calls (STM170721C00017500, $0.70, up $0.05)

Entry Price: $0.65 (5/15/2017)
Exit Target: $1.30
Return: 8%
Stop Target: None

Action: Set an Exit Target at $1.40 for the STM October 20 calls. There is no Stop Target.

The close above lower resistance at $17-$17.25 was bullish with yesterday’s intraday 52-week peak reaching $17.16. Rising support is at $16.75-$16.50. Continued closes above $17 could carry shares toward $18-$20.


Imax (IMAX, $27.60, down $0.30)

IMAX June 28 puts (IMAX170616P00028000, $1.00, up $0.05)

Entry Price: $0.40 (5/12/2017)
Exit Target: $1.10 (Limit Order on half)
Return: 150%
Stop Target: 80 cents (Stop Limit)

Action: Shares traded up to $28.30 yesterday, before fading, with the puts trading down to 81 cents.

Support is at $27.75-$27.50. Resistance is at $28.25-$28.50.


Viavi Solutions (VIAV, $11.50, down $0.09)

June 12 calls (VIAV170616C00022500, $0.30, down $0.05)

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

Action: Upper support at $11.50-$11.25 was breeched following Tuesday’s backtest to $11.38. Resistance is at $11.75-$12 on a move back above $11.50.

You can read my detailed writeup along with my thoughts on the 10-year chart in the 5/15/17 Pre-Market update.


iShares Russell 2000 (IWM, $138.63, up $0.05)

IWM June 134 puts (IWM170616P00134000, $0.85, down $0.10)

Entry Price: $1.40 (5/2/2017)
Exit Target: $2.10-$2.80
Return: -39%
Stop Target: 70 cents (Stop Limit)

Action: Support is at $138-$137.50 with yesterday’s low tapping $137.62. Resistance is at $139-$139.50.


Cypress Semiconductor (CY, $13.85, up $0.21)

CY June 14 calls (CY170616C00014000, $0.50, up $0.05)

Entry Price: $0.85 (4/20/2017)
Exit Target: $1.70
Return: -41%
Stop Target: 25 cents

Action: Tuesday’s trip to $13.92 cleared cleated lower resistance at $13.75-$14. Support is at $13.50-$13.25.