Pre-Market Update for 6/9/2017

Financial Stocks Rally/ Trade Alerts (BAC/ VIAV)

8:00am (EST)

Despite the pullback after fresh all-time highs were set on Thursday, the overall market action was bullish as the Financial stocks had a good day. In fact, the breakout in the Financial Sector SPDR (XLF) has the index at its highest level in a month and, in the process, cleared its 50/100-day moving averages average. This was a very bullish development. Today’s action should provide good clues for next week as I have been mentioning the current rally could have legs through mid-June.

The Dow gained 8 points, or 0.04%, to settle at 21,182. The blue-chips traded to an all-time intraday high north of 21,265 while clearing resistance at 21,200. Additional hurdles are at 21,450-21,500 on continued closes above this level. Support at 21,100-21,000 easily held on the late day fade to 21,138.

The S&P 500 advanced over a half-point, or 0.03%, to close 2,433. The index was slightly choppy during the first half of action before making a run to 2,439. The bulls missed clearing a record high by a point. Resistance is at 2,450-2,460 on continued closes above 2,440. The backtest to 2,427 during the second half of trading held near-term support at 2,425-2,420.

The Nasdaq jumped 24 points, or 0.4%, to finish at 6,321. Tech traded to a low of 6,282 during the opening hour with upper support at 6,275-6,250 holding for the fifth-straight session. Lower resistance at 6,325-6,350 was challenged on the push to a record high of 6,324.

The Russell 2000 surged nearly 19 points, or 1.4%, to end at 1,415. The small-caps slipped two points on the open to 1,394 with prior support at 1,390-1,385 easily holding. The midday high of 1,419 failed fresh resistance at 1,420-1,425 with a move above the latter leading to lifetime highs. I would like to see 1,405-1,400 hold on any weakness today.

The S&P 500 Volatility Index ($VIX, 10.16, down 0.23) traded in negative territory for much of the session aside from the morning high of 10.53. Lower resistance at 10.50-11.50 held before midday test to 9.73. Upper support at 9.75-9.50 was breached but held.

I have set a Stop Limit for BAC to start protecting profits. I have also set a Stop Limit for VIAV to save the remaining premium.

From desk to press, futures look like this: Dow (+7); S&P 500 (+2); Nasdaq 100 (-2).

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Bank of America (BAC, $22.97, up $0.37)

BAC July 23 calls (BAC170721C00023000, $0.78, up $0.20)

Entry Price: $0.60 (6/5/2017)
Exit Target: $0.90-$1.20
Return: 30%
Stop Target: 63 cents (Stop Limit)

Action: Set an initial Stop Limit at 63 cents to protect profits.

Shares traded to a high of $23.21 on Thursday with the calls trading to a high of 89 cents. Fresh resistance is at $23-$23.25. Rising support is at $22.75-$22.50.


Flex (FLEX, $17.35, up $0.09)

FLEX July 18 calls (FLEX170721C00018000, $0.35, flat)

Entry Price: $0.40 (6/1/2017)
Exit Target: $0.80
Return: -12%
Stop Target: None

Action: Shares traded to a high of $17.46 into yesterday’s close. Resistance is at $17.50. Support is at $17.25-$17.


Amicus Therapeutics (FOLD, $8.63, up $0.04)

FOLD July 8 calls (FOLD170721C00008000, $1.10, flat)

Entry Price: $0.85 (5/22/2017)
Exit Target: $1.70-$2.55
Return: 29%
Stop Target: None

Action: Resistance is at $8.75 with Thursday’s high reaching $8.72. Rising support is at $8.50-$8.25.


STMicroelectronics (STM, $17.34, up $0.40)

STM October 20 calls (STM171020C00020000, $0.65, up $0.05)

Entry Price: $0.70 (5/15/2017)
Exit Target: $1.40
Return: -7%
Stop Target: None
STM July 17.50 calls (STM170721C00017500, $0.60, up $0.10)

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

Action: Thursday’s closing high cleared lower resistance is at $17.25-$17.50. Rising support is at $17-$16.75.


Viavi Solutions (VIAV, $11.43, up $0.06)

June 12 calls (VIAV170616C00022500, $0.08, flat)

Entry Price: $0.35 (5/5/2017)
Exit Target: $0.70-$1.05
Return: -77%
Stop Target: 5 cents (Stop Limit)

Action: Set a Stop Limit at 5 cents to save the remaining premium.

Although these options have another week before expiration, we will need a run past $12.35 to break even. VIAV has been a great trading stock this year but this trade hasn’t worked out. We can revisit the stock on a move past $11.75-$12. The 52-week peak is at $11.89.

Lower resistance at $11.50-$11.75 held with yesterday’s high tapping $11.45. Support is at $11.25.