Pre-Market Update for 6/14/2017

Dow, S&P 500 Close at Record Highs

8:00am (EST)

The Dow set a fresh all-time intraday high and joined the S&P 500 is notching another all-time record close on Tuesday. The bullish action carried over into Tech and the small-caps and comes ahead of today’s widely anticipated decision to raise interest rates by another quarter point.

The Dow jumped 92 points, or 0.4%, to close at 21,328. The blue-chips held positive territory throughout the session while trading to an all-time high of 21,332. The close above 21,300 keeps my near-term fluff targets of 21,450-21,500 in play. Support remains at 21,200-21,100 with a close below 21,000 signaling a possible near-term top.

The S&P 500 added nearly 11 points, or 0.5%, to settle 2,440. The index tested an intraday high of 2,441 while closing on lower resistance at 2,440-2,450. There is a chance for a possible run towards 2,465-2,470 on a move above the latter. Near-term support remains at 2,425-2,420 with backup help at 2,410-2,400.

The Nasdaq gained 45 points, or 0.7%, to end at 6,220. Tech also held green throughout the session with the high reaching 6,226. The close above lower resistance at 6,200-6,225 was a bullish signal with additional hurdles at 6,275-6,300. Shaky support is at 6,175-6,150 with risk to 6,100 on another move below the latter.

The Russell 2000 advanced 6 points, or 0.5%, to finish just under 1,426. The small-caps traded to a midday peak of 1,427 with upper resistance at 1,420-1,425 holding into the closing bell. The all-time high is north of 1,433 with fluff to 1,440-1,450 on a move above 1,435. Support remains at 1,410-1,400.

The S&P 500 Volatility Index ($VIX, 10.42, down 1.04) fell 9% and stayed deflated throughout Tuesday with the low reaching 10.26. The move below upper support at 10.50-10 was a bullish sign. Resistance is at 11.50-12.50.

From desk to press, futures look like this: Dow (-13); S&P 500 (-2); Nasdaq 100 (-7).


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Bank of America (BAC, $23.77, down $0.01)

BAC July 23 calls (BAC170721C00023000, $1.25, down $0.05)

Entry Price: $0.60 (6/5/2017)
Exit Target: $1.50, raise to $1.75 (Limit Order on half)
Return: 108%
Stop Target: $1.10 (Stop Limit)

Action: Raise the Exit Target from $1.50 to $1.75 with a Limit Order on half.

Shares traded up to $24.11 yesterday with the call options peaking at $1.52. Resistance remains at $24. Short-term support is at $23.50.


Flex (FLEX, $16.71, down $0.01)

FLEX July 18 calls (FLEX170721C00018000, $0.10, flat)

Entry Price: $0.40 (6/1/2017)
Exit Target: $0.80
Return: -75%
Stop Target: None

Action: Upper support at $16.50-$16.25 held with yesterday’s low reaching $16.45. Resistance is at $17. The recent pullback from $17.75 on the Tech pullback was a disappointment but these options still have over a month of time premium.


STMicroelectronics (STM, $15.93, up $0.24)

STM October 20 calls (STM171020C00020000, $0.35, up $0.05)

Entry Price: $0.70 (5/15/2017)
Exit Target: $1.40
Return: -50%
Stop Target: None


STM July 17.50 calls (STM170721C00017500, $0.25, up $0.05)

Entry Price: $0.65 (5/15/2017)
Exit Target: $1.30
Return: -62%
Stop Target: None

Action: Shares traded to a high of $16.08 yesterday. Resistance is at $16. Support is at $15.50-$15.25.