Pre-Market Update for 7/13/2017

Dow Taps Fresh All-Time High

8:00am (EST)

One day doesn’t make a trend but the start of a summer rally appears to be underway following Wednesday’s breakout by the blue-chips. The other major indexes are closing on their all-time highs but the bulls need to show some follow through today. Volatility has below a key level of support and is on the verge of falling back into the single-digits.

The Dow jumped 123 points, or 0.6%, to end at 21,532. The blue-chips opened higher at 21,467 while trading to a lifetime high of 21,580. Upper resistance at 21,500-21,600 held with a run towards 21,800-22,000 if the latter is cleared. Support will try to hold at 21,350-21,300 on a pullback.

The S&P 500 soared 17 points, or 0.7%, to finish at 2,443. The index opened at 2,435 and a key level I have been mentioning that needed to clear. The run to 2,445 split additional hurdles at resistance at 2,440-2,450. The all-time high is at 2,453 and gets 2,475-2,500 in play on continued closes above 2,450. Support has moved up to 2,425-2,420.

The Nasdaq zoomed 67 points, or 1.1%, to close at 6,261. Tech made a steady push 6,265 late in the session to clear prior resistance at 6,200-6,175 and now fresh support. A move above 6,275 gets additional hurdles at 6,300-6,50 in the mix and lifetime highs north of 6,341.

The Russell 2000 advanced 11 points, or 0.8%, to settle at 1,424. The small-caps came within two points of its all-time high of 1,433. The index closed near upper resistance at 1,420-1,425 with continued closes above 1,430-1,435 likely leading to 1,440-1,450. Support is trying to move up to 1,415-1,410.

The S&P 500 Volatility Index ($VIX, 10.30, down 0.59) traded in the red throughout the session with the bulls pushing a low of 10.08. The close below lower support at 10.75-10.50 was a bullish sign and get 10-9.50 back on the map. Resistance has moved down to 11.25-11.50.

I have updated our two latest trades, CY and WEN, so let’s go check the details.

From desk to press, futures look like this: Dow (+14); S&P 500 (+2); Nasdaq 100 (+14).


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Cypress Semiconductor (CY, $13.97, up $0.20)

CY August 15 calls (CY170818C00015000, $0.40, up $0.05)

Entry Price: $0.40 (7/12/2017)
Exit Target: $0.80
Return: 0%
Stop Target: None

Action: Set an Exit Target at 80 cents.

Shares traded to a high of $14.05 yesterday to clear lower resistance at $14-$14.25. Rising support is at $13.75-$13.50.


Wendy’s (WEN, $15.69, down $0.11)

WEN August 16 calls (WEN170818C00016000, $0.45, down $0.05)

Entry Price: $0.45 (7/12/2017)
Exit Target: $0.90
Return: 0%
Stop Target: None

Action: Set an Exit Target at 90 cents.

Support is at $15.50-$15.25 with Wednesday’s low tapping $15.68. Resistance is at $15.75-$16. Earnings aren’t due out until August 9th.


Bank of America (BAC, $24.35, down $0.25)

BAC August 25 calls (BAC170818C00025000, $0.45, down $0.13)

Entry Price: $0.75 (7/3/2017)
Exit Target: $1.50
Return: -40%
Stop Target: None

Action: Support is at $24.25-$24. Yesterday’s low reached $24.30. Resistance is at $24.75-$25.


AT&T (T, $36.83, up $0.23)

T August 37 puts (T170818P00037000, $0.85, down $0.10)

Entry Price: $0.78 (6/29/2017)
Exit Target: $1.60
Return: 9%
Stop Target: 80 cents (Stop Limit)

Action: The puts tested a low of 82 cents yesterday.

Lowered resistance at $36.75-$37 was cleared on the high of $36.90. Support is at $36.75-$36.50.


TherapeuticsMD (TXMD, $5.00, up $0.01)

TXMD August 7.50 calls (TXMD170818C00007500, $0.40, flat)

Entry Price: $0.50 (6/22/2017)
Exit Target: $1.00
Return: -20%
Stop Target: None

Action: Resistance is at $5.25-$5.50. Rising support is at $5-$4.75.


iPath S&P 500 VIX Futures (VXX, 12.37, down 0.34)

VXX August 14 calls (VXX170818C00014000, $0.55, down $0.15)

Entry Price: $1.20 (6/15/2017)
Exit Target: $2.40
Return: -54%
Stop Target: None

Action: Fresh support is at 12.25-12. Resistance is at 12.50-12.75.