Pre-Market Update for 8/10/2017

Small-Caps Close Below 1,400 Level

8:00am (EST)

The market fell for the second-straight session after trading down to near-term support on slightly heightened volatility. The small-caps led the way lower, followed by Tech, as the 10 major S&P sectors closed mixed. Consumer Discretionary (XLY) and Utilities were the weakest link while Consumer Staples and Healthcare led the slight gains.

The Dow declined 36 points, or 0.2%, to settle at 22,048. The blue-chips kissed a low of 21,996 intraday with upper support at 22,000-21,800 getting breached but holding. The run to 22,057 still kept the index in the red for the session with resistance at 22,200-22,250 holding and still in play.

The S&P 500 lost a point, or 0.04%, to end at 2,474. The index stumbled to a low of 2,462 after opening at 2,465 before holding support at 2,475-2,470. The recovery afterwards nearly reached positive territory with the bulls failing by a half-point on the session high into the close. Resistance remains at 2,485-2,500.

The Nasdaq fell 18 points, or 0.3%, to finish at 6,352. Tech traded down to 6,309 with lower support at 6,325-6,300 holding. The steady rebound to 6,355 into the closing bell failed resistance at 6,400-6,425 with the close above 6,350 keeping these levels in play.

The Russell 2000 was off 13 points, or 0.9%, to close at 1,397. The small-caps reached a low of 1,393 while closing below the 100-day moving average for the first time since late May. Fresh support is at 1,390-1,385. Lowered resistance is at 1,410-1,415 and the 50-day moving average.

The S&P 500 Volatility Index ($VIX, 11.11, up 0.15) stayed elevated throughout the session with the high reaching 12.63. I mentioned a close above 12.50 could induce panic selling and the close between resistance at 10.50-11.50 was a bearish development. Rising support is at 10.50-10.

From desk to press, futures look like this: Dow (-28); S&P 500 (-5); Nasdaq 100 (-14).


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TiVo (TIVO, $18.30, down $0.05)

TIVO October 20 calls (TIVO171020C00020000, $0.70, flat)

Entry Price: $0.70 (8/8/2017)
Exit Target: $1.40
Return: 0%
Stop Target: None

Action: Resistance at $18.75-$19 held on Wednesday’s run to $18.70. Support is at $18.25-$18.


3D Systems (DDD, $12.83, up $0.14)

August 16 puts (DDD170818P00016000, $3.10, down $0.20)

Entry Price: $0.55 (8/2/2017)
Exit Target: $4 (Limit Order) (closed half @ $1.10 on 8/3/2017)
Return: 290% ($2.10 current avg. closing price)
Stop Target: $2.80 (Stop Limit)

Action: Upper support at $12.50-$12.25 held on yesterday’s low of $12.44. Resistance is at $12.75-$13. I could piggy-back this trade with September or October puts so stay tuned as shares could be headed towards $ 10. However, with these options expiring next Friday I would like to lock-in profits on the other half before opening a new position.


Wendy’s (WEN, $15.81, up $0.59)

WEN August 16 calls (WEN170818C00016000, $0.15, down $0.05)

Entry Price: $0.45 (7/12/2017)
Exit Target: $0.90
Return: -67%
Stop Target: None

Action: Resistance is at $15.75-$16. Support is at $15.50-$15.25. I would like to see shares clear and hold $16 today.


TherapeuticsMD (TXMD, $5.57, up $0.23)

TXMD August 7.50 calls (TXMD170818C00007500, $0.10, flat)

Entry Price: $0.50 (6/22/2017)
Exit Target: $1.00
Return: -80%
Stop Target: None

Action: Support is at $5.25-$5. Resistance is at $5.50-$5.75.