Pre-Market Update for 8/15/2017

Small-Caps Lead Rebound

8:00am (EST)

The market traded higher for the second-straight session to push resistance that served as prior support. The small-caps showed the most strength but the Russell 2000 fell just shy of recovery its 100-day moving average. Tech soared past its 50-day moving average to recover last Thursday’s losses while regaining early July support levels.

The Dow jumped 135 points, or 0.6%, to settle at 21,993. The blue-chips held positive territory throughout the session while trading to a high of 22,019. Lower resistance at 22,000-22,100 held with a move above the latter being a bullish development. Support remains at 21,800 with 21,600-21,550 serving as backup.

The S&P 500 soared 24 points, or 1%, to end at 2,465. The index tested a high of 2,468 intraday with prior resistance at 2,470-2,475 holding. Fresh support is at 2,450-2,445.

The Nasdaq zoomed 83 points, or 1.3%, to finish at 6,340. Tech made a steady run to 6,346 ahead of the closing bell with resistance at 6,350-6,400 holding. Support has moved up to at 6,300-6,275 with a move below the latter proving Monday to be a dead-cat bounce.

The Russell 2000 surged 20 points, or 1.5%, to close at 1,394. The small-caps went out right at their session high but failed resistance at 1,395-1,400. A move above the latter would be a bullish development for possible further gains up to 1,410-1,415. Support is at 1,380-1,375 with a move below 1,370 being another warning sign.

The S&P 500 Volatility Index ($VIX, 12.33, down 3.18) sank 20% to close back below 15, and more importantly, the 12.50 level. The 200-day moving average held on the low of 12.06 with new support at 11.50-11.25 and the 100-day moving average.

I should have 1-2 trades ready this afternoon if the bulls can keep their current momentum. However, I want to confirm a bullish trend continues given the whipsaw action this month. I also have bearish trades ready on another breakdown.

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


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TiVo (TIVO, $18.50, up $0.05)

TIVO October 20 calls (TIVO171020C00020000, $0.65, flat)

Entry Price: $0.70 (8/8/2017)
Exit Target: $1.40
Return: -7%
Stop Target: None

Action: Resistance is at $18.50-$18.75 with Monday’s high tapping $18.67. Support is at $18-$17.75.


3D Systems (DDD, $12.78, up $0.02)

August 16 puts (DDD170818P00016000, $3.20, flat)

Entry Price: $0.55 (8/2/2017)
Exit Target: $4 (Limit Order) (closed half @ $1.10 on 8/3/2017)
Return: 291% ($2.15 current avg. closing price)
Stop Target: $3 (Stop Limit)

Action: Yesterday’s high reached $12.99 with upper resistance at $12.75-$13 holding. Support is at $12.50-$12.25.