Pre-Market Update for 8/29/2017

Small-Caps Show Strength

8:00am (EST)

The market traded in a tight range to finish slightly higher following concerns about what impact Hurricane Harvey may have on the U.S. economy. The small-caps showed the most strength with the blue-chips ending slightly lower. Oil prices were lower by over 2% while gasoline prices gained roughly 3% as many of the nation’s refiners were shut down due to the hurricane.

The Dow slipped 5 points, or 0.02%, to end at 21,808. The blue-chips traded up to 21,861 shortly after the open with lower resistance at 21,900-22,000 easily holding. Support at 21,800-21,750 held on the fall to 21,767 afterwards.

The S&P 500 gained a point, or 0.1%, to settle at 2,444. The index failed lower resistance at 2,455-2,460 on the open following a run to 2,449. Upper support at 2,340-2,335 was breached but held with yesterday’s low reaching 2,439.

The Nasdaq added 17 points, or 0.1%, to finish at 6,283. Tech made a push to 6,292 an hour into trading with lower resistance at 6,300-6,350 holding for the fifth-straight session. Support remains at 6,250-6,200.

The Russell 2000 rallied nearly 5 points, or 0.4%, to close at 1,382. The small-caps dipped nearly a half-point during the morning action to 1,377 with rising support at 1,365-1,360 holding. Resistance at 1,380-1,385 was split into the closing bell with a close above the latter being a slightly bullish sign.

The S&P 500 Volatility Index ($VIX, 11.34, up 0.04) made a morning low of 11.23 with support at 11-10.50 holding. Resistance at 12.50-13.50 held on the intraday pop to 12.11.


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Amicus Therapeutics (FOLD, $13.49, up $0.39)

FOLD October 15 calls (FOLD171020C00015000, $1.25, up $0.20)

Entry Price: $1.05 (8/25/2017)
Exit Target: $2.10
Return: 23%
Stop Target: None

Action: Shares tested a high of $13.66 to get fresh resistance at $13.75-$14 in play. Rising support is at $13.25-$13.


TherapeuticsMD (TXMD, $6.09, up $0.16)

TXMD December 7.50 calls (TXMD171215C00007500, $0.65, flat)

Entry Price: $0.95 (8/17/2017)
Exit Target: $1.90
Return: -31%
Stop Target: None

Action: Resistance is at $6-$6.25 with Monday’s high tapping $6.17. Support is at $6-$5.75.


Intel (INTC, $34.65, down $0.02)

INTC October 37 calls (INTC171020C00037000, $0.14, down $0.02)

Entry Price: $0.53 (8/15/2017)
Exit Target: $1.10
Return: -73%
Stop Target: 10 cents (Stop Limit)

Action: Yesterday’s low reached $34.59. Support is at $34.50-$34.25. Resistance is at $34.75-$35.


TiVo (TIVO, $18.00, up $0.05)

TIVO October 20 calls (TIVO171020C00020000, $0.35, flat)

Entry Price: $0.70 (8/8/2017)
Exit Target: $1.40
Return: -50%
Stop Target: None

Action: Resistance is at $18.25. Support is at $17.75.