Pre-Market Update for 8/30/2017

Bulls Hold Backup Support

8:00am (EST)

The market traded to its lows shortly after the opening action but worked its way back to even midday. The rest of the session was spent in a tight range before higher closes across the board. Industrials, Technology and Consumer Staples showed strength while Materials and the Financials were the weakest sectors.

The Dow advanced 57 points, or 0.3%, to settle at 21,865. The blue-chips traded to a low reaching 21,683 with backup support at 21,600-21,550 and the 50-day moving average holding. A move below the latter would be a bearish development. The rebound to 21,879 afterwards failed lower resistance at 21,900-22,000.

The S&P 500 climbed 2 points, or 0.1%, to finish at 2,446. The index opened at 2,431 and tested a low of 2,428 intraday. Support at 2,425-2,420 and the 100-day moving average held. The turnaround to 2,449 failed resistance at 2,455-2,460 into the closing bell.

The Nasdaq added 18 points, or 0.3%, to close at 6,301. Tech tumbled to a low of 6,228 to split support at 6,250-6,200. The high of 6,311 afterwards and close above lower resistance at 6,300-6,350 was a slightly bullish signal.

The Russell 2000 gained a point, or 0.1%, to end at 1,383. The small-caps made a morning backtest to 1,371 with support at 1,365-1,360 holding. Upper resistance at 1,380-1,385 held on the session high with the close above the 200-day moving average a slightly bullish sign.

The S&P 500 Volatility Index ($VIX, 11.70, up 0.38) spiked to a high of 14.34 with backup resistance at 14.50-15 holding. Support remains at 11-10.50.

From desk to press, futures look like this: Dow (+24); S&P 500 (+1); Nasdaq 100 (+6).


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Amicus Therapeutics (FOLD, $13.86, up $0.37)

FOLD October 15 calls (FOLD171020C00015000, $1.35, up $0.10)

Entry Price: $1.05 (8/25/2017)
Exit Target: $2.10
Return: 31%
Stop Target: None

Action: Upper resistance at $13.75-$14 was cleared on the 52-week high of $14.05 yesterday. Rising support is at $13.50-$13.25.


TherapeuticsMD (TXMD, $5.97, down $0.10)

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: Support is at $6-$5.75. Resistance is at $6-$6.25.


Intel (INTC, $34.73, up $0.08)

INTC October 37 calls (INTC171020C00037000, $0.14, flat)

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

Action: Resistance is at $34.75-$35. Support is at $34.50-$34.25.


TiVo (TIVO, $18.50, up $0.50)

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: Lower resistance at $18.50-$18.75held on the run to $18.58 on Monday. Support is at $18-$17.75.