Pre-Market Update for 9/1/2017

Bulls Grab August By the Horns

8:00am (EST)

The market showed continued strength while pushing early August resistance levels following today’s gains. All major sectors contributing to the rally with Health Care surging 1.7%. For the month of August, the bulls quietly overtook the bears to get the overall wins on the Dow, S&P 500, and Nasdaq. The bears grabbed victory in the small-caps with the Russell 2000 closing lower for the month.

The Dow gained 55 points, or 0.3%, to finish at 21,948. The blue-chips held positive territory throughout the session while trading up to 21,985. Upper resistance at 21,900-22,000 was challenged with a close above the latter a bullish development. Support remains at 21,800-21,750.

The S&P 500 advanced 14 points, or 0.6%, to close at 2,471. The index opened higher at 2,462 while reaching an intraday peak of 2,475. Fresh resistance at 2,470-2,475 was tested with further hurdles at 2,480-2,485. Support has moved up to 2,460-2,455.

The Nasdaq surged 60 points, or 1%, to end at 6,428. Tech made a steady push to 6,435 ahead of the closing bell to clear upper resistance at 6,400-6,425. Fresh hurdles are at 6,450-6,475 with the all-time high at 6,460. Rising support is at 6,400-6,375.

The Russell 2000 rallied roughly 14 points, or 1%, to settle at 1,405. The small-caps opened a point higher at 1,392 while making a midday push to 1,406 while settling just below the 50-day moving average. Fresh resistance is at 1,415-1,420 on a move above 1,410. Rising support is at 1,385-1,380.

The S&P 500 Volatility Index ($VIX, 10.59, down 0.63) traded in negative territory throughout the session with the low reaching 10.34. Lower support at 11-10.50 held with a close below the latter ahead of the 3-day weekend a slightly bullish signal. Lowered resistance is at 11.50-12.50.

From desk to press, futures look like this: Dow (+27); S&P 500 (+1); Nasdaq 100 (+8).


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Materials Select Sector Spider (XLB, $55.07, up $0.42)

XLB October 56 calls (XLB171020C00056000, $0.50, up $0.12)

Entry Price: $0.45 (8/31/2017)
Exit Target: $0.90
Return: 10%
Stop Target: None

Action: Yesterday’s run to $55.19 cleared lower resistance at $55-$55.25. Continued closes above the latter would be a bullish development. The 52-week high is at $55.92 that was reached in late July. Rising support is at $54.25-$54.


Amicus Therapeutics (FOLD, $13.94, down $0.15)

FOLD October 15 calls (FOLD171020C00015000, $1.50, down $0.10)

Entry Price: $1.05 (8/25/2017)
Exit Target: $2.10
Return: 47%
Stop Target: $1.25 (Stop Limit)

Action: Support is at $13.50-$13.25. Resistance is at $14.25-$14.50.


TherapeuticsMD (TXMD, $5.97, down $0.06)

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

Entry Price: $0.95 (8/17/2017)
Exit Target: $1.90
Return: -32%
Stop Target: None

Action: Support is at $5.75. Resistance is at $6.25.


Intel (INTC, $35.07, up $0.18)

INTC October 37 calls (INTC171020C00037000, $0.15, flat)

Entry Price: $0.53 (8/15/2017)
Exit Target: $1.10
Return: -72%
Stop Target: 10 cents (Stop Limit)

Action: Fresh resistance at $35.25-$35.50 with yesterday’s high reaching $35.18. Support is at $34.50-$34.25.


TiVo (TIVO, $18.30, up $0.15)

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 $18.50-$18.75. Support is at $18.25-$18.