Pre-Market Update for 9/6/2017

Bears Push Near-Term Support

8:00am (EST)

The bears started the week by pushing near-term support with geopolitical rhetoric heating up and multiple deadlines ahead for Congress. The tumble in the Dow and S&P 500 held the 50-day moving averages as investors fled into Gold which hit its highest level of the year. The small-caps weren’t as lucky as the Russell failed its 50-day moving average along with the 100-day moving average by a half-point.

The Dow dropped 234 points, or 1.1%, to end at 21,753. The blue-chips traded in negative territory throughout the session with the low reaching 21,709. Lower support at 21,800-21,750 held with backup help at 21,600-21,550. Resistance is at 21,900-22,000.

The S&P 500 sank 18 points, or 0.8%, to settle at 2,454. The index opened 6 points lower at 2,470 while kissing an intraday low of 2,446. Lower support at 2,460-2,455 failed to hold by a point to open up further risk to 2,425-2,420. Lowered resistance is at 2,475-2,480.

The Nasdaq tanked 59 points, or 0.9%, to finish at 6,375. Tech tumbled to a low of 6,334 with backup and upper support at 6,325-6,300 holding. A move below the latter would be a bearish development. Resistance is at 6,425-6,450 on a move above 6,400.

The Russell 2000 stumbled nearly 14 points, or 1%, to close at 1,399. The small-caps came within a point of trading in positive territory but faded to a low of 1,394 intraday. Upper support at 1,395-1,390 was breached but held with a close below the latter being a bearish development. Resistance is at 1,410-1,415.

The S&P 500 Volatility Index ($VIX, 12.23, up 2.10) surged to a high of 14.06 to clear backup resistance at 12.50-13.50. The close below the former was slightly bullish but with rising support now at 11.50-10.50.

From desk to press, futures look like this: Dow (-19); S&P 500 (-1); Nasdaq 100 (-1).


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Cypress Semiconductor (CY, $13.73, down $0.20)

CY October 14 calls (CY171020C00014000, $0.50, down $0.10)

Entry Price: $0.60 (9/1/2017)
Exit Target: $1.20
Return: -17%
Stop Target: None

Action: Lower support at $13.60-13.50 held on yesterday’s backtest to $13.57. Resistance is at $14.


TherapeuticsMD (TXMD, $6.36, up $0.41)

TXMD December 7.50 calls (TXMD171215C00007500, $0.70, up $0.05)

Entry Price: $0.95 (8/17/2017)
Exit Target: $1.90
Return: -26%
Stop Target: None

Action: Fresh resistance is at $6.50-$6.75 with Tuesday’s high reaching $6.48. Support is at $6.25-$6.


Intel (INTC, $35.02, down $0.07)

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: Support is at $34.75-$34.50. Resistance is at $35.25-$35.50.


TiVo (TIVO, $18.00, down $0.50)

TIVO October 20 calls (TIVO171020C00020000, $0.35, down $0.05)

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

Action: Upper support at $18-$17.75 held on yesterday’s backtest to $17.80. Resistance is at $18.25.