MomentumOptions.com Pre-Market Update for 12/10/2019
Market Cautious Ahead of FOMC Meeting
The market was sluggish to start the week after trading in tight ranges and on both sides of the ledger while settling slightly lower for the session. The cautious action comes ahead of a week full of potentially market-moving events, including the FOMC meeting midweek, an overseas ECB meeting and the UK election.
Also looming is the December 15th deadline for additional U.S. tariffs on Chinese goods along with a possible USMCA deal. Meanwhile, volatility was slightly elevated as the spike towards near-term resistance levels is signaling continued nervousness in the market over the near-term.
The Dow declined 0.4% after trading to a late day low of 27,906. Prior and upper support at 28,000-27,800 was breached and failed to hold with a close below the latter signaling additional risk towards 27,600-27,400.
The Nasdaq was also off 0.4% following the pullback to 8,619 while trading in a 59-point range. New and upper support at 8,650-8,600 was breached and failed to hold with a close below the former getting 8,500-8,450 back in focus.
The S&P 500 fell 0.3% after closing on the session low of 3,135 and trading in a 13-point range. Near-term and upper support at 3,125-3,100 easily held with a move below the latter being a renewed bearish signal with downside potential towards 3,075-3,050 and the 50-day moving average.
The Russell 2000 also dropped 0.3% and closed on its session low of 1,629. Current and upper support at 1,630-1,615 was breached and failed to hold with a close below the latter signaling a further backtest towards the 1,600 level.
Consumer Discretionary, Consumer Staples and Real Estate were the only sectors that showed strength after rising 0.1%. Healthcare was the leading sector laggard after falling 0.7% while Technology was lower by 0.5%.
The iShares 20+ Year Treasury Bond ETF (TLT) snapped a 3-session slide after trading to a high of $139.11 shortly after the open. Near-term and lower resistance at $139-$139.50 was challenged but held. A close above the latter and the 50-day moving average would be a more bullish signal for a possible push towards $140.50-$141.
Current support is trying to move up to $138.50-$138. A close below the $137.50 level would be a renewed bearish signal with additional weakness towards $136.50-$136.
The S&P 500 Volatility Index ($VIX) closed higher for the first time in 4 sessions despite tapping a low of 12.25 shortly after the opening bell.
Prior and upper support at 12.50-12 was breached but held.
The late day spike to 16.07 afterwards cleared and held lower resistance at 15-15.50 and the 200-day moving average. This was a slightly bearish development for the market with additional risk towards 17.50-18 over the near-term.
The Wilshire 5000 Composite Index ($WLSH) had its 3-session winning streak snapped after testing an intraday low intraday of 31,945. Current and upper support at 32,000-31,800 was breached and failed to hold. A close below the former would signal additional weakness towards 31,600-31,400.
Current resistance is at 32,100-32,300 with the recent all-time high at 32,171.
RSI is back in a downtrend after failing lower resistance at 65-70. A close above the latter would signal additional strength towards 75 and the late November high. Support at 60 held on the late day weakness with additional risk towards 55-50 on a close below this level.
The Technology Select Sector Spiders (XLK) fell for the first time in 4 sessions after closing on the session low of $87.30. Current and upper support at $87.50-$87 was breached and failed to hold. A close below the former would signal another near-term top with additional risk towards $86-$85.50.
Current resistance is at $88-$88.50 with the recent all-time high at $88.42. A close above the latter would be a renewed bullish signal with upside potential towards $89.50-$90.
RSI is back in a slight downtrend after falling below key support at 60. Continued closes below this level would signal additional weakness towards 55-50 with the latter representing the monthly low. Resistance is at 65-70.
The action in the VIX caused me to hold off on fresh trades. Some of the charts I’m looking at are showing additional weakness to near-term support levels so we may get better prices on some of the trades I’m looking at.
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AT&T (T, $38.04, down $0.16)
T January 39 calls (T200117C00039000, $0.45, down $0.05)
Entry Price: $0.52 (12/5/2019)
Exit Target: $1.05
Stop Target: None
Action: Shares traded down to $38.03 with upper support at $38-$37.75 and the 50-day moving average holding. Resistance is at $38.25-$38.50.
Pfizer (PFE, $38.32, up $0.03)
PFE January 40 calls (PFE200117C00040000, $0.25, flat)
Entry Price: $0.40 (11/25/2019)
Exit Target: $0.80
Stop Target: None
Action: Shares traded a high of $38.38 with lower resistance at $38.50-$38.75 getting challenged but holding. Support is at $38.25-$38.
Viava Solutions (VIAV, $14.67, down $0.26)
VIAV January 16 calls (VIAV200117C00016000, $0.15, down $0.05)
Entry Price: $0.70 (11/7/2019)
Exit Target: $1.40
Stop Target: None
Action: Prior and upper support at $14.75-$14.50 was tripped and failed to hold on the backtest and close on the session low. Resistance remains at $15-$15.25 and the 50-day moving average.
Limelight Networks (LLNW, $4.26, up $0.11)
LLNW January 3 calls (LLNW200117C00003000, $1.20, up $0.05)
Entry Price: $0.60 (9/11/2019)
Exit Target: $1.50-$2 (closed 1/3 @ $1.40 on 10/22)
Stop Target: $1 (Stop Limit)
Action: Shares reached a high of $4.28 with prior and lower resistance at $4.20-$4.30 getting cleared and holding. Support is at $4.15-$4.05. A close below $4 will trip the Stop Limit at $1.