Pre-Market Update for 7/21/2020

Nasdaq Stays Strong, Small-Caps Slack/ Profit Alert (WU)

8:00am (EST) 

The market was choppy on Monday’s opening following a number of positive developments concerning coronavirus vaccines and chatter of new stimulus measures. However, first half gains were somewhat limited as a number of states are still showing a rise in cases with the possibility of lockdowns coming back into play. 

On the stimulus front, there is talk of a $1-$1.5 trillion package with the draft coming in on the high-end of that range. This was seen as a positive surprise as Wall Street believes its is highly unlikely that Republicans under-deliver given the deteriorating economic growth momentum. This led to a second half rally that stayed strong into the closing bell with the small-caps slacking after closing lower.

The Nasdaq was up for the 4th time in 5 sessions after surging 2.5% with the late day high tagging 10,783. Current and lower resistance at 10,700-10,800 was recovered with a move above the latter suggesting momentum towards 10,900-11,000 and new lifetime highs.

The S&P 500 was higher for the 2nd-straight session after soaring 0.8% while topping out at 3,258 ahead of the closing bell. Lower resistance at 3,250-3,275 was reclaimed with a close above the latter signal momentum towards 3,300-3,325.

The Dow snapped a 2-session slide after adding nearly 9 points, or 0.03%, with the afternoon peak reaching 26,765. Current and lower resistance at 26,750-27,000 was breached but held with a close above the latter signaling a retest towards 27,250-27,500 and prior levels from early June.

The Russell 2000 was down 0.4% after tapping a midday low of 1,461. 

Upper support at 1,465-1,450 was tripped but held with a move below the latter and the 200-day moving average suggesting additional weakness towards 1,440-1,425.

Utilities paced sector strength after soaring 2.5% while Consumer Discretionary and Communication Services rallied 1.6% and 1.2% to round out the winners. Energy and Utilities were the weakest sectors after sinking 1.7% and 1.3%, respectively.

The iShares 20+ Year Treasury Bond ETF (TLT) zigzagged for the 5th-straight session to remain in a trading range with the intraday high reaching $167.62. Near-term and lower resistance at $167.50-$168 was cleared but held. A close above the latter would be a bullish signal for a possible breakout with strength towards the $169.50-$170 area. 

Support remains at $167-$166.50 with backup help at $165.50-$165 and the lower end of the current trading range.


The S&P 500 Volatility Index ($VIX) fell for the 2nd-straight session and for the 4th time in 5 after trading to a fresh monthly low of 24.35. Prior and upper support at 24.50-24 was tripped and held. A close below the latter would signal additional weakness towards 23.50-23 with the June low at 23.54.

Lowered resistance is at 25-25.50 followed by 26.50-27 and the 200-day moving average. A close above the 27.50 level would be a cautious signal for the market with upside potential towards 29.50-30 and the 50-day moving average.


The Wilshire 5000 Composite Index ($WLSH) was up for the 4th time in 5 sessions with the intraday high tapping 33,279. Near-term and lower resistance from early June at 33,000-33,250 was recovered. Continued closes above the latter would be a bullish signal for a retest towards 33,500-33,750 and levels from early February.

Current support is at 32,750-32,500 on a move back below 33,000.

RSI is in a slight uptrend with key resistance from late May and earlier this month at 60 getting cleared and holding. A close above 65 would suggest additional strength towards 70-75 with the latter representing the early June peak. Support is at 55-50.


The Technology Select Sector Spiders (XLK) extended its winning streak to 2-straight with the intraday and fresh all-time high tapping $109.82. Current and lower resistance at $109.50-$110 was recovered. A close above the latter would signal additional momentum towards $112-$112.50.

Rising support is at $108.50-$108 followed by $107-$106.50.

RSI is in an uptrend with lower resistance at 65-70 getting reclaimed A close above the latter low would signal additional upside towards 75 and the early June peak. Support is at 60-55.


I could have a New Trade shortly after the open so stay locked-and-loaded.

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Viavi Solutions (VIAV, $13.44, down $0.06)

VIAV August 14 calls (VIAV200821C00014000, $0.60, down $0.05)

Entry Price: $0.60 (7/13/2020)

Exit Target: $1.20

Return: 0%

Stop Target: None

Action: Lower resistance at $13.50-$13.75 and the 200-day moving average was cleared but held on the intraday run to $13.65. Upper support at $13.25-$13 held on the fade to $13.39 afterwards.


Western Union (WU, $21.90, down $0.09)

WU August 22 calls (WU200821C00022000, $0.90, down $0.15)

Entry Price: $0.70 (7/10/2020)

Exit Target: $1.40

Return: 32%

Stop Target: 90 cents (Stop Limit)

Action: The Stop Limit at 90 cents tripped on the stock’s drop to $21.65.