MomentumOptions.com Pre-Market Update for 7/24/2020

Late Day Weakness Weighs on Market

8:00am (EST) 

The market struggled throughout Thursday’s session following slightly disappointing economic news concerning employment and leading indicators. This offset some of the good news concerning a 5th coronavirus relief package after The White House and Republicans have reportedly come to an agreement. 

This clears the way for negotiations with Democrats over the proposed $1 trillion spending package as both side race to reach a deal before the expiration of enhanced unemployment benefits. The mostly lower closes pushed volatility higher but not to an alarming level as near-term resistance levels held.

The Nasdaq was the weakness index after tumbling 2.3% with the afternoon low tagging 10,407. Current and upper support at 10,500-10,400 was tripped and failed to hold with a move below the latter setting up a further pullback towards 10,300-10,200.

The Dow remains in a 7-session trading range after falling 1.3% with the late day low reaching 26,560. Upper support at 26,750-26,500 failed to hold with a move below the latter signaling additional weakness towards 26,250-26,000 and the 200-day moving average.

The S&P 500 had its 4-session winning streak snapped after giving back 1.2% while testing an intraday low of 3,222. Near-term and upper support at 3,250-3,225 was breached and failed to hold with a close below the latter indicating a further backtest towards 3,200-3,175.

The Russell 2000 showed strength for much of the session after testing a morning peak of 1,507 but was up less than a tenth-point, or 0.0%, on the close. Near-term and lower resistance at 1,500-1,515 was cleared but held for the 3rd-straight session with a close above the latter signaling additional strength towards 1,525-1,540.

Consumer Staples led sector strength after adding 0.4% while Utilities and Financials gained of 0.1% to round out the winners. Technology and Communication Services were the weakest performers after dropping 2.6% and 1.6%, respectively.

In economic news< Initial Jobless Claims rose 109,000 to 1,416,000, missing estimates of 1,308,000 for a 16th-straight decline. The uptick follows the -3,000 slide to 1,307,000 in the prior week. The 4-week moving average slipped to 1,360,250 from 1,376,750. Continuing claims declined -1,107,000 to 16,197,000, the 8th straight weekly decline, following the -456,000 drop to 17,304,000 previously.

Leading Indicators index climbed 2% to 102 in June after surging 3.2% to 100 in May. Expectations were for a rise of 2.5%. Most of the 10 components made positive contributions, led by jobless claims (1.35%), the average workweek (0.42%), and stock prices (0.24%). The small and negative contributions came from the leading credit index (-0.08%), consumer goods orders (-0.05%), and consumer expectations (-0.02%).

Kansas City Fed Manufacturing Index for July came in at 3 versus forecasts of 5. 

The iShares 20+ Year Treasury Bond ETF (TLT) extended its winning streak to 4-straight sessions after breaking out of a 9-session trading range while tapping a high of $169.88 ahead of the closing bell. Prior and lower resistance from mid-April at $169.50-$170 was recovered. A close above the latter would signal additional momentum towards $171-$171.50.

Rising support is at $169-$168.50 followed by $167.50-$167.

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The S&P 500 Volatility Index ($VIX) rebounded to settle higher for the 2nd time in 3 sessions after reaching an afternoon peak of 26.95. Current and lower resistance at 26.50-27 was breached but held. A close above the latter and the the 200-day moving average would suggest further upside towards 29.50-30 and the 50-day moving average.

Support is at 25.50-25 followed by 24-23.50 with the opening and fresh monthly low hitting 23.60. 

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The S&P 400 Mid Cap Index ($MID) extended its winning streak to 3-straight after tapping an intraday high of 1,886. Lower resistance from early June at 1,875-1,900 was cleared but held. A close above the latter would signal a retest towards 1,925-1,950 with the June peak at 1,946.

The fade to 1850 late in the day clipped upper support at 1,850-1,825 but a level that held. A close below the latter and the 200-day moving average would signal a near-term top with additional weakness towards 1,800-1,775 and the 50-day moving average.

RSI has leveled out with lower resistance from late May at 65-70 holding. Key support is at 60 with a close below this level signaling additional weakness towards 55-50.

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The Consumer Staples Select Spiders (XLP) also closed higher for the 3rd-straight day with the midday peak hitting $62.46. Lower resistance from early March at $62-$62.50 was recovered. A close above the latter would be an ongoing bullish signal for additional strength towards $63.50-$64.

Current and rising support is at $61.50-$61. A close below the latter would be a slightly bearish development and signal a possible near-term top with additional pullback potential towards $60-$59.50 and the 200-day moving average.

RSI is in an uptrend with key resistance from early June at 70 holding. A move above this level and would suggest additional strength towards 75 and the January peak. Support is at 65-60.

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Cisco Systems (CSCO, $47.41, up $0.51)

CSCO August 50 calls (CSCO200821C00050000, $0.65, up $0.10)

Entry Price: $0.65 (7/21/2020)

Exit Target: $1.30

Return: 0%

Stop Target: None

Action: Thursday’s peak reached $47.70 with lower resistance at $47.50-$48 getting cleared and holding. Support is at $47.25-$47.

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Viavi Solutions (VIAV, $13.64, up $0.17)

VIAV August 14 calls (VIAV200821C00014000, $0.65, up $0.05)

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

Exit Target: $1.20

Return: 9%

Stop Target: None

Action: Thursday’s high reached $13.74 with lower resistance at $13.50-$13.75 and the 200-day moving average getting cleared and holding. Support remains at $13.25-$13.

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