MomentumOptions.com Pre-Market Update for 12/17/2020

Small-Caps/ Tech Trade to Another Round of Lifetime Highs

8:00am (EST)

The stock market settled mostly in positive territory while hitting fresh highs as hopes for a fresh stimulus bill provided support despite a disappointing retail sales report. Senate leader Mitch McConnell has reportedly said he is optimistic a deal can be reached, supporting expectations that lawmakers can settle their differences and pass a bill before Christmas.

The Nasdaq tested an afternoon all-time peak of 12,687 while finishing at 12,658 (+0.5%). Unchartered territory and lower resistance at 12,600-12,700 was cleared and held. A move above the latter would signal continued momentum towards 12,800-12,900.

The S&P 500 ended at 3,701 (+0.2%) after trading to a high 3,711 ahead of the closing bell. Near-term and lower resistance at 3,700-3,725 was breached and held. A close above the latter and last week’s record high of 3,712 would suggest additional upside towards 3,750-3,775.

The Dow traded to a second half peak of 30,236 before closing at 30,154 (-0.2%). Current and lower resistance 30,250-30,500 was challenged but held. A move above the latter and the record high at 30,325 would suggest a possible run towards 30,750-31,000.

The Russell 2000 tapped record high of 1,966 shortly after the open before settling at 1,952 (-0.4%). Uncharted territory and lower resistance at 1,965-1,985 was cleared but held. A close above the latter would indicate continued strength towards 1,990-2,010.

The iPath S&P Vix Short-Term Futures (NYSEArca: VIX) fell for the second-straight session with the intraday low tapping 22.29. Current and upper support at 22.50-22 was breached but held. A move below the latter would suggest additional weakness towards 21-20.50.

Lowered resistance is at 23.50-24 followed by 24.50-25.

The Invesco QQQ Trust (Nasdaq: QQQ) extended its winning streak to three-straight sessions after trading to an intraday all-time high of $309.79. Unchartered territory and lower resistance at $309.50-$310 was cleared but held. A close above the latter would indicate additional momentum towards $311.50-$312.

Rising support is at $307-$306.50 followed by $305.50-$305.

RSI (relative strength indicator) is in an uptrend with key resistance at 70 holding. A close above this level would signal additional strength towards 75-80 and levels from early September. Support is at 65-60.

The Technology Select Sector Spider Fund (NYSE: XLK) extended its winning streak to three-straight sessions following the late day push to $128.14 and new record peak. Fresh and lower resistance at $128-$128.50 was cleared but held. A move above the latter would signal ongoing strength towards $129.50-$130.

Current and rising support is at $127-$126.50 followed by $125.50-$125.

RSI remains in an uptrend with key resistance at 70 holding. A close above this level would signal upside towards 75-80 with the latter representing the September top. Support is at 65-60.

I have updated our current trades so let’s go check the tape.

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Boston Scientific (BSX, $35.13, up $0.46)

BSX February 31 puts (BSX210219P00031000, $0.55, down $0.10)

Entry Price: $0.85 (12/14/2020)
Exit Target: $1.70
Return: -35%
Stop Target: None

Action: Shares traded to a high of $35.65 with early November and lower resistance at $35.50-$36 getting cleared but holding. Support is at $34.50-$34.

Grocery Outlet Holding (GO, $38.68, down $0.60)

GO January 40 calls (GO210115C00040000, $1.05, down $0.25)

Entry Price: $1.00 (11/30/2020)
Exit Target: $2.00
Return: 5%
Stop Target: None

Action: Upper support at $38.50-$38 and the 200-day moving average was challenged but held on the pullback to $38.66. Resistance is at $39-$39.50.