MomentumOptions.com Pre-Market Update for 1/26/2021

Market Ends Mixed in Choppy Session

8:00am (EST)

The stock market was volatile ahead of a busy week that will include a number of high profile earnings, economic news, a two-day FOMC meeting and debate over the Biden administration’s $1.9 trillion stimulus proposal.

The Nasdaq traded to an opening all-time high of 13,728 while closing at 13,635 (+0.7%). Uncharted territory and lower resistance at 13,600-13,750 was cleared and held. A move above the latter would suggest additional momentum towards 13,850-14,000.

The S&P 500 settled at 3,855 (+0.4%) with the intraday peak tagging 3,859. Near-term and lower resistance at 3,850-3,875 was recovered. A close above the latter and the recent record high at 3,861 would signal additional strength towards 3,900-3,925.

The Dow finished at 30,960 (-0.1%) after tapping a low of 30,564 shortly after the opening bell. Current and upper support 30,750-30,500 was breached but held. A move below the latter would indicate further weakness towards 30,250-30,000.

The Russell 2000 traded to a lifetime high of 2,194 before closing lower at 2,163 (-0.3%). Fresh and lower resistance at 2,180-2,200 was cleared but held. A close above the latter would signal additional upside towards 2,210-2,230.

The iPath S&P Vix Short-Term Futures (NYSEArca: VIX) was also up for the second-straight session after soaring to an intraday high of 26.63. Prior and lower resistance from the beginning of the month at 26.50-27 was breached but held.

New support is at 23-22.50 and the 50-day moving average.

The SPDR S&P 500 ETF (NYSE: SPY) rebounded to close higher for the fourth time in five sessions despite testing an intraday low of $378.46. Mid-month and upper support at $378.50-$378 was tripped but held. A close below the latter would signal additional weakness towards $377.50-$377.

Resistance at $384.50-$385 was recovered with the high reaching $384.77 and last Thursday’s all-time peak at $384.95.

RSI is curling higher with key resistance at 70 holding. A close above this level would suggest additional strength towards 75-80 and levels from early September. Support is at 65-60.

The Spider S&P Retail ETF (NYSE: XRT) extended its winning streak to five-straight sessions following the intraday and all-time surge to $82.51. Uncharted territory and lower resistance at $82.50-$83 was cleared but held. A close above the latter would suggest additional strength towards $84.50-$85.

Support is at $75-$74.50 with a close below $72.50 signaling a false breakout.

RSI is in an uptrend with lower and overbought resistance at 80-85 getting cleared and holding. A close above the latter would suggest a run at 90. Support is at 75-70.

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

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Western Union (WU, $22.71, up $0.65)

WU March 23 calls (WU210319C00023000, $1.00, up $0.30)

Entry Price: $0.65 (1/21/2021)
Exit Target: $1.30
Return: 54%
Stop Target: 70 cents (Stop Limit)

Action: Set an initial Stop Limit at 70 cents to start protecting profits and to avoid a loss.

Shares tagged a high of $22.75 with lower resistance at $22.50-$22.75 getting cleared and holding. Support remains at $22-$21.75 and the 50-day moving average.

MGM Resorts International (MGM, $29.98, down $1.41)

MGM February 34 calls (MGM210219C00034000, $0.60, down $0.35)

Entry Price: $0.80 (1/13/2021)
Exit Target: $1.60
Return: -25%
Stop Target: None

Action: Upper support at $29.75-$29.50 was breached following Monday’s backtest to $29.73. Lowered resistance is at $30-$30.25.

AT&T (T, $29.11, up $0.18)

T February 31 calls (T210219C00031000, $0.25, up $0.05)

Entry Price: $0.40 (1/6/2021)
Exit Target: $0.80
Return: -41%
Stop Target: None

Action: Shares tested a high of $29.18 with lower resistance at $29-$29.25 getting cleared and holding. Support is at $28.75-$28.50 and the 50-day moving average.

Boston Scientific (BSX, $36.78, down $0.25)

BSX February 31 puts (BSX210219P00031000, $0.10, unchanged)

Entry Price: $0.85 (12/14/2020)
Exit Target: $1.70
Return: -88%
Stop Target: None

Action: Friday’s low reached $36.44 with upper support at $36.50-$36.25 getting breached but holding. Resistance is at $37-$37.25 and the 200-day moving average.