Pre-Market Update for 3/4/2021

Nasdaq Closes Below 13,000

8:00am (EST)

The stock market was choppy on Wednesday before closing lower as traders weighed optimism over widespread post-pandemic business reopenings versus another uptick in bond yields. Specifically, the yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury note rebounded to close near the 1.5% level and weighed on Tech stocks.

Meanwhile, private payrolls missed expectations following a print of 117,000 in February and down from an upwardly revised gain of 195,000 payrolls in January. This also weighed on sentiment with volatility spiking back above a key level of resistance.

The Nasdaq tested an afternoon low of 12,995 before ending at 12,997 (-2.7%) and back below its 50-day moving average. Prior and upper support from late January at 13,000-12,900 was breached and failed to hold. A close below the latter would be an ongoing bearish development and would indicate further weakness towards 12,800-12,700.

The S&P 500 closed at 3,819 (-1.3%) with the late day low tapping 3,818. Near-term and upper support at 3,825-3,800 was breached and failed to hold. A drop below the latter and the 50-day moving average would suggest weakness towards 3,775-3,750.

The Russell 2000 settled on its session low of 2,207 (-1.1%). Upper support at 2,225-2,200 failed to hold. A move below the latter would suggest a retest towards 2,175-2,150. Below is a chart of the IWM.

The Dow finished at 31,270 (-0.4%) after tapping a low of 31,260 ahead of the closing bell. Current and upper support at 31,500-31,250 was tripped and failed to hold. A close below the latter would signal additional weakness towards 31,000-30,750 and the 50-day moving average.

Market Mover

Shares of Lyft (LYFT) jumped 8% while trading to a fresh 52-week high of $63.58 after raising first quarter earnings guidance. The company expects a loss of $135 million versus previous forecasts between $150-$145 million. The company attributed the improvement in its outlook to reduced operating expenses.

Volatility Index

The iPath S&P Vix Short-Term Futures (NYSEArca: VIX) was up for the 2nd-straight session after surging to a high of 26.79. Prior and lower resistance at 26.50-27 and the 200-day moving average was breached and held. A close above the latter would signal a retest towards 29-31.

Support is at 24-23.50 and the 50-day moving average.

Market Analysis

The S&P 400 Mid Cap Index (NYSE: MID) was down for the second-straight session after closing on the session low of 2,507. Near-term and upper support at 2,500-2,475 was challenged but held. A move below the latter would indicate additional weakness towards 2,450-2,425 and the 50-day moving average.

Resistance is at 2,525-2,550 with the recent all-time high of 2,563

RSI (relative strength index) is back in a downtrend with key support at 50 holding. A move below this level would signal additional weakness towards 45 and the late January low. Resistance is at 55-60.


The Real Estate Select Sector SPDR Fund (NYSE: XLRE) fell for the second-straight session and for the fourth time in five with the late day low tagging $36.63. Upper support at $36.75-$36.50 and the 50-day moving average failed to hold. A close below the latter would suggest additional weakness towards $36.50-$36.25.

Resistance is at $37-$37.25.

RSI remains in a downtrend with key support at 40 failing to hold. Continued closes below this level would indicate weakness towards 35-30 and late October lows. Resistance is at 45-50.

Market Outlook

The Nasdaq’s close below 13,000 was a slightly bearish signal and could lead to additional overall market weakness over the near-term. However, I do expect support levels from January to hold but I’m using “cheap” call options so that if they don’t the damage will be limited. There is a chance for a few bearish trades over the near-term but let’s see how the next few sessions play out.

There are market moving events today and tomorrow with Fed comments and the jobs report coming out.

I have updated our newest trade and I could have another recommendation as early as today so stay locked-and-loaded in case I take action.

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Western Union (WU, $23.88, up $0.20)

WU April 25 calls (WU210416C00025000, $0.45, up $0.07)

Entry Price: $0.45 (3/3/2021)
Exit Target: $0.90
Return: 0%
Stop Target: None

Action: Shares traded to a high of $24.22 yesterday with lower resistance at $24-$24.25 getting cleared but holding. Rising support is at $23.75-$23.50.

The February peak reached $24.66 and a level that could be retested if shares can clear and hold the $24.25 level this week. The 52-week high is at $25.13 and why I really like this trade over the next 4-6 weeks.

These options have 43 days before expiration and my Price Target on the stock is $26-$26.50 on a breakout above the $25 level. This would get these call options to $1-$1.50 “in-the-money”.

General Electric (GE, $13.44, up $0.46)

GE April 13 calls (GE210416C00013000, $1.00, up $0.25)

Entry Price: $0.75 (3/1/2021)
Exit Target: $1.50
Return: 33%
Stop Target: 80 cents (Stop Limit)

Action: Set an initial Stop Limit at 80 cents to start protecting profits and to avoid a loss.

Wednesday’s 52-week peak tagged $13.61 with fresh and lower resistance at $13.60-13.75 getting breached but holding. A move above the latter would signal a continued breakout towards $13.85-$14. Support is at $13.25-$13.10.