Pre-Market Update for 3/11/2021

Dow Sets Another Record High

8:00am (EST)

The stock market showed continued strength on Wednesday after the House Democrats voted to pass a $1.9 trillion stimulus package with President Biden expected to sign the bill on Friday. Better-than-expected economic news also helped bullish sentiment after consumer prices increased less than expected in February, making it appear that inflation remains non-threatening to the Fed.

The Russell 2000 finished at 2,285 (+1.8%) after testing a morning high of 2,299. Current and lower resistance at 2,275-2,300 was recovered. A close above the latter would suggest additional upside towards 2,325-2,350 with the recent record peak at 2,318. Below is a chart of the IWM.

The Dow tapped an all-time intraday high of 32,389 while ending at 32,297(+1.5%). Fresh and lower resistance at 32,250-32,500 was cleared and held. A pop above the latter would signal additional momentum towards 32,750-33,000.

The S&P 500 traded to an afternoon peak 3,917 before closing at 3,898 (+0.6%). Near-term and lower resistance at 3,900-3,925 was breached but held. A move above the latter would indicate ongoing upside towards 3,950-3,975 with the former representing the record high from February.

The Nasdaq closed slightly lower after testing an opening high of 13,277 while settling at 13,068 (-0.04%). Prior and lower resistance from late February at 13,250-13,400 was cleared but held. A close above the latter and the 50-day moving average would suggest strength towards 13,500-13,650.

Market Movers

Video game maker, Roblox (RBLX) surged x% after opening at $64.50 a share following its direct listing reference price at $45. The company sold nearly 200 million shares for selling stockholders instead of doing an initial public offering.

Volatility Index

The iPath S&P Vix Short-Term Futures (NYSEArca: VIX) was down for the third time in four sessions after trading to a low of 22.38. Upper support at 23-22.50 was recovered. A drop below the latter would indicate another backtest towards 21.50-21.

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

Market Analysis

The Wilshire 5000 Composite Index (NYSE: WLSH) was up for the second-straight session after testing an intraday high of 41,475. Current and lower resistance at 41,250-41,500 was cleared and held. A move above the latter would indicate a retest towards 41,750-42,000.

Support at 41,000-40,750 and the 50-day moving average.

RSI (relative strength index) is in an uptrend with lower resistance at 50-55 getting cleared and holding. A close above the latter would signal strength towards 60-65 and prior levels from early February. Support is at 45-40.


The Consumer Discretionary Select Spiders (NYSE: XLY) extended its winning streak to four-straight sessions with the high reaching $165.99. Prior and lower resistance from the start of the month at $165.50-$166 was tripped but held. A close above the latter and the 50-day moving average would likely indicate additional strength towards $167-$167.50.

Rising support is at $163-$162.50 followed by $161.50-$161.

RSI remains in a slight uptrend with key resistance at 50 holding. A move above this level would suggest a retest towards 55-60 with the latter representing the February peak. Support is at 45-40.

Market Outlook

The action and late day fade in the Nasdaq was a slightly bearish signal while the close below the 50-day moving average on the VIX was a bullish development. The blue-chips and the transports continue to show momentum and the run in the small-caps also remains a bullish signal. This is signaling continued strength, overall, for the market.

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IShares MSCI Emerging Markets ETF (EEM, $53.29, down $0.24)

EEM April 55 calls (EEM210416C00055000, $0.80, down $0.15)

Entry Price: $0.90 (3/9/2021)
Exit Target: $1.90
Return: -11%
Stop Target: None

Action: Wednesday’s low reached $53.04 with near-term and upper support is at $53.25-$53 getting breached but holding. Resistance is at $53.50-$54.

Ford Motor Company (F, $12.91, up $0.34)

F April 14 calls (F210416C00014000, $0.44, up $0.07)

Entry Price: $0.45 (3/8/2021)
Exit Target: $0.90
Return: -2%
Stop Target: None

Action: Shares tested a 52-week peak of $12.98 with fresh and upper support at $12.90-$13 getting cleared and holding. Support is a $12.80-$12.70.