MomentumOptions.com Pre-Market Update for 3/19/2021

Nasdaq Falls Back Below 50-Day Moving Average

8:00am (EST)

The stock market closed lower on Thursday as another spike in Treasury yields and a weaker-than-expected jobs report weighed on sentiment. Specifically, the 10-year Treasury yield rose to a 14-month peak of 1.74% while initial jobless claims jumped to 770,000 versus forecasts for a print of 700,000.

Despite the disappointment and higher yields, the blue-chips managed to set a fresh intraday all-time high but succumbed to the overall selling pressure. Meanwhile, volatility trended higher after failing to hold a key level of resistance.

The Dow tapped an intraday all-time high of 33,227 before settling in the red at 32,862 (-0.5%). Uncharted territory and lower resistance at 33,250-33,500 was challenged and held. A move above the latter would indicate additional momentum towards 33,750-34,000.

The S&P 500 ended at 3,915 (-1.5%) after testing a low of 3,910. Current and upper support at 3,925-3,900 failed to hold. A close below the latter would suggest additional weakness towards 3,875-3,850 and the 50-day moving average.

The Russell 2000 finished at 2,267 (-2.9%) with the late day bottom reaching 2,262. Fresh and upper support at 2,275-2,250 was breached and failed to hold. A close below the latter would likely lead to a further pullback towards 2,225-2,200 and the 50-day moving average. Below is a chart of the IWM.

The Nasdaq hit an afternoon low of 13,101 while closing at 13,116 (-3%) and back below its 50-day moving average. Prior and upper support at 13,250-13,100 was breached and failed to hold. A drop below the latter would signal a retest towards 13,000-12,850.

Market Movers

Shares of Williams-Sonoma (WSM) surged 18% after announcing quarterly results. The company report fourth-quarter earnings of $3.95 a share on revenue of $2.29 billion versus forecasts for a profit of $3.39 a share on sales of $2.17 billion. A slew of analyst upgrades and Price Target hikes helped propel sentiment.

Volatility Index

The iPath S&P Vix Short-Term Futures (NYSEArca: VIX) snapped a seven-session losing streak after tapping an opening low of 18.95. Longer-term and upper support from February 2020 at 19-18.50 was breached but held.

The bounce to 22.60 afterwards cleared with prior and lower resistance at 22.50-23 holding. A close above the latter would additional strength towards 23.50-24 and the 50-day moving average.

Market Analysis

The iShares Russell Growth 1000 ETF (NYSE: IWF) fell for the first time in four sessions with the intraday low kissing $237.78 Current and upper support at $238-$237.50 was tripped and failed to hold. A move below the latter would indicate further weakness towards $235.50-$235.

Resistance is at $241.50-$242 followed by $244-$244.50 and the 50-day moving average.

RSI is back in a downtrend with upper support at 45-40 failing to hold. A fall below the latter would suggest additional weakness towards 35-30 and the lows from earlier this month. Key resistance is at 50.

Sector

The Communication Services Select Sector SPDR (NYSE: XLC) had its three session winning streak snapped following the late day pullback to $74.68. Near-term and upper support at $75-$74.50 failed to hold. A drop below the latter would suggest a further fade towards $73.50-$72.

Resistance is at $75.50-$76 with the current record peak at $76.60.

RSI has rolled over with key support 60 failing to hold. Continued closes below this level would indicate additional weakness towards 55-50 with the latter holding since late January. Resistance is at 65-70.

Market Outlook

Thursday’s selloff wiped away most of the weekly gains for the major indexes and it will important for the bulls to salvage the week with a strong rebound today. If not, the start of next week could lead to continued weakness. The action in the VIX was very disappointing but the 50-day moving average is in a slight downtrend. However, if the index can’t hold this level, or closes above 24, it would be a clear signal near-term weakness has returned.

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International Game Tech (IGT, $18.26, down $1.14)

IGT April 20 calls (IGT210416C00020000, $0.80, down $0.45)

Entry Price: $0.95 (3/17/2021)
Exit Target: $1.90
Return: -16%
Stop Target: None

Action: Thursday’s low tapped $18.16 with current and upper support at $18.25-$18 getting breached but holding. Resistance is at $18.75-$19 followed by $19.50-$19.75.

Altria Group (MO, $50.57, up $0.79)

MO April 47.50 puts (MO210416P00047500, $0.60, down $0.15)

Entry Price: $0.75 (3/16/2021)
Exit Target: $1.50
Return: -20%
Stop Target: None

Action: Shares tested a high of $50.84 with 2-year and lower resistance at $50.50-$51 getting cleared and holding. New support is at $50-$49.50.

Ford Motor Company (F, $12.49, down $0.20)

F April 14 calls (F210416C00014000, $0.30, down $0.03)

Entry Price: $0.45 (3/8/2021)
Exit Target: $0.90
Return: -33%
Stop Target: None

Action: Upper support at $12.50-$12.40 failed to hold on the late day fade to $12.44. Resistance is at $12.60-$12.70 followed by $12.90-$13.