Pre-Market Update for 3/23/2021

Volatility Tumbles Back Below 20

8:00am (EST)

The stock market showed overall strength on Monday with the small-caps slacking as Treasury yields pulled back. Specifically, the benchmark 10-year yield fell back below 1.7% after rising above this level last week.

Industrial stocks rallied following a report President Biden is looking at a $3 trillion infrastructure deal to boost the economy, well above previous expectations for around $2 trillion. Meanwhile, volatility tested a fresh 52-week low while closing back under a key level of support.

The Nasdaq closed at 13,377 (+1.2%) after tapping an second half high of 13,455. Current and lower resistance at 13,350-13,500 was cleared but held. A close above the latter and the 50-day moving average would suggest additional upside towards 13,600-13,750.

The S&P 500 tested to an intraday peak of 3,955 before ending at 3,940 (+0.7%). Near-term and lower resistance at 3,950-3,975 was breached but held. A move below the latter and the current all-time high at 3,960 would signal a breakout towards 4,000-4,025.

The Dow settled at 32,731 (+0.3%) with the afternoon high reaching 32,810. Prior and lower resistance at 32,750-33,000 was tripped but held. A pop above the latter would indicate further upside towards 33,000-33,250 with the current record high at 33,227.

The Russell 2000 tagged a morning low of 2,258 while finishing at 2,266 (-0.9%). Near-term and upper support at 2,275-2,250 failed to hold. A drop below the latter would suggest additional weakness towards 2,225-2,200 and the 50-day moving average. Below is a chart of the IWM.

Market Movers

Shares of Kansas City Southern (KSU) jumped 11% after the company agreed to be acquired by Canadian Pacific (CP) in a cash and stock transaction valued at roughly $29 billion, including debt. The deal values Kansas City Southern at $275 per share, representing a 23% premium from last Friday’s closing price.

Volatility Index

The iPath S&P Vix Short-Term Futures (NYSEArca: VIX) was down for the second-straight session and for the ninth time in 10 sessions with the late day low tapping 18.87. Current and upper support at 19-18.50 was recovered. A close below the latter would indicate additional weakness towards 17.50-17.

Resistance is at 20-20.50 followed by 22-22.50.

Market Analysis

The Invesco QQQ Trust (Nasdaq: QQQ) was up for the second-straight session after tapping a midday high of $320.74. Near-term and lower resistance at $320.75-$321.25 and the 50-day moving average were cleared but levels that held. A close above the latter would suggest further upside towards $322-$322.50.

Current support is at $318-$317.50 followed by $315.50-$315.

RSI (relative strength indicator) is in an uptrend after clearing and holding key resistance at 50. Continued closes above this level would indicate additional strength towards 55-60. Support is at 45-40.


The Materials Select Sector Spider Fund (NYSE: XLB) rebounded with the intraday high hitting $78.04. Current and lower resistance at $78-$78.50 was breached but held. A close above the latter would indicate a retest towards $79-$79.50 with the recent all-time high at $79.54.

Support is at $77-$76.50 followed by $75-$74.50 and the 50-day moving average.

RSI is in a slight uptrend with lower resistance at 60-65 holding. A close above the latter would suggest further upside towards 70-75 and the highs from early January. Support is at 55-50.

Market Outlook

Monday’s action continues to favor the bulls although the Nasdaq needs to show continued momentum while clearing and holding its 50-day moving average today. More importantly, a close above last Tuesday’s monthly high at 13,620 would likely be a good signal a possible retest towards the 14,000 level could come into play by month end.

I have made an adjustment to one of our current trades and some key notes on the other two positions. With that said, I could have a new trade today if the bulls continue to show strength today. If I take action, I will send out a Text Alert.

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International Game Tech (IGT, $18.34, down $0.21)

IGT April 20 calls (IGT210416C00020000, $0.65, down $0.15)

Entry Price: $0.95 (3/17/2021)
Exit Target: $1.90
Return: -32%
Stop Target: None

Action: Monday’s low kissed $18.02 with current and upper support at $18.25-$18 getting breached but holding. Resistance remains at $18.75-$19.

It will be important for IGT to at least hold its 50-day moving average over the near-term or there would be risk towards $17-$16.50.

Altria Group (MO, $51.74, up $1.09)

MO April 47.50 puts (MO210416P00047500, $0.25, down $0.25)

Entry Price: $0.75 (3/16/2021)
Exit Target: $1.50
Return: -67%
Stop Target: 15 cents (Stop Limit)

Action: Set a Stop Limit at 15 cents.

Shares tagged a two-year high of $51.72 with fresh and lower resistance at $51.50-$52 getting cleared and holding. Rising support is at $51-$50.50.

It appears to seem I got this trade wrong as there are now a number of layers of support that will impede shares from likely falling below $46.75 by mid-April and a level we need to see for this trade to be profitable.

I was hoping to see a close below $50 yesterday as shares remain extremely overbought with RSI closing above the 80 level. On that note, I could exit the trade today and revisit the story at a latter date. I will send out a Trade Alert if the Stop Limit trips, or if I decide to exit early, so we can save the remaining premium.

Ford Motor Company (F, $12.83, up $0.

F April 14 calls (F210416C00014000, $0.25, down $0.08)

Entry Price: $0.45 (3/8/2021)
Exit Target: $0.90
Return: -44%
Stop Target: None

Action: Lower resistance is at $12.90-$13 was cleared but held for the third-straight session with the high hitting $12.93. Support remains at $12.60-$12.50.

These were “cheap” options at 45 cents but the pullback in the price could cause us to exit this trade early if shares fall $12.50-$12.40 this week. I still believe shares will eventually trade above $15, at some point, but we need momentum to return this week with a close above $13.25-$13.50 to see these options rebound.