Pre-Market Update for 4/16/2021

Bulls Continue to Push Record Highs

8:00am (EST)

The stock market showed continued strength on Thursday as encouraging economic news and better-than-expected earnings pushed the major indexes towards new all-time highs and prior resistance levels. Specifically, a much stronger than expected report on consumer spending and a sharp improvement in the number of new jobless claims fueled bullish sentiment.

The Nasdaq tested a late day peak of 14,049 before ending at 14,038 (+1.3%). Prior and lower resistance from early February at 14,000-14,150 was recovered. A close above the latter and the all-time high at 14,175 would indicate additional strength towards 14,200-14,350.

The S&P 500 tapped another record high of 4,173 before settling at 4,170 (+1.1%). Fresh and lower resistance at 4,150-4,175 was cleared and held. A close the latter would suggest ongoing momentum towards 4,200-4,225.

The Dow traded to a new all-time high of 34,068 before finishing at 34,035 (+0.9%). Unchartered territory and lower resistance at 34,000-34,250 was breached and held. A pop above the latter would signal additional upside towards 34,250-34,500.

The Russell 2000 tagged an opening high of 2,264 before closing at 2,255 (+0.3%). Near-term and lower resistance at 2,250-2,275 was cleared and held. A close above the latter would indicate ongoing strength towards 2,300-2,325 with the mid-March record peak at 2,360. Below is a chart of the IWM.

Market Movers

Shares of Dell Technologies (DELL) added nearly 7%% after announcing an agreement on the planned spin-off of its 81% equity ownership interest in VMware (VMW). At the transaction closing, VMware will distribute a special cash dividend of $11.5-$12 billion to all VMware shareholders, including Dell Technologies. Based on the transaction, Dell Technologies would receive approximately $9.3-$9.7 billion and intends to use the net proceeds to pay down debt.

Volatility Index

The iPath S&P Vix Short-Term Futures (NYSE: VIX) was down for the second time in three sessions after testing an intraday low of 15.94. Near-term and upper support at 16-15.50 was breached but held. A close below the latter would suggest weakness towards 15-14.50.

Resistance at 17-17.50 with a close above 18 being a slightly bearish signal.

Market Analysis

The Spiders Dow Jones Industrial Average ETF (NYSE: DIA) was up for the second-straight session with the afternoon all-time peak reaching $340.72. Unchartered territory and lower resistance at $340.50-$341 was tripped but held. A close above the latter would signal ongoing strength towards the $342.50-$343 area.

Slightly rising support is at $339-$338.50 followed by $337-$336.50.

RSI is in a slight uptrend with key resistance at 75 holding. A move above this level would indicate additional upside towards 80 and prior peak from June 2020. Support is at 70-65.


The Materials Select Sector Spider Fund (NYSE: XLB) was also up for the second-straight session and for the fifth time in six with the intraday record high hitting $81.82. Fresh and lower resistance at $81.50-$82 was breached and held. A close above the latter would indicate momentum towards $83-$83.50.

Support is at $81-$80.50 followed by $79.50-$79.

RSI is in an uptrend with lower resistance at 65-70 getting cleared and holding. A close above the latter would suggest further upside towards 75 and the high from early January. Support is at 60-55.

Market Outlook

A closer look at the major indexes are showing slightly overbought levels in the Dow and S&P 500 with relative strength above 70 for both. The Nasdaq and the Russell 2000 still have room to go so I would expect them to outperform over the near-term.

As far as our current trades, I still like them but have made an adjustment to Western Union. As far as new action, I like Archer-Daniels-Midland Company (ADM) and could have an update on getting in today or on Monday as shares could be on the verge of a breakout.

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Western Union (WU, $25.76, up $0.18)

WU May 26 calls (WU210521C00026000, $0.75, up $0.05)

Entry Price: $0.60 (4/7/2021)
Exit Target: $1.20
Return: 25%
Stop Target: 62 cents (Stop Limit)

Action: Set an initial Stop Limit at 62 cents to start protecting profits and to avoid a loss.

Shares traded to another fresh 52-week high of $26.16 with the options reaching a peak of 96 cents. Longer-term and lower resistance at $26-$26.25 was cleared but held. A close above the latter would signal continued upside towards $26.50-$26.75. Rising support is at $25.50-$25.25.

I was a tad disappointed shares couldn’t hold the $26 level yesterday but hopefully they can today. I still think a run towards $26.50 is in the mix, and if reached, should get us a double from our entry price. However, I set a Stop Limit just in case shares fade from current levels.

iShares MSCI Emerging Markets ETF (EEM, $54.21, up $0.49)

EEM May 55 calls (EEM210521C00055000, $0.75, up $0.10)

Entry Price: $1.00 (4/5/2021)
Exit Target: $2.00
Return: -25%
Stop Target: None

Action: Thursday’s intraday top reached $54.26 with near-term and lower resistance is at $54.25-$54.75 getting cleared but holding. A close above the latter and the 50-day moving average would be a bullish development. Rising support is at $53.50-$53.