Pre-Market Update for 6/10/2021

Market Slips on Mixed Economic News

8:00am (EST)

The stock market struggled on Wednesday after trading on both sides of the ledger despite a drop in Treasury yields. Specifically, the benchmark 10-year yield fell below 1.5% as concerns over higher rates eased.

As far as economic news, wholesale inventories were up for the ninth-straight month following the 0.8% rise in April. Elsewhere, mortgage applications fell for the third-straight week with a decline of -3.1% as refinancing applications dropped -5.1%.

The Nasdaq closed at 13,911 (-0.1%) despite testing a midday high of 14,003. Key resistance at 14,000 was cleared but held. Continued closes above this level would suggest a run towards 14,100-14,250 with the late April all-time peak at 14,211.

The S&P 500 tapped an intraday high of 4,237 before ending at 4,219 (-0.2%). Key resistance at 4,235 was cleared but held for the second-straight session. A close above 4,240 and the lifetime high at 4,238 would indicate additional upside towards 4,275-4,300.

The Dow extended its losing streak to three-straight after tapping a late day low of 34,439 while settling at 34,447 (-0.4%). Current and upper support at 34,500-34,250 failed to hold. A move below the latter would signal a further backtest towards 34,000 and the 50-day moving average.

The Russell 2000 finished at 2,327 (-0.7%) with the final hour low hitting 2,325. Near-term and upper support at 2,350-2,325 failed to hold. A drop below the latter would be a slightly bearish development for additional weakness towards 2,300-2,275. Below is a chart of the IWM.

Market Movers

Shares of United Natural Foods (UNFI) tanked 15% despite reporting better-than-expected earnings. The company reported a profit of 94 cents a share versus estimates of 88 cents. However, revenue of $6.62 billion fell shy of forecasts for $6.8 billion.

Volatility Index

The Volatility Index (VIX) was up for the second-straight session with the intraday peak reaching 17.96. Current and lower resistance at 17.50-18 was cleared and held. A pop above the latter would indicate strength towards 18.50-19 and the 50-day moving average.

New support is at 17-16.50 followed by 15.50-15.

Market Analysis

The Wilshire 5000 Composite Index (NYSE: WLSH) traded to an all-time high of 44,513 before ending lower. Unchartered territory and key resistance at 44,500 was cleared but held. Continued closes above this level would suggest momemtum towards 44,750-45,000.

Support is at 44,250-44,000.

RSI (relative strength index) is showing signs of rolling over with key support at 60 failing to hold. Continued closes below this level would suggest weakness towards 55-50. Resistance is at 65-70 and the mid-April highs.


The Consumer Staples Select SPDR Fund (NYSE: XLP) was down for the third-straight session with the late session low kissing $70.44. Fresh and upper support at $70.50-$70 failed to hold. A close below the latter and the 50-day moving average would signal additional weakness towards $69-$68.50.

Resistance is at $71-$71.50 with last Friday’s all-time peak at $71.69.

RSI is in a downtrend with key support at 50 failing to hold. Continued closes below this level would suggest downside pressure towards 45-40. Resistance is at 55-60.

Market Outlook

The S&P 500 came within a point of setting a fresh all-time high yesterday and the Nasdaq’s pop above 14,000 is still signaling higher highs despite the sloppy closes. The 50-day moving average on the VIX remains in a downtrend and I think it will hold into next week. However, as I have been mentioning, a close back above the 20 level would be a bearish development and also signal a near-term top for the market.

I opened two new trades yesterday because I always like to have a least one open position at all times but the market choppiness could remain throughout this month and into earnings season after the 4th of July. Both trades only cost $1.15 in premium so there isn’t much risk on the table.

In trending markets, I can have up to 5-7 open positions so I’m still being slightly cautious until a major breakout, or breakdown occurs.

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Ford Motor (F, $15.48, down $0.15)

F August 18 calls (F210820C00018000, $0.55, down $0.10)

Entry Price: $0.55 (6/9/2021)
Exit Target: $1.10
Return: 0%
Stop Target: None

Action: Ford extended its losing streak to four-straight sessions with Wednesday’s low reaching $15.39. Current and upper support at $15.50-$15.25 failed to hold. Resistance is at $15.75-$16.

There is backtest potential to $15-$14.50 if $15.25 fails to hold and why I went with the August calls. The company will announce earnings in late July and I expect another blowout quarter. This should be the catalyst to get shares toward the $20 level.

Tencent Music Entertainment Group (TME, $15.57, up $0.28)

TME July 17 calls (TME210716C00017000, $0.60, up $0.20)

Entry Price: $0.60 (6/9/2021)
Exit Target: $1.20
Return: 0%
Stop Target: None

Action: Yesterday’s peak reached $16.08 with prior and lower resistance at $16-$16.25 getting cleared but holding. Rising support is at $15.25-$15.

I went with the July calls because I’m expecting a quick test towards $17-$17.25 over the near-term. Shares remains slightly oversold with RSI just above 40.