Pre-Market Update for 6/11/2021

S&P 500 Hits Fresh All-Time High

8:00am (EST)

The stock market closed mostly higher on Thursday despite economic news that showed the consumer price index in May had its biggest year-over-year jump in 13 years. A silver lining in the report revealed that much of the price increases were in commodities and airfares, and is therefore likely to be temporary.

The Nasdaq closed at 14,020 (+0.8%) with the opening high hitting 14,031. Key resistance at 14,000 was reclaimed. Continued closes above this level keeps upside towards 14,100-14,250 in play with the late April all-time peak at 14,211.

The S&P 500 made a morning run to 4,249, a new record high, before ending at 4,239 (+0.5%). Fresh and lower resistance at 4,225-4,250 was cleared and held. A pop above the latter would be an ongoing bullish development with breakout potential towards 4,275-4,300.

The Dow settled at 34,466 (+0.1%) after tagging an intraday high of 34,737. Lower resistance at 34,500-34,750 was breached but held. A close above the latter would suggest a retest towards the 35,000 level with the lifetime high from early May at 35,091.

The Russell 2000 was down for the second-straight session after trading to a midday low of 2,305 while finishing at 2,311 (-0.7%). Key support at 2,300 was challenged but held. A move below this level would indicate additional weakness towards 2,275-2,250. Below is a chart of the IWM.

Market Movers

Shares of Restoration Hardware (RH) jumped 15% following another blowout quarter. The company reported a profit of $4.89 on revenue north of $860 million. Forecasts were for earnings of $4.10 on sales of $757 million. RH also raised its 2021 revenue growth outlook to 25%-30% from 15%-20%.

Volatility Index

The Volatility Index (VIX) was down for the first time in four sessions with the intraday low tapping 16.01. Current and upper support at 16.50-16 was recovered. A close below the latter would suggest another fade towards 15.50-15 with Tuesday’s 52-week low at 15.15.

Resistance is at 17-17.50 followed by 18-18.50 and the 50-day moving average.

Market Analysis

The Invesco QQQ Trust (Nasdaq: QQQ) extended its winning streak to five-straight sessions with the high reaching $340.46. Prior and lower resistance from late May at $340-$340.50 was cleared and held. A close above the latter level would indicate additional strength towards $342-$342.50 with the late April all-time peak at $342.80.

Support is at $337-$336.50 followed by $333-$332.50 and the 50-day moving average.

RSI (relative strength indicator) is in an uptrend with lower resistance at 65-70 holding. A close above the latter would suggest additional strength towards 75-80 and overbought levels from September 2020. Key support is at 60.


The Dow Jones Transportation Average (NYSE: TRAN) was down for the second-straight session and for the sixth time in seven after testing a low of 15,165. Prior and upper support from late April at 15,250-15,100 was breached and failed to hold. A close below the latter would likely lead towards a further fade towards 15,000-14,850.

Resistance is at 15,300-15,450 and the 50-day moving average.

RSI is in a downtrend with key support at 40 holding. A close below this level would signal weakness towards 35 and the late January low. Resistance is at 45-50.

Market Outlook

Although the S&P 500 made a fresh all-time high, there still seems to be a few troublesome spots in the market. The weakness in the Transports and the small-caps are a disappointment along with the VIX failing to clear and close below the 15 level.

While inflation seems to be a top worry, fear seems to have subsided for the time being. I have talked about the upcoming second-quarter earnings season being a catalyst for an overall market breakout, or a failure of key resistance levels.

This cycle is still three to four weeks away so I’m expecting the back-and-fourth action to continue until early July. We will continue to look for “cheap” option trades until major momentum is back in play.

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Ford Motor (F, $15.11, down $0.37)

F August 18 calls (F210820C00018000, $0.43, down $0.12)

Entry Price: $0.55 (6/9/2021)
Exit Target: $1.10
Return: -21%
Stop Target: None

Action: Shares were down for the fifth-straight session following Thursday’s pullback to $15.08. Near-term and upper support at $15.25-$15 failed to hold. Resistance is at $15.50-$15.75.

Tencent Music Entertainment Group (TME, $15.78, up $0.21)

TME July 17 calls (TME210716C00017000, $0.60, unchanged)

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

Action: Yesterday’s high reached $15.98 with current and lower resistance at $15.75-$16 getting cleared and holding. Rising support is at $15.50-$15.25.