Pre-Market Update for 8/23/2021

Bulls Recover Key Resistance Levels but Bears Win the Week

8:00am (EST)

The stock market rallied to close sharply higher on Friday as better-than-expected earnings and oversold conditions fueled sentiment. Volatility fell back below a key level of support as monthly August options expired although the gains weren’t enough to offset a losing week for the major indexes.

The Russell 2000 ended at 2,167 (+1.7%) after hitting a late day high of 2,169 and recovering its 200-day moving average. Lower resistance at 2,150-2,175 was cleared and held. A close above the latter would suggest a retest towards 2,200-2,225. Below is a chart of the IWM.

The Nasdaq closed at 14,714 (+1.2%) and back above its 50-day moving average with the peak reaching 14,722. Lower resistance at 14,700-14,850 was recovered. A close above the latter and the recent all-time high at 14,896 would indicate strength towards 15,000-15,150.

The S&P 500 tagged a high of 4,444 before finishing at 4,441 (+0.8%). Lower resistance at 4,425-4,450 was cleared and held. A move above the latter would signal additional upside towards 4,475-4,500 with last Monday’s record top at 4,480.

The Dow snapped a three-session slide after trading up to 35,177 before settling at 35,120 (+0.7%). Prior and lower resistance at 35,000-35,250 was recovered. A pop above the latter would be a renewed bullish development for additional gains towards 35,500-35,750 with the lifetime peak at 35,631.

Market Movers

Shares of Foot Locker (FL) rose 7% after announcing solid results. The company reported earnings of $2.21 a share on revenue of $2.28 billion versus forecasts of $1.00 and $2.09 billion, respectively.

Foot Locker also said second-quarter comparable-store sales were up by 6.9%.

Volatility Index

The Volatility Index (VIX) fell for the first time in five sessions with the intraday low reaching 18.18. Fresh and upper support at 18.50-18 was breached but held on the close back below the 200-day moving average. A drop below the latter gets 17.50-17 and the 50-day moving average back in play.

Resistance is at 19-19.50.

Market Analysis

The Invesco QQQ Trust (Nasdaq: QQQ) was up for the second-straight session after tagging a high of $368.14. Lower resistance at $368-$368.50 was cleared but held. A close above the latter would indicate a retest towards $369.50-$370 with this month’s all-time peak at $369.91.

Support at $365-$364.50.

RSI (relative strength indicator) is in an uptrend after recovering lower Resistance at 55-60. A close above the latter would suggest additional strength towards 65-70 and prior levels from late July. Key support is at 50.


The SPDR Gold Shares (NYSE: GLD) rebounded with the intraday high reaching $167.14. Near-term and lower resistance at $167-$167.50 was cleared but held. A close above the latter would would be signal a run towards $168-$168.50 and the 50-day moving average.

Support is at $166-$165.50.

RSI has flatlined with key resistance at 50 holding. Continued closes above this level would signal strength towards 55-60. Support is at 45-40.

Market Outlook

For the week, with the Dow fell 1.1%; the Nasdaq gave back 0.7%; and the S&P 500 was down 0.6%. With the VIX falling back below 20, the bulls will be looking for another run at all-time highs. However, there could be some caution, and choppiness, until the some news comes out from this week’s Fed update from Jackson Hole.

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Rite Aid (RAD, $16.04, up $0.90)

RAD September 15 puts (RAD210917P00015000, $0.60, down $0.40)

Entry Price: $0.82 (8/19/2021)
Exit Target: $1.65
Return: -27%
Stop Target: None

Action: Friday’s peak reached $16.06 with lower resistance at $16-$16.25 getting cleared and holding. Support at $15.75-$15.

Western Union (WU, $21.61, down $0.06)

WU September 22 puts (WU210917P00022000, $0.90, unchanged)

Entry Price: $0.55 (8/17/2021)
Exit Target: $1.65 (Limit Order on half)
Return: 64%
Stop Target: 70 cents (Stop Limit)

Action: Shares tapped a low of $21.44 with current and upper support at $21.50-$21.25 getting breached but holding. Lowered resistance is at $21.75-$22.

JetBlue Airways (JBLU, $14.16, up $0.05)

JBLU September 14 puts (JBLU210917P00014000, $0.60, down $0.10)

Entry Price: $0.40 (8/9/2021)
Exit Target: $1.00 (Limit Order on half)
Return: 50%
Stop Target: 52 cents (Stop Limit)

Action: Friday’s low kissed $14.03 with key support at $14 getting challenged but holding. A close below this level and the July 19th low of $13.93 reopens downside risk towards $13.75-$13.50 and levels from last November. Resistance remains at $14.25-$14.50.

Juniper Networks (JNPR, $29.07, up $0.05)

JNPR September 30 calls (JNPR210917C00030000, $0.45, down $0.05)

Entry Price: $0.55 (8/3/2021)
Exit Target: $1.10
Return: -18%
Stop Target: None

Action: Shares traded up to $29.12 with lower resistance at $29.25-$29.50 easily holding. A close above $29.75 and last Thursday’s 52-week peak at $29.67 should get a run past $30 in play. Support remains at $28.75-$28.50.

Smith & Wesson Brands (SWBI, $23.50, up $0.33)

SWBI September 30 calls (SWBI210917C00030000, $0.25, down $0.05)

Entry Price: $0.85 (8/3/2021)
Exit Target: $1.70
Return: -71%
Stop Target: None

Action: Shares snapped a three-session slide with the session high hitting $23.60. Lower resistance at $23.50-$23.75 was recovered. Support is at $23.25-$23.