Pre-Market Update for 8/25/2021

Nasdaq Closes Above 15,000

8:00am (EST)

The stock market showed continued strength on Tuesday as better-than-expected economic news fueled bullish sentiment ahead of the much-anticipated Jackson Hole Symposium later in the week. Specifically, new home sales rose 1% to 708,000 in July following the -2.6% drop to 701,000 in June to snap a string of three-straight monthly declines.

The gains pushed Tech and the broader market to another round of all-time highs with the small-caps showing the most strength for the third-straight session. Volatility traded in a tighter range while closing slightly higher but held a key level of resistance.

The Russell 2000 closed 2,230 (+1%) with the intraday peak tapping 2,232. Prior and lower resistance from earlier this month at 2,225-2,250 was reclaimed. A close above the latter and the 50-day moving average would indicate additional strength towards 2,275-2,300. Below is a chart of the IWM.

The Nasdaq tagged a record high of 15,034 before settling at 15,019 (+0.5%). Unchartered territory and lower resistance at 15,000-15,150 was cleared and held. A pop above the latter would be an ongoing bullish development for upside towards 15,200-15,350.

The S&P 500 tested a lifetime high of 4,492 while ending at 4,486 (+0.2%). Fresh and new resistance at 4,500 was challenged but held. A close above this level would suggest additional momentum towards 4,525-4,550.

The Dow finished at 35,445 (+0.1%) after making an afternoon run to 35,366. Key resistance at 35,500 was also challenged but easily held. A close back above this level and the recent all-time peak at 35,631 would signal a breakout towards 35,750-36,000.

Market Movers

Shares of Best Buy (BBY) rallied 8% after announcing earnings. The company reported a profit of $2.98 on revenue of $11.85 billion versus forecasts of $1.85 and $11.49 billion, respectively. This represented second-quarter sales growth of 20% and operating income growth of 40% compared to last year.

Volatility Index

The Volatility Index (VIX) was up for the first time in three sessions after trading to a high of 17.51. Key resistance at 17.50 and the 50-day moving average were breached but levels that held. A move above the latter would suggest a retest towards 18.50-19.

Support is at 17-16.50 followed by 15.50-15.

Market Analysis

The Spider Small-Cap 600 ETF (NYSE: SLY) was up for the third-straight session with the afternoon high reaching $95.97. Fresh and lower resistance at $95.50-$96 was cleared and held on the close back above the 50-day moving average.

Support is at $95-$94.50 followed by $93.50-$93.

RSI (relative strength indicator) is in an uptrend with key resistance at 50 getting cleared and holding. Continued closes above this level would indicate additional strength towards 55-60 and levels from early June. Support is at 45-40.


The Dow Jones Transportation Average (NYSE: TRAN) tested a high of 14,820 while extending its winning streak to three-straight sessions. Lower resistance at 14,750-15,000 was cleared but held on the close back above the 50-day moving average. A pop above the latter would indicate additional upside towards the 15,250-15,500 area.

Support is at 14,500-14,250.

RSI is has flatlined with key support at 50 holding. A close back below this level would signal weakness towards 45-40 and levels from earlier this month. Resistance is at 55-60.

Market Outlook

The technical outlook remains bullish over the near-term with the major indexes at, or near, record highs. The Dow appears to be on track to join the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq in returning to record peaks with the small-caps rebound off last week’s lows also a bullish signal. However, I would like to see volatility trade towards 16.50-16 by week’s end with last Monday’s low at 16.02.

I would also like to add 1-2 more new trades this week but I’m slightly cautious with Thursday’s Fed update looming. While I don’t think there will be any surprises, I want to see how today’s session opens up with a possible trade this afternoon. I’m looking at the financial sector as a possible play so stay locked-and-loaded in case I take action.

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Keurig Dr Pepper (KDP, $34.97, down $0.06)

KDP October 36 calls (KDP211015C00036000, $0.55, unchanged)

Entry Price: $0.55 (8/23/2021)
Exit Target: $1.10
Return: 0%
Stop Target: None

Action: Tuesday’s pullback hit $34.76 with upper support is at $34.75-$34.50 getting challenged but holding. Resistance is at $35-$35.25.

Rite Aid (RAD, $16.99, up $0.30)

RAD September 15 puts (RAD210917P00015000, $0.35, down $0.05)

Entry Price: $0.82 (8/19/2021)
Exit Target: $1.65
Return: -57%
Stop Target: None

Action: Shares tagged to a high of $17.27 with prior and lower resistance at $17.25-$17.50 getting cleared but holding. New support is at $16.50-$16.25.

Juniper Networks (JNPR, $29.43, up $0.21)

JNPR September 30 calls (JNPR210917C00030000, $0.45, unchanged)

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

Action: Lower resistance at $29.50-$29.75 was challenged but held with yesterday’s high hitting $29.49. A close above the latter and last Thursday’s 52-week high at $29.67 would be a bullish development for a trip past $30. Support is at $29.25-$29.

Smith & Wesson Brands (SWBI, $23.78, up $0.15)

SWBI September 30 calls (SWBI210917C00030000, $0.25, unchanged)

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

Action: Shares were up for the third-straight session with the high reaching $23.87. Lower resistance at $23.75-$24 was cleared and held. Support remains at $23.50-$23.25.