Pre-Market Update for 9/2/2022

Bears Push Mid-July Support Levels

8:00am (EST)

The stock market was mixed on Thursday with the broader market and the blue-chips posting gains while Tech and the small-caps languished for the fifth-straight session. The bounce off the intraday lows was a slightly bullish signal and comes ahead of this morning’s jobs report.

Healthcare (+1.6%) was the strongest sector and Energy (-2.5%) was the weakest. Volatility traded on both sides of the ledger but held key resistance for the third time in four sessions while making a lower low into the closing bell.

The Dow made an afternoon run to 31,677 before settling at 31,656 (+0.5%). New and lower resistance at 31,750-32,000 was challenged but easily held. A close above 32,250 and the 50-day moving average would be a more bullish development of a possible near-term bottom.

The S&P 500 closed at 3,966 (+0.3%) with the late day rebound hitting 3,970. Fresh and lower resistance at 3,975-4,000 was also tested but held. A close above the latter and the 50-day moving average would suggest further strength towards 4,025-4,050.

The Russell 2000 ended at 1,822 (-1.2%) and back below its 50-day moving average after tapping an intraday low of 1,799. Mid-July and key support at 1,800 was breached but held. A close below this level reopens downside risk to 1,775-1,750. Below is a chart of the IWM. 

The Nasdaq traded down to 11,546 while finishing at 11,785 (-0.3%). Upper support from late July at 11,750-11,600 was breached but held. A fade below the latter would suggest ongoing weakness towards 11,500-11,350.

Volatility Index

The Volatility Index (VIX) fell for the second-straight day following the second half slide to 25.25. Current and upper support at 25.50-25 was breached but held for the third-straight session. A close below 24 and the 200/50-day moving averages would suggest a near-term market bottom.

Resistance remains at 27.50-28.

Market Analysis

The iShares Russell Growth 1000 ETF (IWF) snapped a four-session slide despite tagging a low of $229.26. Prior and upper support at $229.50-$229 was tripped but held. A drop below the latter would indicate downside action towards $227.50-$227.

Resistance is at $234-$234.50.

RSI (relative strength index) is trying to level out with key support at 35 holding. A close below this level would signal weakness towards 30 and the May and June low. Resistance is at 40-45.


The Health Care Select Sector Spider (XLV) was up for the first time in five sessions with the peak reaching $126.87. New and lower resistance at $126.50-$127 was cleared and held. A close above the latter would imply further upside towards $128-$128.50.

Support is at $124.50-$124.

RSI is back in an uptrend with key resistance at 40 getting recovered. Continued closes above this level would suggest additional strength towards 45-50 and levels from mid-August. Support is at 35-30.

Market Outlook

This morning’s jobs report will likely shape today’s action and a higher close across the board for the major indexes would be somewhat a win for the bulls despite the possibility of the third-straight week of losses. If key support levels fail to hold, and if the VIX clears 28, chatter of the mid-June 52-week lows will become louder.

The market is closed on Monday and I will be on vacation all week. The next Daily Update will be on September 12th. I could, however, have new trades and possible alerts today and next week if action is needed or a compelling opportunity presents itself.

Until then, have a great and safe holiday.

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DSX December 6 calls (DSX221216C00006000, $0.20, unchanged)

Entry Price: $0.40 (8/18/2022)
Exit Target: $1.00
Return: -50% 
Stop Target: None

Action: Thursday’s low touched $4.71 with upper support at $4.70-$4.60 holding. Resistance is at $4.90-$5 and the 50-day moving average.

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BITO September 17 calls (BITO220916C00017000, $0.04, down $0.01)

Entry Price: $0.65 (8/11/2022)
Exit Target: $1.30
Return: -93% 
Stop Target: None

Action: Upper support at $12-$11.75 was breached but held with the low reaching $11.91. Resistance is at $12.25-$12.50.