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Daily Newsletter, Wednesday, 6/29/2016

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  1. Market Wrap
  2. New Option Plays
  3. In Play Updates and Reviews

Market Wrap

Whipsaw

by Keene Little

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Just when the bears thought they had this nailed the bulls come along and punch them in the face with a snapback rally that could turn into something very bullish. The bears are not toast yet but they better start some selling on Thursday otherwise they'll be forced back into hibernation.

Today's Market Stats

What was frightening last Friday and on Monday is now frighteningly OK now. Whether it's an end-of-month run or perhaps the Fed getting involved in propping things up, we've had quite the recovery following the Friday-Monday selloff. It's possible the 2-day rally is just a sharp dead-cat bounce or it could be the start of a new rally leg that will take us to new highs. As I'll show on tonight's charts, the answer to that question could come as early as Thursday.

Thursday is the end of the month and quarter and it's possible the big bounce is nothing more than an attempt to save both. The end-of-month push and then new-month (July 1st) money, plus the bullish influence heading into a holiday weekend, has been a powerful motivator for stock buyers. The market breadth has been strong the past two days and while I'm sure there's a fair share of short covering in there, there's no denying the buying has been strong. From a bullish perspective this could be the sign of a kickoff rally that will take the indexes to new all-time highs.

But we've seen plenty of strong rallies in bear markets and if we've entered a new bear market leg down then the past two days could be nothing more than just another bear market rally. These are often much stronger than rallies seen in bull markets so it's always important to keep your emotions in check and not assume a strong rally will continue. In a bear market they often reverse on a dime and sell off strongly. It's important to keep trading short term until the bigger picture becomes clearer and that could come as early as Thursday, especially if the bears don't step back in and immediately drive the indexes lower.

A strong rebound in European stocks helped drive our futures higher and that buying continued for most of the day as the bears were shooed away. Whether or not the European bounce was a dead cat bounce or something more can't be known yet, nor do we know if governments have stepped in to once again save the market from a worse selloff. Regardless we can only guess the next move based on what the charts are telling us so I'll jump right into them.

I'll start tonight's chart review with the RUT since it's a good representative index to show what to watch the rest of this week. It should provide some strong clues for next week and next month. I'll look at the weekly, daily and 60-minute charts.


Russell-2000, RUT, Weekly chart

My first impression when I look at the RUT's weekly chart is bullish. That big hammer candlestick this week, so far, is off support at its 200-week MA, its broken downtrend line from June-December 2015, its uptrend line from March 2009 - October 2011 and price-level support, all of which are at roughly 1077-1093 and Monday's low was near 1086. That kind of bullish candlestick can't be ignored. But the bounce into today's high is so far a back-test of its broken 50-week MA, near 1126 (today's close was marginally above it at 1132), and the bearish wave count calls for a continuation lower. But if the bearish wave count is correct it means today's high ideally needs to hold. If we get a consolidation Thursday morning near the high and then a continuation higher it's going to turn the pattern bullish. The bears need to break 1080 support to prove they're in control.


Russell-2000, RUT, Daily chart

In addition to its 50-week MA, the RUT rallied slightly above its broken downtrend line from June 2015 - April 2016, near 1128, which had supported the decline into the June 16th low and then broke on Friday. If the bearish pattern is the correct interpretation we'll see today's back-test followed by a bearish kiss goodbye, in which case it should lead to strong selling. But if the bulls have a different idea about where this market is going we'll see the rally continue, possibly up to the 1160 area before pulling back next week to set up a very good buying opportunity.

Key Levels for RUT:
- bullish above 1173
- bearish below 1080


Russell-2000, RUT, 60-min chart

If the rally off Monday's low turns into a 5-wave move up, depicted in green on the 60-min chart below, it would confirm the bullish reversal off Monday's low, leaving the pullback from June 8th as just an a-b-c pullback correction and not the start of something more bearish. Following a 5-wave move up we could then expect a pullback next week and that would be the buying opportunity for a stronger rally to follow. But if the sharp 3-wave bounce off Monday's low is followed by a drop below Tuesday's midday low, near 1101, it would confirm the bearish wave count. We could be looking at a 1-2, 1-2 wave count to the downside off the June 8th high and that calls for a very strong decline in a 3rd of a 3rd wave. We could get the answer to the question who's in charge as early as Thursday morning.


S&P 500, SPX, Daily chart

As with the RUT, the SPX daily chart below shows we have only a 3-wave pullback from the June 8th high into Monday's low, which from a bullish perspective is potentially very bullish. It calls for the resumption of the rally, one that will take us much higher (over 2300). But until SPX can climb above its pre-Brexit high at 2113 it remains possible that the bounce is just another correction to what will become a much stronger decline and therefore it's entirely possible the whipsaw moves we've seen since the June 8th high will lead to a violent move down. SPX would look at least a little more bullish if it can get back above its 20- and 50-dma's, near 2081 and 2076, resp., and then above price-level S/R at 2085. While it's looking more bullish than bearish at the moment, keep in mind that the whiplash moves could get worse.

Key Levels for SPX:
- bullish above 2013
- bearish below 1992


S&P 500, SPX, 30-min chart

The 2nd leg of the bounce off Monday's low achieved the 162% projection of the 1st leg, at 2073.24, with today's high (actually short by 11 cents), and that's a good setup for at least a consolidation before pressing higher tomorrow. In fact if we get just a small consolidation in the morning followed by another rally in the afternoon it would turn the pattern unquestionably bullish. At that point we'd have a 5-wave move up (depicted in green on the 30-min chart below) and that would set up a pullback correction into early next week. The pullback would be an outstanding opportunity to get long for what should be a strong rally to follow. But at the moment we have just a 3-wave bounce off Monday's low and as such it could be just another high bounce correction that will lead to a very strong selloff. If we start to get strong selling Thursday morning I'd look to short bounce attempts.


Dow Industrials, INDU, Daily chart

Most of the indexes have the same pattern at this point and the Dow is no different. It has the same setup that we're watching to see if it turns bullish or bearish and at this moment it could go either way. The Dow is approaching its broken 20- and 50-dma's, both of which should be near 17760 on Thursday, about 60 points above today's high. If it rallies higher than that we'll probably see it make it up to its downtrend line from April-June, near 17925, before starting a pullback into next week (the one we'll want to buy).

Key Levels for DOW:
- bullish above 18,011
- bearish below 17,140


Nasdaq-100, NDX, Daily chart

NDX has a little further rally than the others before running into potentially strong resistance, which are its 20-, 50- and 200-dma's, near 4415, 4408 and 4415, resp. If it manages to rally up to its broken uptrend line from February-May by the end of the day Friday it could make it up to about 4450 before starting a pullback into early next week. But today it stopped at price-level S/R near 4375 and a sharp turn back down from here would be potentially very bearish.

Key Levels for NDX:
- bullish above 4468
- bearish below 4179


Volatility index, VIX, Daily chart

We have an interesting setup on the VIX chart as it drops down once again to its broken downtrend line from January-February. This follows a 3-wave bounce off the June 7th low, with two equal legs up at 26.76 (the high on Monday was 26.72), and dropping back down from there is actually bearish for VIX and therefore bullish for stocks. But it's at support at its broken downtrend line and close to price-level support at 16 and could produce a bounce. That would mean at least a pullback for the stock market. A bullish setup for the stock market would be a little higher, to give us a 5-wave move up from Monday, which would likely drop the VIX down to the 16 area, and then a pullback in the stock market while VIX bounces off support. Those happening in conjunction with one another would support the bullish wave count for the stock indexes. But stay aware of the possibility that the VIX could rally hard off support, which would coincide with a strong selloff in the stock market.


10-year Yield, TNX, Daily chart

Treasury bonds and the stock market don't always trade counter to each other but it happens often enough to suggest that when they don't it's important to watch carefully. Oftentimes the bond market telegraphs in advance what the stock will do. After bonds rallied strongly following the Brexit vote, which dropped yields to below their June 16th lows, this week has seen bonds go flat and the small group of daily candles on the TNX chart below shows what can be considered a bearish consolidation. While SPX has retraced more than 62% of its decline, the bond market hasn't moved and in fact looks like it's consolidating before continuing its post-Brexit move. At the moment this is a warning to stock market bulls that the strong bounce in the market might be a bull trap. Watch carefully.

If TNX does continue lower I think we'll see the 1.38-1.39 area hold for at least a larger correction (in time if not price). The July 2012 low was 1.394% and I have two price projections based on the wave pattern near 1.39 and 1.38 so the close correlation with the previous low should be a good support level. And if bonds rally at least a little more that could put some negative pressure on the stock market.


KBW Bank index, BKX, Weekly chart

Following the drubbing the banks have taken the past four weeks it's hard to see this week's bounce as anything more than a version of the dead cat variety. Banks around the world, especially Europe, have been hit very hard as everyone starts worrying about currency crises, enormous debt loads and therefore questionable loan portfolios, and the general weakness in the banking industry. BKX dropped hard down to support at its uptrend line from March 2009 - October 2011, which held the last decline into the February low. That low produced a strong bounce as well and there was follow through to the upside for at least a larger bounce and that's certainly the potential here. But I see impulsive declines and corrective bounces since the July 2015 high and that keeps me bearish the banks. I show the potential for a breakout to the upside, which would obviously have to be respected if it rallies above its high at the end of May, near 71.50, but at the moment I think we're looking for only a higher bounce, if that, and then lower. Watch resistance near 66.50 if reached. The banks keep me from feeling too bullish about the broader market and right now there's a big difference between the two. The banks are still a warning to bulls to not get too comfortable on the long side.


U.S. Dollar contract, DX, Weekly chart

Friday's strong rally in the US$ had it breaking out of its down-channel that it was in since its December high and it then tagged its broken 50-week MA at 96.58, now at 96.53, which it tested again with Monday's slightly higher high. It has since pulled back and it could drop back down to the top of the down-channel, near 94.90, and perhaps to its 20- and 50-dma's near 94.60. For now I'm assuming its rally will continue into the summer as it heads back up to the top of its sideways consolidation since March 2015, which is near 100.


Gold continuous contract, GC, Weekly chart

Gold got a big boost last week as investors rushed for the safety of the shiny metal. They don't seem too anxious to give up the metal to get back into stocks even though the stock market has rallied strong the past two days. As mentioned above, bonds are not selling off either, which has the stock market climbing all by its lonesome. That's a warning sign for stock market bulls but for now only a warning. Gold rallied up to its longer-term downtrend line from September 2011 - October 2012 and with each new high since February it's leaving a bearish divergence, so gold bulls who want to accumulate more gold will probably do better to wait for a decent size pullback correction. That correction could turn into a decline to a new low but that will have to be figured out later once we get a deeper pullback. It would be more bullish above last week's high near 1363 but not if those bearish divergences continue.


Oil continuous contract, CL, Weekly chart

Oil continues to consolidate near its highs since initially reaching 50 in May. This can be viewed bullishly as it chops sideways under resistance at its October 2015 high at 50.92 and its broken uptrend line from 1998-2008, near 50. A break above 51 could lead to a rally to price-level S/R near 58.50 and possibly its May-June 2015 highs near 62. But it's equally possible it's in a topping pattern and will roll over for at least a larger pullback if not back down to its January-February lows near 26, especially if the dollar starts rallying a little stronger.


Economic reports

Other than the Chicago PMI report tomorrow morning it's going to be quiet for economic reports. Unless we see some strong signs of slowing I don't think we'll see much of a reaction to the reports tomorrow or Friday. Next Wednesday and Friday we'll get the ADP and NFP reports to see how the employment situation is looking (not great).


Conclusion

The indexes are close to breakout mode and we could find out tomorrow if the bulls are going to run with this. A morning consolidation followed by another rally into Friday would do a nice job completing a 5-wave move up from Monday and that in turn would tell us the 3-wave pullback from June 8th is complete and we're starting a new rally leg that will take us to new all-time highs. Why this would happen is not as important as the fact that it could very well happen. A 5-wave move up into Friday would be a setup for a pullback early next week and that would be a very good buying opportunity. Bears, just buy it and don't ask questions (wink).

The bearish potential remains very real though and if we get some strong selling on Thursday I would not be the least bit interested in the long side. The bounce off Monday's low can be considered just a sharp a-b-c correction to the decline, one that's setting up a very bearish wave pattern. If we get a sharp selloff Thursday morning I'd start looking for bounce corrections (they'll probably be small) to get short and enjoy the ride down.

We don't know which side is going to run with the ball from here but I think we'll have a very good idea by the end of the day tomorrow. Trade what price tells us, not what you think the market should do.

Good luck and I'll be back with you next Wednesday.

Keene H. Little, CMT

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New Option Plays

Moving?

by Jim Brown

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Editors Note:

If you are planning a move or recently relocated you probably had help. Zillow, Trulia, Move.com and Realtor.com are several options for finding that perfect home. After Zillow's pocket change settlement with Move.com earlier this month, that company is poised to make new highs.



NEW DIRECTIONAL CALL PLAYS

Z - Zillow Group - Company Description

Zillow Group, Inc. operates real estate and home-related information marketplaces on mobile and the Web in the United States. It offers a portfolio of brands and products to help people find vital information about homes, and connect with local professionals. The company's brands focus on various stages of the home lifecycle, such as renting, buying, selling, financing, and home improvement. Its portfolio of consumer brands includes real estate and rental marketplaces comprising Zillow, Trulia, StreetEasy, and HotPads. The company also provides advertising services to real estate agents and rental and mortgage professionals; and owns and operates various brands that offer technology solutions to real estate, rental and mortgage professionals, including DotLoop, Mortech, Diverse Solutions, and Retsly.

Back in August 2015 Zillow Group split its stock 2:1 but the new stock had no voting rights. The Class C stock trades under the symbol Z while the Class A stock with rights traded under the symbol ZG. The company did this so the voting rights would not be diluted. Multiple companies have done this including the biggest to date with Google and Facebook. The split has no impact on the company operation except that employees now receive Z shares and any acquisitions will be made with Z shares.

The company acquired Trulia.com for $2.6 billion in 2015 and contrary to analyst concerns the integration has been relatively smooth. There were some hiccups but everything is functioning normally today.

They reported Q1 earnings of 13 cents that beat estimates for a loss of 9 cents. Revenue rose from $127.3 million to $186 million and beat estimates for $177 million. They also raised full year guidance from $805-$815 million to $825-$835 million. Analysts were expecting $794 million. They ended the quarter with $514 million in cash. Marketplace revenue rose 23%, real estate revenue rose 34% and mortgage revenue rose 65%.

Earnings August 2nd.

In early June, the company made a windfall settlement with Move.com for $130 million after two years of litigation. Analysts were expecting $1.8-$2.0 billion. This pending litigation had been a cloud over the stock for the last 8 months. After the settlement shares spiked to $32 and traded sideways for two weeks before moving up to new highs at $35.50. The Brexit crash knocked the shares back to $32.75 but after the last two days of gains it is threatening to breakout once again.

Shares closed at $35 so the August $40 strike is a little far out for a short period of time. I am going to stretch to the November $40 strike, which will have significant expectation premium when we exit before earnings.

Buy Nov $40 call, currently $2.25, initial stop loss $32.50.


NEW DIRECTIONAL PUT PLAYS

No New Bearish Plays
However, I do plan on adding bearish plays on Thursday in expectation of the market rolling over next week.



In Play Updates and Reviews

High Fives All Around

by Jim Brown

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Editors Note:

The market continued to rocket higher with a 35-point gain in the S&P and +285 on the Dow. Real buying appeared after another gap higher at the open. We do not care whether it was new buyers or just more short covering. Most of our long positions had strong gains and it went a long way towards erasing the losses from the two-day crash.

The S&P is now well into the prior congestion range but has 30 points to go before hitting that critical 2100-2115 resistance range.

I have mentioned multiple times that funds were sitting on near record amounts of cash and with the end of the quarter on Thursday they had to put that money to work. That poses a real problem. If we have another big day on Thursday that takes us to the 2,100 resistance, what will happen on Friday and next week when the new month/quarter begins? This rebound is an artificial combination of events. The end of quarter buying is only temporary. It would take a move over 2,115 to trigger an entirely new round of buying.

After the bell JPM announced a $10.6 billion share repurchase in the second round of Fed stress test results. Shares spiked another $1 in afterhours.

The second phase of the Fed stress tests on the banks should provide a lift to the markets at the open on Friday.



Current Portfolio




Current Position Changes


No Changes


Profit Targets

Check the graphic above for any profit stops in green. We need to always be prepared for a profit exit at resistance.


Stop Loss Updates

Check the graphic above for any new stop losses in bright yellow. We need to always be prepared for an unexpected decline.



BULLISH Play Updates


CNC - Centene Corp -
Company Description

Comments:

Upgraded by Morgan Stanley from neutral to buy. Monster $2.85 gain to new 10-month high.

Original Trade Description: June 21st.

Centene Corporation operates as a diversified and multi-national healthcare enterprise that provides programs and services to under-insured and uninsured individuals in the United States. It operates through two segments, Managed Care and Specialty Services. The Managed Care segment offers Medicaid and Medicaid-related health plan coverage to individuals through government subsidized programs, including Medicaid, the State childrens health insurance program, long-term care, foster care, and dual-eligible individual, as well as aged, blind, or disabled programs. Its health plans include primary and specialty physician care, inpatient and outpatient hospital care, emergency and urgent care, prenatal care, laboratory and x-ray services, home health and durable medical equipment, behavioral health and substance abuse, 24-hour nurse advice line, transportation assistance, vision care, dental care, immunizations, prescriptions and limited over-the-counter drugs, specialty pharmacy, therapies, social work services, and care coordination. The Specialty Services segment provides pharmacy benefits management services; health, triage, wellness, and disease management services; vision services; dental services; correctional healthcare services; in-home health services; and integrated long-term care services, as well as care management software that automate the clinical, administrative, and technical components of care management programs.

On Monday Centene was upgraded by Barclays to overweight (buy) with an $82 price target. They based the upgrade on the growth and valuation potential after the completion of the $6.8 billion Health Net (HNT) merger at the end of March. Health Net had 5.9 million individuals in plans in all 50 states. They also offered employee assistance plans to approximately 7.3 million individuals. The combined companies now insure more than 10 million individuals. Barclays said the combined management team had improved with the merger.

Barclays said, "we believe shares of CNC have simply corrected too far and too long, and now represent a very attractive investment."

Earnings are July 26th.

Shares spiked $2 on the upgrade and failed to pull back on Tuesday. That spike pushed CNC over resistance and any further move higher would be a breakout.

Position 6/22/16

Long August $72.50 call @ $1.97, see portfolio graphic for stop loss.


COST - Costco - Company Description

Comments:

Costco said in an SEC filing it was able to bring back $1.5 billion in profits from Canada over the last two years without paying much tax. Shares rallied $1.48 today. When it breaks over resistance at $159 we could get a big spike.

Original Trade Description: June 11th.

Costco Wholesale Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, operates membership warehouses. The company offers branded and private-label products in a range of merchandise categories. It provides dry and institutionally packaged foods; snack foods, candy, tobacco, alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages, and cleaning and institutional supplies; appliances, electronics, health and beauty aids, hardware, and garden and patio; meat, bakery, deli, and produce; and apparel and small appliances. The company also operates gas stations, pharmacies, food courts, optical dispensing centers, photo-processing centers, and hearing-aid centers; and engages in the travel business. They operate 690 warehouse stores plus online shopping.

A Costco membership costs $55. It is almost worth the cost if all you bought was gasoline. The store charges 7-15 cents less than the prevailing rates at other local stations. There are normally lines at the Costco pumps because it is a bargain. If you purchased 15 gallons of gas per week and saved an average of 10 cents you would save $78 a year and more than enough to cover the cost of the membership. Multicar families would save even more.

However, Costco to many people means bulk purchases of items too big to store in your normal pantry. The mental image of Costco is someone pushing a cart with cases of toilet paper, paper towels, laundry soap and canned goods. While that may be true for a lot of shoppers there are still bargains on everything else. My son stopped there on Saturday to buy 15 gallons of ice cream, 10 watermelons, scores of picnic plates and plastic utensils for a party he was throwing. I know people who only shop at Costco and do not go to stores like Safeway, Kroger, etc. Once you get the Costco shopping virus it is hard to not go there. You can even by caskets at Costco. Members bought 465,000 cars through Costco in 2015. The warehouse chain is the number 1 seller of organic food at $4 billion in 2015 compared to Whole Foods at $3.6 billion. Costco has 84 million paying members and you can cancel at any time and get a full refund.

This has helped Costco maintain an average annual growth rate of 13% while other stores are lucky to manage 2-4% a year. Walmart only grew at 0.44% last year and Target 5.4%. In the latest quarter adjusted for fuel and currency fluctuations Costco managed only 3% same store sales growth compared to estimates for 4.6%. They blamed the colder than normal April weather and the weak retail consumer. We already know from other retailers that sales were down sharply all across the sector.

They reported adjusted earnings of $1.24 compared to estimates for $1.22. Revenue rose +2.6% to $26.77 billion and missed estimates for $27.07 billion for the reasons I stated above. Analysts expect earnings to grow 12% annually over the next two years.

Earnings are Sept 29th.

Shares spiked up to $154 after earnings on May 26th and then went sideways for a week while those gains were consolidated. Now they are trending higher again and even closed up on Friday in a weak market.

Position 6/13/16:

Long Oct $160 call @ $4.40, see portfolio graphic for stop loss.


GRUB - GrubHub - Company Description

Comments:

No specific news. Very nice 6% gain to stop at resistance.

Original Trade Description: June 27th.

I recommended GRUB as a LEAP position in the LEAPS Newsletter on Sunday. With the minor drop back to support today I am recommending it here on a short term option.

GrubHub Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides an online and mobile platform for restaurant pick-up and delivery orders in the United States. The company connects approximately 44,000 local restaurants with diners in approximately 1,000 cities. It operates GrubHub and Seamless Websites through grubhub.com and seamless.com. The company also offers GrubHub and Seamless mobile applications and mobile Websites for iPhone, iPad, Android, iWatch, and Apple TV devices; and Seamless Corporate program that helps businesses address inefficiencies in food ordering and associated billing. In addition, it provides Allmenus.com and MenuPages, which provide an aggregated database of approximately 380,000 menus from restaurants in 50 states.

GrubHub is a concept that is catching fire and the bigger they get the more restaurants want to sign on to the service. They now serve 44,000 restaurants. They do not markup prices. Whatever the restaurant charges is what you pay. Diners can customize any order to their own taste specifications and dietary needs.

Restaurants benefit because the service drives more orders. Many people cannot take 2 hours out of their day to go to the restaurant to eat. GrubHub brings the restaurant to them. Restaurants typically see about 30% more takeout orders during their first year when they sign up for the Grubhub service. Delivery fees range from free to $3.99.

GrubHub currently has more than 6.9 million diners. Ordering through the GrubHub online menu is 50% faster than ordering from the restaurant on the phone.

The company recently announced participation with national chain restaurants including Boston Market, Johnny Rocket's, California Pizza Kitchen, Veggie Grill, On the Border and Panda Express. This is a natural for fast food chains. They prepare the food fast and it gets to the diner fast.

An analyst at Moness Crespi Hardt just upgraded them to buy from neutral saying the fundamentals are rapidly improving with the addition of the chain restaurants. Secondly they completely overhauled their tech platform in 2015 and the benefits are rising quickly. They are also integrating POS features including Apple Pay. He also believes they are a potential acquisition target by companies like Amazon, Uber and Postmates. His biggest point is the addition of the chain restaurants. Adding companies with hundreds or even thousands of restaurants will catapult them to the next level.

Earnings August 2nd.

Shares have been rising and they closed at an 8-month high on Thursday. In Friday's market crash they gave back only 1.4%, which was nothing compared to the rest of the market. In Monday's market they dropped back to retest Friday's low but that support held. This is very good relative strength.

Position 6/28/16:

Long Aug $30.00 call @ $2.30, see portfolio graphic for stop loss.


IWM - Russell 2000 ETF - ETF Description

Comments:

The Russell rebounded +2.3% to recover about half of the Brexit crash. We could actually get back to that $117 high from last Thursday.

Original Trade Description: June 25th.

The Russell 2000 ETF attempts to track the investment results of the Russell 2000 Index composed of small-capitalization U.S. equities.

The Russell indexes were "reconstituted" at the close on Friday. Unlike an S&P-500 rebalance where only the weightings change, the Russell indexes have additions and deletions that impact all the weightings and constitution.

The Russell company sorts all the U.S. stocks by market cap and the top 1,000 become the Russell 1000 and the next 2,000 become the Russell 2000 Index. Stocks that grew over the last year can shift out of the R2K and into the R1K. Stocks that saw their market cap shrink can move from the R1K to the R2K. Stocks that were acquired are eliminated and new stocks take their place in the overall order. Stocks that saw their market cap shrink enough to place them far enough down the list to miss the 3,000 stock cutoff are removed from the indexes. It is a complicated procedure and funds that follow the indexes have a lot of restructuring to accomplish in a single day.

The Russell 2000 Index normally has a positive bias in the week after the rebalance as fund managers clean up their portfolios and balance the positions correctly. With a 3,000 stock universe in the Russell 1000, 2000, 3000, it is next to impossible to get it all completed on Friday. Managers know which stocks were dropped and those were sold at the close. Getting the weighting right on the remaining stocks and the new stocks added to the indexes is a little more complicated.

This means managers are buying stocks in small amounts for most of next week until the weightings match the index and their benchmarks. This produces the slight upward bias.

Whether that bias can overcome the negative Brexit sentiment is unknown but remember, nothing changed in Europe. At this point, the Brexit is just a headline. The actual changes will be many months if not years in the future.

Current support for the IWM is down in the $109 range with some congestion around $110. I am going to recommend two entry points. If we rise on Monday, I want to enter the position with an IWN trade at $113. If the market goes lower, I want to enter the trade at $110. If there is volatility and the $113 entry is made first, I still want to add to it with a trade at $110. If we move lower and the $110 entry is made first then the $113 entry recommendation is cancelled.

This will be a short term position for a couple weeks just to capture a rebound and the potential to return to resistance at $118-$120.

Position with an IWM trade at $110:

Long August $115 call @ $1.35. See portfolio graphic for stop loss.

The recommendation for a trade at $113 has been cancelled.


JPM - JP Morgan - Company Description

Comments:

No specific news. The second half of the Fed stress tests were released late today and JPM authorized a $10.6 billion share buyback program to run from July 1st, 2016 through June 30, 2017. They maintained their dividend at 48 cents for the current quarter. Shares spiked $1 to $62.20 in afterhours trading.

Original Trade Description: May 11th.

JPMorgan Chase & Co. operates as a financial services company worldwide. It operates through Consumer & Community Banking, Corporate & Investment Bank, Commercial Banking, and Asset Management segments. The Consumer & Community Banking segment offers deposit and investment products and services to consumers; lending, deposit, and cash management and payment solutions to small businesses; residential mortgages and home equity loans; and credit cards, payment services, payment processing services, auto loans and leases, and student loans. The Corporate & Investment Bank segment provides investment banking products and services, including advising on corporate strategy and structure, capital-raising in equity and debt markets, as well as loan origination and syndication; treasury services, such as cash management and liquidity solutions; and cash securities and derivative instruments, risk management solutions, prime brokerage, and research services. It also offers securities services, including custody, fund accounting and administration, and securities lending products for asset managers, insurance companies, and public and private investment funds.

JP Morgan has 15% revenue exposure to Brexit. That will be the major market mover the rest of the week. They are also expected to increase their capital return percentages for buybacks and dividends. Those will be announced next Wednesday.

I am playing the call side because the potential for a short squeeze on a remain vote or a major buy the dip program on an exit vote. The put options are more than double the call options so it appears everyone is expecting the worst. Shares have declined to the bottom of their uptrend channel.

I am using the August options to capture all the events over the next couple weeks. Earnings are July 14th and we will exit before earnings.

This is probably a 100% loser or a 200% gainer. There is no in between because of the binary nature of the event. We cannot use stop losses on this position because of the potential for opening gaps.

Position 6/23/16:

Long August $65 call @ $1.31, see portfolio graphic for stop loss.


NVDA - Nvidia - Company Description

Comments:

No specific news. Continued rebound but still $2 below the Thursday high.

Original Trade Description: June 28th.

NVIDIA Corporation operates as a visual computing company worldwide. It operates in two segments, GPU and Tegra Processor. The GPU segment offers processors, which include GeForce for PC gaming; Quadro for design professionals working in computer-aided design, video editing, special effects, and other creative applications; Tesla for deep learning, accelerated computing, and general purpose computing; and GRID for cloud-based streaming on gaming devices. The Tegra Processor segment provides processors that integrate a computer onto a single chip under the Tegra brand name; DRIVE automotive computers, which offer supercomputing capabilities; and tablet and portable devices for mobile gaming under the SHIELD name. The companyÂ’s products are used in gaming, professional visualization, datacenter, and automotive markets. It sells its products primarily to original equipment manufacturers, original design manufacturers, system builders, motherboard manufacturers, add-in board manufacturers, and retailers/distributors.

Q1 earnings rose 46% to 33 cents and beat earnings by a penny. They hiked full year revenue guidance as well as the current quarter. Tor Q2 they raised the forecast to $1.35 billion that was above analyst estimates at $1.28 billion. Gaming revenue was up 17% to $687 million but all areas of effort saw significant gains. They recently released a new graphics card that is twice as fast and 40% cheaper than the card it is replacing.

Nvidia's Graphics Processing Units or GPUs have become more than just video chips. They have become supercomputing processors and can be packaged in large groups to parallel process monster datasets and computations that would have taken weeks with conventional chips. They are truly revolutionizing the processor industry.

The focus on Artificial Intelligence or AI, a lot of companies like Google and Amazon are turning to GPUs to handle the monster amounts of data they collect every day. Facebook already uses Nvidia M40 GPU accelerators to power its Big Sur machine learning computers. Those NVIDIA GPUs were specifically designes to train deep neural networks for enterprise data centers, and the company says they are 10-20 times faster than other network computers. Nvidia said their GPD powered machine learning computers can help train networks new things in just a few hours that would take days or weeks with less powerful systems.

The new P100 GPU is 12 times faster than the prior version and can provide more performance than "several hundred computer nodes" and up to eight P100s can be interconnected to provide previously unheard of computing power. The chips in the GPUs contain more than 15.3 billion transistors each and the largest chip ever built at 16 nanometer technology. That is twice as many as on Intel's biggest chips. The P100 delivers more than 10 teraflops of performance. One teraflop can process one trillion floating-point instructions per second and the P100 can do 10 teraflops or 10 trillion calculations per second.

The COSMOS weather forecasting application runs faster on the P100 than the 27 servers, running twin multicore processors each that were previously tasked with the project. Intel makes commodity processors for the millions of PCs and servers in the world. Nvidia is light years ahead of Intel in technology. Nvidia's data center revenue increased 63% in Q1.

More than 50 automakers are testing the new Drive PX chip for self-driving cars. The chip combines inputs from cameras, lasers, maps and sensors to allow cars to drive themselves and learn from each experience.

Earnings August 11th.

Shares closed at a new high at $48.50 on Thursday. On Friday they dropped to $45.30 to stop us out. That was a $3 drop. Today the stock rebounded off the opening low and only gave back 49 cents. I believe with any market that is not crashing Nvidia will be back at new highs very quickly.

Position 6/28/16:

Long August $47 call @ $2.55, see portfolio graphic for stop loss.


PVH - PVH Corp - Company Description

Comments:

No specific news. Another 3.6% gain after the 5.5% rebound on Tuesday.

Original Trade Description: June 27th.

PVH Corp. operates as an apparel company in the United States and internationally. The company operates through six segments: Calvin Klein North America, Calvin Klein International, Tommy Hilfiger North America, Tommy Hilfiger International, Heritage Brands Wholesale, and Heritage Brands Retail. It designs, markets, and retails mens and womens apparel and accessories, branded dress shirts, neckwear, sportswear, jeans wear, intimate apparel, swim products, handbags, footwear, golf apparel, fragrances, cosmetics, eyewear, hosiery, socks, jewelry, watches, outerwear, small leather goods, and home furnishings, as well as other related products. The company offers its products under its own brands, such as Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger, Van Heusen, IZOD, ARROW, Warners, Olga, and Eagle; and licensed brands comprising Speedo, Geoffrey Beene, Kenneth Cole New York, Kenneth Cole Reaction, Sean John, MICHAEL Michael Kors, Michael Kors Collection, and Chaps, as well as various other licensed and private label brands.

PVH has been absolutely crushed in the sell off because they were thought to have as large presence in the UK. Shares closed at a new 9-month high of $102.70 on Thursday. Today they touched $84 intraday for a whopping $18 or roughly 18% decline in two days from a new high.

PVH thought it was important enough that they filed a disclosure with the SEC saying they only derived 3% of their revenues from the UK. Even with the massive drop in the pound the company did not think any UK weakness would be material to their results.

The company has been on a growth spurt by acquiring brands and doing license deals with other brands to improve the variety of its offerings. On June 15th the CEO spoke at a Piper Jaffray Consumer Conference and said business was improving in Q2. He said the problems with other retailers represented an opportunity for the Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger brands. He said the Tommy Hilfiger women's business generates 30% of their revenue and was a growth opportunity since they recently added it to the line. They teamed up with super model Gigi Hadid to make the brand more relative to younger, fashion oriented women.

With their Q1 earnings they raised guidance from $6.30-$6.50 to $6.45-$6.55 a share for the full year. The CEO said the guidance was conservative because this "does not seem like the environment ro tray and be a hero."

Earnings August 24th.

Position 6/28/16:

Long August $90 call @ $4.23, see portfolio graphic for stop loss.


QRVO - Qorvo Inc - Company Description

Comments:

No specific news. Back to back 4% gains.

Original Trade Description: June 14th.

Qorvo, Inc. provides technologies and radio frequency (RF) solutions for mobile, infrastructure, and defense and aerospace applications worldwide. It operates through Mobile Products (MP) and Infrastructure and Defense Products (IDP) segments. The MP segment supplies its RF solutions into mobile devices, including smartphones, notebook computers, wearables, tablets, and cellular-based applications for the Internet of things. The IDP segment provides low noise amplifiers, switches, radio frequency filter solutions, CMOS system-on-a-chip solutions. This segment supplies its RF solutions to wireless network infrastructure, defense, and aerospace markets; and connectivity applications for commercial, consumer, industrial, and automotive markets.

Qorvo is a major supplier to Apple and other smartphone manufacturers. The slowdown in Apple iPhone sales hurt earnings last quarter but sales increases to Samsung and Chinese handset maker Huawei have helped to offset sluggish demand. The Samsung Galaxy S7 is selling very well and taking over the smartphone market. Strong base station demand rose +25% sequentially and a 9% increase in defense spending is helping offset the perceived slowdown in iPhones.

However, sales of the new iPhone 5E were only expected to be 10-15 million but sales have ramped up and are now expected to be in the 40-45 million range. Citigroup upgraded Qorvo and downgraded Slyworks saying the high performance Qorvo chips were much better than the Skyworks product and the company had a commanding lead in that segment. Qorvo is much better positioned for the carrier aggregation market and the low-band market fed by Skyworks was seeing a lot more competition.

Qorvo should benefit significantly from the ramp of 3G and 4G handsets into India and lower dollar emerging markets. The 5G specifications are starting to emerge and Qorvo is expected to be a leader in that transition, which will involve hundreds of millions of chips.

Earnings August 3rd.

Shares of QRVO gained 74 cents today in a very weak market. I have to stretch some on the strike because shares are just under $55 and that strike is too expensive. I am going out to $60 to get some premium relief.

Position 6/15/16:

Long Aug $60 call @ $2.10, see portfolio graphic for stop loss.


SWHC - Smith & Wesson - Company Description

Comments:

No specific news. Shares closed at a new 3-month high. Company TickerTags monitors social media for trending discussions and claims "gun control, guns and background checks" are at record highs. Those terms are up +160%, 255% and 49% higher than they have been at any time over the last two years. Ammo and ammunition mentions are up 33% and 49% higher than any prior level.

Original Trade Description: June 25th.

Smith & Wesson was founded in 1852 and manufacturers firearms in the U.S. and internationally under many different brands but primarily Smith & Wesson.

Gun sales are booming again. With every terrorist attack or mass shooting more consumers rush out to buy guns for self defense. With the potential for additional attacks in the U.S. this trend is not going to slow. However, sales are cyclical. They surge after attacks like San Bernardino or Orlando or after speeches by politicians about gun control. President Obama has been the best gun salesman we have ever had. Every push by the administration to get more laws passed results in millions of new gun sales. The constant gun headlines over the last two weeks have lifted S&W to 3-month highs.

In their Q4 earnings where there was a surge in gun sales after San Bernardino. In their recent Q1 earnings there was no mention of the Orlando shootings because the shooting was only 4 days before their earnings. The Q1 results did not have any sales bump from that event.

In their Q1 report, they posted earnings of 63 cents compared to estimates for 54 cents. Revenue of $221 million also beat estimates for $214 million. They guided for the full year for revenue between $740-$760 million and analysts were expecting $723 million. They guided for full year earnings of $1.83-$1.93 and analysts were only expecting $1.66. Q1 sales rose +22% and the CEO said demand was strong. They forecast current quarter revenue at $190-$200 million and analysts were only expecting $162 million. That is a massive improvement.

Since the Orlando shooting there has been nonstop headlines about gun control. Gun stores are reporting four times the volume in traffic and many stores are having trouble keeping guns in stock. This is going to be a banner quarter for S&W.

Earnings August 25th.

Shares have been in constant rebound since the earnings on June 16th erased fears about slowing sales. The stock gained 51 cents on Friday despite the severely negative market.

Position 6/27/16:

Long Sept $27 call @ $1.70, see portfolio graphic for stop loss.



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