Editors Note:

Amazon, Linkedin, Expedia and Baidu all posted earnings beats after the close and were up strongly in the afterhours session. This suggests the Nasdaq will gap open on Friday. However, the Nasdaq lost 58 points on Thursday to close under support at 4,830. This is a four-week low and suggests the Nasdaq could be rolling over.


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QQQ - Nasdaq 100 ETF Description

The Powershares QQQ is an index tracking stock for the Nasdaq 100 Index ($NDX). The QQQ represents the 100 largest domestic and international nonfinancial companies listed on the Nasdaq Stock market based on market capitulation.

The Nasdaq 100 is expected to gap higher at the open on Friday. As with most opening gaps based on some post earnings activity there is a good chance the opening print is the high for the day. The shorts in those stocks that are gapping higher will cover and the buying interest will wane.

Amazon was up $75 in the afterhours session. Linkedin gained +8. Expedia gained +11 and Baidu +8. This should produce a decent opening bounce in the index.

However, the Nasdaq 100 close at 4,363 was the lowest close since March 11th. This is below support at 4,378 and suggests the index is breaking down.

I am recommending we buy puts on the QQQ at the open when the market gaps higher in anticipation of a drop in the $NDX back to 4,200.

Since I expect the index to gap higher I am recommending the at the money put. It should be a little cheaper at the open.

Buy June $106 put, currently $2.35, no initial stop loss.