U.S. stocks finally at least found some footing on Tuesday after Monday’s rout shaved more than 2% off all major U.S. indices. The S&P staged a 0.76% snap-back yesterday, but the bounce was feeble and not altogether convincing. This morning world markets are mixed as Japan bounced back 1.23% while most of Europe is close to the flat-line. US indices are slightly negative before the open with S&P futures down 5-6 handles.
The S&P’s bounce was contained at 1758, which lines up with our Resistance #1 1760 area. Yesterday’s bounce felt like there wasn’t really that much behind it. Continue to use Monday’s pivot low of 1740 as key support to watch, and watch Monday’s lows in all sectors as well.
Keep an eye on strong stocks that have been holding up relatively well.
Facebook (FB) held higher as it gained 2% yesterday. The longer it stays above $62, the higher the probability we could see a move through the current pivot high of $63.77.
Twitter (TWTR) had a nice afternoon move to close the day up 1.66% yesterday and now has earnings today after the close. The stock has been holding higher after reclaiming its 8- and 21-day EMAs with a nice gap up on 1/30. The Street is expecting revenue of $218 million and a 2 cent loss per share.
Salesforce (CRM) continued to build a tight upper level base above its 8- and 21-day EMA, showing relative strength. A break above $61.50 on good volume could bring in more buyers so keep an eye on this cloud service stock.
F5 Networks (FFIV) is another strong stock in the cloud group and had a nice rally since mid January. It has held most of those gains as the 8-day EMA has been providing good support. A move through yesterday’s high of $107 could lead to a potential retest of the current pivot high of $110.90.
Let’s take a look at high beta tech.
Apple (AAPL) has been forming a rounding bottom on the 60-min chart that could point to a potential move up to the earnings gap at $515. The stock closed right around its 200-day EMA yesterday. Holding above yesterday’s low of $502.76 could keep its upward momentum intact.
Amazon (AMZN) had a nice bounce and showed some relative strength during yesterday’s morning session. However, the stock still feels a bit heavy. It did put in a higher low at $344 yesterday, use this as the new point of reference.
Netflix (NFLX) had a sharp sell-off in the morning to retest its 8-day EMA where it held and bounced to close back at highs. The longer it holds above $402-403, the higher the probability it could see a new high above $412.
LinkedIn (LNKD) continues to hold above its 200-day EMA after showing some resilience on Monday. Holding above $208-209 could help the stock get some attention for a move back to $220-224 area.
A few other names to watch
SolarCity (SCTY) found some support at its 21-day EMA on Monday’s sharp pull back, then held above this key moving average yesterday. A break and close above yesterday’s high of $72.80 could set it back in motion.
Alexion (ALXN) had some healthy digestion in the past few sessions to allow the short-term moving averages to catch up after its big gap up on 1/30. Use yesterday’s low of $150.70 as the new pivot to trade against as it could be ready for some upside action again.
Tesla’s (TSLA) upside momentum has been slowing, but the stock continues to hold above its 8-day EMA, showing impressive resilience. A break above $181.60 on volume could set it back in motion. The next pivot to watch after that is $186.
Goldman Sachs (GS) had a decent bounce of 1.21% to close back above its 200-day EMA yesterday. Use the two-day support of $159.80 as the new pivot to trade against. A close back above the breakdown level of $163.30 could help the stock regain some power.
Disclosure: Scott Redler is long PLUG, BHI, ETRM, FB, AAPL, TWTR calls. Short SPY.