Tech stocks like Apple, LinkedIn, and Yahoo are in the news.
Most Monday morning headlines include the words “Cyprus Deal” and world markets are pretty green across the board.
Last week, we did see some volatility that gave plenty of opportunity on both sides of the tape. But if you look at the chart of the S&P (INDEXSP:.INX), you will see we held higher again. The S&P held the 21-day moving average even easier than it did amidst the volatility stemming from the Italian election last month.
Futures are up about 7-8 handles, knocking on the door of pivot resistance; 1557-1563 is an important resistance.
How we handle this level in the next day or so will be important for short-term direction.
Tech had plenty of opportunity last week.
Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) finally broke its descending channel around $440, then held higher. Late last week, my firm was looking for it to take out the 50-day moving average, which it did on Friday. Now It’s opening up 4-5 points and the next resistance zone is $473-$485. I will trim some on the open but will try and ride this one as long as it stays above the 50-day moving average.
Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) has been very quiet lately. Some say the hedge funds are now practicing arbitrage, playing GOOG short and AAPL long. I did nibble a little on Friday, but now GOOG needs to clear $817-819 in order to act better.
LinkedIn (NYSE:LNKD) held its 21-day moving average and exploded on Friday after its upgrade, and is still best in breed. Its 2013 high is $184.15.
Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX) has been quiet as well, digesting a massive move since earnings. It needs to stay above $175-$177 in order to hold up. If it starts to get above $185-$187, maybe some momentum will come back.
Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) stock has been broken for the past week or so. It did put in an outside day Friday and might see a bounce back to $262-$265.
Yahoo (NASDAQ:YHOO) gave us another nice entry into the 21-day moving average as it has done the past few months. Now it’s at 2013 highs again.
eBay (NASDAQ:EBAY) had a decent snapback but needs time. The next resistance level is $54.39.
Sprint (NYSE:S) has been holding above $5.96-$6 pretty well. I did trim some Friday but still have some.
Hewlett-Packard (NYSE:HPQ) gave us a nice short entry on Wednesday and then traded lower for a third day Friday morning. Then it reversed and closed pretty strong. I am short here and will use $23.58 as my stop.
Salesforce (NYSE:CRM) announced a 4-for-1 stock and it seems OK, but not compelling.
Banks gave some mixed signals.
Goldman Sachs (NYSE:GS) hasn’t really been acting well since the “stress tests.” It needs to get back above its moving averages to get out of trouble. A close above $150.70ish would have this looking better.
Bank of America (NYSE:BAC) pulled back to its 8-day moving average and held it well. The trend there still looks good.
Citigroup (NYSE:C) has been dribbling lower into the 21-day moving average. It also looks okay.
JPMorgan (NYSE:JPM) quietly pulled back to its 50-day moving average and held it Friday. Doing work above that would be good.
Visa (NYSE:V) still looks good, with a big upper base. It needs to take out $162 to get into motion again.
MasterCard (NYSE:MA) stock hangs in there as well. Perhaps you have one buy spot at $520, then it needs to clear $535 to make new highs.
Target (NYSE:TGT) acts great, leading the retail group.
Wal-Mart (NYSE:WMT) gave some a trade above $71 and then an add-on trade Friday at $74. It still looks good.
Costco (NASDAQ:COST) had a strong move on Friday and still looks in the game, providing leadership in retail.
The Homebuilders ETF (NYSEARCA:XHB) holds in well above its above 8-day moving average. The iShares Dow Jones Transportation Average (NYSEARCA:IYT) came in to the 21-day.
Metals had a decent bounce but wasn’t very powerful. SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEARCA:GLD) needs to hold $155ish to keep it alive, while Gold Miners ETF (NYSEARCA:GDX) needs to hold $37.85.
This week is the end of the quarter, so keep that in mind. It's not an “all in” or “all out” market. It’s a market to manage multiple positions using different tier sizes, depending on patterns.
Scott J. Redler is long: AAPL, GOOG, YHOO, S, BAC, DDD, WMT, MGM, F, AAPL call spread, DDD call spread; short: SPY, HPQ.