As expected, this week the Fed chose to hold on further rate hikes. Then Fed chair Powell stepped to the mike and delivered a body blow to the bulls as he reiterated the fight on inflation is not over and more rate hikes could be coming. Chances of some significant rate cuts in 2024 seemed less likely; traders and investors did not like the news and pressed the sell button.
Historically September is not a great month for equity performance and that is proving to be the case once again.
The price of oil continues to be strong and the auto workers strike was expanded on Friday. It also looks like we could be headed for a government shutdown with no ongoing funding deal on-site.
At this point, it looks like we might be setting up for another volatile week ahead.
- AAPL – Near support at $172 then $170 if it gets there for a long.
- AMZN – Really broke down – now support looks like $126.50.
- CCJ – Nice run-up, long on a pullback for a move higher to $41 again.
- DELL – Really held up well during the sell-off. Range bounds are $67.5 to $72.5. Could sell some calls there next week or watch for a break of that range.
- INTC – Really oversold – may be a good long entry around $32 if it gets there.
- LAC – could be a good long around $17 for a splitting of the shares into two separate companies.
- META - $312.5 is resistance and $290 is support. May sell calls again there next week. Big support is around $290.
- NVDA – Now it is at support $400. Really oversold but could drop more if the market sell-off continues.
- ORCL – $107.5 is support again.
- TSLA – Sold off hard last week. Watch $240 for support.
- XLE – Sold off with the rest of the market but the oil price is still strong.
AMZN – sold $140 puts and used the money to buy $146 calls expiring next week. Liquidated position for a small loss.
CCJ – long $39.5 – looking for a high of $41 retest.
XLE – sold the remainder.
NVDA – long $445 – stopped out for a loss.
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