Market Commentary & Analysis
11:52:40 PM EDT | 01/31/2015
Thank Visa, Google, Biogen and Amazon
| The Dow lost -252 on Friday but it would have been a -312 loss if not for Visa's $7 gain that added about 60 Dow points. Ditto on the Nasdaq if not for Google's +24 point gain and Amazon's +43 points.
New Option Plays
07:01:11 PM EDT | 01/31/2015
Industrial Goods Loser
| Tonight we are looking at a new candidate in the industrial goods sector. Earnings have been struggling. This year the company issued an earnings warning.
In Play Updates and Reviews
05:39:16 PM EDT | 01/31/2015
GDP & Greece Short Circuit The Bounce
| A disappointing U.S. GDP number and rising concerns over Greece's new government helped short circuit the market's bounce.
The major U.S. indices all turned lower again.
10:55:12 PM EDT | 01/31/2015
Major Indices Still Within Broad Trading Ranges
| For now, the major indexes remain within broad trading ranges but with the threat of a downswing ahead that carries to below prior lows. A sell off below support would be consistent with another potential shot up in the VIX volatility Index.
10:28:16 PM EDT | 01/31/2015
This Brand Is Broken
| Tonight we are looking at a new bearish trade in the services sector. The company used to be one of the hottest apparel names out there. Today shares are in a bear market.
In Play Updates and Reviews
08:16:41 PM EDT | 01/31/2015
Stocks See Widespread Declines
| The U.S. market turned lower on Friday with widespread declines. Worries about Greece's impact on the EU and a disappointing U.S. GDP number did not help the bulls.
Monthly Cash Machine Newsletter
08:48:01 PM EDT | 01/30/2015
MCM February 2015 watch list
| MCM February 2015 watch list. Here are the prices of our underlying stock and the distance they are away from the short strike price of our current open spreads
Monthly Cash Machine Portfolio
08:59:19 PM EDT | 01/30/2015
MCM February 2015 open and closed positions
| MCM Febgruary 2015 open and closed positions. Here are the individual open and closed spread for February
09:10:54 PM EDT | 01/22/2015
Trading Volatility with VIX options; Part 2
| Instead of perhaps throwing up your hands about trading stock and stock index options in periods of 'whippy' price action (high volatility), go with the flow and take advantage of the situation with possible strategies in VIX options.
Ultimate Investor Plays and Updates
08:02:18 PM EDT | 01/26/2015
Dodged a Bullet
| The radical far left Syriza party won a landslide election in Greece but a funny thing happened on the way to the election results. Syriza's harsh comments about austerity, the Troika bailout and leaving the euro slowly became more center left. U.S. and European markets recovered from their overnight lows and the U.S. actually posted minor gains.
Option Writers Newsletter
10:31:40 PM EDT | 01/26/2015
Has the Tide Turned?
| We missed a great opportunity for a big sell off on Monday and futures are flat on Monday night. The earnings have been just good enough to keep traders interested and the buy the dip crowd is getting restless. Is it possible the tide has turned and January will go out with a bang?
Leaps Trader Commentary
11:06:10 PM EDT | 01/25/2015
The ECB Finally Launches QE In Europe
| It was a short trading week with the U.S. market closed last Monday. In that time frame stocks digested a number of events including the European Central Bank announcing a significant QE program (about $1.28 trillion worth).
11:05:18 PM EDT | 01/25/2015
Stocks Could See Another Rocky Week
| The market volatility continues. The only difference last week was the volatility saw stocks surge higher.
11:02:28 PM EDT | 01/25/2015
Stocks Deliver First Weekly Gain of 2015
| The market bounced last week and produced its first weekly gain of the year. Several of our candidates delivered significant rebounds.
11:04:41 PM EDT | 01/25/2015
| Investors could get seasick with the market's big swings. After a five-day decline two weeks ago the S&P 500 just produced a four-day bounce before slipping lower on Friday.
11:00:20 PM EDT | 01/25/2015
Gearing Up For Spring
| Spring is just around the corner.
Tonight we are looking at a new candidate in the home improvement retail business.