Market Commentary & Analysis
04:30:25 PM EDT | 02/28/2015
Do Fundamentals Finally Matter?
| After a week of economic misses, lowered guidance and downward revisions to earnings estimates the markets began to give back some of their record gains. Does this mean that investors are suddenly deciding that fundamentals matter or did the market just pause to consolidate?
New Option Plays
03:58:41 AM EDT | 02/28/2015
Sales Are Surging
| Tonight we are looking at an Internet company. This company has been consistently beating analysts' expectations and raising guidance. Today we are seeing the stock push through resistance.
In Play Updates and Reviews
03:55:16 AM EDT | 02/28/2015
Taking Profits In HBI
| Hanesbrands Inc. (HBI) has a four-for-one split coming up this week. Shares have soared from their February lows. We are suggesting investors take profits now.
11:23:14 PM EDT | 02/28/2015
Upside Momentum Slows and Slips a Bit
| Slowing upside momentum and recent overbought readings have led to the Indices moving sideways to a bit lower. How much this is a 'pause' or the start of some retracement of prior gains isn't certain but shouldn't surprise us.
03:53:09 AM EDT | 02/28/2015
Breaking Down Thanks To Lowered Guidance
| Tonight we are looking at a stock in the services sector. Shares are underperforming because the company has developed a habit of lowering earnings guidance below Wall Street's expectations.
In Play Updates and Reviews
03:09:29 AM EDT | 02/28/2015
February's Momentum Fades
| February 2015 turned out to be a great month for bullish investors.
However, this past week the rally was starting to look tired and stocks retreated toward month end.
Couch Potato Trader Updates
07:33:19 AM EDT | 02/28/2015
Weekend Update! Open Position Status
| Despite a bit of selling Friday afternoon, major indices booked the largest monthly gain since October 2011.
Monthly Cash Machine Newsletter
09:18:51 PM EDT | 02/27/2015
MCM March 2015 Watch list
| MCM March 2015 Watch list. Here are the underlying closing prices of the stocks and the distance they are from the short strike price on our current spreads
Monthly Cash Machine Portfolio
07:39:53 PM EDT | 02/23/2015
MCM MARCH 2015 Portfolio open and closed positions
| MCM March 2015 Portfolios. Here are the individual open and closed positions of our current March 2015 spreads
03:44:46 PM EDT | 02/27/2015
Something You'd Better Know
| If you're trading SPX-related options, there's something you need to know.
11:56:18 PM EDT | 02/28/2015
Month End Technical Review; February 2015
| A short but MIGHTY month! The Nasdaq Composite gained 7% for the month; the Dow was up 5.6% and the S&P 500 closed up 5.5% over January.
Ultimate Investor Plays and Updates
06:51:12 PM EDT | 02/23/2015
Greece Stutters, Yellen Flutters
| Greece kicked the can down the road again when they postponed submission of their new plan for one more day. It was supposed to have been presented Monday morning. Traders had butterflies fluttering in their stomachs ahead of Yellen's testimony and nobody wanted to buy into a possible surprise.
Option Writers Newsletter
09:44:55 PM EDT | 02/23/2015
Pause to Refresh
| After closing at new highs on all the indexes on Friday the market paused ahead of the Greek proposal and Yellen's testimony on Tuesday. While neither is expected to actually impact the market there is always the possibility for a sell the news event.
Leaps Trader Commentary
11:41:03 PM EDT | 02/22/2015
Kicking Greece's Can
| The Eurogroup and Greece finally hashed out a loan-extension that kicked the can down the road another four months. Stocks applauded the move and the U.S. market ended the week at new highs.
11:40:59 PM EDT | 02/22/2015
Watch List Continues To Work
| The LEAPS trader watch list continues to work. Last week two candidates graduated to our active play list.
11:41:01 PM EDT | 02/22/2015
The Parade Of New Highs Continues
| The wider market is breaking out to record highs. We are seeing most of our bullish candidates also showing strength and closing the week at new highs.
11:40:57 PM EDT | 02/22/2015
| The U.S. stock market appears to be in breakout mode. The S&P 500 has cleared resistance at the 2,100 mark. Now that the Greece debt fiasco has been kicked down the road a few months there should be nothing stopping the rally.
11:40:55 PM EDT | 02/22/2015
Athletic Wear, Rails, and Europe
| Tonight we are adding three new candidates to the watch list. We've got a bullish candidate in the consumer goods sector, the services sector, and one that should benefit from the ECB's QE program.