Options / Finance

Heres The Rally - Market Will Try To Hold Gains - Big Day Friday

Apr 24 9:29am One Option Trading Blog
Posted 9:00 AM ET - This is going to be a busy week. I've been telling you to get long for the last week and that advice is paying off. The market has been choppy, but it has been moving higher. This morning the S&P 500 is up 25 points before the open. We will be within striking distance of the all-time high ahead of mega-cap tech stock earnings this week. The French election results leaned to the “right” and the market liked the result. The official election is still two weeks away. European stocks are moving higher and credit risk …...
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Wall Street Looks Set To Rally As French Vote Worries Ease

Apr 24 9:02am The Options Insider
http://finance.yahoo.com/news/futures-rally-french-worries-ease-113127768.html The post Wall Street Looks Set To Rally As French Vote Worries Ease appeared first on The Options Insider.
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Trump Orders Review Of Financial Rules To Prevent Future Crises

Apr 24 8:52am The Options Insider
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-regulation-idUSKBN17N248 The post Trump Orders Review Of Financial Rules To Prevent Future Crises appeared first on The Options Insider.
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Twitter Target of Unusually High Options Trading (TWTR)

Apr 24 8:47am The Options Insider
https://www.themarketsdaily.com/2017/04/22/traders-buy-large-volume-of-twitter-put-options-twtr-updated.html The post Twitter Target of Unusually High Options Trading (TWTR) appeared first on The Options Insider.
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Germans: Stock-Option Buyer Bombed Soccer Bus To Cash In

Apr 24 8:28am The Options Insider
http://www.nwaonline.com/news/2017/apr/22/germans-stock-option-buyer-bombed-socce/?news-world The post Germans: Stock-Option Buyer Bombed Soccer Bus To Cash In appeared first on The Options Insider.
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Deutsche Bank Fined $156m For Volcker Rule And FX Breaches

Apr 24 8:19am The Options Insider
http://www.thetradenews.com/Sell-side/Deutsche-Bank-fined-$156m-for-Volcker-rule-and-FX-breaches/ The post Deutsche Bank Fined $156m For Volcker Rule And FX Breaches appeared first on The Options Insider.
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Weekend Review of Volatility Indexes and ETPs 4/17/2017 4/21/2017

Apr 24 8:11am The Options Insider
http://www.cboe.com/blogs/options-hub/2017/04/22/weekend-review-of-volatility-indexes-and-etps---4-17-2017---4-21-2017 The post Weekend Review of Volatility Indexes and ETPs – 4/17/2017 – 4/21/2017 appeared first on The Options Insider.
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Nasdaq PHLX Trading Floor Now Open at FMC Tower

Apr 24 8:05am The Options Insider
http://www.phillymag.com/business/2017/04/21/nasdaq-phlx-trading-floor-open-fmc-tower-philadelphia/ The post Nasdaq PHLX Trading Floor Now Open at FMC Tower appeared first on The Options Insider.
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OAP 090: The Art & Options Strategy Behind Quick Earnings Trades

Apr 24 7:00am Blog – Option Alpha
We’re now in the heart of earnings season for the current quarter and with hundreds of companies set to announce their performance we’re presented as options traders with tons of opportunities to profit from the volatility crush that occurs after an announcement. But these fast (and often violent) moves in the underlying stock in the […] The post OAP 090: The Art & Options Strategy Behind Quick “Earnings Trades” appeared first on Option Alpha.
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Carter Worth And Mike Khouw's Bearish General Motors Trade

Apr 24 6:55am Options
On CNBC's Options Action, Carter Worth shared with the audience his bearish view on the auto industry and General Motors Company (NYSE: GM). He said that the U.S. vehicles sales has topped right at its highs from 2000 and he sees that as a very ...Full story available on Benzinga.com...
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Mike Khouw's McDonald's Options Trade

Apr 24 6:52am Options
Mike Khouw spoke on CNBC's Options Action about a bullish options trade in McDonald's Corporation (NYSE: MCD). The company is going to report earnings on Tuesday and Khouw thinks the stock is going to continue to trade higher. To ...Full story available on Benzinga.com...
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Bull Pennant Breakout

Apr 24 6:00am Slope of Hope
Well, it’s 3 in the morning and I’m finally back in San Francisco. I am NOT looking forward to Monday. Very little sleep and a roaring market is not my cup of tea. In any case, although I’m the last guy who wants to mention this, we’ve got a bullish breakout on our hands. It’s […]...
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A Few Post-France Thoughts

Apr 23 7:40pm Slope of Hope
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EUR:USD in Battle to Redefine Resistance as Support

Apr 23 6:55pm Slope of Hope
As can be seen from the following Monthly chart of the EUR:USD Forex pair, after today’s (April 23) first round of the French Presidential election, price is currently in a battle to regain a foothold above major resistance at 1.09. A break and hold above this level could see a further push to the next major […]...
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Scott Bauer's T-Mobile Options Trade

Apr 23 1:00pm Options
Scott Bauer of Trading Advantage spoke on Bloomberg Markets about a bullish options strategy in T-Mobile US Inc (NASDAQ: TMUS). The company is going to report earnings this week and it's ...Full story available on Benzinga.com...
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BDI Votes Marine Le Pen into Office!

Apr 23 9:00am Slope of Hope
The French Connection Election: Saturday afternoon, The Greek Goddess and I strolled over to the French Consulate on Fifth Ave & 75th Street so that BDI could exercise his fellow Frog voting rights. We were intent on taking a few pictures in order to mark and record the decidedly important occasion.  I had determined that my better […]...
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Eastern Tour

Apr 23 8:13am Slope of Hope
Greetings and felicitations from the bowels of the Baltimore Convention Center. I’ve never stayed in “Charm City” before, and the only reason I’m here is – – well, I don’t even have to tell you. Did you know that 10\% of the city is addicted to heroin? I didn’t. Ten. Percent. Isn’t that incredible? Suffice […]...
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Set ups and Open Interest for Week 4/24/17

Apr 22 5:14pm Sassy Options
The best thing we did last week was not over trade. Looking back at last week, the opportunities with options were slim after the initial bounce early in the week. The IWM calls we bought were at a very good location, but unfortunately Friday turned into a pin day and there wasn’t any follow through yet. […]...
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Premium Level Open Interest Strategy for Week 4/24/17

Apr 22 5:12pm Sassy Options
Please note that open interest often changes during the week when a stock has a big move. This provides a good starting point, but it would be up to you to continue to track it throughout the week if you are trading one of these names. The technical levels should remain fairly consistent. If you […]...
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Weekend Portfolio Analysis (April 22, 2017)

Apr 22 2:41pm Trade with Aram
Market Analysis Stocks closed higher following a week of volatile trading. This past week brought the first significant round of first quarter earnings reports, which are generally expected to show the best rise in overall corporate profits in several years. With about 10\% of S&P 500 companies reporting so far, results to date have been […] The post Weekend Portfolio Analysis (April 22, 2017) appeared first on Trade with Aram.
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Market Thoughts And Forecast From The Legendary Robert Prechter

Apr 22 2:27pm Slope of Hope
In a recent interview I conducted with the legendary market technician Robert Prechter, he offered some very interesting insights into how he views today’s market, along with his perspective on socionomics. He also provides us with a general forecast as to how he sees the market playing out in the coming decade. 1. How did […]...
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Jon Najarian Sees Unusual Options Activity In Home Depot And T-Mobile

Apr 22 11:47am Options
On CNBC's Fast Money Halftime Report, Jon Najarian spoke about unusually high options activity in Home Depot Inc (NYSE: HD) and T-Mobile US Inc (NASDAQ: TMUS). He said traders were buying the June 155 calls in Home Depot ...Full story available on Benzinga.com...
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7 ideas for improving your trading consistency

Apr 22 10:36am SMB Capital – Trading Education
I was recently a guest lecturer at Stony Brook University sharing my knowledge of trading and trader development with interested students.  At the end of my lecture, a student approached and asked, How can I improve my trading consistency? We have polled our trading community for the top trading issues they would like to solve, and trading consistency consistently makes the list. Many have some success in trading, trades where they really get it.  Trades where they really have edge.  And then they also have periods of frustration and losses. […]...
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Tech Sector Holds The Key

Apr 22 5:22am Slope of Hope
As of mid-day on Friday (April 21), and during the past couple of range-bound months, the Technology sector is outperforming the large-cap and small-cap stocks, as shown on the following charts. It’s still sitting above both its 20 and 50 day moving averages, while the Dow 30, S&P 500, S&P 100, Nasdaq 100, Nasdaq Composite […]...
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Breathtakingly Funny

Apr 21 6:18pm Slope of Hope
I am a huge fan of Norm MacDonald, and I’ve been obsessively listening to all his Norm MacDonald Live episodes on YouTube for months now. I’ve been waiting to do this post, since I wanted the time to be right. His twin episodes with Gilbert Gottfried are some of the funniest things I’ve ever heard […]...
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Most Active Stock Options For End Of Day April 21, 2017 BAC, ETE, AAPL, XOM, CL

Apr 21 4:16pm The Options Insider
Most Active Stock Options For End Of Day April 21, 2017 The post Most Active Stock Options For End Of Day April 21, 2017 – BAC, ETE, AAPL, XOM, CL appeared first on The Options Insider.
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Option Block 613: The Shiny New PHLX

Apr 21 3:54pm The Options Insider
PHLX opens revamped trading floor. The post Option Block 613: The Shiny New PHLX appeared first on The Options Insider.
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Options Insider Radio Interviews: Revenge of the Trading Pits

Apr 21 3:35pm The Options Insider
The brand new PHLX trading floor opened yesterday and we have the inside scoop. The post Options Insider Radio Interviews: Revenge of the Trading Pits appeared first on The Options Insider.
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Back On The 5dma Three Day Rule

Apr 21 2:04pm Slope of Hope
The decline from 2378.36 to 2328.95 wasn’t big, but it was over 2\%, if only just at 2.08\%. That means that with the daily close back over the 5dma yesterday SPX is back on the 5dma Three Day Rule, which states that on a daily close back (more than 2 handles) below the 5dma on […]...
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Calls and Puts Trade in SLCA Possible Risk Reversal Trades

Apr 21 1:41pm The Options Insider
Shares of US SILICA Holdings Inc (SLCA) are down 1.91 to 41.14 today. The post Calls and Puts Trade in SLCA – Possible Risk Reversal Trades appeared first on The Options Insider.
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Calls Trade In HD Call Spread Buyers Jump In

Apr 21 1:33pm The Options Insider
Shares of HOME Depot Inc (HD) are up .77 to 149.49 today. HD is near the upper end of the 52 week range. The post Calls Trade In HD – Call Spread Buyers Jump In appeared first on The Options Insider.
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Calls Trade in JBLU- Sep Call Buyers Appear

Apr 21 1:15pm The Options Insider
Shares of JetBlue Airways (JBLU) are down .03 to 21.36 today . JBLU is near the upper end of the 52 week range. The post Calls Trade in JBLU- Sep Call Buyers Appear appeared first on The Options Insider.
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Trump To Sign Financial-Related Executive Actions On Friday: Sources

Apr 21 12:59pm The Options Insider
http://www.cnbc.com/2017/04/20/trump-to-sign-two-financial-related-executive-orders-sources.html The post Trump To Sign ‘Financial-Related’ Executive Actions On Friday: Sources appeared first on The Options Insider.
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Hot Options Report For Midday April 21, 2017 BAC, GE, NEM, AU, V

Apr 21 12:44pm The Options Insider
Most Active Stock Options For Midday April 21, 2017 The post Hot Options Report For Midday April 21, 2017 – BAC, GE, NEM, AU, V appeared first on The Options Insider.
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5 ways our top traders are working to improve

Apr 21 11:40am SMB Capital – Trading Education
  I was on the West Coast last month to present to the Scottsdale (Phoenix) Traders and Investors Meetup Group.  After my presentation, an astute and succeeding retail trader approached and asked, What do your top traders do to improve? At SMB, our top traders have been homegrown.  We hired them.  Trained them from scratch.  Provided capital, technology, coaching and mentoring to grow.  The best have become seven-figure traders.  Many more have become high performing traders.  Still even more have become consistently profitable traders. What are our top traders doing […]...
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U.S. Stock Market and Gold, Post Tomahawks and MOAB

Apr 21 10:31am Slope of Hope
It happens when inflammatory events (usually political, terror or war related, but also including things like Ebola, Bird Flu and the like) crop up; stocks go down and hysteria starts to build.  The mainstream media jump aboard and next thing you know you’ve got people heading for the exits… right into the next bottom.  In […]...
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US Stocks Open Flat As Street Looks Ahead To French Election

Apr 21 9:46am The Options Insider
http://www.cnbc.com/2017/04/21/us-markets.html?\_\_source=yahoo\%7Cfinance\%7Cheadline\%7Cheadline\%7Cstory&par=yahoo&doc=104418014 The post US Stocks Open Flat As Street Looks Ahead To French Election appeared first on The Options Insider.
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Sure, Stocks Are Overvalued. Now What?

Apr 21 9:35am The Options Insider
https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2017-04-21/sure-stocks-are-overvalued-now-what?cmpId=yhoo.headline&utm\_campaign=headline&utm\_medium=bd&utm\_source=yahoo The post Sure, Stocks Are Overvalued. Now What? appeared first on The Options Insider.
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Fed Intensifies Balance-Sheet Discussions With Market Players

Apr 21 9:32am The Options Insider
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-04-20/fed-intensifies-balance-sheet-discussions-with-market-players The post Fed Intensifies Balance-Sheet Discussions With Market Players appeared first on The Options Insider.
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Market Surged Through The 50-Day MA - Stocks Will Float Higher Next Week

Apr 21 9:31am One Option Trading Blog
Posted 9:20 AM ET - Yesterday the market treaded cautiously for the first hour. The opening gains held and buyers started to nibble. Once the S&P 500 made a new high for the day we were off to the races. The market finished above the 50-day moving average and the bid looks solid this morning. In my comments Wednesday morning I told you the market would challenge the 50-day high. I looked pretty foolish for day, but I was right. If the market was not able to rally during the start of earnings season a giant warning shot would have been …...
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Philadelphia Stock Exchange Moves To New Location

Apr 21 9:28am The Options Insider
http://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2017/04/20/philadelphia-stock-exchange-moves-to-new-location/ The post Philadelphia Stock Exchange Moves To New Location appeared first on The Options Insider.
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Investors Not Yet Ruffled By Looming Government Shutdown

Apr 21 9:24am The Options Insider
http://finance.yahoo.com/news/investors-not-yet-ruffled-looming-130407459.html The post Investors Not Yet Ruffled By Looming Government Shutdown appeared first on The Options Insider.
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Bats and Bloomberg Partner For MiFID II Reporting

Apr 21 9:20am The Options Insider
http://www.thetradenews.com/Technology/Bats-and-Bloomberg-partner-for-MiFID-II-reporting/ The post Bats and Bloomberg Partner For MiFID II Reporting appeared first on The Options Insider.
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The Real World Of Oil Has A Warning For Financial Markets

Apr 21 9:17am The Options Insider
http://www.msn.com/en-us/money/markets/the-real-world-of-oil-has-a-warning-for-financial-markets/ar-BBA5CcV The post The Real World Of Oil Has A Warning For Financial Markets appeared first on The Options Insider.
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Deutsche Bank Is First Bank Busted for Breaking Volcker Rule

Apr 21 9:07am The Options Insider
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-04-20/deutsche-bank-fined-157-million-by-fed-over-chat-rooms-volcker The post Deutsche Bank Is First Bank Busted for Breaking Volcker Rule appeared first on The Options Insider.
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Options Market Shows Insider Alarm On Frexit Upset

Apr 21 9:00am The Options Insider
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2017/04/20/options-market-shows-insider-alarm-frexit-upset/ The post Options Market Shows Insider Alarm On ‘Frexit’ Upset appeared first on The Options Insider.
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Up In the Air

Apr 21 12:20am Slope of Hope
Greetings from the Centurion Lounge at San Francisco International Airport, where my beloved son and I are preparing to fly off to, yes, another fencing tournament. This place is good for my frail ego, since my kids have been dropping some broad hints about me putting on a few pounds, and seeing the spheres that […]...
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Massive SBUX Ratio Call Spread Trades

Apr 20 4:29pm The Options Insider
6000 by 12000 SBUX Apr28 57.5 and 59.5 calls over 61.5/63.5 calls went up in 4 blocks on the PHLX marked spread. The post Massive SBUX Ratio Call Spread Trades appeared first on The Options Insider.
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Perfect Retracement to Support for Goldman

Apr 20 4:05pm Slope of Hope
I’ll just toss out this chart, then I’ll say something unrelated…. OK, so the next three days are going to be rather unusual, because I’ll be traveling. In-the-know Slopers know what a powerful “indicator” my traveling can be, so trade accordingly. The most important point is that I won’t be wet-nursing the blog to the […]...
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This Isnt Finished

Apr 20 2:43pm Slope of Hope
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Better Than Expected

Apr 20 2:20pm Slope of Hope
A few trading days ago, I suggested shorting Diana Shipping. It went great, but I covered way too soon. It simply keeps falling (I’ve marked my “short” point with an arrow). Another victory for Slope! I mentioned this before, but one of my readers got bent out of shape than I dared show a picture of […]...
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Earnings: Industrial Conglomerate General Electric Reports Tomorrow

Apr 20 12:21pm Options
Industrial conglomerate General Electric Company (NYSE: GE) reports first-quarter earnings before market open tomorrow. It’ll be sharing the stage tomorrow morning with another industrial titan, Honeywell International Inc. (NYSE: HON). The industrial sector is expected to report the largest year-over-year earnings decline of all eleven sectors in the S&P 500 (SPX) and eight out of the twelve industries are reporting or are predicted to report earnings declines, according to FactSet research. That same research says the airline industry is the largest contributor to the expected earnings decline; if they are excluded the estimated Industrials earnings decline improves from a 7\% decrease to a 0.7\% decrease. As a result of its size and scope in industrials, GE has “felt every bump in this industrial recession that we have been in for the past 7 quarters,” according to RBC analyst Deane Dray. Its shares declined just over 5\% year to date while the SPX is up about 5\%. It ended 2016 up 1.44\%, lagging the SPX’s 9.84\% increase. Last quarter, ...Full story available on Benzinga.com...
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Triangle Support, Maybe

Apr 20 11:54am Slope of Hope
I had a very busy day yesterday and didn’t manage to get a post out. Hopefully some of you caught my premarket tweet which captured the day nicely: So what about those lower lows, which we haven’t seen yet? We the pattern setup is clear enough, with a small rising wedge that formed from the […]...
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Forget About the FANGs

Apr 20 11:08am Slope of Hope
Forget about the FANGs, it all about the FAAMG stocks. Most traders & investors are familiar with the term the ‘FANG’ stocks, an acronym for the high-performing tech stocks Facebook, Amazon, Netflix and Google. Why Netflix, with a market cap of only $60.15B is included instead of the much larger Microsoft (MSFT), which not only […]...
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Continuous Improvement is a Best Practice of Elite Traders

Apr 20 10:58am SMB Capital – Trading Education
In this video, Seth Freudberg discusses an example of a trader on SMB’s Options Trading Desk who did a great deal of work to take a solid trade and improve it’s expectancy through a methodical optimization process. Some traders are satisfied with options strategies that work well and a satisfactory level of profit. Elite traders, however are always seeking ways to improve strategies that they employ, even if they are yielding reasonable profits.
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SMBUs Options Tribe Webinar: Bubba Horwitz of Bubbatrading.com: Investment Portfolio Hedging Through the Use of Options

Apr 20 10:53am SMB Capital – Trading Education
Bubba Horwitz of Bubbatrading.com makes his debut appearance on the Options Tribe this week to discuss techniques for hedging a trader’s investment portfolio through the use options.
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Market Headwind During Bullish Period Could Be A Warning

Apr 20 10:29am One Option Trading Blog
Posted 9:30 AM ET - The market is fighting a stiff headwind. Typically stocks rally as earning season begins. Yesterday stocks rallied on the open and they drifted lower the rest of the day. The price action was bearish and I don't trust the early rally this morning. Earnings season is in full bloom and in general the overnight releases were bullish. “The Street” loves profits, but the political backdrop has prompted profit-taking. Trump is rattling the sabers with North Korea, Russia and Iran. He seems to be gaining support globally. China has sent troops to North Korea and European nations …...
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Loco Banco

Apr 20 9:59am Slope of Hope
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Play I Want To Know Again!

Apr 20 9:19am Slope of Hope
In my teen years, I was fairly obsessed with watching Dr. Gene Scott (and, inevitably, listening to I Want To Know). He was a fascinating character (now gone), but I stumbled upon this brief parody of him last night. I expected to hate it, just like I do any Bob Ross parody, but it is […]...
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A Case of Volatility Futures Leading an Index

Apr 20 9:15am The Options Insider
http://www.cboe.com/blogs/options-hub/2017/04/19/a-case-of-volatility-futures-leading-an-index The post A Case of Volatility Futures Leading an Index appeared first on The Options Insider.
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