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Half-Baked Bear (by a Sloper)

Mar 25 12:33am Slope of Hope
This is a personal story about cannabis. Yes, the evil reefer, MARIJUANA!!! The story below is my life experience which led me to try marijuana for the first time. I grew up in the 1990’s and was a child of the “War on Drugs.” My brain was indoctrinated with the “Just Say No!” slogan. I […]...
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Most Active Stock Options For End Of Day March 24, 2017 ILG, BAC, AAPL, MU

Mar 24 4:16pm The Options Insider
Most Active Stock Options For End Of Day March 24, 2017 The post Most Active Stock Options For End Of Day March 24, 2017 – ILG, BAC, AAPL, MU appeared first on The Options Insider.
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Benzinga's Option Alert Recap From March 24

Mar 24 4:15pm Options
Benzinga Pro provides its subscribers with real-time alerts of potentially market-moving options activity. Here's a recap of the options alerts from Friday, March 24, 2017. All time stamps are in Eastern Time. 3:06:21pm: CMCM Cheetah Mobile Apr 12.0 Calls Sweep: 2234 @ ASK $0.421: 2305 traded vs 195 OI: Earnings 5/18 Before Open (est) $11.49 Ref 3:05:26pm: SNAP SNAP Mar 31st 24.0 Calls Sweep: 9306 @ ASK $0.35: 11k traded vs 977 OI: Earnings 5/4 Unspecified (est) $22.53 Ref 2:27:46pm: ELGX Endologix May 7.5 Calls: 1000 @ ASK $0.65: 1122 traded vs 1261 OI: Earnings 5/9 After Close (est) $6.79 Ref 2:20:04pm: SUM Summit Mat May 22.5 Calls Sweep: 3258 @ ASK $1.75: 4072 traded vs 4 OI: Earnings 5/4 Before Open (est) $22.93 Ref 1:26:09pm: PGNX Progenics Pharma Apr 11.0 Calls: 550 @ ASK $1.15: 1023 traded vs 1809 OI: Earnings 5/4 Before Open (est) $11.23 Ref 1:07:41pm: HBAN Huntington Bancshares Apr 15.0 Calls Sweep: 1892 @ ASK $0.05: 1898 traded vs 2987 ...Full story available on Benzinga.com...
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Dow Falls 100 Points As Looming Health-Care Vote Sends Jitters Down Street

Mar 24 3:25pm The Options Insider
http://finance.yahoo.com/news/stocks-tick-higher-wall-street-150110291.html The post Dow Falls 100 Points As Looming Health-Care Vote Sends Jitters Down Street appeared first on The Options Insider.
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Stock Markets Old Friend, Volatility, Threatening To Make A Glorious Return

Mar 24 3:01pm The Options Insider
http://www.marketwatch.com/story/stock-markets-old-friend-volatility-threatening-to-make-a-glorious-return-2017-03-24 The post Stock Market’s Old Friend, Volatility, Threatening To Make A Glorious Return appeared first on The Options Insider.
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ILG Line-in-the-Sand Puts Trade

Mar 24 2:49pm The Options Insider
8700 ILG Jan2018 17 puts went up in one block on the ISE. The post ILG Line-in-the-Sand Puts Trade appeared first on The Options Insider.
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Roll On The Weekend

Mar 24 2:27pm Slope of Hope
I’ve been suffering with a bad back all week, and this has been disrupting my sleep so I’m hoping to catch up on sleep at the weekend, which I’m very glad is starting in a few hours. In the meantime ES is just chopping around waiting for nuggets of news about the progress of the […]...
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YNDX May Calls Trade

Mar 24 2:06pm The Options Insider
306 YNDX May 23/25 call spreads went up in 2 blocks on the ISE. The post YNDX May Calls Trade appeared first on The Options Insider.
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Coke Closes Its Gap

Mar 24 2:03pm Slope of Hope
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Acting SEC Chair Plans Test To Lower Exchange Fees

Mar 24 1:40pm The Options Insider
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-sec-fees-idUSKBN16U32Q The post Acting SEC Chair Plans Test To Lower Exchange Fees appeared first on The Options Insider.
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EWI Strangle Buyers

Mar 24 1:35pm The Options Insider
513/437 EWI May19 26 call over 25 puts went up in 2 blocks on the CBOE marked spread The post EWI Strangle Buyers appeared first on The Options Insider.
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Hot Options Report For Midday March 24, 2017 ILG, MU, BAC, AAPL, CIT

Mar 24 1:19pm The Options Insider
Most Active Stock Options For Midday March 24, 2017 The post Hot Options Report For Midday March 24, 2017 – ILG, MU, BAC, AAPL, CIT appeared first on The Options Insider.
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Buy One Eye, Get Two Crazy Eyes Free!

Mar 24 12:53pm Slope of Hope
In case you didn’t see the news in all my snarky tweets, Elizabeth Holmes has completely jumped the shark, and is now offering the unfortunate souls who were stupid enough to buy shares in Theranos TWO of her shares for every ONE they bought. I’m not making this up. Oh, but there’s a catch: you […]...
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Option Block 605: Broker Madness Is Taking Over

Mar 24 12:44pm The Options Insider
It's madness, options broker madness! The post Option Block 605: Broker Madness Is Taking Over appeared first on The Options Insider.
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Trump SEC Pick Says He Has No Specific Plans to Gut Dodd-Frank

Mar 24 11:37am The Options Insider
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-03-23/trump-sec-pick-says-he-has-no-specific-plans-to-gut-dodd-frank The post Trump SEC Pick Says He Has No ‘Specific’ Plans to Gut Dodd-Frank appeared first on The Options Insider.
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Semi Short

Mar 24 10:57am Slope of Hope
With Micron’s enormous advance this morning, semiconductor companies are on fire. Contrarian soul that I am, I’ve decided to sell into this strength, having shorted the ETF below.
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Trumps Proposed Repeal Of Obamacare Splits GOP Hardliners, Pushing Volatility Higher

Mar 24 10:12am The Options Insider
http://tradinggods.net/trading-gods-blog/vix-daily-update-volatility-reaches-one-month-high-amid-gop-impasse/# The post Trump’s Proposed Repeal Of Obamacare Splits GOP Hardliners, Pushing Volatility Higher appeared first on The Options Insider.
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Markets Fear Gauge Reaches 2017 High As Republican Health-Care Bill Falters

Mar 24 10:07am The Options Insider
http://www.marketwatch.com/story/markets-fear-gauge-reaches-2017-high-as-republican-health-care-bill-falters-2017-03-23 The post Market’s ‘Fear Gauge’ Reaches 2017 High As Republican Health-Care Bill Falters appeared first on The Options Insider.
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Hedge Fund Shutdown Shows Industrys Turmoil

Mar 24 10:04am The Options Insider
http://www.heraldtribune.com/news/20170323/hedge-fund-shutdown-shows-industrys-turmoil The post Hedge Fund Shutdown Shows Industry’s Turmoil appeared first on The Options Insider.
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How Banks Lost The Ear Of Britains Government Over Brexit

Mar 24 9:32am The Options Insider
https://www.yahoo.com/news/special-report-banks-lost-ear-britains-government-over-105558408.html The post How Banks Lost The Ear Of Britain’s Government Over Brexit appeared first on The Options Insider.
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Trump Will Pivot To Tax Reform - Market Will Like It - Buy the Dip

Mar 24 9:31am One Option Trading Blog
Posted 9:00 AM ET - The market has been volatile this week. Investors are searching for the next driver and all of the focus is on the healthcare bill. The vote was postponed and it probably won't happen until the market closes today. Most people believe that if it doesn't pass the House that Trump's credibility will suffer and the market will decline. I have a different opinion. Trump vowed to repeal and replace Obamacare, but he also said that a part of him just wants to see it implode. As soon as Republicans change it, they own it. Nancy Pelosi …...
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Warren Wants SEC to Review Icahns Role Advising Trump on Rules

Mar 24 9:19am The Options Insider
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-03-23/warren-wants-sec-to-review-icahn-s-role-advising-trump-on-rules The post Warren Wants SEC to Review Icahn’s Role Advising Trump on Rules appeared first on The Options Insider.
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Tapping the Brakes?

Mar 24 9:13am Slope of Hope
Since it seems the fate of the free world depends on this stupid healthcare vote, let’s talk about something – ANYTHING – else! Below is the front month of crude oil. As much as I’d like it to plunge into the abyss, what I “like” doesn’t have much say-so in market direction. It seems to […]...
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SEC May Regret the Day It Allowed Leveraged ETFs

Mar 24 9:10am The Options Insider
https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2017-03-23/sec-may-regret-the-day-it-allowed-leveraged-etfs The post SEC May Regret the Day It Allowed Leveraged ETFs appeared first on The Options Insider.
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The Trump Stock Rallys Not Over At Least Until This Danger Sign Flashes

Mar 24 9:05am The Options Insider
http://www.marketwatch.com/story/the-trump-rallys-not-over-at-least-until-this-danger-sign-flashes-2017-03-24?siteid=yhoof2 The post The Trump Stock Rally’s Not Over — At Least Until This Danger Sign Flashes appeared first on The Options Insider.
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Dollar Set for 2nd Weekly Decline Before Health-Care Bill Vote

Mar 24 9:00am The Options Insider
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-03-24/dollar-set-for-2nd-weekly-decline-before-health-care-bill-vote?cmpid=yhoo.headline The post Dollar Set for 2nd Weekly Decline Before Health-Care Bill Vote appeared first on The Options Insider.
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U.S. Stock Futures Set Course For Worst Week Since November

Mar 24 8:55am The Options Insider
http://www.marketwatch.com/story/us-stock-futures-set-course-for-worst-week-since-november-as-trump-doubts-niggle-2017-03-24?siteid=yhoof2 The post U.S. Stock Futures Set Course For Worst Week Since November appeared first on The Options Insider.
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Heres Why Financial Markets Are Obsessed With The Health-Care Vote

Mar 24 8:44am The Options Insider
http://www.marketwatch.com/story/what-traders-are-watching-as-health-care-vote-looms-2017-03-23?siteid=yhoof2 The post Here’s Why Financial Markets Are Obsessed With The Health-Care Vote appeared first on The Options Insider.
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Mike Khouw Sees Unusual Options Activity In Altria

Mar 24 7:06am Options
On CNBC's Options Action, Mike Khouw spoke about unusually high bearish options activity in Altria Group Inc (NYSE: MO). Put options volume was 4 times higher than the average daily put options ...Full story available on Benzinga.com...
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Pete Najarian Sees Unusual Options Activity In CSX

Mar 24 6:59am Options
Pete Najarian spoke on CNBC's Fast Money Halftime Report about unusually high call options activity in CSX Corporation (NASDAQ: CSX) on Thursday. He said somebody bought ...Full story available on Benzinga.com...
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Watch These 7 Huge Put Purchases In Friday Trade

Mar 24 4:05am Options
Benzinga's newsdesk monitors options activity to notice unusual patterns. These large volume (and often out of the money) trades were initially published intraday in Benzinga Professional . These trades were placed during Thursday’s regular session. Gap Inc (NYSE: GPS) Sep 19.0 Puts: 1650 @ ASK $0.90: 1650 traded vs 29 OI: Earnings 5/18 After Close $23.50 Ref H & R Block Inc (NYSE:...
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Watch These 10 Huge Call Purchases In Friday Trade

Mar 24 4:05am Options
Benzinga's newsdesk monitors options activity to notice unusual patterns. These large volume (and often out of the money) trades were initially published intraday in Benzinga Professional . These trades were placed during Thursday's regular session. Sprouts Farmers Market Inc (NASDAQ: SFM) Apr 22.5 Calls Sweep: 500 @ ASK $1.747: 982 traded vs 8094 OI: Earnings 5/4 Before Open (est) $23.01 Ref Micron Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: MU) Jul 22.0 Calls Sweep: 5001 @ ASK $5.45: 5037 traded vs 24k OI: Earnings today After Close $26.21 Ref Cerner Corporation ...Full story available on Benzinga.com...
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Trump Trade Intact!

Mar 23 9:01pm Slope of Hope
The S&P 500’s ‘Trump Trade’ is still intact per a chart guy actually worth listening to, Rich Ross, who I met 7 years ago when he worked at the firm (Auerbach-Grayson) run by my late friend, Jonathan Auerbach.  Nice guy with nice, clear charts and no need to over complicate things. Here he shows SPY […]...
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Most Active Stock Options For End Of Day March 23, 2017 BAC, AAPL, ILG

Mar 23 4:14pm The Options Insider
Most Active Stock Options For End Of Day March 23, 2017 The post Most Active Stock Options For End Of Day March 23, 2017 – BAC, AAPL, ILG appeared first on The Options Insider.
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Odd Strike Trades in GGP

Mar 23 4:03pm The Options Insider
10000 GGP Jan2018 26.74 calls went up in one block on the ISE. The post Odd Strike Trades in GGP appeared first on The Options Insider.
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Big Call Spreads Trade in VALE

Mar 23 3:57pm The Options Insider
7000 VALE May19 10/12 call spreads went up in 2 blocks on the ARCA. The post Big Call Spreads Trade in VALE appeared first on The Options Insider.
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Trading Tech Talk 60: Talking Buy and Build with Itiviti

Mar 23 3:45pm The Options Insider
Build, buy, cybercecurity and the hunt for talent. This Trading Tech Talk has it all. The post Trading Tech Talk 60: Talking Buy and Build with Itiviti appeared first on The Options Insider.
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The Rally Is Flagging

Mar 23 3:33pm Slope of Hope
The rally that the bulls failed to manage yesterday has been delivered today, with SPX sustaining some trade above the daily lower band, though albeit not by a lot. So far the rally has retraced 50\% of Tuesday’s decline while forming a very nice rising channel. So far this is a classic bear flag setup […]...
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FEYE Call Sellers Roll Out

Mar 23 3:14pm The Options Insider
1500 x 1000 FEYE Mar24 13 calls over May19 15 calls went up in 2 blocks on the PHLX marked spread The post FEYE Call Sellers Roll Out appeared first on The Options Insider.
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A Different Metals Short

Mar 23 2:32pm Slope of Hope
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NYSE Urges SEC To Reject CHX Proposed Speed Bump

Mar 23 2:24pm The Options Insider
http://www.thetradenews.com/Trading-Venues/NYSE-urges-SEC-to-reject-CHX-proposed-speed-bump/ The post NYSE Urges SEC To Reject CHX Proposed Speed Bump appeared first on The Options Insider.
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Market Volatility Bulletin: S&P Options Market Indicates Wider Trading Range Over Next Week

Mar 23 2:10pm The Options Insider
http://seekingalpha.com/article/4057482-market-volatility-bulletin-s-and-p-options-market-indicates-wider-trading-range-next-week The post Market Volatility Bulletin: S&P Options Market Indicates Wider Trading Range Over Next Week appeared first on The Options Insider.
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Hot Options Report For Midday March 23, 2017 BAC, AAPL, CSX, GGP

Mar 23 1:02pm The Options Insider
Most Active Stock Options For Midday March 23, 2017 The post Hot Options Report For Midday March 23, 2017 – BAC, AAPL, CSX, GGP appeared first on The Options Insider.
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Dont Feed the Bears

Mar 23 12:58pm Slope of Hope
by Avi Gilburt In a recent update, I pointed towards the 2,335 SPX region as the next likely target in the market. This week, the market has finally obliged, and taken us to our next waypoint. As I have been noting for several weeks, the market has been much more bearish than I had expected […]...
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A Propitious Beginning

Mar 23 12:42pm Slope of Hope
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Options Playbook Radio 151: Buying PFE Calls

Mar 23 12:33pm The Options Insider
Low implied volatility creates a good opportunity to buy PFE calls The post Options Playbook Radio 151: Buying PFE Calls appeared first on The Options Insider.
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Bigger Break at Hand?

Mar 23 11:04am Slope of Hope
Crude oil is breaking down even more beautifully than I dared dream, with a bearish engulfing pattern so far this morning. Who knows, maybe we’ll break that lower trendline with some gusto.
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Bro, Im Going Rogue: The Wall Street Informant Who Double-Crossed the FBI

Mar 23 10:31am The Options Insider
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2017-03-23/-bro-i-m-going-rogue-the-wall-street-informant-who-double-crossed-the-fbi The post ‘Bro, I’m Going Rogue’: The Wall Street Informant Who Double-Crossed the FBI appeared first on The Options Insider.
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Snap Hits 7-Session High Amid Heavy Put Buying

Mar 23 10:19am Options
Snap Inc (NYSE: SNAP) has gathered some solid momentum in recent days, opening a market session above $22 for the first time since March 10 Thursday. But the higher the shares climb, the more large bearish bets options traders are making on Snap. One place retail stock traders can always look to for a bit of insight into what “smart money” institutional investors may be thinking is the options market. While plenty of retail investors trade options, unusually large orders typically come from professional traders or traders with extremely deep ...Full story available on Benzinga.com...
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Shorting Trump Has Not Worked - Lets See If He Can Deliver

Mar 23 9:28am One Option Trading Blog
Posted 9:00 AM ET - Yesterday the market took a breather while it waits for the health care bill to pass. That vote will take place tonight and trading will be relatively quiet today. This is Trump's first major challenge and to this point the market has given him the benefit of the doubt. Although Republicans have stated otherwise, I don't believe this is the only chance for the bill to pass. This will be an iterative process and it could take time. Healthcare is something that impacts every American and Obamacare is imploding. Tax reform is the carrot that is …...
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Why The Bull Run Will Stay In Great Shape Even As The Health Bill Troubles Traders

Mar 23 9:23am The Options Insider
http://www.marketwatch.com/story/brace-for-the-bull-run-to-stay-in-great-shape-even-as-the-health-bill-troubles-traders-2017-03-23 The post Why The Bull Run Will Stay In Great Shape Even As The Health Bill Troubles Traders appeared first on The Options Insider.
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U.S. Stocks Set To Edge Up, As Health-Care Vote, Yellen Take Center Stage

Mar 23 9:16am The Options Insider
http://www.marketwatch.com/story/wall-street-stocks-lined-up-for-cautious-moves-ahead-of-yellen-speech-health-care-vote-2017-03-23 The post U.S. Stocks Set To Edge Up, As Health-Care Vote, Yellen Take Center Stage appeared first on The Options Insider.
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SEC Shortens Settlement Cycle For Securities Trades

Mar 23 9:06am The Options Insider
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-sec-settlement-idUSKBN16T1SW?feedType=RSS&feedName=PersonalFinance The post SEC Shortens Settlement Cycle For Securities Trades appeared first on The Options Insider.
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Skank Repeats Itself

Mar 23 9:00am Slope of Hope
I’ve mentioned Abercrombie & Fitch repeatedly in years past as a great long-term short candidate, and it’s unfolded beautifully. Take a look at how, almost incredibly, the stock has come full circle to its financial crisis lows. Given the extraordinarily lofty state of the market in general, however, I think this stock isn’t done falling.
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After All Major Indices See Decline Yesterday, Is The Sky Falling?

Mar 23 8:58am The Options Insider
https://www.investing.com/analysis/is-the-sky-falling-200179866 The post After All Major Indices See Decline Yesterday, Is The Sky Falling? appeared first on The Options Insider.
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What Trumps SEC Pick Needs to Explain

Mar 23 8:56am The Options Insider
https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2017-03-22/what-trump-sec-pick-jay-clayton-needs-to-explain The post What Trump’s SEC Pick Needs to Explain appeared first on The Options Insider.
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The Trump Rallys Moment Of Truth Happens Today

Mar 23 8:51am The Options Insider
https://www.investing.com/analysis/trump-rally's-moment-of-truth-happens-today-200179857 The post The Trump Rally’s Moment Of Truth Happens Today appeared first on The Options Insider.
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VIX Daily Update: Volatility Rises For Fourth Day Ahead Of Trump Health Care Vote

Mar 23 8:47am The Options Insider
http://tradinggods.net/trading-gods-blog/vix-daily-update-volatility-rises-fourth-day-ahead-trump-health-care-vote/ The post VIX Daily Update: Volatility Rises For Fourth Day Ahead Of Trump Health Care Vote appeared first on The Options Insider.
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Watch These 10 Huge Call Purchases In Thursday Trade

Mar 23 4:12am Options
Benzinga's newsdesk monitors options activity to notice unusual patterns. These large volume (and often out of the money) trades were initially published intraday in Benzinga Professional . These trades were placed during Wednesday's regular session. Staples, Inc. (NASDAQ: SPLS) May 9.0 Calls: 1500 @ ASK $0.25: 2000 traded vs 5 OI: Earnings 5/17 Before Open (est) $8.44 Ref FMC Corp (NYSE: FMC) Apr 60.0 Calls: 11514 @ ASK $1.50: 12k traded vs 3027 OI: Earnings 5/2 After Close (est) $59.78 Ref FireEye Inc (NASDAQ: FEYE) Jun ...Full story available on Benzinga.com...
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MSM: Full Nonsense Mode as Trump Trades Unwind on Schedule

Mar 22 8:14pm Slope of Hope
I’ve been watching the herds to try to determine just when the interest rate topic among the best and brightest (as chosen by the media) would start to pivot from ‘rising rates!’ hysterics that have been locked and loaded in the public psyche since the US election to a sort of ‘rut roh, maybe we […]...
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