Options / Finance

A New Method For Predicting Volatility Tsunamis

Apr 19 8:24am The Options Insider
http://www.cnbc.com/2017/04/18/a-new-method-for-predicting-volatility-tsunamis.html The post A New Method For Predicting Volatility ‘Tsunamis’ appeared first on The Options Insider.
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Bullish Option Activity In Kate Spade May Suggest A Decent Premium Is Still In The Cards

Apr 19 7:38am Options
A seemingly sure-fire M&A play just a few months ago, shares of Kate Spade & Co (NYSE: KATE) have recently been on a sobering drift lower. An April 3 Reuters report suggesting Kate Spade's Board needed more time to negotiate a deal following a low-ball offer from Coach Inc (NYSE: COH) sent shares tumbling about 15 percent. The decline in the stock price was furthered Tuesday after the company posted first-quarter results and said a review of strategic alternatives "is proceeding in a timely manner." The company's Board disclosed it has not yet ...Full story available on Benzinga.com...
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Mike Khouw Sees Unusual Options Activity In BJ's Restaurants

Apr 19 6:38am Options
On CNBC's Options Action, Mike Khouw spoke about unusually high options activity in BJ's Restaurants, Inc. (NASDAQ: BJRI). The company is going to report earnings next week and its put options volume on Tuesday was over 100 times higher than its average ...Full story available on Benzinga.com...
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A Siri With a Fringe on the Top

Apr 18 10:38pm Slope of Hope
Most of you know that Siri is Apple’s voice-recognition system. Those of you who use it regularly probably also know that it sucks whale. I have frequent need to send lengthy text messages, and Siri invariably mangles the words. Indeed, something tells me that an evil engineer is at work, because it will particularly screw […]...
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Swing Trade TMHC SCSS FLEX

Apr 18 8:12pm Slope of Hope
Long Taylor Morrison Home (TMHC) Long Select Comfort (SCSS) Short Flex Ltd. (FLEX) Be sure to checkout more of Ryan’s Swing-Trades at SharePlanner.com...
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Most Active Stock Options For End Of Day April 18, 2017 BAC, WFT, FB, PX, TWX

Apr 18 5:55pm The Options Insider
Hot Options End of Day April 18 2017 - Top Tickers: BAC, WFT, FB, PX, TWX The post Most Active Stock Options For End Of Day April 18, 2017 – BAC, WFT, FB, PX, TWX appeared first on The Options Insider.
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What is the Outlier Scenario for Gold?

Apr 18 4:43pm Slope of Hope
What is the very big picture of spot Gold telling us, if anything? That there is a very bullish outlier scenario that could be unfolding… We can make the case that all of the action from 2013 through mid-April 2017 is a base-accumulation formation that concluded the major corrective period from the September 2011 high at $1921.50 […]...
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Bearish Outlook into BJRI Earnings

Apr 18 4:23pm The Options Insider
Paper bought 5,000 BJRI May 40 puts & sold 5,000 May 35 puts for a net debit of 1.00 The post Bearish Outlook into BJRI Earnings appeared first on The Options Insider.
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Benzinga's Option Alert Recap From April 18

Apr 18 4:19pm 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 Monday, April 17, 2017. All time stamps are in Eastern Time. 3:11:01 pm: PX Praxair 30K Jan. 2019 $150/$170 Call Spreads Bought At $2.55 To Open As It Awaits A Deal With Linde 1:16:54 pm: AKRX Akorn Apr 32.5 Calls Sweep: 832 @ ASK $1.051: 1777 traded vs 1702 OI: Earnings 5/9 After Close [est] $32.11 Ref 1:09:57 pm: WMT Wal-Mart June $72.5 Put; 5000 @Bid @ $1.56; Ref=$73.70 12:48:46 pm: AKS AK Steel Apr 28th 7.0 Calls: 730 @ ASK $0.13: 2289 traded vs 1387 OI: Earnings 4/25 Before Open $6.24 Ref 12:13:59 pm: ...Full story available on Benzinga.com...
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VIAB May Call Spreads

Apr 18 4:18pm The Options Insider
Paper bought 5,000 VIAB May 45-50 call spreads for 1.05. The stock has earnings on May 4. The post VIAB May Call Spreads appeared first on The Options Insider.
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Size MDR Calls Trade

Apr 18 4:12pm The Options Insider
10,000 MDR May 7 calls traded through sweeps hitting multiple exchanges at once. The post Size MDR Calls Trade appeared first on The Options Insider.
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Najarian Brothers See Unusual Options Activity In Whole Foods And iShares FTSE ETF

Apr 18 3:38pm Options
On CNBC's Fast Money Halftime Report, Pete Najarian spoke about unusually high options activity in Whole Foods Market, Inc. (NASDAQ: WFM). He said that somebody bought 5,000 contracts of the November 34 calls for $3.40 in the ...Full story available on Benzinga.com...
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Diana Goes Down For Me

Apr 18 1:51pm Slope of Hope
Exactly as I predicted……… I covered this position for a nice profit. Thanks, Lady Di!...
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A Brazilian Short

Apr 18 1:17pm Slope of Hope
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Hot Options Report For Midday April 18, 2017 BAC, TWX, C, KATE

Apr 18 12:55pm The Options Insider
Hot Options Report For Midday April 18, 2017 - BAC, TWX, C, KATE The post Hot Options Report For Midday April 18, 2017 – BAC, TWX, C, KATE appeared first on The Options Insider.
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Coming Off The Lows

Apr 18 12:27pm Slope of Hope
A decent rally yesterday that took SPX back into a retest of the 50 hour MA as resistance. That’s currently at 2349/50 and supported by the daily middle band at 2352 and the 50dma at 2354. The current SPX low is at a possible triangle support trendline and if that resistance zone can be broken […]...
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Option Block 612: NFLX the Widowmaker Wimps Out

Apr 18 12:05pm The Options Insider
Has the widowmaker lost its touch? The post Option Block 612: NFLX the Widowmaker Wimps Out appeared first on The Options Insider.
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Kate Spade Follow Up

Apr 18 11:36am Slope of Hope
I’ve mentioned KATE as a short many times (including this post, whose date is arrowed below). As Kate’s brother-in-law David Spade might say……….”Buh-bye”.
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The Key To the Market Is the Financial Sector - UseXLF As YourGuide

Apr 18 10:34am One Option Trading Blog
Posted 9:20 AM ET - Yesterday the market bounced and it was fairly quiet for the first half of the day. Traders were nursing a holiday hangover and the action was light. Late in the day buyers stepped in and the S&P 500 finished just below the 50-day moving average. In my comments I told you to watch financial stocks. They are the key to any rally and they were strong yesterday. The first part of the earnings cycle is dominated by banks. This sector has been beaten down and most of the stocks are resting near major support levels. Interest …...
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Dow Opens 100 Points Lower After Goldman Sachs Rare Earnings Miss; North Korea, French Election Eyed

Apr 18 9:37am The Options Insider
http://www.cnbc.com/2017/04/18/us-markets.html?\_\_source=yahoo\%7Cfinance\%7Cheadline\%7Cheadline\%7Cstory&par=yahoo&doc=104409485 The post Dow Opens 100 Points Lower After Goldman Sachs’ Rare Earnings Miss; North Korea, French Election Eyed appeared first on The Options Insider.
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Fischer Expects Muted Market Response When Fed Trims Balance Sheet

Apr 18 9:26am The Options Insider
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-04-17/fischer-doesn-t-see-tantrum-redux-as-fed-debates-balance-sheet-j1mlwpdl The post Fischer Expects Muted Market Response When Fed Trims Balance Sheet appeared first on The Options Insider.
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Markets Fearing WWIII? Depends Where Youre Located

Apr 18 9:15am The Options Insider
https://www.investing.com/analysis/indicating-market-fear-keeping-perspective-on-the-surging-interest-200183318 The post Markets Fearing WWIII? Depends Where You’re Located appeared first on The Options Insider.
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Earnings Week of 4/17 4/21

Apr 18 9:12am The Options Insider
http://www.cboe.com/blogs/options-hub/2017/04/17/earnings-week-of-4-17---4-21 The post Earnings Week of 4/17 – 4/21 appeared first on The Options Insider.
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Trumps Signals on the Fed Are Worthless

Apr 18 9:05am The Options Insider
https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2017-04-17/trump-s-signals-on-the-fed-are-worthless The post Trump’s Signals on the Fed Are Worthless appeared first on The Options Insider.
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Five Things You Need to Know to Start Your Day

Apr 18 9:00am The Options Insider
http://finance.yahoo.com/news/five-things-know-start-day-101104520.html The post Five Things You Need to Know to Start Your Day appeared first on The Options Insider.
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Sailors Take Warning

Apr 18 8:55am Slope of Hope
It’s tax day today, the day you should reflect upon the fact that all the taxes you pay over the course of your entire lifetime probably won’t even cover the cost of one of those missiles launched into Syria a week ago. I finished my own taxes – – both for my family and my […]...
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VIX Daily Update: Volatility Subsides As Equities Return To Strength

Apr 18 8:45am The Options Insider
http://tradinggods.net/trading-gods-blog/vix-daily-update-volatility-subsides-equities-return-strength/# The post VIX Daily Update: Volatility Subsides As Equities Return To Strength appeared first on The Options Insider.
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Alan Knuckman's Bullish Wells Fargo Trade

Apr 18 6:57am Options
Speaking on Bloomberg Markets, Alan Knuckman of Bulls-Eye Option recommended a long position in Wells Fargo & Co (NYSE: WFC). He thinks the stock is going to trade higher because its problems are not fundamental. ...Full story available on Benzinga.com...
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Not Even Worth a Binder

Apr 17 7:32pm Slope of Hope
I am deep in the throes of yet another personal project whose outcome I hope to reveal in the near future. During the course of this work, I printed out a 150 page API (application programming interface) documentation, and I wanted to put it in a binder. Behind my desk are a couple of shelves […]...
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FEZ Put Spread into French Elections

Apr 17 5:19pm The Options Insider
Paper bought 28,000 FEZ Apr 28 weekly 35.5 puts & sold 28,000 Apr 33 puts for a net debit of 0.65. The post FEZ Put Spread into French Elections appeared first on The Options Insider.
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TXN Synthetic Straddle

Apr 17 5:14pm The Options Insider
Tied to stock, paper bought 10,000 TXN Jul 77.5 calls delta neutral on a 56 delta. The post TXN Synthetic Straddle appeared first on The Options Insider.
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Most Active Stock Options For End Of Day April 17, 2017 BAC, WFT, ILG, AAPL, AMD

Apr 17 4:57pm The Options Insider
Most Active Stock Options For End Of Day April 17, 2017 - Top Tickers: BAC, WFT, ILG, AAPL, AMD The post Most Active Stock Options For End Of Day April 17, 2017 – BAC, WFT, ILG, AAPL, AMD appeared first on The Options Insider.
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Benzinga's Option Alert Recap From April 17

Apr 17 4:27pm 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 Monday, April 17, 2017. All time stamps are in Eastern Time. 3:30:51 pm: CUDA Barracuda Networks Apr 22.5 Puts: 800 @ ASK $1.10: 1190 traded vs 1181 OI: Earnings today After Close $23.28 Ref 3:12:18 pm: HAIN Hain Celestial Apr 37 Call; 5270 @Bid @$0.37; Ref=$36.92 3:11:11 pm: SLCA US Silica May 43.0 Puts Sweep: 511 @ ASK $2.148: 511 traded vs 77 OI: Earnings 4/24 After Close $44.61 Ref 3:09:54 pm: UAA Under Armour Apr 28th 20.0 Calls Sweep: 1750 @ ASK $0.59: 4358 traded vs 500 OI: Earnings 4/27 Before Open $19.09 Ref 1:38:37 pm: STRP Straight Path Aug 105 Calls: 600 @ ASK $10.40: 630 traded vs 321 OI: Earnings 6/8 Before Open [est] $106.97 Ref 1:29:53 pm: TOL Toll Bros Jun 36.0 Calls Sweep: 1997 @ ASK $1.90: 2299 traded vs 285 OI: Earnings 5/23 Before Open [est] $36.43 Ref 1:24:02 pm: AKRX Akorn Apr 30.0 Calls: 1000 @ ASK $2.60: 1029 traded vs 1038 OI: Earnings 5/9 After Close [est] $31.97 Ref 12:23:49 pm: OCLR Oclaro May 9.0 Calls Sweep: 1992 @ ASK $0.65: 2046 traded vs 1383 OI: Earnings 5/2 After Close [est] ...Full story available on Benzinga.com...
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THO Short call Spread

Apr 17 4:11pm The Options Insider
Paper sold 5672 THO Jun 100 calls & bought 5672 Jun 105 calls for a net credit of 1.30. The post THO Short call Spread appeared first on The Options Insider.
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Market Volatility Bulletin: VIX Bulls Look To Continue Last Weeks Move

Apr 17 3:00pm The Options Insider
https://seekingalpha.com/article/4062772-market-volatility-bulletin-vix-bulls-look-continue-last-weeks-move The post Market Volatility Bulletin: VIX Bulls Look To Continue Last Week’s Move appeared first on The Options Insider.
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Best of Volatility Views: Election Night Special

Apr 17 2:30pm The Options Insider
We have not one, but TWO Best of Volatility Views Election Night Special episodes. The post Best of Volatility Views: Election Night Special appeared first on The Options Insider.
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Earnings: Another Financial Roundup With BAC, GS, and MS

Apr 17 2:27pm Options
Following strong results from JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM) and Citigroup Inc (NYSE: C) that beat expectations last week, some analysts are more optimistic heading into this week’s major financial earnings. Bank of America Corp (NYSE: BAC) and Goldman Sachs Group Inc (NYSE: GS) report before open on Tuesday, and Morgan Stanley (NYSE: MS) report before market open on Wednesday. JPM topped many analysts’ expectations and reported earnings-per share, or EPS, of $1.54 on revenue of $25.59 billion. Trading revenue and average core loan growth at the bank was higher than most analysts expected. C also beat analysts’ estimates and reported EPS of $1.27 on revenue of $18.12 billion. Its fixed income trading revenue climbed 19\% from the same quarter last year and equity trading revenue increased 10\%.  Following JPM and C’s positive Q1 results, some analysts think GS, MS and BAC’s trading revenues could top expectations as well. Fixed income, currency and commodity (FICC) and equity trading makes up about 40\% of GS and MS, while trading is just over 14\% of BAC’s business. Another area analysts have focused on is the future direction of interest rates and how that could impact lenders. With interest rates close to historic lows, there is an expectation interest rates will continue to rise in the future—by how much or when is the big unknown. Some analysts think if consumers are worried interest rates are going to rise quickly, they could decide to make larger purchases sooner to lock in current interest rates, potentially speeding up loan growth at certain banks. Many sectors rallied since the November elections on expectations of tax reform, deregulation, and rising interest rates—including the financial sector. Lately though, “Stocks are waffling and are likely to remain wobbly until earnings as people refrain from taking positions,” said Karyn Cavanaugh, senior market strategist at Voya Financial, in a recent International Business Times article.   Bank of America (BAC) Earnings BAC has a large lending business and many analysts expect it to ...Full story available on Benzinga.com...
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Rotten Spam

Apr 17 1:58pm Slope of Hope
Like most people, I get a lot of spam. Virtually all of it has to do with (1) erectile dysfunction (2) toe fungus (3) back pain. I’ve got problems, but, sorry, none of those three makes the list. I don’t normally get pop-up spam, but one managed to sneak through……… In order to give the […]...
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Chicagos Trading Muscle Gets A Boost From Overseas

Apr 17 1:26pm The Options Insider
http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20170415/ISSUE01/170419895/chicago-high-speed-trading-firms-draw-overseas-talent The post Chicago’s Trading Muscle Gets A Boost From Overseas appeared first on The Options Insider.
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Hot Options Report For Midday April 17, 2017 BAC, ILG, HPE, AMD

Apr 17 1:16pm The Options Insider
Hot Options Report For Midday April 17, 2017 - BAC, ILG, HPE, AMD The post Hot Options Report For Midday April 17, 2017 – BAC, ILG, HPE, AMD appeared first on The Options Insider.
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About That Line Again

Apr 17 11:37am Slope of Hope
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Best of This Week in Futures Options: Trump vs. Oil Traders

Apr 17 11:11am The Options Insider
Originally posted on January 23, 2017, this Best Of This Week in Futures Options features Blu Putnam Chief Economist of CME Group. The post Best of This Week in Futures Options: Trump vs. Oil Traders appeared first on The Options Insider.
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VIX Index Soars in Warning to Trumps Bull Market

Apr 17 9:47am The Options Insider
http://www.investopedia.com/news/vix-index-soars-warning-trumps-bull-market/ The post VIX Index Soars in Warning to Trump’s Bull Market appeared first on The Options Insider.
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Trump Rally On The Ropes

Apr 17 9:44am The Options Insider
http://tradinggods.net/trading-gods-blog/trump-rally-ropes/ The post Trump Rally On The Ropes appeared first on The Options Insider.
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Market Will Stabilize As Earnings Crank Up - Sell Bullish Put Spreads

Apr 17 9:35am One Option Trading Blog
Posted 9:30 AM - Last week the market showed some signs of strain. I thought the downside might be tested and I mentioned it earlier in the week. The SPY closed below the 50-day moving average and a wedge pattern was breached. Volume was moderate and this move needs to be respected. Earnings season typically attracts buyers. J.P. Morgan Chase, Citigroup and Wells Fargo reported last Friday. Financial stocks have been drifting lower and they were on major support levels before the announcements. They have plenty of upside and a bounce would have set a bullish tone for the upcoming week. …...
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7 Ways To Tell If Youre Reading Fake Investing News

Apr 17 9:35am The Options Insider
http://www.marketwatch.com/story/7-ways-to-tell-if-youre-reading-fake-investing-news-2017-04-13?siteid=yhoof2 The post 7 Ways To Tell If You’re Reading Fake Investing News appeared first on The Options Insider.
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Last Week Could Cause Traders To Question Bull Markets Mojo

Apr 17 9:30am The Options Insider
https://us.etrade.com/knowledge/markets-news/commentary-and-insights/active-trader/last-week-traders-question-bull-market-mojo The post Last Week Could Cause Traders To Question Bull Market’s Mojo appeared first on The Options Insider.
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Trump to Nominate Quarles for Feds Top Regulatory Post, Source Says

Apr 17 9:23am The Options Insider
https://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2017-04-17/quarles-said-to-be-trump-pick-for-fed-s-top-regulatory-post?utm\_source=yahoo&utm\_medium=bd&utm\_campaign=headline&cmpId=yhoo.headline The post Trump to Nominate Quarles for Fed’s Top Regulatory Post, Source Says appeared first on The Options Insider.
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Sleepy Morning

Apr 17 9:23am Slope of Hope
Good morning, everyone. I hope folks had a good three-day weekend. I spent the past 9 days on-the-run with various family activities, a vacation, getting together with friends, and, of course, fencing. It’s nice to be in a dark room with a bunch of computer monitors again, at least to settle back into my familiar […]...
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Profiting From the Stock Markets Latest Fears (SUB)

Apr 17 9:21am The Options Insider
http://www.barrons.com/articles/profiting-from-the-stock-markets-latest-fears-1492233245 The post Profiting From the Stock Market’s Latest Fears (SUB) appeared first on The Options Insider.
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Markets Arent Normal and Neither Are You

Apr 17 9:01am The Options Insider
https://tickertape.tdameritrade.com/thinkmoney/2017/04/abnormal-market-behavior-kurtosis-39498 The post Markets Aren’t Normal and Neither Are You appeared first on The Options Insider.
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Wall Street Banker Cohn Moving Trump Toward Moderate Policies

Apr 17 8:53am The Options Insider
http://finance.yahoo.com/news/wall-street-banker-cohn-moving-100000517.html The post Wall Street Banker Cohn Moving Trump Toward Moderate Policies appeared first on The Options Insider.
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Brexit Talks Will Take More Than Two Years, Fillons Aide Says

Apr 17 8:47am The Options Insider
https://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2017-04-17/brexit-talks-will-take-more-than-two-years-fillon-s-aide-says?utm\_source=yahoo&utm\_medium=bd&utm\_campaign=headline&cmpId=yhoo.headline The post Brexit Talks Will Take More Than Two Years, Fillon’s Aide Says appeared first on The Options Insider.
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Stock Futures Point To Slight Gains As Investors Watch Earnings, Geopolitical Tensions

Apr 17 8:44am The Options Insider
http://www.marketwatch.com/story/us-stock-futures-hint-of-lower-start-as-geopolitical-economic-worries-weigh-2017-04-17?siteid=yhoof2 The post Stock Futures Point To Slight Gains As Investors Watch Earnings, Geopolitical Tensions appeared first on The Options Insider.
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Feds Arrest Former Susquehanna International Group Engineer For Theft Of Trading Code

Apr 17 8:38am The Options Insider
https://www.forbes.com/sites/nathanvardi/2017/04/13/feds-arrest-susquehanna-international-group-software-engineer-for-theft-of-quant-code/#1f2add4d60a1 The post Feds Arrest Former Susquehanna International Group Engineer For Theft Of Trading Code appeared first on The Options Insider.
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Make Financial Reform About Simplicity

Apr 17 8:33am The Options Insider
https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2017-04-13/make-financial-reform-about-simplicity The post Make Financial Reform About Simplicity appeared first on The Options Insider.
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OAP 089: Are Your Current Technical Analysis Indicators Slowly Destroying Your Portfolio?

Apr 17 7:00am Blog – Option Alpha
Newbie traders and investors who make the transition over from stocks to options often become overly confident and excited that magically they’ve discovered the “Holy Grail Of Investing” in a high probability option trading system. Surely no system or investing methodology is prefect and options trading has its own challenges. The goal for me today […] The post OAP 089: Are Your Current Technical Analysis Indicators Slowly Destroying Your Portfolio? appeared first on Option Alpha.
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Watch These 5 Huge Put Purchases In Monday Trade

Apr 17 4:11am 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. Oshkosh Corp (NYSE: OSK) Apr 65.0 ...Full story available on Benzinga.com...
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Fast Money Final Trades For April 17

Apr 16 4:37pm Options
Pete Najarian said on CNBC's Fast Money Final Trade that Citigroup Inc (NYSE: C) is going to trade higher. He noticed unusually high call options buying in the name. Tim Seymour is a seller ...Full story available on Benzinga.com...
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Beware Of Delusional Market Timers

Apr 16 1:21pm Slope of Hope
Preface from Tim: Below is an item contributed from Avi, which obviously is in sharp contrast to my own point-of-view. I’m glad he wrote this, though, because it saved me some time in doing a post I was going to construct called “Elliott Wave’s Last Chance”. I will summarize what the post was supposed to […]...
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