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    There are many different strategies when it comes to investing.  Some people like growth, others like value.  Some like income stocks, others like small caps.  Some like technology, others like energy.  And the list goes on. However, there’s one strategy you can always count on paying off in a big way.  That strategy is investing […]

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Buying A Call Option On United States Oil $USO

Buying A Call Option On United States Oil $USO

Buying A Call Option On United States Oil $USO Crude oil is once again making headlines as it plunges towards the $40 per barrel mark.  The world’s most popular commodity has dropped 20% over the past month and has everyone trying to pick a bottom. Is a drop in the price of oil good for […]

Buying A Call Option On Intel $INTC

Buying A Call Option On Intel $INTC

Buying A Call Option On Intel $INTC                                        The semiconductor industry has been on an interesting path so far this year.  Overall, chipmakers are underperforming the market as a whole.  However, certain individual companies are doing quite well. The biggest news from the industry has been the amount of huge mergers over the last year.  Three […]

Buying A Put Option On Box $BOX

Buying A Put Option On Box $BOX

Buying A Put Option On Box $BOX There are typically ample opportunities to find attractive call option to buy on a weekly basis.  It’s fairly common to find stocks that have been oversold in the short-term.  There are plenty of reasons for overselling to take place. On the other hand, overbought stocks are harder to […]

Buying A Call Option On Marvell Technology $MRVL

Buying A Call Option On Marvell Technology $MRVL

Buying A Call Option On Marvell Technology $MRVL Big things are happening in the semiconductor industry.  Avago Technologies $AVGO is buying Broadcom $BRCM for $37 billion.  That’s the largest chip industry deal ever.  The combined entity will provide chips for everything from iPhones to server farms. That’s obviously big news for the industry, which has […]

Buying A Call Option on Take-Two Interactive Software $TTWO

Buying A Call Option on Take-Two Interactive Software $TTWO

Buying A Call Option On Take-Two Interactive Software $TTWO                                        Video game companies can make for interesting investment opportunities.  Like a movie production company, the fortunes of a business can often come from one blockbuster hit.  However, it can be often difficult to predict what game is going to be the next blockbuster. Moreover, the gaming […]

Buying A Call Option On Twitter $TWTR

Buying A Call Option On Twitter $TWTR

Buying A Call Option On Twitter $TWTR Social media stocks have always been a lightning rod for investor debates.  Some people love them, others won’t touch them (or flat out short them).  New industries and business models often tend to act as battlegrounds for investors. But social media has been particularly contentious.  Social media companies […]

Unusual Options Trading Activity

Unusual Options Activity In Market Vectors Junior Gold Miners ETF $GDXJ

Unusual Options Activity In Market Vectors Junior Gold Miners ETF $GDXJ

Unusual Options Activity Market Vectors Junior Gold Miners ETF $GDXJ  As many of you know, unusual options activity can be a valuable indicator as to what traders are thinking, and more importantly, where these stocks are heading in the short-term. This is something professional options traders pay a lot of attention to, and for good reason…  Unusual […]

Unusual Options Activity In Technology Select Sector SPDR ETF $XLK

Unusual Options Activity In Technology Select Sector SPDR ETF $XLK

Unusual Options Activity In Technology Select Sector SPDR ETF $XLK  As many of you know, unusual options activity can be a valuable indicator as to what traders are thinking, and more importantly, where these stocks are heading in the short-term. This is something professional options traders pay a lot of attention to, and for good reason…  Unusual […]

Unusual Options Activity In Best Buy $BBY

Unusual Options Activity In Best Buy $BBY

Unusual Options Activity In Best Buy $BBY  As many of you know, unusual options activity can be a valuable indicator as to what traders are thinking, and more importantly, where these stocks are heading in the short-term. This is something professional options traders pay a lot of attention to, and for good reason…  Unusual options activity can […]

Unusual Options Activity In Disney $DIS

Unusual Options Activity In Disney $DIS

Unusual Options Activity In Disney $DIS  As many of you know, unusual options activity can be a valuable indicator as to what traders are thinking, and more importantly, where these stocks are heading in the short-term. This is something professional options traders pay a lot of attention to, and for good reason…  Unusual options activity can “tip […]

Unusual Options Activity In JP Morgan $JPM

Unusual Options Activity In JP Morgan $JPM

Unusual Options Activity In JP Morgan $JPM As many of you know, unusual options activity can be a valuable indicator as to what traders are thinking, and more importantly, where these stocks are heading in the short-term. This is something professional options traders pay a lot of attention to, and for good reason…  Unusual options activity can […]

Unusual Options Activity In Morgan Stanley $MS

Unusual Options Activity In Morgan Stanley $MS

Unusual Options Activity In Morgan Stanley $MS  As many of you know, unusual options activity can be a valuable indicator as to what traders are thinking, and more importantly, where these stocks are heading in the short-term. This is something professional options traders pay a lot of attention to, and for good reason…  Unusual options activity can […]

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3 Dividend Stocks To Buy Now And Hold Forever

3 Dividend Stocks To Buy Now And Hold Forever

Editor’s Note: Investing in dividend stocks can be used in conjunction with options trading, so it’s important to be aware of good dividend buying opportunities. With the S&P 500 down nearly 7% in the last three weeks alone, you can’t be blamed for wanting to throw up your hands and sell all your stocks. But […]

Sell These 4 Beaten-Down Oil Stocks

Sell These 4 Beaten-Down Oil Stocks

Editor’s Note: Option traders should be able to take advantage of the valuable insight contained in this article. Many people may have already bought into these cheap stocks trading at ultra-low valuations hoping to catch a bounce, but these four stocks are not done falling yet. If you own any of these stocks you must […]

What Can We Learn From Options Action In Altera $ALTR?

What Can We Learn From Options Action In Altera $ALTR?

What Can We Learn From Options Action in $ALTR? As regular readers know, I spend a lot of time discussing large and unusual options trades.  Generally speaking, you can gain quite a bit of insight based on what the smart money is doing in options. But what about options activity in general?  Can overall options […]

Big TLT Options Trade Suggests Rates Are Going To Stay Low

Big TLT Options Trade Suggests Rates Are Going To Stay Low

Big TLT Options Trade Suggests Rates Are Going To Stay Low Large and unusual options trades don’t just give us clues on the possible direction of individual equities.  The same theory can be applied on a macro level. For instance, a big options trade in a sector or country ETF may give us valuable information […]

The Best Way To Trade The Energy Sector

The Best Way To Trade The Energy Sector

Crude oil has crashed and it’s taken the entire energy sector with it. The price of a barrel of crude has gone from $105 to $55 in about six months, a 48% decline. That’s officially a crash. Meanwhile, the energy sector has dropped roughly 20% overall during that period. However, the collateral damage has been […]

The Price Of Oil Keeps Plunging… Now What?

The Price Of Oil Keeps Plunging… Now What?

A few weeks ago, I talked about possible oil trading strategies. At the time, oil was down to $75 a barrel, and it seemed cheap. Since then, oil has plummeted all the way to $65 a barrel, and it may even fall to $60 before all is said and done. Back then, my advice was […]

Volatility Watch

Big Time VIX Trades Could Mean Volatility Is About To Decrease

Big Time VIX Trades Could Mean Volatility Is About To Decrease

Big Time VIX Trades Could Mean Volatility Is About To Decrease The VIX continues to generate plenty of financial news as it remains elevated above normal levels.  Volatility has started to settle in recent days, but don’t expect a complete capitulation until after the next Fed meeting. As a reminder, the VIX (S&P 500 Volatility […]

Major VIX Action Suggests Volatility Is Going To Decline

Major VIX Action Suggests Volatility Is Going To Decline

Major VIX Action Suggests Volatility Is Going To Decline The VIX has been front and center in the financial news lately with all the volatility that’s hit the market the past couple weeks.  The collapse of the Chinese economy is spooking investors and adding a sizeable level of uncertainty to US financial markets. As a […]

Why Is The VIX So High?

Why Is The VIX So High?

Why Is The VIX So High? Unless you’ve had no contact with civilization over the past week, you’re likely aware that the stock market has gone through something of a correction.  Moreover, volatility has been through the roof.  In fact, the VIX reached its highest level since 2011. As a brief reminder, the VIX (S&P […]

Big Time VIX Action Suggests A Mostly Calm August

Big Time VIX Action Suggests A Mostly Calm August

Big Time VIX Action Suggests A Mostly Calm August The VIX (S&P 500 Volatility Index) is a measure of implied volatility levels on S&P 500 options.  As many of you know, the VIX is often considered the market’s fear gauge.  Overall market volatility is most commonly tracked by watching the VIX. For those who are […]

Does Recent VIX Action Suggest A Market Meltdown Is Coming?

Does Recent VIX Action Suggest A Market Meltdown Is Coming?

Does Recent VIX Action Suggest A Market Meltdown Is Coming? Savvy investors know that VIX options are always worth keeping an eye on.  It’s where the smart money tends to execute important trading strategies and portfolio hedges.  Some of the biggest trades you’ll ever see happen in the VIX options pit. Of course, the VIX […]

New Weekly VIX Options Are Great For Volatility Traders

New Weekly VIX Options Are Great For Volatility Traders

New Weekly VIX Options Are Great For Volatility Traders As volatility becomes a more popular metric for investors to watch, so does trading volatility products.  The VIX itself is tradable through futures and options.  VIX options are heavily traded by large institutions as an alternative to S&P 500 options. As a reminder, the VIX (S&P […]

Options Trading Strategies

Options Trading Strategies After The Fed Meeting

Options Trading Strategies After The Fed Meeting

Options Trading Strategies After The Fed Meeting Well, we can pretty much shut down for the year now, right?  Arguably the biggest event of the year has come and gone, and it’s time for holiday vacation.  No, I’m not talking about the release of the new Star Wars movie, although that’s certainly a huge deal […]

Options Trading Strategies For Oil

Options Trading Strategies For Oil

Options Trading Strategies For Oil If you’ve been following the financial news lately, you’ve likely seen a lot of talk about oil.  This time however, it’s not because the price of crude is skyrocketing.  Instead, it’s because oil’s price per barrel has hit multi-year lows. In fact, West Texas Crude Oil is at the lowest […]

Options Trading Strategies To Avoid For 2016

Options Trading Strategies To Avoid For 2016

Options Trading Strategies To Avoid For 2016 Hard to believe but 2016 is right around the corner.  While the financial markets don’t really care what calendar year it is, we as investors tend to like to group market conditions by the year. For instance, 2015 will most likely be the year of tepid growth and […]

Options Trading And The New Normal

Options Trading And The New Normal

Options Trading And The New Normal As we approach the end of the year, we can start to piece together what kind of year it’s been for US stocks.  There are basically two different stories to tell in 2015. There was the August correction and subsequent rebound.  And, there’s been a whole bunch of range-bound […]

Options Trading For The Holiday Season

Options Trading For The Holiday Season

Options Trading For The Holiday Season It’s just a week away from Thanksgiving… hard to believe.  The unseasonably warm weather could be making us forget just how close the holidays are.  We’re that much closer to prime shopping season. The holiday shopping season is closely monitored by the investment world as well.  Many companies make […]

Finding Value With Options Trading

Finding Value With Options Trading

Finding Value With Options Trading There are many different reasons to invest in stocks.  For example, some buyers are looking for growth, others income.  Ultimately everyone is looking to make money… but how we get there is clearly open to interpretation. One popular method of investing is value investing.  That is, when investors look for […]

Options Trading Basics

Making Money With Trend Tracking

Making Money With Trend Tracking

One of the reasons that we created the Option Trading Research tracking system was to identify and track companies that have growth potential.  And to show us where a lot of option buying is coming from.  One such area we used to track before we created this system was companies like the makers of obesity […]

Stock Heading To Zero… What To Do

Stock Heading To Zero… What To Do

Sometimes a stock has been beaten down so much that it seems destined to hit zero. However, even if we are eventually right about the direction, it can be very difficult, if not outright dangerous, to attempt to profit from this type of situation before the company goes bust. Why, what’s the risk? One of […]

A Professional Way To Measure A Stock

A Professional Way To Measure A Stock

Lately I hear a lot of people talking about value investing, but see very few actually practicing it. Here’s the kicker… Once your asset base reaches a certain level, I believe that it’s almost impossible to manage this style effectively. Therefore, I’ve been working diligently to further automate my research process. It seems that yellow […]

No More Vacation For Traders

No More Vacation For Traders

Every man who possibly can should force himself to a holiday of a full month in a year, whether he feels like taking it or not. –William James It seems that the vacation season is having little impact on the market this summer.   I can say this with confidence because the S&P 500 continues to […]

Don’t Think About It Too Much

Don’t Think About It Too Much

“The Gods Must Be Crazy” is a great 1980’s film that contrasts the frenzy of modern existence with the calm of African tribal life.  In one of its very first scenes, a woman turns to the main character and asks, “Does the noise in my head bother you?” The point, of course, is that some […]

Putting Bonds On Warning?

Putting Bonds On Warning?

There’s no question that the market continues a tight tug of war between risk aversion and risk appetite. On one hand, the bulls stress the value of equities and oppose the extreme levels of negativity toward them.  By almost every measure, they’re cheap relative to the alternatives. On the other hand, we’ve all heard the […]