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    The market is once again approaching fairly valued, however, some stocks still trade at compelling levels while others are overvalued and should be sold. Where you invest your funds and, even more importantly, where you do not will be critical to beating the market in 2016. The S&P 500 is approaching 52-week highs again and […]

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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 struggles to hold onto the $30 per barrel mark.  The world’s most popular commodity has dropped 17% year-to-date and has everyone trying to pick a bottom. Is a drop in the price of oil good for the […]

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 […]

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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7 Undervalued Stocks To Buy And 3 To Sell

7 Undervalued Stocks To Buy And 3 To Sell

The market is once again approaching fairly valued, however, some stocks still trade at compelling levels while others are overvalued and should be sold. Where you invest your funds and, even more importantly, where you do not will be critical to beating the market in 2016. The S&P 500 is approaching 52-week highs again and […]

22 Trading Lessons From Jesse Livermore

22 Trading Lessons From Jesse Livermore

Jesse Livermore is famous for making (and losing) two fortunes in the stock market. Firstly in 1907, he famously sold the market short and profited to the tune of $3 million. Then in 1929 after noticing similar conditions to 1929, he again sold the market short and continued adding to his position as stocks plummeted which […]

These 3 Major Events Will Trigger A 20% Market Rally

These 3 Major Events Will Trigger A 20% Market Rally

While most of the market remains hyper-focused on anything bearish, there have been three major events brewing on the sideline that could cause a dramatic and fast 20% rise in the markets. Investors have had few places to hide in the first five weeks of the year, and all the major averages are down significantly […]

5 Stocks Unlocking Value On Breakup Pressure

5 Stocks Unlocking Value On Breakup Pressure

Spinoffs have historically been great investments, and right now a number of companies are feeling the pressure to break apart to unlock more value. These are the stories you should be buying and selling. With the S&P 500 now down nearly 5% over the last year, companies are looking to unlock value any way they […]

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 […]

Volatility Watch

Realized Volatility Profiles: Futures

Realized Volatility Profiles: Futures

Today I will introduce an aspect of volatility that you most likely have not seen being addressed anywhere else: realized volatility profiles. First up let’s make sure you all understand what realized volatility (RV) is and how it compares to implied volatility (IV). Simply RV measures the amount and amplitude of price change observed in […]

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 […]

Options Trading Strategies

3 Strategies For Shorting The Bursting Biotech Bubble

3 Strategies For Shorting The Bursting Biotech Bubble

Follow any of these three easy to understand, step-by-step strategies that detail exactly how any investor can profit from the collapse in biotech.  The biotech sector is a bursting bubble. Unfortunately, making money from a bursting bubble requires investors to go short on a stock. Shorting a stock exposes an investor to a theoretically infinite […]

2 Options Strategies For Profits From A Hated Sector

2 Options Strategies For Profits From A Hated Sector

In response to a recent article I wrote on the Gold Trust ETF (GLD) some readers have asked my thoughts on gold miners. While my last article was more of a bullish thesis on gold from a fundamental perspective and offered a simple strategy of playing gold by buying GLD, this article on the Market […]

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 Basics

Option Basics – Debit Spreads

Option Basics – Debit Spreads

It’s time for the third installment in our tutorial series on option theory. In the last two installments we we covered option basics and then did our best to give you a head start on how to interpret option greeks. Today we’re going to jump right into debit spreads and explain why they often may be preferable to trading […]

Option Basics – The Greeks

Option Basics – The Greeks

It’s time for the second installment in our option basics tutorial series. Today we are going to cover the option greeks – which is commonly considered a dry topic. Well that was until now –  so grab a short sword and a bottle of body oil because you’re going to need it down in the dusty arena when […]

Option Basics

Option Basics

In the context of reintroducing option related strategies here at Evil Speculator I find it important that we establish a baseline of fundamental option related concepts for everyone. Perhaps you’ve never traded options before or maybe you’re just a bit rusty and could use a refresher. So let’s start with the very basics: WHAT IS AN OPTION […]

Herding Bias

Herding Bias

Something very interesting happened during our trip back to Valencia last Sunday. After checking our luggage and passing through the airport’s security procedures we had a bit of time to spare and decided to grab lunch at a promising looking grill restaurant. As we picked our table my wife noticed a black  Samsonite suitcase that apparently […]

Loss Aversion

Loss Aversion

The tendency to treat money that has already been committed or spent as more valuable than money that may be spent or acquired. Imagine two traders trading the very same stock. One one side we have Mr. Toro who buys 1000 shares of Evil Corp. (ELVC) and on the other side there’s Mr. Grizzle who decides to go […]

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 […]