Marcus Haber

Marcus Haber is the co-editor of Options Trading Research and boasts well over a decade of real-life options experience. Learning from some of the biggest names in the business, Marcus has served as an Options Strategist for a number of firms and was also appointed to the Options Advsiory Board with Pershing, a branch of the Bank of New York.

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Weekly Update: August 14, 2017

| August 14, 2017 | 0 Comments

Important Announcement It’s with a heavy heart I write this email. After more than 5 years, the publishers have decided it’s time to retire the OTW. We made a huge impact on people’s lives, making trades, taking in profits… and sharing in the losses. Like life, there were ups and downs. I hope you found […]

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Weekly Update: August 7, 2017

| August 7, 2017

Weekly Update:  August 7, 2017    What To Watch The summer is HOT… it’s supposed to be hot here in Phoenix (110 on Wednesday!).  But do you know what’s hotter than Phoenix in August? This market! In just the last two weeks, we’ve surged from 21,600 to over 22,000!  This latest surge has been well […]

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Buy Alert: July 31, 2017

| July 31, 2017

Buy Alert:  July 31, 2017   Trade Details Buy Wal-Mart  (WMT) September 15, 2017 $82.50 CALLS up to $1.00 or better (lower)   Why? Today’s trade is going to be a quick one. Wal-Mart.  They’ve been competing with Amazon and I’m expecting more good things from the company… and the options are super cheap! Grab […]

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Weekly Update: July 24, 2017

| July 24, 2017

Weekly Update:  July 24, 2017    What To Watch Market volumes are light as summer vacation time sweeps the land. Remember to take profits quickly and cut losses quickly too.  We’re about six weeks away from the September and October time of year.  Often when the market breaks lower, it occurs during these two months. […]

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Buy Alert: July 17, 2017

| July 17, 2017

Buy Alert:  July 17, 2017   Trade Details Buy Wells Fargo (WFC) September 15, 2017 $55 CALLS up to $1.50 or better (lower)   Why? First, full disclosure – I have some bank accounts and credit cards at Wells Fargo… and I think they are one of the best banks out there. As the summer […]

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Weekly Update: July 10, 2017

| July 10, 2017

Weekly Update:  July 10, 2017    What To Watch For the last few weeks, we’ve seen the market tread water.  The early part of June provided a surprise summer rally, right along with a Fed rate hike. Funny, Trump can’t seem to shake the constant “Russian Problem” with a new round of revelations about secret […]

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Buy Alert: July 3, 2017

| July 3, 2017

Buy Alert:  July 3, 2017   Trade Details Buy Wynn Resorts (WYNN) September 15, 2017 $145 CALLS up to $4.00 or better (lower)   Why? Today, the markets are already closed going into the Fourth of July holiday.  Only a half day today of trading… there are a lot of vacation days on Wall Street! […]

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Weekly Update: June 19, 2017

| June 19, 2017

Weekly Update:  June 19, 2017    What To Watch I called it a few weeks ago… it looks like we’re seeing a summer rally… the market has been making new high after new high. Despite the Fed hiking rates… which is normally bad for the market, we’re moving higher!  We’re going to work with the […]

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Buy Alert: June 12, 2017

| June 12, 2017

Buy Alert:  June 12, 2017   Trade Details Buy Cisco (CSCO) August 18, 2017 $32 CALLS up to $0.75 or better (lower)   Why? Last week we saw the tech market crumble with the Nasdaq sliding several hundred points. In my opinion, it’s a short term correction. We had a similar tumble in the tech […]

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Weekly Update: June 5, 2017

| June 5, 2017

Weekly Update:  June 5, 2017   What To Watch We are breaking to new highs on the market… this might be the start of a summer run. Either way, we have some cleanup to do in the portfolio. First, our GM puts have served us well.  Peak value was 143%… not a bad way to […]

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Buy Alert: May 30, 2017

| May 30, 2017

Buy Alert:  May 30, 2017   Trade Details Buy Verizon (VZ) July 21, 2017 $46 CALLS up to $0.75 or better (lower)   Why? Something interesting took place in the market last Thursday and Friday… We broke above, and held above, the 21,000 mark on the Dow. I think this could be the start of […]

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Weekly Update: May 22, 2017

| May 22, 2017

Weekly Update:  May 22, 2017   What To Watch The last two weeks have been interesting ones in the market. Two weeks ago, the market was in a tight range, only to plummet on Wednesday of last week.  Now we’re climbing back up and have recouped the losses. It looks to me like we’re in […]

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Weekly Update: May 15, 2017

| May 15, 2017

Weekly Update:  May 15, 2017   What To Watch Today’s markets are a mixed bag. First we’re up… then we’re down… Now, we’re up again. This summer could be an interesting test of the market’s strength.  If the “Sell in May and go away” crowd takes hold, we could see the entire market tumble. But […]

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Buy Alert: May 8, 2017

| May 8, 2017

Buy Alert:  May 8, 2017   Trade Details Buy Target (TGT) July 21, 2017 $60 CALLS up to $1.20 or better (lower)   Why? Today, we play a turnaround. Have you been watching Target lately?  The stock has been hammered and is now sitting at multi-year lows.  The retailer has been beaten up on both […]

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Weekly Update: May 1, 2017

| May 1, 2017

Weekly Update:  May 1, 2017    What To Watch We had a big rally a few days ago in the markets. But it doesn’t look like the rally is sticking. After two solid up days, we’ve got four down days in a row.  That said, I believe the market slide is not over… so keep […]

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Buy Alert: April 25, 2017

| April 25, 2017

Buy Alert:  April 25, 2017   Trade Details Buy Amdocs Limited (DOX) July 21, 2017 $62.50 CALLS up to $1.65 or better (lower)   Why? The economy is running… this recent sprint has turned into a marathon.  No matter what the talking heads on TV tell you, our economy is looking strong right now.  Think back […]

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Weekly Update: April 17, 2017

| April 17, 2017

Weekly Update:  April 17, 2017    What To Watch We’re now six weeks into the market slide.  After the Dow peaked in early March, we’ve been on a steady slide lower.  Mind you, it’s a slide, not a drop or plummet. Many would look at this as a market consolidation… preparing for a move higher! […]

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Buy Alert: April 10, 2017

| April 10, 2017

Buy Alert:  April 10, 2017   Trade Details Buy Newmont Mining Corporation (NEM) June 16, 2017 $35 CALLS up to $1.89 or better (lower)   Why? I noticed something really interesting last week. Look at this gold chart. Do you see what I see?  I see gold prices trading above the 200-day moving average… ever […]

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Weekly Update: April 3, 2017

| April 3, 2017

Weekly Update:  April 3, 2017    What To Watch It’s official… The Trump rally is over… March ended the month with the DOW and NASDAQ both down for the month.  Is that the end of the world?  Probably not.  But the big question… will it continue? In my opinion, we are entering a period of […]

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Buy Alert: March 27, 2017

| March 27, 2017

Buy Alert:  March 27, 2017   Trade Details Buy Michael Kors Holdings (KORS) May 19, 2017 $37.50 PUTS up to $1.90 or better (lower)   Why? Last time we rolled out a protective put on the automakers… and after Janet Yellen bumped rates, the market has stagnated.    Combine that with Trump’s most recent misstep […]

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Weekly Update: March 20, 2017

| March 20, 2017

Weekly Update:  March 20, 2017    What To Watch Last week was an exciting one for the markets… Why? Well, we had big news in the form of a rate hike by the Fed, yet the market didn’t plummet!  Everyone who sees the risk of Fed rate increases was silenced with the news. Will they […]

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Buy Alert: March 13, 2017

| March 13, 2017

Buy Alert:  March 13, 2017   Trade Details Buy General Motors (GM) June 16, 2017 $36 PUTS up to $1.75 or better (lower)   Why? This is a protective move because of the Fed meeting. If we get a rate hike by the Fed, we’ll see the market turn lower for a bit… and General […]

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Weekly Update: March 6, 2017

| March 6, 2017

Weekly Update:  March 6, 2017    What To Watch The markets are continuing to run and run and run. After breaking through the 20,000 level, we quickly reached 21,000!   The excitement over Trump’s stimulus plan and his attempt at tax reform is driving market momentum.  However, Janet Yellen and the Fed may throw that […]

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Buy Alert: February 27, 2017

| February 27, 2017

Buy Alert:  February 27, 2017   Trade Details Buy Twitter (TWTR) April 21, 2017 $16 Calls up to 1.00 or better (lower)   Why? Twitter… it’s everyone’s favorite social media site to hate! Despite having hundreds of millions of users, and being President Trump’s favorite method of communication, the site gets no love. But that […]

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Weekly Update: February 21, 2017

| February 21, 2017

Weekly Update:  February 21, 2017    What To Watch Yesterday was Presidents Day, and the markets were closed. Today we’re looking at another strong open and the Trump rally continues! One thing that’s of interest… the rally in the US Dollar.  Normally, this would push commodity prices lower… as the more expensive commodities depress demand. […]

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Buy Alert: February 13, 2017

| February 13, 2017

Buy Alert:  February 13, 2017   Trade Details Buy Target (TGT) April 21, 2017 $67.50 Calls up to $1.60 or better (lower)   Why? Since the beginning of the year, Target has been taken to the woodshed by investors. The stock originally peaked out at almost $74 a share in early January… and since then, […]

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Weekly Update: February 6, 2017

| February 6, 2017

Weekly Update:  February 6, 2017    What To Watch February is starting off with a bang.   The market is strong… and the Trump rally continues.   The markets are continuing to trend higher and we need to be in the right stocks… watch for new trades next week. Now, let’s look at the portfolio. […]

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Buy Alert: January 30, 2017

| January 30, 2017

Buy Alert:  January 30, 2017   Trade Details Buy Carnival Corporation (CCL)  April 21, 2017 $57.50 Calls for $1.95 or better (lower)   Why? Over the last six months, Carnival Corporation (CCL) stock has been marching higher. As a matter of fact, it’s hit a new 52-week high… as has their biggest competitor, Royal Caribbean. […]

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Weekly Update: January 23, 2017

| January 23, 2017

Weekly Update:  January 23, 2017    What To Watch The big news this week… the Trump Inauguration. There is nothing like the pomp and circumstance that we see in our nation’s capital.   The entire market is sitting on its hands waiting to see what Trump does.  We’re also waiting to see more of the […]

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Buy Alert: January 17, 2017

| January 17, 2017

Buy Alert:  January 17, 2017   Trade Details Buy Transocean (RIG) August 18, 2017 $17 Calls for $1.75 or better (lower) Buy BP (BP) July 21, 2017 $38 Calls for $1.70 or better (lower) Buy Halliburton (HAL) July 21, 2017 $60 Calls for $2.50 or better (lower) Buy Schlumberger Limited (SLB) August 18, 2017 $95 […]

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Weekly Update: January 9, 2017

| January 9, 2017

Weekly Update:  January 9, 2017    What To Watch It’s been a great start to the year… the markets have continued pushing higher. Dow 20,000 is on watch, and the news cycle makes it a big deal every time we get close to the 20K mark.  I’d expect us to break through in the next […]

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Buy Alert: January 3, 2017

| January 3, 2017

Buy Alert:  January 3, 2017   Trade Details Buy Chevron (CVX) March 17, 2017 $125 Calls for $1.20 or better (lower)   Why? The New Year is here… and the trend of strong moves in the market continue!   Looking at the impact of a Trump presidency and the big moves by him over the […]

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Weekly Update: December 12, 2016

| December 12, 2016

Weekly Update:  December 12, 2016    What To Watch The Trump rally is taking a breather at the moment… but the new year is quickly approaching and the Santa Clause rally might push us up even further! Now talk of Dow 20,000 is leading the news cycle. Remember, don’t buck the trend… you have no […]

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Buy Alert: December 5, 2016

| December 5, 2016

Buy Alert:  December 5, 2016   Trade Details Buy Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation (SWHC) March 17, 2017 $22 Calls for $1.65 or better (lower)   Why? Smith and Wesson is going into a major transition.  They recently announced a shift from a purely firearms manufacturer to one focused on outdoor equipment and products. This […]

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Weekly Update: November 28, 2016

| November 28, 2016

Weekly Update:  November 28, 2016    What To Watch I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving holiday. Black Friday is off with a bang, and the holiday shopping season is now in full swing.  The early indications are it’s going to be a strong sales season! The market is now above 19,000 and the Tump […]

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Buy Alert: November 21, 2016

| November 21, 2016

Buy Alert:  November 21, 2016   Trade Details Buy Dick’s Sporting Goods Inc. (DKS) January 20, 2017 $60 Calls for $2.20 or better (lower)   Why? The holiday season is upon us!  Black Friday is just 4 days away, and the Trump rally has pushed the market higher. This is a feel good rally I […]

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Weekly Update: November 14, 2016

| November 14, 2016

Weekly Update:  November 14, 2016    What To Watch On to the markets… What a wild ride it’s been over the last week. After the election, global markets plummeted, sending the Dow futures down over 800 points… only to snap back and rally over the next few days. I believe the markets were more upset […]

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Buy Alert: November 7, 2016

| November 7, 2016

Buy Alert: November 7, 2016   Trade Details Buy Procter & Gamble Company (PG) January 20, 2017 $87.50 Calls for $1.75 or better (lower)   Why? PG has been caught up in the recent market action. With the uncertainty of a Presidential election finally coming to an end, we should see the market rally into […]

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Weekly Update: November 3, 2016

| November 3, 2016

Weekly Update: November 3, 2016   What To Watch ***Important Update*** To give you better market information, we’re changing our weekly update publication schedule. Starting with the very next update, we’ll be publishing on Monday – every other week. So keep your eyes peeled for the next critical update on November 14! On to the […]

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Buy Alert: October 28, 2016

| October 28, 2016

Buy Alert:  October 28, 2016   Trade Details Buy Deere & Company (DE) November 18th 88 Calls for $1.25 or better (lower)   Why? DE is not far off 52-week highs, but the agricultural equipment maker could still have plenty of room to run.  Infrastructure spending is slated to go up regardless of who wins […]

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Weekly Update: October 27, 2016

| October 27, 2016

Weekly Update:  October 27, 2016   What To Watch Most of the action in stocks over the past week have been in individual names, with the heart of earnings season underway.  This week has been focused on the major tech stocks, so lots of action in some of the biggest companies in the world.  Next […]

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Buy Alert: October 21, 2016

| October 21, 2016

Buy Alert:  October 21, 2016   Trade Details Buy Oracle (ORCL) November 18th 38 Calls for $0.75 or better (lower)   Why? ORCL has been in a downtrend lately, but is hitting a major support line.  Given the mostly strong fundamentals of the company, I don’t see any major sell programs hitting this stock and […]

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Weekly Update: October 20, 2016

| October 20, 2016

Weekly Update:  October 20, 2016   What To Watch It’s been relatively quiet in the market overall, as investors focus mostly on individual equities/earnings.  We’re just getting into the heart of earnings season, with lots of big names set to report over the next couple weeks.  Given the way things have gone lately, I wouldn’t […]

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Buy Alert: October 11, 2016

| October 11, 2016

Buy Alert:  October 11, 2016   Trade Details Buy NVIDIA (NVDA) November 18th 60 Puts for $1.48 or better (lower)   Why? The market has been very resilient this year, with most down days quickly followed by a buying frenzy.  For the most part, buying calls on individual equities has been the better strategy due […]

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Weekly Update: October 6, 2016

| October 6, 2016

Weekly Update:  October 6, 2016   What To Watch First off, let me throw in a quick programming note:  There won’t be an update next week as I’ll be travelling.  However, there will be a trade early in the week, so keep your eyes peeled. The big question this week is if interest rate risk […]

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Buy Alert: October 3, 2016

| October 3, 2016

Buy Alert:  October 3, 2016   Trade Details Buy JPMorgan Chase (JPM) November 18th 67.50 Calls for $1.30 or better (lower)   Why? Wells Fargo (WFC) is getting hammered after their fake bank account scandal, and that’s good news for the other big banks like JPM.  In fact, JPM was already looking like an attractive […]

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Weekly Update: September 29, 2016

| September 29, 2016

Weekly Update:  September 29, 2016   What To Watch Although the markets have been relatively calm the last week, the magnitude of daily moves seems to be a bit larger.  That’s not to say some major volatility event is going to occur anytime soon.  However, it could mean there are more items the crowd is […]

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Weekly Update: September 22, 2016

| September 22, 2016

Weekly Update:  September 22, 2016   What To Watch Volatility levels were elevated for all of about one week before heading south again the last couple days.  It did provide some excitement for traders this past week, but it looks like September isn’t going to get the sustained volatility bump we’ve seen in some previous […]

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Buy Alert: September 22, 2016

| September 22, 2016

Buy Alert:  September 22, 2016   Trade Details Buy KB Home (KBH) October 21st 16 Calls for $0.45 or better (lower)   Why? I was strongly considering a put here, but this opportunity in KBH is even better.  Housing numbers have been gaining strength and now we know (from the Fed) that interest rates are […]

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Weekly Update: September 15, 2016

| September 15, 2016

Weekly Update:  September 15, 2016   What To Watch So that’s what volatility looks like!  We actually had some real, bona fide action last week, with a decent-sized selloff on Friday.  Although we’ve regained much of the lost ground this week, there’s been enough up and down action to keep volatility levels elevated (to some […]

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Buy Alert: September 14, 2016

| September 14, 2016 | 0 Comments

Buy Alert:  September 14, 2016   Trade Details Buy Ciena (CIEN) October 21st 21 Calls for $1.15 or better (lower)   Why? We’ve finally had a little more volatility in the last week, and it’s opening up some trading possibilities in some names I’ve been following for a while.  One of those opportunities is in […]

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Weekly Update: September 8, 2016

| September 8, 2016

Weekly Update:  September 8, 2016   What To Watch We’re a week into September, and the markets have remained quiet.  There’s been very little action to speak of from a general market perspective.  Volatility remains close to rock bottom, although the volatility futures curve suggest investors are still a bit worried about what the future […]

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Buy Alert: September 2, 2016

| September 2, 2016

Buy Alert:  September 2, 2016   Trade Details Buy Southwest Airlines (LUV) October 21st 38 Calls for $1.00 or better (lower)   Why? LUV has traded in a literal straight line for the last month, but the stock is due for an increase.  The airline’s fundamentals are solid across the board, yet the share price […]

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Weekly Update: September 1, 2016

| September 1, 2016

Weekly Update:  September 1, 2016   What To Watch September is officially here, so that means we could start seeing some more volatility in the financial markets.  Historically, September is the most volatile month of the year.  I don’t expect anything crazy to happen, but we could experience a bit more action in the next […]

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Weekly Update: August 25, 2016

| August 25, 2016

Weekly Update:  August 25, 2016   What To Watch It’s been an interesting week in the sense that nothing all that interesting has happened.  As we approach September, you’d probably think there would be more meaningful news out.  However, it’s been much of the same… and markets have reflected this by doing not much of […]

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Buy Alert: August 24, 2016

| August 24, 2016

Buy Alert:  August 24, 2016   Trade Details Buy Himax Technologies (HIMX) October 21st 10 Calls for $0.65 or better (lower)   Why? Have you heard of Pokeman Go?  Of course you have, unless you’ve been living in a cave. The Augmented Reality (AR) game is the fastest growing mobile game of all time.  In […]

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Buy Alert: August 19, 2016

| August 19, 2016

Buy Alert:  August 19, 2016   Trade Details Buy Cisco Systems (CSCO) October 21st 30 Calls for $1.05 or better (lower)   Why? CSCO beat on earnings this past week, but revenues were down.  What’s more, the company is cutting a decent chunk of its workforce due to slower demand.  The stock has sold off […]

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Weekly Update: August 18, 2016

| August 18, 2016

Weekly Update:  August 18, 2016   What To Watch Almost nothing new to report, as we endure one of the slowest stock market months in recent memory.  Investors really seem to be taking August off as they await the traditionally more exciting months of September and October.  Volatility continues to be very low in the […]

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Buy Alert: August 9, 2016

| August 9, 2016

Buy Alert:  August 9, 2016   Trade Details Buy 3D Systems (DDD) September 16th 15 Puts for $1.10 or better (lower)   Why? Remember when 3D printing was the next big thing?  Well the hype cycle seems to have run its course.  While there still may be a bright future for 3D printing, it no […]

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Buy Alert: July 29, 2016

| July 29, 2016

Buy Alert:  July 29, 2016   Trade Details Buy Gilead Sciences (GILD) September 16th 85 Calls for $0.90 or better (lower)   Why? Biotech stocks are lagging behind other sectors despite the overall bullish trend in equities, but none more so than GILD.  The company recently missed on earnings, and the stock has dropped to […]

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Weekly Update: July 28, 2016

| July 28, 2016

Weekly Update:  July 28, 2016   What To Watch Quick administrative note:  We’ll have a new trade tomorrow, but there will be no update or trade next week due to travel.  I’ll be back with a new trade early the following week. The overall market has been fairly quiet over the last week as investors […]

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Buy Alert: July 22, 2016

| July 22, 2016

Buy Alert:  July 22, 2016   Trade Details Buy Cameco (CCJ) September 16th 10 Calls for $0.80 or better (lower)   Why? CCJ is the largest uranium producer in the world.  Regardless of what happens with oil, gas, and renewables, nuclear power is still an important source of energy for the world.  The stock has […]

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Weekly Update: July 21, 2016

| July 21, 2016

Weekly Update:  July 21, 2016   What To Watch The equity markets have been calm the past week, with the major indexes hitting new highs before a small pullback today. Most of the news driving stocks is earnings related.  We’re still pretty early on in earnings season, with many big names still to report. Over […]

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Buy Alert: July 15, 2016

| July 15, 2016

Buy Alert:  July 15, 2016   Trade Details Buy Delta Airlines (DAL) August 19th 41 Calls for $1.25 or better (lower)   Why? Earnings season has begun, so let’s take advantage of it.  The airline industry has gotten a boost from an increase in retail spending (in the US).  DAL just reported better than expected […]

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Weekly Update: July 14, 2016

| July 14, 2016

Weekly Update:  July 14, 2016   What To Watch The financial markets have mostly settled down, with volatility returning to “normal” levels.  US stocks have had a strong week, with several key indexes reaching all time highs.  The S&P 500 is up 2% from last week and has climbed a reasonable 7% year-to-date. What’s interesting […]

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Weekly Update: July 7, 2016

| July 7, 2016

Weekly Update:  July 7, 2016   What To Watch So is this business as usual, or something else? The stock market quickly dispensed with short-term concerns over Brexit, and price levels roared back to pre-turmoil levels. Volatility also took a dive, with a general sense of complacency taking hold over the investment community. So are […]

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Buy Alert: July 6, 2016

| July 6, 2016

Buy Alert:  July 6, 2016   Trade Details Buy Western Digital (WDC) August 19th $40 Puts for $1.45 or better   Why? I actually like WDC in the long-run.  However, current market conditions have me a bit worried about a pullback, and WDC has short-term selloff potential.  If the stock breaks below current support levels, […]

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Weekly Update: June 30, 2016

| June 30, 2016

Weekly Update:  June 30, 2016   What To Watch Well, that was a wild week.  In fact, the past week is about as crazy as one week can get in terms of stock movement.  We went from a huge selloff to a “ho-hum, nothing to see here” scenario in just a few days.  I think […]

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Buy Alert: June 28, 2016

| June 28, 2016

Buy Alert:  June 28, 2016   Trade Details Buy First Solar (FSLR) August 19th $52.50 Calls for $1.20 or better   Why? FSLR dropped substantially on the Brexit news… but why?  The largest solar company in the US has very little exposure to the UK, and the impact of the move has almost no bearing […]

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Buy Alert: June 14, 2016

| June 14, 2016

Buy Alert:  June 14, 2016   Trade Details Buy Newmont Mining (NEM) July 15th 33 Puts for $1.20 or better (lower)   Why? The entire world seems to be getting long gold.  I’m not generally a contrarian but it seems to me that the rush into gold is a bit overblown.  NEM has already had […]

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Weekly Update: June 9, 2016

| June 9, 2016

Weekly Update:  June 9, 2016   What To Watch June has been a pretty solid month for stocks so far.  There may be some bearish action coming up between the Fed meeting and comments from big investors, but generally speaking, stock movement is more of the bullish variety lately. For the month, the Russell 2000 […]

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Buy Alert: June 3, 2016

| June 3, 2016

Buy Alert:  June 3, 2016   Trade Details Buy Apple (AAPL) July 15th 105 Calls for $0.60 or better (lower)   Why? The May jobs report sent stocks lower but AAPL has held its ground so far.  The stock has retreated a bit over the last few days after making a run towards $100 on […]

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Weekly Update: June 2, 2016

| June 2, 2016

Weekly Update:  June 2, 2016   What To Watch With the start of June, let’s take a quick look back at May and how the major asset classes performed over the last month. Believe or not, the top performing major stock index was the Nasdaq 100, which picked up almost 4% in a month’s time.  […]

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Buy Alert: May 27, 2016

| May 27, 2016

Buy Alert:  May 27, 2016   Trade Details Buy Gilead Sciences (GILD) July 15th 90 Calls for $1.15 or better (lower)   Why? It’s been a pretty darn bullish week for stocks, but there are still plenty of undervalued names out there.  GILD remains one of the best values in the biotech space despite having […]

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Weekly Update: May 26, 2016

| May 26, 2016

Weekly Update:  May 26, 2016   What To Watch After mostly sideways action this quarter, May is finishing out with a bang. The last couple days have seen some heavy bullish action for a change.  Increases in retail spending and the lack of an impending rate hike have both contributed to the positive vibe. The […]

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Buy Alert: May 20, 2016

| May 20, 2016

Buy Alert:  May 20, 2016   Trade Details Buy Foot Locker (FL) June 17th 57.50 Calls for $0.80 or better (lower)   Why? FL missed earnings today, but the reaction by the market was far more extreme than the news deserved.  Retail spending has actually been trending higher, and the athletic apparel/shoe giant has the […]

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Weekly Update: May 19, 2016

| May 19, 2016

Weekly Update:  May 19, 2016   What To Watch There hasn’t been all that much going on in the markets since last week.  Volatility is up a bit, but we also had some very good earnings from the likes of Walmart (WMT) and Home Depot (HD), suggesting the retail environment in the US isn’t so […]

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Weekly Update: May 12, 2016

| May 12, 2016

Weekly Update:  May 12, 2016   What To Watch Last week was a bit weird in the sense that it felt like a lot was going on in the markets, but the actual results are mostly unimpressive. Choppy markets will do that – give the impression of a lot of movement but the actual percentage […]

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Buy Alert: May 11, 2016

| May 11, 2016

Buy Alert:  May 11, 2016   Trade Details Buy LifeLock (LOCK) June 17th 11 Puts for $0.40 or better (lower)   Why? Markets are pretty choppy lately and it’s about time we added a put to our portfolio.  LOCK offers identity theft protection services, but its services aren’t exactly groundbreaking.  The company isn’t making money […]

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Weekly Update: May 5, 2016

| May 5, 2016

Weekly Update:  May 5, 2016   What To Watch It’s been a pretty choppy last week as the markets try to parse through global economic data and earnings.  We’re definitely on the down slope of the earnings release curve, so that aspect will be quieting quite a bit.  On the other hand, there’s a fairly […]

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Buy Alert: May 2, 2016

| May 2, 2016

Buy Alert:  May 2, 2016   Trade Details Buy Apple (AAPL) May 20th 95.50 Calls for $1.10 or better (lower)   Why? This is basically a no-brainer trade right now.  It’s not that there’s a guarantee that the stock is going to go up over the next three weeks.  However, AAPL’s earnings sell off is […]

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Weekly Update: April 28, 2016

| April 28, 2016

April 28, 2016   What To Watch Big picture (or market) volatility is down, but individual stocks are moving quite a bit due to earnings.  We’ve had some pretty big surprises this week, mostly from tech giants.  Apple (AAPL) was a bit disappointing and then Icahn sold off all his shares today, which pushed the […]

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Buy Alert: April 22, 2016

| April 22, 2016

Buy Alert:  April 22, 2016   Trade Details Buy Western Digital (WDC) May 20th 46.50 Calls for $1.45 or better (lower)   Why? WDC is a major player in data storage devices that’s had a rough year up to this point.  Now, the stock is looking to break through some major resistance points.  Given the […]

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Weekly Update: April 21, 2016

| April 21, 2016

Weekly Update:  April 21, 2016   What To Watch We’re starting to see a bit more volatility now with the heart of earnings season upon us.  There’s also been a fair amount of volatility around oil. Still, the market remains near all-time highs.  At the moment, there’s not a lot of reason to believe a […]

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Buy Alert: April 15, 2016

| April 15, 2016

Buy Alert:  April 15, 2016   Trade Details Buy Ciena (CIEN) May 20th 18 Calls for $0.70 or better (lower)   Why? The bullish trend in stocks is definitely strengthening at the moment.  Certain major stock indices are starting to look like they’ll test new highs.  Nevertheless, there are always a few stocks left that […]

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Weekly Update: April 14, 2016

| April 14, 2016

Weekly Update:  April 14, 2016   What To Watch It looks like investors are starting to believe in stocks again, which should be good for at least a short-run continuation of the current rally.  Unless some major piece of negative news comes out, we’re looking at a slow and steady climb in stocks with individual […]

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Buy Alert: April 8, 2016

| April 8, 2016

Buy Alert:  April 8, 2016   Trade Details Buy Wells Fargo (WFC) May 20th 48 Calls for $1.10 or better (lower)   Why? We’ve seen a minor pullback in stocks this week, but nothing to suggest major volatility is ahead.  In the meantime, the financial sector still appears to be undervalued at this stage, especially […]

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Weekly Update: April 7, 2016

| April 7, 2016

Weekly Update:  April 7, 2016   What To Watch Well, things got a little more interesting this week with stocks with the last couple days seeing a pullback.  Granted, today’s 1.2% drop in the S&P 500 is hardly something to be riled up over.  But, it’s certainly more action than we’ve seen in the past […]

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Buy Alert: April 1, 2016

| April 1, 2016

Buy Alert:  April 1, 2016   Trade Details Buy H & R Block (HRB) May 20th 27 Calls for $0.70 or better (lower)   Why? With the utter lack of market direction the past week or so, it certainly makes it more difficult to find a good long options trade to make.  On the other […]

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Weekly Update: March 24, 2016

| March 24, 2016

Weekly Update:  March 24, 2016   What To Watch It was a pretty quiet week overall, possibly due to spring break for schools and being a short week due to Good Friday. Speaking of Good Friday, I’ve been doing my trades on Fridays lately, but obviously not tomorrow with the markets closed.  We’ll get the […]

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Buy Alert: March 18, 2016

| March 18, 2016

Buy Alert:  March 18, 2016   Trade Details Buy GoDaddy (GDDY) April 15th 31 Puts for $1.15 or better (lower)   Why? The stock market has “officially” recovered with a few of the major indices turning positive on the year.  Volatility is also way down as investors have regained a sense of complacency.  Now is […]

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Weekly Update: March 17, 2016

| March 17, 2016

Weekly Update:  March 17, 2016   What To Watch Stocks are back!  It took nearly 3 months but a couple of the major equity indices are finally positive on the year.  After today’s close, the DJIA is not quite up a percent for the year, while the S&P 500 is flat.  The Nasdaq 100 and […]

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Buy Alert: March 11, 2016

| March 11, 2016

Buy Alert:  March 11, 2016   Trade Details Buy Box (BOX) April 15th 12 Calls for $1.10 or better (lower)   Why? BOX is a relatively new public company specializing in cloud-based content management.  The company surprised a lot of people by posting excellent earnings this week.  The stock shot up above $14 before profit-taking […]

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Weekly Update: March 10, 2016

| March 10, 2016

Weekly Update:  March 10, 2016   What To Watch The major indices are basically flat from a week ago.  With the S&P 500 right up against the 200-day moving average, I guess it shouldn’t be a surprise that there’s a pause in the recovery.  Still, while stocks have gone sideways, volatility has gone mostly south […]

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Buy Alert: March 4, 2016

| March 4, 2016

Buy Alert:  March 4, 2016   Trade Details Buy FreightCar America (RAIL) April 15th 17.50 Calls for $0.95 or better (lower)   Why? Markets are stabilizing and investors are becoming more bullish.  Even commodities are getting in on the action.  Oil is finally showing signs of life as well.  With commodities on the upswing, railroads […]

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Weekly Update: March 3, 2016

| March 3, 2016

Weekly Update:  March 3, 2016   What To Watch Market conditions continue to improve overall.  Generally speaking, stocks are up and volatility is down.  The S&P 500 is up 3% from last week and is just about 2% from breaking even on the year.  That’s certainly a nice turnaround from being down roughly 10% for […]

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Buy Alert: February 26, 2016

| February 26, 2016

Buy Alert:  February 26, 2016   Trade Details Buy eBay (EBAY) April 15th 25 Calls for $0.78 or better (lower)   Why? Consumer spending is actually doing a little better than expected as the low level of unemployment is finally starting to translate into purchases.  What better way to take advantage of this than buying […]

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Weekly Update: February 25, 2016

| February 25, 2016

Weekly Update:  February 25, 2016   What To Watch Compared to the last several weeks, you may even describe this past week as uneventful.  The S&P 500 has climbed about 1.5% since our last update.  Some of the harder hit indices like the Russell 2000 and Nasdaq 100 are up as much as 2% over […]

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Buy Alert: February 19, 2016

| February 19, 2016

Buy Alert:  February 19, 2016   Trade Details Buy Silver Wheaton (SLW) April15th 15 Puts for $1.15 or better (lower)   Why? The markets have stabilized somewhat, but precious metals haven’t given up any of their gains so far.  Silver is up 16% year-to-date, just trailing gold’s rise.  With strong economic news in the US […]

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Weekly Update: February 18, 2016

| February 18, 2016

Weekly Update:  February 18, 2016   What To Watch So that was a lot better week than we had last time I sent out an update.  The overall fear level seems to be decreasing and stocks are showing signs of recovery.  The S&P 500 is up about 3% since last week, with the Nasdaq, Russell […]

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