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The Limitations Of Trading Options

| October 11, 2017 | 1 Comment
The Limitations Of Trading Options

I’ve always been a fan of options trading. In fact, I still use covered calls as a tool in my investing arsenal. That being said, options, when not used correctly, can pose a serious amount of risk to the unknowing investor. While options can be used as an effective tool for hedging and speculation, by nature […]

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Using Options To Trade Metals And Mining

| August 30, 2017 | 0 Comments
Using Options To Trade Metals And Mining

One of the great benefits to options trading is the flexibility it gives traders to execute a strategy as they see fit.  With options, even traders who share an opinion on a trade thesis can go about the execution in vastly different manners.  This flexibility allows savvy traders to fine tune their trading strategy as […]

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A Cheap Options Trade That Wins No Matter Which Way The Market Moves

| June 16, 2017 | 0 Comments
A Cheap Options Trade That Wins No Matter Which Way The Market Moves

With the Fed raising rates this afternoon, we could be in for a period of dramatic market swings. Here’s how you can profit in either direction using options. This is a win-win trade that can be placed by anyone no matter their level of experience or account size.  There’s been so much talk of low […]

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The Dummies Guide To Option Greeks

The Dummies Guide To Option Greeks

There you are in a conversation with a professional trader about their strategy and suddenly the “inside baseball” terms start rolling off their tongue – Delta Hedging, Short Gamma, Theta Burn, and Vega Risk.  You smile and nod without perhaps knowing exactly what these terms mean, and just like that, what started as a good […]

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3 Proven Options Trades To Profit From Market Volatility

| January 13, 2017 | 0 Comments
3 Proven Options Trades To Profit From Market Volatility

Make volatility put cash in your brokerage account during 2017 by using these three simplified options trades. With a new President in office this year, investors should expect another bumpy ride for the stock market.  Generally speaking, the arrival of a new calendar year shouldn’t have much of an impact on the performance of the […]

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3 Metal Stocks Flashing Bright “Buy” Signals

| January 11, 2017 | 0 Comments
3 Metal Stocks Flashing Bright “Buy” Signals

A trio of solid setups await in the metal space After a short holiday break, the inflation trade is back, baby! Indeed, the turn of the year has been oh-so-helpful in reigniting demand for metal stocks across the board. For proof, look no further than the SPDR S&P Metals & Mining ETF (NYSEARCA:XME), which is […]

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5 “Facts” Smart People Get Wrong About Options

| November 18, 2016 | 1 Comment
5 “Facts” Smart People Get Wrong About Options

Using options contracts to boost returns and income could be the most powerful investing tool that you’re not using. While trading options for the first time might be intimidating, we’ve broken it down to its core pieces and show that options aren’t as dangerous as you might think. 1) Options Trading is complicated Markets can […]

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Buying A Call Option On United States Oil $USO

| February 26, 2016 | 0 Comments
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 […]

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Stock Repair Strategy

| February 17, 2016 | 1 Comment
Stock Repair Strategy

You did your homework, picked a great stock, totally undervalued and ready for a nice price rise. However, after you bought the stock, the damn thing goes and drops 20%. So what do you do now?  Do you sell it and cut your losses or do you hold on and hope that it recovers? Do […]

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Options Trading Strategies After The Fed Meeting

| December 18, 2015 | 0 Comments
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 […]

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

| December 16, 2015 | 0 Comments
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 […]

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Options Trading Strategies For Oil

| December 11, 2015 | 0 Comments
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 […]

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Unusual Options Activity In Technology Select Sector SPDR ETF $XLK

| December 9, 2015 | 0 Comments
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 […]

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Options Trading Strategies To Avoid For 2016

| December 4, 2015 | 0 Comments
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 […]

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Unusual Options Activity In Best Buy $BBY

| December 2, 2015 | 0 Comments
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 […]

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Unusual Options Activity In Disney $DIS

| November 25, 2015 | 0 Comments
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 […]

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Unusual Options Activity In JP Morgan $JPM

| November 18, 2015 | 0 Comments
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 […]

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Unusual Options Activity In Morgan Stanley $MS

| November 11, 2015 | 0 Comments
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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Unusual Options Activity In Hertz $HTZ

| November 4, 2015 | 0 Comments
Unusual Options Activity In Hertz $HTZ

Unusual Options Activity In Hertz $HTZ  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 […]

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Unusual Options Activity In Apple $AAPL

| October 28, 2015 | 0 Comments
Unusual Options Activity In Apple $AAPL

Unusual Options Activity In Apple $AAPL  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 […]

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Unusual Options Activity In Disney $DIS

| October 21, 2015 | 0 Comments
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 […]

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Unusual Options Activity In Twitter $TWTR

| October 14, 2015 | 0 Comments
Unusual Options Activity In Twitter $TWTR

Unusual Options Activity In Twitter $TWTR  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 […]

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Options Trading Strategies For Earnings Season

| October 9, 2015 | 0 Comments
Options Trading Strategies For Earnings Season

Options Trading Strategies For Earnings Season Earnings season is once again upon us, creating opportunities for both large gains and large losses.  As a rule of thumb, individual stocks tend to react more significantly during earnings periods than other times of the year. The problem is figuring out which way a stock is going to […]

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Unusual Options Activity In Illumina $ILMN

| October 7, 2015 | 0 Comments
Unusual Options Activity In Illumina $ILMN

Unusual Options Activity In Illumina $ILMN  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 […]

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Options Trading Strategies When Your Stock Is Down 5%

| October 2, 2015 | 0 Comments
Options Trading Strategies When Your Stock Is Down 5%

Options Trading Strategies When Your Stock Is Down 5% Market volatility has picked up considerably since the stock correction from late August.  The VIX, a popular method of measuring market volatility, has been trading above 20 for well over a month.  In comparison, the 200-day moving average is around 16. We’re essentially seeing volatility levels […]

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Unusual Options Activity In Microsoft $MSFT

| September 30, 2015 | 0 Comments
Unusual Options Activity In Microsoft $MSFT

Unusual Options Activity In Microsoft $MSFT  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 […]

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Unusual Options Activity In iShares US Real Estate ETF $IYR

| September 23, 2015 | 0 Comments
Unusual Options Activity In iShares US Real Estate ETF $IYR

Unusual Options Activity In iShares US Real Estate ETF $IYR  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 […]

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Unusual Options Activity In Microsoft $MSFT

| September 9, 2015 | 0 Comments
Unusual Options Activity In Microsoft $MSFT

Unusual Options Activity In Microsoft $MSFT  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 […]

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Unusual Options Activity In Oracle $ORCL

| September 2, 2015 | 0 Comments
Unusual Options Activity In Oracle $ORCL

Unusual Options Activity In Oracle $ORCL  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 […]

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Unusual Options Activity In PowerShares DB US Dollar Bullish ETF $UUP

| August 26, 2015 | 0 Comments
Unusual Options Activity In PowerShares DB US Dollar Bullish ETF $UUP

Unusual Options Activity In PowerShares DB US Dollar Bullish ETF $UUP 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…  […]

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Buying A Call Option On United States Oil $USO

| August 14, 2015 | 0 Comments
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 […]

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Unusual Options Activity In Apache $APA

| August 12, 2015 | 0 Comments
Unusual Options Activity In Apache $APA

Unusual Options Activity In Apache $APA 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 […]

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Unusual Options Activity In Apple $AAPL

| August 7, 2015 | 0 Comments
Unusual Options Activity In Apple $AAPL

Unusual Options Activity In Apple $AAPL 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 […]

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Unusual Options Activity In Twitter $TWTR

| July 29, 2015 | 0 Comments
Unusual Options Activity In Twitter $TWTR

Unusual Options Activity In Twitter $TWTR 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 […]

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Unusual Options Activity In Bank Of America $BAC

| July 22, 2015 | 0 Comments
Unusual Options Activity In Bank Of America $BAC

Unusual Options Activity In Bank Of America $BAC 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 […]

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Buying A Call Option On Intel $INTC

| July 17, 2015 | 0 Comments
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 […]

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Unusual Options Activity In Market Vectors Semiconductor ETF $SMH

| July 15, 2015 | 0 Comments
Unusual Options Activity In Market Vectors Semiconductor ETF $SMH

Unusual Options Activity In Market Vectors Semiconductor ETF $SMH 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 […]

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Unusual Options Activity In Activision Blizzard $ATVI

| July 8, 2015 | 0 Comments
Unusual Options Activity In Activision Blizzard $ATVI

Unusual Options Activity In Activision Blizzard $ATVI  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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Unusual Options Activity In Medtronic $MDT

| June 24, 2015 | 0 Comments
Unusual Options Activity In Medtronic $MDT

Unusual Options Activity In Medtronic $MDT 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 […]

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Unusual Options Activity In Hilton Worldwide $HLT

| June 17, 2015 | 0 Comments
Unusual Options Activity In Hilton Worldwide $HLT

Unusual Options Activity In Hilton Worldwide $HLT 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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Buying A Put Option On Box $BOX

| June 12, 2015 | 0 Comments
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 […]

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Unusual Options Activity In Harley-Davidson $HOG

| June 10, 2015 | 0 Comments
Unusual Options Activity In Harley-Davidson $HOG

Unusual Options Activity In Harley-Davidson $HOG 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 […]

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Unusual Options Activity In Gold Companies

| June 3, 2015 | 0 Comments
Unusual Options Activity In Gold Companies

Unusual Options Activity In Gold Companies 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 […]

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Buying A Call Option On Marvell Technology $MRVL

| May 29, 2015 | 0 Comments
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 […]

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Unusual Options Activity In Apple $AAPL

| May 27, 2015 | 0 Comments
Unusual Options Activity In Apple $AAPL

Unusual Options Activity In Apple $AAPL 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 […]

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

| May 20, 2015 | 0 Comments
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 […]

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Unusual Options Activity In Goldman Sachs $GS

| May 18, 2015 | 0 Comments
Unusual Options Activity In Goldman Sachs $GS

Unusual Options Activity In Goldman Sachs $GS 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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Buying A Call Option On Twitter $TWTR

| May 15, 2015 | 0 Comments
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 […]

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Unusual Options Activity In The Blackstone Group $BX

| May 11, 2015 | 0 Comments
Unusual Options Activity In The Blackstone Group $BX

Unusual Options Activity In The Blackstone Group $BX 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 […]

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Buying A Call Option On United States Oil ETF $USO

| May 6, 2015 | 0 Comments
Buying A Call Option On United States Oil ETF $USO

Buying A Call Option On United States Oil ETF $USO One of the biggest stories over the last year has been the plunge in oil prices.  Massive supplies and lack of demand caused the price of crude oil to drop below $45 per barrel.  It was a price level many thought we’d never see again. […]

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Unusual Options Activity In Global X FTSE Greece 20 ETF $GREK

| May 4, 2015 | 0 Comments
Unusual Options Activity In Global X FTSE Greece 20 ETF $GREK

Unusual Options Activity In Global X FTSE Greece 20 ETF $GREK 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…  […]

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Buying A Put Option On Yelp $YELP

| May 1, 2015 | 0 Comments
Buying A Put Option On Yelp $YELP

Buying A Put Option On Yelp $YELP When a stock has a bad day, my first instinct is to look for a reason to buy it.  It’s normal for investors to overreact to bad news and cause a company’s shares to drop more than necessary.  Often times, you’ll see a stock which has fallen off […]

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Unusual Options Activity In Time Warner Cable $TWC

| April 27, 2015 | 0 Comments
Unusual Options Activity In Time Warner Cable $TWC

Unusual Options Activity In Time Warner Cable $TWC 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 […]

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Buying A Call Option On Facebook $FB

| April 22, 2015 | 0 Comments
Buying A Call Option On Facebook $FB

Buying A Call Option On Facebook $FB Social media has been something of an enigma to investors.  On one hand, it’s the ultimate growth industry in the age of mobile devices and ever-present Internet connections.  On the other hand, it tends to lack predictable earnings. It’s not unusual for an up and coming industry to […]

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Unusual Options Activity In Home Depot $HD

| April 20, 2015 | 0 Comments
Unusual Options Activity In Home Depot $HD

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 off” big moves in a stock, […]

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Buying A Call Option On JPMorgan Chase $JPM

| April 15, 2015 | 0 Comments
Buying A Call Option On JPMorgan Chase $JPM

Buying A Call Option On JPMorgan Chase $JPM The financial sector has been one of the more challenging sectors to invest in since the financial crisis of 2008/2009.  The sector itself (especially banks) got hit the hardest during the crash.  And, it’s been one of the slowest to recover from the damage. Additional regulations have […]

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Unusual Options Activity In Blackstone $BX

| April 13, 2015 | 0 Comments
Unusual Options Activity In Blackstone $BX

Unusual Options Activity In Blackstone $BX 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 […]

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

| April 10, 2015 | 0 Comments
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 […]

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Buying A Call Option On Twitter $TWTR

| April 8, 2015 | 0 Comments
Buying A Call Option On Twitter $TWTR

Buying A Call Option On Twitter $TWTR Social media can be a hard industry to gauge when it comes to making investing decisions.  The companies are relatively new.  And, they use what we tend to consider as non-traditional business models. Moreover, there’s still a lot of consolidation going on in the space.  It’s uncertain who […]

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Big TLT Options Trade Suggests Rates Are Going To Stay Low

| April 1, 2015 | 0 Comments
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 […]

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Unusual Options Activity In Blackberry $BBRY

| March 30, 2015 | 0 Comments
Unusual Options Activity In Blackberry $BBRY

Unusual Options Activity In Blackberry $BBRY 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 […]

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Buying A Put Option on SanDisk $SNDK

| March 27, 2015 | 0 Comments
Buying A Put Option on SanDisk $SNDK

Buying A Put Option On SanDisk $SNDK When a company sells off sharply, I tend to look for a reason to buy it.  It’s normal for investors to overreact to bad news and cause a stock to be oversold.  Often times, you’ll see a stock which has fallen off a cliff slowly regain ground as […]

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Unusual Options Activity In eBay $EBAY

| March 23, 2015 | 0 Comments
Unusual Options Activity In eBay $EBAY

Unusual Options Activity In eBay $EBAY 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 […]

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Buying A Call Option On MGM Resorts $MGM

| March 18, 2015 | 0 Comments
Buying A Call Option On MGM Resorts $MGM

Buying A Call Option On MGM Resorts $MGM Sometimes, a company is in need of a drastic change to get back on track.  The thing is, no business can survive indefinitely without occasional change.  Even the biggest businesses in the world have to adjust to meet the times. Apple $AAPL has had to constantly evolve […]

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Unusual Options Activity In Financial Select Sector SPDR ETF $XLF

| March 16, 2015 | 0 Comments
Unusual Options Activity In Financial Select Sector SPDR ETF $XLF

Unusual Options Activity In Financial Select Sector SPDR ETF $XLF           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, […]

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Buying A Call Option On Fossil $FOSL

| March 11, 2015 | 0 Comments
Buying A Call Option On Fossil $FOSL

Buying A Call Option On Fossil $FOSL The big marketing event of the month so far goes to who else but Apple $AAPL.  The largest company in the world officially launched its highly anticipated Apple Watch at a widely covered conference. $AAPL is making a huge bet on their latest gadget, which is expected to […]

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Unusual Options Activity In Energy Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLE)

| March 9, 2015 | 0 Comments
Unusual Options Activity In Energy Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLE)

Unusual Options Activity In Energy Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLE) 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 […]

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Buying A Put Option On Alibaba (BABA)

| March 4, 2015 | 2 Comments
Buying A Put Option On Alibaba (BABA)

Buying A Put Option On Alibaba (BABA) Trading or investing in Chinese stocks can be a highly rewarding proposition, but can also offer heavy risks.  On one hand, it’s hard to understate the growth potential of most businesses in China.  On the other hand, it’s difficult to trust the numbers coming from the region. The […]

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Unusual Options Activity in General Electric (GE)

| March 2, 2015 | 0 Comments
Unusual Options Activity in General Electric (GE)

Unusual Options Activity In General Electric (GE) 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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Buying A Call Option On First Solar (FSLR)

| February 25, 2015 | 0 Comments
Buying A Call Option On First Solar (FSLR)

Buying A Call Option On First Solar (FSLR) Solar power can be an intriguing industry for investors.  In some ways, it’s investing in technology.  In other ways, it’s like buying a utility.  The main thing to realize is we’re well past the days where solar power is developmental. For the most part, the small players […]

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Unusual Options Activity In eBay (EBAY)

| February 23, 2015 | 0 Comments
Unusual Options Activity In eBay (EBAY)

Unusual Options Activity In eBay (EBAY) 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 […]

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Buying A Call Option on Rackspace Hosting (RAX)

| February 20, 2015 | 0 Comments
Buying A Call Option on Rackspace Hosting (RAX)

Buying A Call Option On Rackspace Hosting (RAX) While cloud computing is still a word which generates a fair amount of buzz, in reality it’s already a mature market.  Cloud technology is already being utilized by most companies who have an online presence. In fact, any company with an Internet site not using cloud computing […]

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Unusual Options Activity In Under Armour (UA)

| February 18, 2015 | 0 Comments
Unusual Options Activity In Under Armour (UA)

Unusual Options Activity In Under Armour (UA)  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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Buying A Call Option On Tesla Motors (TSLA)

| February 13, 2015 | 2 Comments
Buying A Call Option On Tesla Motors (TSLA)

Buying A Call Option On Tesla Motors (TSLA) Earnings season may be wrapping up, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t opportunities to be found.  Some big companies released earnings this week, and as is typical, there was a fair amount of overreaction (or under-reaction in some cases). Keep in mind, much of what a stock […]

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Unusual Options Activity In SPDR Gold Shares ETF (GLD)

| February 9, 2015 | 0 Comments
Unusual Options Activity In SPDR Gold Shares ETF (GLD)

Recently, there has been some unusual options activity in SPDR Gold Shares ETF (GLD). 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.

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Buying A Call Option on Microsoft (MSFT)

| February 4, 2015 | 0 Comments
Buying A Call Option on Microsoft (MSFT)

After a disappointing earnings report, now is a good time for traders to look at buying a call option on Microsoft (MSFT).

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Unusual Options Activity in iShares MSCI Germany ETF (EWG)

| February 2, 2015 | 0 Comments
Unusual Options Activity in iShares MSCI Germany ETF (EWG)

Recently, there has been some unusual options activity in iShares MSCI Germany ETF (EWG). 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.

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Should You Be Trading VXX?

| January 30, 2015 | 1 Comment
Should You Be Trading VXX?

One of the primary themes I like to discuss on this site is volatility. After all, you shouldn’t be trading options if you don’t at least have a basic understanding of why volatility is important to the financial markets.

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Unusual Options Activity In United Continental (UAL)

| January 28, 2015 | 0 Comments
Unusual Options Activity In United Continental (UAL)

Recently, there has been some unusual options activity in United Continental (UAL). 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.

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Unusual Options Activity In Barrick Gold (ABX)

| January 21, 2015 | 0 Comments
Unusual Options Activity In Barrick Gold (ABX)

Recently, there has been some unusual options activity in Barrick Gold (ABX).

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Unusual Options Activity in Market Vectors Oil Services ETF (OIH)

| January 12, 2015 | 0 Comments
Unusual Options Activity in Market Vectors Oil Services ETF (OIH)

Recently, there has been some unusual options activity in Market Vectors Oil Services ETF (OIH).

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Unusual Options Activity In Agilent Technologies (A)

| January 5, 2015 | 0 Comments
Unusual Options Activity In Agilent Technologies (A)

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.

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2013 Was A Good Year For Options Traders

| January 6, 2014 | 0 Comments
2013 Was A Good Year For Options Traders

For option traders, 2013 was a very good year.  Whatever your strategy of preference, there’s a good chance it was successful last year. Many of the most popular strategies perform the best during strong bull markets like we saw in 2013. For instance, the strategy I employ in my flagship service, the Option Trading Wire, […]

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A New Year Brings New Opportunities In Options Trading

| January 3, 2014 | 0 Comments
A New Year Brings New Opportunities In Options Trading

2014 is underway, and that means you can expect many more articles from me about options, stocks, and the financial markets in general.  However, I’m going to take a break from my usual variety of topics to briefly cover my subscription service, the Options Trading Wire. The purpose of the Options Trading Wire is really […]

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DISH, F Options – Unusual Trading Activity – November 30, 2012

| November 30, 2012 | 0 Comments
DISH, F Options – Unusual Trading Activity – November 30, 2012

This week we’re taking a look at some very unusual options trading activity in Dish Network (DISH) and Ford Motor (F). As many of you know, unusual options volume 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 […]

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NVDA, GRPN Options – Unusual Trading Activity – November 23, 2012

| November 23, 2012 | 1 Comment
NVDA, GRPN Options – Unusual Trading Activity – November 23, 2012

This week we’re taking a look at some very unusual options trading activity in Nvidia (NVDA) and Groupon (GRPN). As many of you know, unusual options volume 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 […]

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Cisco Options (CSCO): Unusual Trading Activity

| May 8, 2012 | 0 Comments
Cisco Options (CSCO): Unusual Trading Activity

Options in data networking giant Cisco (CSCO) are showing enormous activity today. Why?  You guessed it… Cisco is scheduled to report its Q2 earnings tomorrow after the close. What’s more, Cisco’s CEO John Chambers usually makes important comments after its earnings.  And he’s one of the most highly respected and listened to CEOs in the […]

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Options Trading: Buying Puts On TJX

| April 2, 2012 | 0 Comments
Options Trading:  Buying Puts On TJX

The TJX Companies (TJX) has had a great run… The low-end retailer’s stock has shot up nearly 80% since the beginning of 2011.  But that’s just the tip of the iceberg… TJX has gone parabolic since a 2 for 1 stock split on February 3, 2012.  It’s up more than 15% in the eight weeks […]

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MU, WAG, BAC Options — Unusual Trading Activity — March 30, 2012

| March 30, 2012 | 0 Comments
MU, WAG, BAC Options — Unusual Trading Activity — March 30, 2012

This week we’re going to take a look at some very unusual options trading activity in Micron Technology (MU), Walgreen (WAG), and Bank of America (BAC). As many of you know, unusual options volume can be a valuable indicator as to what traders are thinking, and more importantly, where these stocks are heading in the […]

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A Simple Option Strategy To Hold Onto Stock Gains!

| March 27, 2012 | 0 Comments
A Simple Option Strategy To Hold Onto Stock Gains!

The S&P is now sitting at its highest level since May of 2008, with another 1.4% gain yesterday. It’s days like this that make you wonder why you’d ever bother selling anything. I mean, this is unbelievable!  Even amidst poor housing data which indicated contracts for existing homes fell more than expected, the S&P still […]

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Online Options Trading

| March 7, 2012 | 1 Comment
Online Options Trading

The ability to trade options online has revolutionized the options trading industry. Back in the day before computers and electronic trade execution, options were the realm of professional traders. Floor traders screamed out numbers and used hand signals in an open-outcry system to trade options amongst other professional traders. To place a trade from anywhere […]

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