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Positioning For A Return To $100 In Restoration Hardware

Positioning For A Return To $100 In Restoration Hardware

While fellow home furnishings and improvements company, Lumber Liquidators, deals with a plunging stock price on allegations of Chinese laminate wood flooring that contains high levels of formaldehyde, Restoration Hardware continues to thrive. The $3.6B company issued stronger Q4 guidance on February 5th (earnings due out in three weeks), to the tune of $1.00-$1.01 per share in EPS on revenue of $583M (both above estimates). Comps were for +24% vs the +19.5% consensus (+48% on a two year...

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Soybean Game Plan

Soybean Game Plan

There is a lot happening in the soybean market.  Thursday’s export sales report showed 459-thousand metric tons of soybeans were sold last week.  That is down 9% from the week prior and 26% under the four week average.  Key US soybean buyer, China, was in for 272-thousand of the total compared to the two weeks prior of 208 and 613.  We had decreases of 65-thousand and 146-thousand to unknown destinations, probably China.  Export sales are now 95% of the expected USDA projection for the...

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The Art Of Keeping A Good Trade Alive

The Art Of Keeping A Good Trade Alive

If you take a trade, and it does not work the math is easy; you stop out. But what if you have a winning trade? What now? Here is where the mastery begins. Even though there are a lot of different trailing styles and techniques, in reality, there is only one that is highly efficient and you get the most out of it. This one is based on support and resistance and a price pivot trail.  In the world of trading, no two trades move the same. In general, and theoretically, once a trade triggers,...

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Corporate Debt, A Market Play?

Corporate Debt, A Market Play?

Today Actavis (ACT) issued $21 billion in bonds, the second biggest bond deal ever.  Given low interest rates globally, it makes sense for companies to issue debt.  However, according to research from Goldman Sachs (source:ZeroHedge), corporations have been the largest buyers of their own stock.  For example, in 2014 Goldman estimates $415B of net inflows into equities from corporates.  It's interesting to consider corporate stock buybacks in the context the Federal Reserve's Z.1 Flow of...

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The Truth About Live Futures Trading Rooms

The Truth About Live Futures Trading Rooms

The Global Futures Trade Room Industry Right now – today - the global futures trade room industry is massive (currently 728) and growing at a rate of about 60 new rooms/yr. When I started to evaluate futures trade rooms in 2009, finding the most successful rooms was an intractable problem – there weren’t any established guidelines, rooms could not be distinguished using search engine parameters, and all glittered with success and wealth. Free room trials were still the best option, but to...

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ESH5: A Step Back And A Little Wandering

ESH5: A Step Back And A Little Wandering

Yesterday The ESH5 stepped back from the rally yesterday and wandered down for a close 9.50 points below the previous close. It gapped down at the open, dropped to our support level around 2095, and moved back up in the afternoon to close at 2104.75. Volume, as usual, was weak, but about average for these times. The lack of any real selling pressure on US equities was a little surprising, given the news in Europe and elsewhere. A colonel in the US army claimed in a speech that the US will...

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What You Must Know About Inter-Market Relationships (Part 2 of 2)

What You Must Know About Inter-Market Relationships (Part 2 of 2)

Last month, we initiated the discussion of inter-market relationships focusing on the currency market’s influence over commodity prices (if you missed it, you will find it here).   Let’s turn our attention to the relationships that exist between various asset classes. Some of the conclusions from data will likely go against conventional wisdom.  Stocks and Bonds Can Go up and Down Together The oldest adage in the finance industry is, “Stocks up, bonds down”.  The quip stems from...

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Price Action Forex Trends

Price Action Forex Trends

The Forex market has always been known for its strong trends. However, even in directional markets technical traders have some serious decisions to make regarding when to enter and exit the market. Often to solve these difficult trading concerns, traders rely on technical indicators. These indicators can be helpful, but more often than not, traders will find them inconsistent and lagging in nature. So what is a trader to do? One of the alternatives to a technical indicator is price action...

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Unlocking Your Phone Is Legal Again -- What Does It Mean For The Wireless Carriers?

Unlocking Your Phone Is Legal Again -- What Does It Mean For The Wireless Carriers?

Believe it or not, it was illegal, until very recently, for you to unlock your smartphone and take it from one carrier to another. Yes, illegal in the traditional sense. Thanks to a quirky interpretation of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), those who unlocked their phones, even as recently as a year ago could wind up behind bars for an unfathomable five years. That’s a long time for something as innocuous as using your property the way you want to use it. But in 2014, President...

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Options Trading Strategies: Lessen Volatility In Your Portfolio

Options Trading Strategies: Lessen Volatility In Your Portfolio

Random price movements leave us with very little edge when it comes to reading the charts and technicals.  Never mind fundamental analysis, which is simply impossible to explain how stock can move violently after a news event.  The market is simply designed around accumulation and distribution, seen very clearly on a price and volume chart.  Yet, when these buyers and sellers are pulled in each direction by the market, there is an uneasy feeling about participating. The erratic behavior in...

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Soybean Game Plan

Soybean Game Plan

There is a lot happening in the soybean market.  Thursday’s export sales report showed 459-thousand metric tons of soybeans were sold last week.  That is down 9% from the week prior and 26% under the four week average.  Key US soybean buyer, China, was in for 272-thousand of the total compared to the two weeks prior of 208 and 613.  We had decreases of 65-thousand and 146-thousand to unknown destinations, probably China.  Export sales are now 95% of the expected USDA projection for the...

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There’s Always an Option

There’s Always an Option

Hello there! My name is Randall Liss and it is my pleasure and privilege to be a new contributor to TraderPlanet. I have been in the options industry for a very long time. In 1978, I helped found the European Options Exchange (now part of Euronext) in Amsterdam. I was a market-maker on that floor for 25 years, and now I am a full time options educator. I believe in simplifying and demystifying the world of exchange-traded options. The great secret of options that the professionals don’t...

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