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Unusual Options Action: Big Player Snaps Up QEP

Unusual Options Action: Big Player Snaps Up QEP

On Monday morning, QEP Resources (QEP) joined the list of names in which we’ve seen unusual options activity in 2014.  Shares are up over 15% in 2014, outperforming both the broader market and the energy sector (S&P 500 Energy Sector stocks are up 10.6% this year).  Volume Data With an average daily volume of under 1.5 million shares, QEP Resources is one of the lesser known names for unusual options activity in 2014.  Shares have traded in a 52-week range of $25.93-$35.03, having...

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Canadian Dollar: Loonie Hugs a Key Floor

Canadian Dollar: Loonie Hugs a Key Floor

I'm sticking with the foreign exchange markets this week as this asset class continues to show attractive position trade scenarios (short euro and yen are both working out nicely). The Canadian dollar futures contract is pressing technical support at 0.9113 for the fifth consecutive day and intraday price weakness has so far attracted buying. This line in the sand is a 50% retracement of the uptrend from March to July. It acted as resistance in February and support upon three tests in May...

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The Three T's For Day Trading In The Forex Market

The Three T's For Day Trading In The Forex Market

FX trades nearly $5 trillion each day, according to 2013 Bank for International Settlements Triennial Report. Many traders are attracted to the FX market due to this substantial amount of liquidity and the ease of getting into and out of positions.[Editor's note: this is part three in a Learning To Trade Forex series by Daily FX on TraderPlanet. Read the previous story here.]This has led to an increase in popularity of day trading FX.  Today, we are going to talk about three T’s for day...

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Yellen Pulls Away the Punch Bowl, Will Rates Rise?

Yellen Pulls Away the Punch Bowl, Will Rates Rise?

Let's focus in on negative interest rates and the potential for gold to increase in value.As the Fed met in Jackson Hole over the weekend, gold was trying to hold on at the $1,300 level. Using a negative real interest rate model, gold should be around $1,400. Why? There is lots of concern about global GDP growth maintaining itself.Let's take a look at the overall metals landscape. Some precious metals appear to be doing well. Palladium is at a 13-year high and rhodium is up 45% from the...

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A Top Is Near Or Here: 6-Month Cycle Highs In The S&P 500

A Top Is Near Or Here: 6-Month Cycle Highs In The S&P 500

With the passage of the final high of the 2009 bull market high in the Dow (precisely forecast by the Lindsay model in July) our attention now turns to the S&P 500. Unfortunately, Lindsay’s methods only apply to the Dow so we must use other means but, as history has shown, highs in the two indexes shouldn’t be too far apart (in the year 2000 the Dow’s high was in January and the S&P’s was in March). The chart below shows a six-month cycle between highs in the S&P 500 index....

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Volume At Price Info Is Key: Nasdaq Accumulation Seen Now

Volume At Price Info Is Key: Nasdaq Accumulation Seen Now

If you are only using traditional price charts and indicators, you are missing the most valuable information that the market provides.  The information I am talking about is volume-at-price. Volume-at-price analysis provides valuable information about what prices have seen the heaviest institutional interest and can give insight into where the smart money is accumulating and distributing. While traditional indicators are often simply derivations of price information, volume-at-price...

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Gold Shrugs Off War: Look For Good Short Entries

Gold Shrugs Off War: Look For Good Short Entries

These are parlous times. War or near-war in Eastern Europe, Syria and Gaza. A widening epidemic of a deadly disease in Africa that is creeping into Europe and North America. And for those of us who watch the markets for a living, the ultimate crisis: the CME Globex exchange was down for a good part of Sunday night. But despite all that trouble and strife, gold – the ultimate safe haven when all else is failing – is quietly meandering lower. Last week for example, we got the regular Friday...

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Copper Buying Suggests End To Global Geopolitical Gridlock

Copper Buying Suggests End To Global Geopolitical Gridlock

Commercial traders in the metals markets appear to be taking the money they’re pulling out of the gold market and putting it to work in more industrial metals.  Copper Action While we’ve seen upticks in their purchases of both silver and platinum over the last couple of weeks, their actions in the copper market is clearly where we should focus. Commercial copper sellers were big sellers above $3.15 per pound from the end of June through the end of July. They’re net sales of nearly 35,000...

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Why Trade Currency Cross Pairs?

Why Trade Currency Cross Pairs?

When traders first approach the Forex market, they tend to lean towards trading US Dollar based pairs. These include the majority of G8 currencies, as listed below, paired against the US Dollar. While trading the Dollar has its advantages, there are also many opportunities to trade Forex cross pairs. Today we will look at exactly what is a currency cross pair, as well as their trading advantages.Let’s get started! What is a Cross Pair? First off, traders need to understand the difference...

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Run With The Bulls: Buy E-Mini Call Spread

Run With The Bulls: Buy E-Mini Call Spread

The release of the FOMC minutes on Wednesday gave the bulls enough energy to push the S&P 500 near record highs. The minutes from the July meeting revealed that Fed officials may be more aggressive than first thought in ending the current stimulus program. Many observers are marking the October Fed meeting as a strong possibility for ending the asset purchase program. As always, we were reminded that the Fed will continue to monitor and be heavily influenced by jobs data in making...

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Is NRG Energy Poised To Rocket Higher?

Is NRG Energy Poised To Rocket Higher?

Hey, World! I hope you’ve been sensational. I have missed you all! I am headed down to my hometown of Statesboro, GA this weekend to see my Dad and family. Should be an adventure; about a seven hour drive, not too bad. Energy Stock I was reviewing the energy sector today and came across NRG Energy (NRG). This bad boy was a ‘rocket ship’. In mid March, NRG broke through the strong resistance that it once broke through in late October 2013. The interesting thing is, back almost one year ago...

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Intersil Shares Are Ready To Retest The 52-Week Highs

Intersil Shares Are Ready To Retest The 52-Week Highs

Shares of Intersil (ISIL), a $1.73B power management integrated circuits maker, are up 25% year to date this year, but only trade at a P/E ratio of 16.78x (2015 estimate) with 12.2% EPS growth (25.4% this year). Revenue growth is expected to accelerate from 1.7% this year to 5.5% in 2015. The current dividend yield of 3.41% is better than the SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust’s (SPY) 1.80% yield and the Market Vectors Semiconductor ETF’s (SMH) 1.29% yield. On July 30, Intersil reported Q2 EPS of...

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