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Selling Option Premium: Ideal Chance Next Week, But HURRY UP!

I talk about many different money-making strategies regularly, and among this is selling option premium.  This is one of the best and simplest ways to earn income, it can also allow you to get into a stock position at a lower price.  Next week offers a particularly good chance to get some positions working, as there are only 3 1/2 days of market action (Wed is a half day, Thur markets are...

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Well, Well, Well … No Market Collapse?

Well, Well, Well … No Market Collapse?

Well, yesterday’s market rebound from recent losses impressed me, as it did many others, but the closing was absolutely breathtaking. Yesterday’s finish surprised me in its strength and the message sent was the bulls were never out the game, that they were just waiting for the moment to capitalize on the bears insistence. Yesterday was the moment. Today’s market action pushes this thesis...

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A Deep Look At LNKD

A Deep Look At LNKD

Against a backdrop of a fallen market that, until two days ago, couldn”t quite manage to regain its footing, LNKD impressively managed to shrug off the weakness by flexing its muscles to the tune of 13 percent. What next? The chart below was released to my TradeWinds subscribers on December 9th, the exact day of the reversal. Having rallied in “wave a of 3” up to 238.77 through November 4th,...

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Forget The Speed, Watch The Patterns

Forget The Speed, Watch The Patterns

Sometimes, it seems our brains move in slow motion as it relates to market action.  Perhaps it is the computers and High Frequency Traders (HFTs) that are just lapping us.  Maybe our hopes and expectations get in the way of sound judgment and free thinking. Maybe it is the angst we sometimes feel when the market is as volatile as it has been recently. I can't seem to put my finger on the...

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A Snippet Of Classroom Talk About Options

A Snippet Of Classroom Talk About Options

Reward to risk is not the be-all-end-all of risk management.  I talk about this concept all the time in my classroom. Recently, Macy's Department Store (M) was a topic of discussion regarding risk-reward is risk management. A student was looking for an opportunity to take a directional long in M, so we did some live analysis in the classroom.  There are no weekly options available for M, and...

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March Corn Futures: Trading Idea December 19, 2014

March Corn Futures a Buying Opportunity on More Price Strength See on the daily bar chart for March corn futures that prices are in a 2.5-month-old uptrend and have this week hit a five-month high. The bulls have good near-term technical momentum to suggest that prices will continue to trend sideways to higher in the near term. A move above chart resistance at this week’s high of $4.14...

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Santa Comes Early In The USA

Foreign Stocks ETF (EFA) Relative Strength Ratio (EFA/SPY) fell below its lows of the previous 10 years on 12/18/14, reconfirming its preexisting major downtrend. iShares MSCI BRIC Fund (BKF) Relative Strength Ratio (BKF/SPY) fell below its lows of the previous 7 years on 12/18/14, reconfirming its preexisting major downtrend. Longer term, Emerging Markets Stocks ETF (EEM) Relative Strength...

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Stock Index Bulls Show Dramatic Strength

* Latest Market Developments * Asian and European stock markets posted sharp gains Friday, following Wall Street’s lead from Thursday. The world stock markets’ euphoria is stemming from dovishly construed FOMC meeting results on Wednesday. There are also ideas the European Central Bank will soon announce further monetary policy stimulus measures, which helped to boost the European equities....

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Back To The Future, Almost

Back To The Future, Almost

Is this back to the future? Actually, I should ask is this “almost” back to the future? In just two days, the market has clawed, well, that is not the right word. How about in just two days, the market has roared its way back to where it should be, just a little bit down from its record highs. After their biggest six-day tumble in three years, European shares have regained more than half of...

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Better Stops Make Better Trades

Better Stops Make Better Trades

Over the last 10 days, the Average True Range (ATR) of a 60-minute bar in the NASDAQ futures has increased from around six points to 18 points. Why might this be important to know, even if you don’t trade that particular market? You may have heard the phrase “More is different.” It means that incremental changes can make a qualitative difference, not just an arithmetic difference. An example...

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