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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...

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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...

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Transition From Old Crop To New Crop: Musical Chairs For Beans

Transition From Old Crop To New Crop: Musical Chairs For Beans

There continues to be optimal seasonal crop condition ratings for soybeans in Iowa, Illinois, and Indiana, high yield counts from the Pro Farmer Crop Tour this week for Nebraska, South Dakota, and Ohio, along with continued favorable central US weather forecasts that have continued to pressure corn and soybean values. The volume of trade has been moderate with traders watching to see if...

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The 5 Trader Personalities- Part 5: The Engineer

The 5 Trader Personalities- Part 5: The Engineer

One’s personality is like the water a fish swims in. It colors our perceptions and decisions in a global manner that we are usually quite naive about. Frankly, one’s personality quirks often get a pass from others in the course of daily life (“He’s just that way.”), but when it comes to the financial arena, our personality strongly affects our bottom-line results.   [Note: In my work with...

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Unusual Options Activity Seen In Kate Spade & Company

Unusual Options Activity Seen In Kate Spade & Company

Kate Spade & Company (KATE) recently reported earnings, and news of contracting profit margins sent shares tumbling over 10 percent.  Unusual Options Activity At least one institution thinks this move was overdone. Monday’s session saw a trader come in and buy 5,000 KATE Sep 33 Calls for $0.95, paying the ask against 700 contracts of open interest.   Huge Position This order has the...

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US Stocks: Did You Miss That Correction?

US Stocks: Did You Miss That Correction?

I suppose many were expecting more in terms of price and time.  But if you were paying attention (as I was, because my stomach was churning) then you witnessed about a 4% drop in the indices in the matter of five or so days, and if you count the SPX futures it was about 5% (to the lows reached overnight on Aug 7/8).  And now, about a week later much of that lost ground has been recovered, to...

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Capital At Risk: Your Trading Timeframe Matters

Capital At Risk: Your Trading Timeframe Matters

If you are going to trade on a short-term (one to three day) basis, your approach to risk management will not be the same as someone who trades on a longer time horizon.   [Editor's note: read part one in this risk management series here: How Much Should You Risk On A Trade.] With my implied volatility signals and medium-term directional signals, I emphasize reward to risk expressed as...

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Global Unrest Sends Many Equity Traders To The Sidelines

Global Unrest Sends Many Equity Traders To The Sidelines

August has been an interesting month for trading the equity markets so far. Geo-political events have been on the front page almost every day. We have seen things escalate and then cool down along the Ukraine-Russia border. Actions by Russia have resulted in economic sanctions by the United States and many other countries. Russia has responded with a ban on imports from those countries,...

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Nucor Shares Are Breaking Out To The Upside

Nucor Shares Are Breaking Out To The Upside

Shares of the steel manufacturer, Nucor (NUE), are down less than 1% year to date after being down as much as 13% in early February. On July 24, Nucor reported Q2 EPS of $0.46 vs. the $0.40 estimate and revenue of $5.29B vs. the $5.22B estimate. Steel mill shipments increased 9% in the quarter. They expect to see a stronger improvement in earnings for the third quarter as well. Valuation...

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Canadian Solar Heating Up: Time To Get Bullish

Canadian Solar Heating Up: Time To Get Bullish

Hey, world! I hope you are doing incredible! It is a beautiful August here in Nashville, TN. Hot, but not too hot, ya know? Good summer weather! If it is super hot where you are, this trade might make that A/C bill a little more bearable. Trade Pick Canadian Solar (CSIQ) caught my interest early in the morning on August 13. Here's what I noticed: •    It was gapping up to a very specific...

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The 5 Trader Personalities- Part 4: The Realist

The 5 Trader Personalities- Part 4: The Realist

It is as difficult to perceive one’s own personality as it is to see one’s face without a mirror. It sometimes takes frank feedback from someone we love to really get a sense of who we actually are. Most advice you hear about trading is not objective advice… it is already colored by the personality of the person offering it. And almost always that person is touting the specific information...

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Russia Eager To Sell Wheat: Play It With A Put

Russia Eager To Sell Wheat: Play It With A Put

Wheat rallied last week due to fears that the Russian/Ukraine crisis could slow or halt exports. However both nations are in need of foreign reserves and the short covering rally was short lived. World production estimates continue to climb and US prices are well above foreign competitors. Therefore, without supply disruptions from the Russian/Ukraine region, there seems to be little reason...

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Unusual Options Activity: What Does Big Call Buying In Gannett Mean?

Unusual Options Activity: What Does Big Call Buying In Gannett Mean?

Gannett Company Inc. (GCI) is a media and marketing solutions company headquartered in Tyson’s Corner, VA.  The News Last Tuesday morning Gannett announced it would split into separate print and broadcasting companies, causing at least one trader to take an aggressive long position in GCI stock on Monday in what was an otherwise thin day for unusual options activity. The Big Trade...

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What Will iPhone6 Sales Mean For The Stock? Apple Déjà Vu

What Will iPhone6 Sales Mean For The Stock? Apple Déjà Vu

Two years ago in the summer of 2012, many analysts and guru's in the media were saying "buy AAPL stock, it's going to $1,000, $1,111 even $1,200." Their reasoning was the "new bigger screen" on the upcoming iPhone 5 would set new sales records due to big demand. The analysts were right. When the iPhone 5 was released on Sept 19, 2012, it set an all-time new sales record for Apple. It also...

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How Much Should You Risk On A Trade?

How Much Should You Risk On A Trade?

A new, and even a seasoned, trader tends to be focused on the signal that is right in front of him or her instead of the larger picture.  That is just one part of trading.  Account and capital management play as big, if not bigger, of a role.  Breaking It Down One thing that gets swept under the rug often is allocation.  Allocation is about capital at risk and not the number of lots you...

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