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Protect Profits: VIX Flashing Warning Signs

Protect Profits: VIX Flashing Warning Signs

The VIX as an indicator has been considered by many to be broken, but frankly that is just nonsense.  The indicator is doing what it is supposed to do, reflecting the positioning of option traders in the SPX 500 contract.  That bet is not always right, and we saw that recently.  A month ago when the market tanked following the Memorial Day someone went long volatility and bought a slew of...

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ETF Trade: Tech Stocks Heading For A Correction?

ETF Trade: Tech Stocks Heading For A Correction?

Negative headlines out of Greece are weighting on the markets once again and U.S. tech stocks aren't an exception either. This combined with us being in the historically weak month of June for equities points toward tepid returns in the short-term. Also, we can’t overlook the long awaited return to 2000 bubble levels in the Nasdaq Composite this year and oh, don’t forget Carl Icahn’s recent...

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Greek Crisis Dominates: Here's The S&P Trade

Greek Crisis Dominates: Here's The S&P Trade

My Big Fat Greek Eurozone crisis is number one at the box office again this week.  Every financial market seems to be sensitive to any reports of possible deals or rejections of proposals between Greece and the EU. Technology has made the world a smaller place, and the domino effect seems to live large in the global economy. The only thing I am certain of when it comes to the Greek situation...

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Uncertain Gold Future Calls For Strangle

Uncertain Gold Future Calls For Strangle

Gold futures this week have given back all of last week’s $22.70 rally as a spike in the U.S. Dollar and an unrelenting push higher in equities has quelled last week’s short covering. The ongoing drama that is Greece has yet to produce any final agreements on whether Greece leaves the European Union monetary authority and has at least for this week has put the Euro under pressure along with...

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China Is A Buy: Right Now!

China Is A Buy: Right Now!

Last week the Shanghai Composite Index turned in its worst performance since the financial crisis, dropping 13.3%.  The talk in the news and in many investment circles is whether this marks the beginning of a more serious decline.  The usual suspects are spending time giving lip service to topics like central bank actions, short-term money rates, liquidity factors, etc.  But none of these...

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Ask Kase: Will The Sun Shine On Coffee?

Ask Kase: Will The Sun Shine On Coffee?

“Ask Kase” any question you may have about any actively traded security, and your question may be chosen as the subject of a future column (askkase@kaseco.com). Those of us who can remember KC and the Sunshine Band’s emergence in 1975 are now in need of a different kind of KC – coffee - to stay bright. Baby Boomers may be counted on to steadily drink the stuff, but it might be another kind...

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A Stock Top Is Near: Use Time And Price

A Stock Top Is Near: Use Time And Price

For over a year now, I have been writing about investor sentiment, using time and then combining that with regular technicals and price for high odds swing trade set ups. This 4 check swing trading formula is going to become even more important moving forward. Liquidity is drying up which is going to start producing more volatility. The more volatility in the market, the less “programmed...

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Trading Psychology: A Tale Of Two Traders

Trading Psychology: A Tale Of Two Traders

We come to the trading with two types of capital: one is monetary and the other is psychological. Trading puts both types of capital at risk, but your trader personality largely determines the outcome.  If you are a conservative trader, by which I mean that you don’t use leverage or margin, then you naturally protect and preserve capital. Today I spoke with a trader from New Zealand who is...

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Review: Chaikin Analytics, How It Works

Review: Chaikin Analytics, How It Works

Trying to make your way in this very tough market is nearly impossible without the right guide.  Imagine trying to find a new destination without a road map (or gps or siri).  You'll find yourself getting lost, asking for directions and 'hoping' you get where you're going before too long.  It's the same with trading markets and investing.  If you are not armed with the right tools then...

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It's Time To Sell The Euro: Here's Why

It's Time To Sell The Euro: Here's Why

The Euro currency has faced major pressure over the last year as Greece threatens to default in the Mediterranean in addition to the combination of trade sanctions and conflict in the East also contributing to a slowing economy. Meanwhile, the ECB’s Quantitative Easing announcement in January has actually caused the Euro to bottom and rise rather than continuing to weaken in the face of an...

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What's Next? Comparing Twitter To Apple

What's Next? Comparing Twitter To Apple

Does an interim CEO who co-founded the company inspire to get interested in a company?  When Steve Job returned to Apple as the interim CEO (remember, he was running Pixar at the time), no doubt he considered coming back to a full time position, at some point.  He came back at exactly the right time, the stock was fledgling and some predicted the end.  His vision for the future was adapted,...

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ETF Play: Trading The Greek Drama FXE

ETF Play: Trading The Greek Drama FXE

The European’s can be so dramatic!  Will a deal with Greece get done?  Will it not?  I really can’t say either, but the back and forth between the Troika and the Greek government is the stuff of mid-afternoon soap opera fodder.  Whatever happens, my feeling is that it is going to be good for the Euro currency in general.  Either the Greeks cave which is good for the Euro or they leave the EU...

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Chart Of The Day: CyberSecurity Is Big Business

Chart Of The Day: CyberSecurity Is Big Business

Cyber security has become big business.  Every week it seems we are hearing about some breach of important data files by some hacker, threatening to cost many millions or even billions of theft.  In fact last week we heard of not one but two such intrusions into Federal employee files.  If it's easy for the government to be victimized then really anyone/anything is vulnerable.  FireEye and...

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Trade The Breakout In This Tobacco Stock (VGR)

Trade The Breakout In This Tobacco Stock (VGR)

Many think of Reynolds American, Altria Group, and Philip Morris when referring to the tobacco stocks, but the $2.7B Miami, FL based Vector Group is often left out of the discussion. Vector is 4th largest cigarette manufacturer under discount brands including Liggett, Pyramid, Grand Prix and even an e-cigarette called “Zoom”. Along with their tobacco portfolio, they also own 70.59% of the...

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Trading Patience And Clear Thinking

Trading Patience And Clear Thinking

Over the years the markets appear to have changed and taken on new dynamics. Although the online age has brought a whole new pattern to trading and accessibility for traders, but has it really changed and what about the traders within? Fundamentally the markets are still places where traders go to buy and sell, trying to make the most profit whilst being driven by greed and fear. They want...

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