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The truth is, unlike margin on futures contracts, option margin is dynamic.  It is almost constantly changing along with market price, volatility, and the exchange’s perceived event risk.  Further, many brokerage firms opt to charge their clients margin requirements that are...
Equities have retreated from the April highs in the last two weeks, dropping 1.33% so far this week. The latest pullback brought the S&P 500 back down for the eighth test of the 100-day simple moving average since December. On Wednesday, the major U.S. equity index...
This morning, a reader responded to my referencing that report from San Jose California about personal drones spying on neighbors. Some years ago people saw space travelers from distant planets. Now perhaps they see drones. Have you seen any valid reports, substantiated by...
Yesterday Let's recap a little. On Monday the S&P500 mini futures (ES) closed near the resistance that has been holding the market in check since the beginning of April. But the close near the top of the near-term triangle that has formed on the daily chart was not...
Export sales for wheat on the week came in at minus 449 thousand metric tons.  Sales have been bad for months, but this should not be looked at as anything different than the week prior as wheat’s new marketing year begins June 1st.  It is common in the last month of the old...
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Export sales for wheat on the week came in at minus 449 thousand metric tons.  Sales have been bad for months, but this should not be looked at as anything different than the week prior as wheat’s new marketing year begins June 1st.  It is common in the last...
This market continues to run with an all-in or all-out mentality. We are seeing massive moves both up and down, which in the past, would take a few days to accomplish (point wise) happen in a few hours. The market makers aren’t giving the retail traders any time to...
As an options trader, all we are trying to do is maximize the reward for the risk we take.  I don’t have a crystal ball.  I do have tools at my disposal in the form of technical and fundamental analysis.  Let’s take a look in Facebook (FB). ...
The Nasdaq futures ended the day on Monday near the Weekly Pivot (4469), which represents a point of equilibrium. The rejection of higher prices on Monday, however, and the return to ground zero, filling the opening gap, the Nasdaq futures completed a bit of technical...
"The Federal Reserve, consistent with its responsibilities as the nation's central bank, affirmed today its readiness to serve as a source of liquidity to support the economic and financial system." --That's the statement the Greenspan Fed used to steady the...
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