Penny Pricing for Stock Options

Penny Pricing for Stock Options

Historically, stock option premiums generally were quoted in fixed increments of a nickel (0.05) or a dime (0.10), depending on the amount of the premium. But a very successful pilot program led to price premium in pennies instead. And so the days of being “nickeled and dimed” are slowly coming to an end! The Old → Read More

The Dinner-Out Trade

The Dinner-Out Trade

Regular scanning of a handful of top sector ETFs can help you find breakouts just as they are starting. For example, on Thursday (7/3/14) the financial ETFs produced a breakout  above recent resistance as they set new 5-year highs: The Financial Select Sector SPDR ETF, XLF, looks nearly identical to IYF. Both charts look the → Read More

What Do Buffett and Tiger Woods Have In Common?

What Do Buffett and Tiger Woods Have In Common?

Let your imagination take over for a few minutes.  Imagine that in 1970, a golfer made a friendly wager with the Professional Golfers Association that, for an indefinite period into the future, the five-year rolling average of his tournament play golf scores[1] would beat “Par”… and he would spot the PGA a couple of strokes, → Read More

How Well Do You Know The Dow Jones Industrial Average? (Part II)

How Well Do You Know The Dow Jones Industrial Average? (Part II)

Hopefully, many of you leapt right into this article when you saw it pop up on the MarketTamer website because you are anxious to dig into a bit of “Dow Jones stock history” and get the answers to the Quiz that appeared in Part I.  Let’s start with the Quiz “Answer Sheet”, then I’ll supplement → Read More

How Well Do You Know The Dow Jones Industrial Average? Take The Quiz! (Part I)

How Well Do You Know The Dow Jones Industrial Average? Take The Quiz! (Part I)

On Monday, September 23, something we hear about at least five days a week will be moving through a rather rare and very significant change. By that date, the Dow Jones Industrial Average will officially have dropped three components [Alcoa (AA), Bank of America (BAC), and Hewlett-Packard Company (HPQ)] and added  three new members [Goldman → Read More

Does Blackstone’s Sale of Hilton Hotels Suggest A Market Top (Part II)?

Does Blackstone’s Sale of Hilton Hotels Suggest A Market Top (Part II)?

In Part I, we walked you through the story of a huge IPO from the Blackstone Group (BX) back in June of 2007.  That IPO nearly marked the exact top of that stock market’s up cycle!   This particular inauguration of a publically traded company turned out to be about as disastrous as any, ever. Around → Read More

The $7 Trillion Vanishing Act

The $7 Trillion Vanishing Act

Where do you think you’d have to go to witness this incredible feat of prestidigitation and legerdemain: suddenly, magically, mysteriously make $7 trillion disappear?  In order to help you answer the question, allow me to clarify a bit. The $7 trillion does not really go away; it is still there, huge as ever. The key → Read More

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