What DID Go Up on Friday?

What DID Go Up on Friday?

So what did go up on Friday? Of the eleven major sectors, it is not a surprise which one dropped the least. It was Utilities. Money flowed out of nearly everything else and into the defensive stocks – the utilities. 47 of 134 stocks in that sector closed on the upside, The second major index → Read More

A Good Jobs Report

A Good Jobs Report

Marketwatch.com on Friday had a headline that lured me into reading the article. Titled ‘Chicken-little investors, please read the jobs report’, I just had to invest a few minutes reading it. I don’t consider myself a ‘Chicken-little’ investor. There are always opportunities, in both market directions. Experience has made me cautious at certain times, and → Read More

Time to Jump Into POOL?

Time to Jump Into POOL?

It seems half the financial analysts are warning of global recession and the other half are saying it may be the best time in years to buy.  For those investors more inclined to believe the ‘glass is half-full’ outlook, here is an interesting seasonal trade possibility. Pool Corporation (POOL) is a wholesale distributor of pool → Read More

Do You Believe?

Do You Believe?

I do not believe the markets are on stable ground. Yes, we’ve seen a good rebound off the August correction. The S&P 500 fell 12.5% during the summer, and has since rebounded by 11.4% (Note: that doesn’t mean the S&P 500 is back near its previous high). Volume has been decent during the rebound, but → Read More

Sellers Are Still In Control in This Stock

Sellers Are Still In Control in This Stock

We’re past the Fed meeting, and the news wasn’t bad. We can cruise now, right? No. It’s only starting. First, today is a ‘quadruple witching day’, the expiration of September stock index futures, index options, stock options, and single stock futures. Expect just a wee bit of volatility today. And in less than three weeks, → Read More

Not Yet a Correction

Not Yet a Correction

The S&P 500 bought a one-way ticket south. After setting a new all-time high, it quickly reversed, plunging through the 50-day and 200-day moving averages. A quick 9.8% loss over 18 trading sessions: But wait. That was not last week. That was less than a year ago, in October 2014. The index of large-cap U.S. → Read More

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

Earnings Plus For Enerplus?

Earnings Plus For Enerplus?

Here is a stock story that is appealing on multiple levels: 1)    It is in the equity sector (Energy) which year-to-date has outperformed all other sectors, except Utilities [per the SPDR Sector ETFs] providing a return of 6.55% through the end of April; 2)    The stock that was beaten down in 2012 due → Read More

Seasonal Analysis = 25% gain in 31 Days

Seasonal Analysis = 25% gain in 31 Days

The February 19th, 2014 Seasonal Forecaster newsletter introduced readers to a stock not often mentioned on the financial press. “Ann Inc, a women’s apparel chain, has good fundamentals (an EPS growth rate of 43% and a Return On Equity of 26%). My interest in this stock is it has a very strong seasonal right now. → Read More

Right on Direction, But Still Lose Money on Bear Put Spreads?

Right on Direction, But Still Lose Money on Bear Put Spreads?

In 3 of the last 5 days, SPY, the ETF based on the S&P 500, gap-opened upwards but ended the day in the lower half of the day’s range. The range of the day’s trading has been increasing on the down-close days: Is this a good time to play further downside in perhaps the SPY? → Read More

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