Wednesday, June 20th, 2018

What Will Finally Stop the Stock Market Rally?

The US stock market rally has passed another milestone. It has been 487 days since a 5% correction making this the second longest such period since 1970. The point being that a measure of market strength and endurance is perhaps the length of time without a correction rather than just how [...]

Will Semiconductor Stocks Rise in the Trump Presidency?

The initial respond to Trumps election as president was a near crash of the market followed by a rally. Semiconductor stocks seem to be doing well also. Is this a matter of a rising tide lifting all ships? These cyclical stocks tend to rise and fall with the economy. But will semiconductor [...]

Stock Market Wants Predictable

Stocks went up after Hillary Clinton did well in the first presidential debate. It turns out that the stock market wants predictable. Market Watch comments as stocks march higher.
U.S. stocks traded higher Tuesday, boosted in part by the outcome of the presidential debate between Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton and Republican [...]

Is It Time for Calls on Copper Futures?

Copper prices went up on news that China is importing more of the metal. Is it time for calls on copper futures or is that premature? The Wall Street Journal reports on rising commodity prices.
Energy and materials companies led the rally amid gains in oil and copper prices.
Copper prices rose after [...]

How Soon Will the Chinese Stock Market Die?

Both the rise and fall of the Chinese stock market have been spectacular. The Shanghai Composite Index closed at 2,109 on January 2, 2014. On January 5, 2015 it closed at 3,350. And on July 17, 2015 it closed at 3,927, nearly twice its value of 18 months previous. The Chinese stock [...]

Can You Profit from Currency Market Chaos?

The Forex markets are crazy these days as the yuan plunges along with many developing nation currencies. The ramifications of a cheaper yuan include increased Chinese exports and pressure on industries across North America, Europe, Great Britain and the rest of the world. In the meantime can you profit from currency [...]

When to Take Options Profits

A recent article in Money Morning bragged about a success options trade and discussed when to take options trading profits.
With options trading, even the smallest move in the underlying stock can result in explosive profits.
Last Wednesday, we saw exactly this scenario play out with one of my Money Calendar Alert [...]

VIX Frenzy

According to Bloomberg a 30 minute VIX frenzy exposes obsession with volatility hedging. What is that all about?
Among the many scary things traders witnessed as stocks plunged last Monday, one of the most harrowing was the sight of the VIX, an index designed to measure investor fear, briefly going dark.
For [...]

Can You Make Money with Oil Options?

Nearly a year ago we suggested that you can make money with oil futures options. It turns out this advice was correct. If you had purchased puts on crude oil futures or stocks in the oil sector in July you would have made money between then and now. But, can you still [...]

Is the Market Correction Here?

Options traders may wish to ask themselves if the market correction is here. The Wall Street Journal reports a sharp drop in U.S. stocks.
U.S. stocks tumbled on Tuesday as the dollar rose to a nearly 12-year high against the euro and bond yields in Europe hit record lows.
The Dow [...]

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