The Big Idea
I have discussed strike and term selection, the right instrument to hedge a portfolio and how to manage a hedge that has been working. But what about a hedge that doesn't work?
November 25, 2014 2:48 PM ET
Palo Alto Networks has scanned for of my favorite plays.
November 25, 2014 11:31 AM ET
Option flow in Garmin picked up last week when deal chatter made the rounds- causing shares to spike several dollars and implied volatility to jump nearly 10 points
November 25, 2014 8:35 AM ET
Economists at a couple of other broker-dealers have published notes showing that a regression of retail sales on gas prices suggests no statistically significant relationship. However, they've drawn the wrong conclusion.
November 25, 2014 8:28 AM ET
Drilling down on the Facebook hourly setup for clues on the next move
November 24, 2014 12:11 PM ET
A week ago, we looked at owning call spreads in the retail sector ETF (XRT) ahead of the holiday season. With the ETF at $93.38 in Monday trading, our December 91/94 call spread has already reaped much of its potential profit, and we are looking to close our prior position and roll into a new one.
November 24, 2014 11:27 AM ET
I may enter a simple vertical put spread sale, to collect a bit of decay and express a flat to upside view into the holidays.
November 24, 2014 10:31 AM ET
For only $1, we'll give you everything we got -- 12 different products -- until the ball drops on New Year's Eve.
November 24, 2014 8:32 AM ET
The stock has been under selling pressure which appears to be subsiding. The Trade - Buy 1 VMW January 87.50 call for 2.35 and Sell 1 VMW January 92.50 call at 1.05
November 21, 2014 3:22 PM ET
MA is at 52 week highs and its implied volatility is at 52 week lows, one of my favorite setups.
November 21, 2014 1:09 PM ET
An investor bought the COP December 65/70 put spread 13,148 times for $0.47 at 11:09, with the underlying stock trading at $73.65. If oil prices stabilize, investors may stop souring on the sector and companies like COP could rebound sharply. I would not be surprised to see crude oil find demand support here and would not want to trade alongside this investor; I would actually prefer taking the other side of the trade.
November 21, 2014 12:07 PM ET
While the introduction of weekly options has taken some of the thrill out of the monthly and quarterly expiration cycles, we still see most of the open interest in longer-term contracts. Today in SPY we see just over 27million contracts of open interest, with 8 million (29%) set to expire in a few hours. Of note is the position in the Nov 207 calls- 122K contracts, which were opened just this week when buyers paid 10-15 cents as SPY traded near 205.05.
November 20, 2014 1:38 PM ET
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