SPX, VIX, and AAPL

Here are some quick thoughts/trading ideas for SPX, VIX and AAPL.

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Trade updates for Apple and Netflix

Trade update: our AAPL calendar is up about $0.80 ($320) and will need to be rolled tomorrow. The NFLX calendar is up about $$5.00 ($1,500). Both trades are doing fine, but we’d be better off with a move up towards $560 for AAPL and $370 for NFLX. I’m looking at long vol trading ideas on [...]

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AAPL update….

Last week I posted a couple of trading ideas looking at AAPL and NFLX. Here’s another look at AAPL.

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Longer-term AAPL bearish play

Having a bearish opinion on AAPL is like hating puppies, and babies.  How could you hate something so cute and lovable? You’re instantly ridiculed (for having your own opinion). But we’ve pointed out in this blog on a couple of occasions where outlandish price projections pretty much signaled tops in the stock. This time, instead [...]

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The triple top – part two

Last April in a post entitled “The mother of all triple tops” I discussed, among other things, the potential of a triple top in the market looking at a monthly chart of the SPX. But, not only did the triple top not materialize, the market absolutely just blew through the “resistance” area I saw on [...]

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Should we really ‘forgive and forget’ this?

Maybe ‘forgiving and forgetting’ is great for the soul, but what about your brokerage account? Bubbles and crashes occur far more often than investors think because investors have a very, very short memory. They forget. And it’s happening again, right now. 

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Here’s a great look at another income trade

After holding a couple of free live webcasts over the past month discussing earnings trades and adjustments (click here for latest webcasts), here’s yet another look at an “income” type of trade.  This one popped up as a trade yesterday as the VIX starting pushing 15.  But the reason for the move up in volatility [...]

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Be careful with that earnings trade

Earnings season is in full swing and many traders are looking for potential profits when those earnings reports come through.  But some strategies really may not be the appropriate way to trade a stock that potentially is about to move big.  Here are a few things to keep in mind when trading throughout the earnings [...]

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Lightest monthly volume since April 2007

Remember the Spring of ’07? I think I do.  If my memory serves me correctly, and that’s a big ‘if’, there was talk of a credit crunch and how cash management companies were having a tough time securing short-term lending.  April of that year is also the last time the monthly SPY volume was lower [...]

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Where’s this stock going?

One of the truest things I’ve heard recently was “It’s SOOOO nice not having to pick which way the stock is going!”  That came from a one-on-one coaching student of mine that had fallen into the trap of over-analyzing charts and looking for “that one right” indicator.  Not having to pick a direction had taken [...]

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