Archive for October, 2013

Comment by tradervic

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    I think we should get a credit, or an extension, for these past 2 weeks. It’s been an absolute wasteland.

Comment by karmcon

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    Have always thought that UNH would be a good candidate for an Iron Condor due to its stagnation between the 50-55 price range, but commissions at $51+ for 10 or less contracts and the risk assumed looking at a Jun condor 50-45 P’s and 55-60 C’s of 4.40 has deterred my entry.

    Thanks for the info!!!

Comment by sahaida

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    i dont really know why im paying 100 bucks a month for this place. im not learning really anything here. phil and happy are the only guys to help out.

Comment by mSquare

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    QCOM – may get cheaper. They picked just one too many fights – besides the royalty dispute with Broadcom, they fight with big customers who are unhappy like Nokia, Telcos by demanding more royalties and countries/EU etc. In India (the wireless market with most growth next few years), their biggest two customers (with CDMA) have been moving away – even the cost of building new GSM infrastructure! They also face more/new competition from likes of INTC with good WiMax ideas etc.

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    CME down hard

Comment by _fab

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    Indices – could it be a double top in the making for today (very visible on the 15min), or could it be the ‘breath of fresh air’ break above 13100?

    Looks like it’s double topping-ish so far…

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    The full report is available here:
    According to the report, it is not based on "laptop documents" but:
    12.  As indicated in paragraph 6 above, among the information available to the Agency is the alleged
    studies documentation: a large volume of documentation (including correspondence, reports, view graphs
    from  presentations,  videos  and  engineering  drawings),  amounting  to  over  a  thousand  pages.  The
    information  reflected  in  that  documentation  is  of  a  technically  complex  and  interconnected  nature,
    showing  research,  development  and  testing  activities  over  time.  It  also  contains  working  level
    correspondence consistent with the day to day implementation of a formal programme. Consistent with the
    Agency’s practice, that information has been carefully and critically examined. The Agency has also had
    several meetings with the Member State to clarify the information it had provided, to question the Member
    State about the forensics it had carried out on the documentation and the information reflected in it, and to
    obtain more information on the underlying sources.
    13.  In addition to the alleged studies documentation, the Agency has received information from more
    than ten Member States. This has included procurement information, information on international travel
    by individuals said to have been involved in the alleged activities, financial records, documents reflecting
    health and safety arrangements, and other documents demonstrating manufacturing techniques for certain
    high explosive components. This information reinforces and tends to corroborate the information reflected
    in the alleged studies documentation, and relates to activities substantially beyond those identified in that
    14.  In addition to the information referred to in paragraphs 12 and 13 above, the Agency has acquired
    information as a result of its own efforts, including publications and articles acquired through open source
    research, satellite imagery, the results of Agency verification activities and information provided by Iran
    in the context of those verification activities.
     Importantly, the Agency has also had direct discussions
    with a number of individuals who were involved in relevant activities in Iran, including, for example, an
    interview with a leading figure in the clandestine nuclear supply network (see paragraph 35 below). The
    information obtained by the Agency from the discussions with these individuals is consistent with the

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Comment by Tommy

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    looks like a setup for another slaughter…I hope I’m wrong…..

Comment by Savi

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    David--Tx for the ENTG and GFIG plays

Comment by OptionSage

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    LOL, thx DM - when Phil mentions manipulation, it can happen in more ways than one!


Zero Hedge

Visualizing The 150 Apps That Power The Gig Economy

Courtesy of ZeroHedge. View original post here.

Go back in time a decade, and you’d have a tough time convincing anyone that they would be “employed” through an app on their phone.

And yet, as Visual Capitalist's Jeff Desjardins explains, in a short period of time, the emergence of the smartphone has enabled the gig economy to flourish into a multi-trillion dollar global market. And by leveraging apps like Uber, Airbnb, and Etsy, it’s estimated that ...

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Phil's Favorites

What's going on with Blue Apron?

By Ilene 

The Blue Apron business model appears, perhaps, flawed. While the service is convenient, I think it would appeal mostly to very busy people who don't have time to shop for food -- but enjoy cooking -- and have enough money that the trade off between paying for food delivery vs. spending time shopping is worth it. Here's the unfortunate stock chart and some numbers from Yahoo:

The company has been losing money, and is projected to lose money again next year. Revenue is projected to decrease in 2019 from the 2018 level, but pick up again in 2020, though still below 2018's revenue. Maybe a larger company that could integrate APRN's services into its existing infrastructure should acquire APRN and save it from its apparent...

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Chart School

Palladium minor cycle bottom

Courtesy of Read the Ticker.

Once again RealVision TV posts another trade idea, long palladium. We shall review it with our RTT cycle tools and parallel channels.

Any trader will be concerned with the supply shock at $1800 which pushed down price quickly. Profit taking maybe, sure! The question, is there more supply out (or more profit taking) there ready to dump on the market, either now or after any minor advance. This why waiting for the 'C' wave of the A-B-C to form over some more time is a good idea, and once done, we want to see solid buying moving price up before acting, after all we do not want to be early or a lonely bull (Richard Wyckoff logic). 

The parallel channel highl...

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Digital Currencies

Cryptocurrencies are finally going mainstream - the battle is on to bring them under global control


Cryptocurrencies are finally going mainstream – the battle is on to bring them under global control

The high seas are getting lower. dianemeise

Courtesy of Iwa Salami, University of East London

The 21st-century revolutionaries who have dominated cryptocurrencies are having to move over. Mainstream financial institutions are adopting these assets and the blockchain technology that enables them, in what ...

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Kimble Charting Solutions

Banks Sending Bearish Message To Stocks, Says Joe Friday

Courtesy of Chris Kimble.

Quality bull markets prefer to see Banks stronger than the broad markets or at least keeping up with it. Concerns often crop up when banks reflect relative weakness compared to the S&P.

This chart looks at the Bank Index (BKX) over the past few years, reflecting a falling channel of lower highs and lower lows has taken place inside of falling channel (1). This falling channel has now been in play for the past 15-months.

The index hit the bottom of the channel in December of 2018 and a counter-trend rally took place. The rally off the December lows saw the index hit the top...

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Insider Scoop

Analyst: US Sanctions 'May Not Kill Huawei'

Courtesy of Benzinga.

President Donald Trump signed an executive order Wednesday that limits how "foreign adversaries" conduct business with U.S. companies.

What Happened

The Department of Commerce said China's Huawei and 70 related companies will be included in the "Entity ... more from Insider


DNA as you've never seen it before, thanks to a new nanotechnology imaging method

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DNA as you've never seen it before, thanks to a new nanotechnology imaging method

A map of DNA with the double helix colored blue, the landmarks in green, and the start points for copying the molecule in red. David Gilbert/Kyle Klein, CC BY-ND

Courtesy of David M. Gilbert, Florida State University


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More Examples Of "Typical Tesla "wise-guy scamminess"

By Jacob Wolinsky. Originally published at ValueWalk.

Stanphyl Capital’s letter to investors for the month of March 2019.

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Friends and Fellow Investors:

For March 2019 the fund was up approximately 5.5% net of all fees and expenses. By way of comparison, the S&P 500 was up approximately 1.9% while the Russell 2000 was down approximately 2.1%. Year-to-date 2019 the fund is up approximately 12.8% while the S&P 500 is up approximately 13.6% and the ...

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Members' Corner

Despacito - How to Make Money the Old-Fashioned Way - SLOWLY!

Are you ready to retire?  

For most people, the purpose of investing is to build up enough wealth to allow you to retire.  In general, that's usually enough money to reliably generate a year's worth of your average income, each year into your retirement so that that, plus you Social Security, should be enough to pay your bills without having to draw down on your principle.

Unfortunately, as the last decade has shown us, we can't count on bonds to pay us more than 3% and the average return from the stock market over the past 20 years has been erratic - to say the least - with 4 negative years (2000, 2001, 2002 and 2008) and 14 positives, though mostly in the 10% range on the positives.  A string of losses like we had from 2000-02 could easily wipe out a decades worth of gains.

Still, the stock market has been better over the last 10 (7%) an...

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Mapping The Market

It's Not Capitalism, it's Crony Capitalism

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It's Not Capitalism, it's Crony Capitalism


The threat to America is this: we have abandoned our core philosophy. Our first principle of this nation as a meritocracy, a free-market economy, where competition drives economic decision-making. In its place, we have allowed a malignancy to fester, a virulent pus-filled bastardized form of economics so corrosive in nature, so dangerously pestilent, that it presents an extinction-level threat to America – both the actual nation and the “idea” of America.

This all-encompassing mutant corruption saps men’s souls, crushes opportunities, and destroys economic mobility. Its a Smash & Grab system of ill-gotten re...

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Swing trading portfolio - week of September 11th, 2017

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This post is for all our live virtual trade ideas and daily comments. Please click on "comments" below to follow our live discussion. All of our current  trades are listed in the spreadsheet below, with entry price (1/2 in and All in), and exit prices (1/3 out, 2/3 out, and All out).

We also indicate our stop, which is most of the time the "5 day moving average". All trades, unless indicated, are front-month ATM options. 

Please feel free to participate in the discussion and ask any questions you might have about this virtual portfolio, by clicking on the "comments" link right below.

To learn more about the swing trading virtual portfolio (strategy, performance, FAQ, etc.), please click here ...

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Free eBook - "My Top Strategies for 2017"



Here's a free ebook for you to check out! 

Phil has a chapter in a newly-released eBook that we think you’ll enjoy.

In My Top Strategies for 2017, Phil's chapter is Secret Santa’s Inflation Hedges for 2017.

This chapter isn’t about risk or leverage. Phil present a few smart, practical ideas you can use as a hedge against inflation as well as hedging strategies designed to assist you in staying ahead of the markets.

Some other great content in this free eBook includes:


·       How 2017 Will Affect Oil, the US Dollar and the European Union


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