Archive for March, 2014

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    Brooklyn -

    I don’t know a ton about options. I didn’t see a $9 call, so I think the $10 would be good.

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    David – what do you think of the medium and long term prospects? Does entering by buying a July $10 call and reducing the cost  by selling an October $10 put for close to a $1 make sense?

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    Banks/Deano – Whole XLF popped, maybe some leak on the stress tests? 

    SLW/STP, Rookie – What we have left is the Jan $20/25 bull call spread but that was initiated on 2/12.   You are referring to a position from the old STP, which was totally cashed out last year.  If you were sitting on naked $19 calls, that's a very nice gain but shame on you for not stopping out on the drop from $27 back to $25 AFTER I have made roughly 100 calls this month to get back to CASH!!!  

    Austerity/Lunar – It's like that discussion last week we had on facts vs. opinions.  Like Trickle Down Economics, Austerity has been proven not to work over and over and over again – it's a political tool, not an economic solution – yet it benefits the rich and powerful at the expense of the poor so it continues to be used to bludgeon unsuspecting populations.  It's war – just an economic one, where the oppressed are unarmed and unable to fight back and the goal of the rich is to keep it that way.  

    Gates/StJ – OK, I will say that, if I were a Gates kid, I would be pissed if I didn't get at least $1Bn!

    Sushi/Wombat – Goal-oriented trading is the best kind.  If I'm thinking going out for sushi and it's going to be $200 for the family, I like to try to make $200 to pay for it and, if I happen to make more – we go to Nobu and, if I happen to lose $200 instead, then I scrap the plan for sushi and we're even!  My friend and I spend two weeks in Tahoe like that, gambling for every meal and every show, room upgrades, etc. – we went home with more money than we came with and the secret it taking a small win and walking away, rather than doing what most people do – which is play until they lose.

    Like this morning, the RUT made a quick $200 so I'm happy.  The second it turned back up I got out and now we're at 1,190 again so maybe another chance to play (if we get the signals from other indexes).

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    SCO April $29/32 bull call spread at $1.10, selling $29 puts for .80 is net .30 – 10 in the Short-Term Portfolio.  

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    Hello Phil,
    Went to cruise for over 2 weeks and missed the market, got few bad positions, please help… this is few of them:
    Sold RIMM May 70 put, GOOG May 540 Put and BIDU 67 Call, which month and strike should I roll to?

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    Phil// Couple of questions

    (a)  We added a sco naked call in the 25kp in addition to our following existing position.  Not sure if the STP position was closed when you called for all cash.

    March 19th, 2014 at 10:52 am | PermalinkTweet thisIgnore this user

    SCO April $29/32 bull call spread at $1.10, selling $29 puts for .80 is net .30 – 10 in the Short-Term Portfolio.  


    (b)  Question of SLW – I guess SLW is falling due to the rest of the market and also based on Yellen's comments on a rate hike earlier than anticipated.  With that being said, is this a good time to roll the slw or wait to see a better price to roll it?  Thanks.  Following is the trade we have left on SLW

    March 20th, 2014 at 5:41 am | Permalink | Tweet thisIgnore this user

    SLW/STP, Rookie – What we have left is the Jan $20/25 bull call spread but that was initiated on 2/12.   

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    . "It was lights out ever since that moment…"
    Lets see:
    Apple rose from 517 to 702 after Einhorns call. 
    Lights out?

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    snow – The 38th parallel was a very important demarcation to China as well.

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    one by one:
    JPM, no caller but mar 26 putter,
    action: sell 1x apr 18 call for 2.2$
    and roll mar 26 putter to 2x apr17 for 3.2$, set stop at 20 % gain, comment please.

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    CNBC is spinning!
    Can’t understand what was so good, smal limprovements but under last year.


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The dysfunctional debt ceiling and why we should kill it: 5 questions answered

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US recessions are like epidemics: they all begin somewhere, and the “tell” is state-level unemployment data. For example, the end of the 2000 dot com bubble hit Connecticut and Massachusetts first – two hubs for the financials services industry with lots of affluent investors to boot. The end of the 2000s housing boom predictably impacted Florida and Nevada before the rest of the country. This time around, the data shows the manufacturing-heavy states of Michigan, Ohio and Indiana are most at risk. No wonder “Dr. Fed” wants to inoculate the region with lower interest rates.

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Silver ETF (SLV) Testing Dual Breakout Resistance

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Silver (NYSEARCA: SLV) has been in a bit of a slumber when compared to the price action for Gold (NYSEARCA: GLD).

Precious metals bulls hope that this about to change, as bullish action from Silver is necessary to confirm any bull market / move in metals.

Today’s chart takes a closer look at the Silver ETF (SLV) on a weekly basis. As you can see, Silver is up 5 percent this week alone.

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Charts show us the golden brick road to high prices.

GLD Gann Angle has been working since 2016. Higher prices are expected. Who would say anything different, and why and how?

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The GLD very wide channel shows us the way.
- Conservative: Tag the 10 year rally starting in 2001 to 2019 and it forecasts $750 GLD (or $7500 USD Gold Futures) in 10 years.
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