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Options 101

Further Reflections on MOPO
By Mark Phillips | Wednesday, May 07, 2003
Last week, we spent our time together, discussing the next high-odds shorting opportunity for the broad market, assigning it the affectionate term of MOPO.

The Cheapskate Report
By Buzz Lynn | Thursday, May 01, 2003
Welcome to the Cheapskate revolution - the Cheap Decade, actually. The coining of the phrase isn't original. It came from Rich Karlgaard, Publisher of Forbes Magazine.

Setting Up For MOPO
By Mark Phillips | Wednesday, April 30, 2003
In Monday's article, we spent some time addressing the question of whether it is time for to start sharpening our claws for another exhilarating ride down the charts.

Foreign Currency Trading Basics
By Buzz Lynn | Sunday, April 20, 2003
Two weeks ago, we did a column on how a preponderance of small traders (most of us) could trade foreign currencies right here in their own USA bank account.

Special Delivery From The Easter Bunny - A Basket of MONEY!!!
By Buzz Lynn | Sunday, April 20, 2003
How do we account for an incredibly profitable month for the CPTI? Hell! It's becoming S.O.P. Perhaps we're just damn good.

Complacency Reigns!
By Mark Phillips | Wednesday, April 16, 2003
I've been writing about the Volatility Index (VIX.X) so much lately that I feel like a bit of a one-trick pony, but I keep coming back to it because the action is so compelling and I feel it is sending us some big warning signals that we can't afford to ignore. Despite continued volatile action in the broad market, the VIX has continued to drill to new multi-month lows, very clearly telegraphing that option writers are becoming less and less nervous.

The Tax Man Cometh
By Buzz Lynn | Thursday, April 10, 2003
It's tax time again! How would you like to save some money and AVOID (not evade) some Uncle Sam outlay this year?

An Oldie, But Goodie
By Mark Phillips | Wednesday, April 09, 2003
In both the sports and military world, the saying is "The best defense is a strong offense". In the trading world, I think it should be changed to "The best defense is a strong business plan".

Currency Trading Simplified
By Buzz Lynn | Thursday, April 03, 2003
"When you are a hammer, everything looks like a nail", or so said behaviorist Maslow. I don't know about you, but I tend to view everything through the eyes of a stock trader engaged in equity markets. It's a pretty limited field of vision.

The Best Defense
By Mark Phillips | Wednesday, April 02, 2003
In both the sports and military world, the saying is "The best defense is a strong offense". In the trading world, I think it should be changed to "The best defense is a strong business plan".

Back to Basics
By Buzz Lynn | Thursday, March 27, 2003
Support, resistance, oscillators. When we boil it all down, isn't that what the mechanics of trading is all about (aside from the primary directive of "preserve capital, make money")?

Consolidation
By Mark Phillips | Wednesday, March 26, 2003
Following the explosive moves in the broad market over the past couple weeks, a bit of consolidation was to be expected, and that seems to be what we're seeing over the past couple days.

Does "Close" Count?
By Buzz Lynn | Thursday, March 20, 2003
"Only in horse shoes and government work", might come the answer. But what about analysts? Do they ever hit their mark?

So, You Want To Know The Future?
By Mark Phillips | Wednesday, March 19, 2003
Hey, me too! In all seriousness, for those of you that don't tune into the Market Monitor during the day, tonight's article will be another installment of me donning my "Great Carnac" hat and gazing into my crystal ball.

Is the War Over?
By Buzz Lynn | Thursday, March 13, 2003
Wait, last I checked, it hadn't even started yet! What on Earth might cause me to think the War (that hadn't yet been declared) was over?

LEAPS Update
By Mark Phillips | Wednesday, March 12, 2003
Normally, I use this space for educational content or a topic that I think is timely as it pertains to the action in the market. While we're going to certainly touch of timely developments...

In Defense of Defense
By Buzz Lynn | Thursday, March 06, 2003
War is good for defense stocks. Right? So why have defense contractors taken it in the shorts over the last few weeks?

Reality Check
By Mark Phillips | Wednesday, March 05, 2003
Sometimes, I don't know what I'd do for article ideas if it weren't for all the great questions I get from readers.

Giving Something Back
By Mark Phillips | Monday, March 03, 2003
One of the most rewarding parts of writing about the financial markets in this forum is the variety of other traders I have the opportunity to correspond with.

Gold Reality vs. Media Myth
By Buzz Lynn | Thursday, February 27, 2003
I live for the day that investors blow up their television in unison having become disgusted with the idiocies uttered in the name of journalism. I will also probably die with that dream unfulfilled.

Best of Intentions
By Mark Phillips | Wednesday, February 26, 2003
Do you ever have one of those days where you know exactly what you want to accomplish and just as you sit down to get started, something comes up that requires you to change your focus?

Gold Vehicles, Part II (Not the Chariot Type)
By Buzz Lynn | Thursday, February 20, 2003
At the incomplete conclusion of last week's gold vehicle article, we promised a follow-up to include the purchase of gold in the form of coins, bars, and the closet thing to gold certificates we can own - AMEX:CEF.

Perspective
By Mark Phillips | Wednesday, February 19, 2003
Sometimes in the day to day news, price fluctuations and minutia of trading, it is easy to lose sight of the big picture.

Gold Vehicles (Not the Chariot Type)
By Buzz Lynn | Thursday, February 13, 2003
As promised last week, if enough faithful readers sent in e-mails requesting such, we'd do an article on the different vehicles available for precious metals trading and investing.

Fixated on the VIX
By Mark Phillips | Wednesday, February 12, 2003
Regular readers of this column know that I pay a lot of attention to the VIX, trying to unearth clues to the direction of the broad market.

Gold
By Buzz Lynn | Thursday, February 06, 2003
Wake me from a dead sleep, and through the grogginess, I'll still extol the virtues of this timeless metal like a salesman possessed. A gold bug, I am not, just as I was not a technology, micro-cap, or Internet stock freak in the late '90's.

What Do You Want?
By Mark Phillips | Wednesday, February 05, 2003
In watching the intraday market action today, I was struck by just how schizophrenic market participants are in this news-driven environment.

Real Estate 2003 - Boon or Bubble?
By Buzz Lynn | Thursday, January 30, 2003
I am all jacked up today because I get to talk about a subject near and dear to Fundamentals Guy's heart - real estate! Candidly, I don't know how real estate is going to do this year.

Volatility Overload?
By Mark Phillips | Wednesday, January 29, 2003
The topic of volatility has gotten a lot of press time lately,and small wonder with the VIX topping the 40 level (at least on an intraday basis) earlier this week.

To Inflate or Die - That is the Second Question
By Buzz Lynn | Thursday, January 23, 2003
Last week in the deflation/inflation argument, we only had time and space for the deflation case. In honor of the notion of equal time, we are going to strictly focus on the case for inflation this week.

Interpreting Volatility
By Mark Phillips | Wednesday, January 22, 2003
Traders dreading another treatise on the VIX will be pleasantly surprised to learn that broad-market volatility is not our topic for today, while those looking for another dose can look forward to a lively discussion on the topic in this weekend's LEAPS column.

To Inflate or Deflate - That is the question
By Buzz Lynn | Thursday, January 16, 2003
Pardon me while I morph this column today from an "Options 101" into an "Economics 101" of sorts. Yes, I know economics is a boring subject to the majority.

The Other Side of The Strategy
By Mark Phillips | Wednesday, January 15, 2003
In the past, I've written several articles on the strategy of writing 'covered calls' against LEAPS, as a way to lower the cost basis of the long LEAP Call. In essence, this strategy consists of buying a LEAP call on a stock and then writing front-month calls against that LEAP (which takes the place of the long stock in the 'covered call' strategy.

Joining the Fray
By Buzz Lynn | Thursday, January 09, 2003
Joining the fray has never been one of my strong suits. In fact, Fundamentals Guy was a lousy player of team sports, opting instead for skiing, tennis, and lowbrow forms of sports car racing.

'Tis The Season, Part II
By Mark Phillips | Wednesday, January 08, 2003
While laying the groundwork for detailing what I expect out of the stock market for the next year on Monday, I ran out of time and space before really getting to the meat of what I wanted to talk about.

Be Your Own Guru
By Buzz Lynn | Thursday, January 02, 2003
Well, in case nobody noticed, U.S. equity markets "finally" suffered their third straight declining year since the Great Depression. Statistically, that wasn't supposed to happen.

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  Coiling Tighter and Tighter
New Bearish Plays | January 23rd, 2005
The bearish trading pattern in this semiconductor stock is forecasting a breakdown soon. We're going to use a trigger to catch the move.

Software Sinks
Bearish Play Updates | January 23rd, 2005
Our bearish software play has broken support and its 100-dma.

 
  Dividends and Oil
New Bullish Play | January 23rd, 2005
This oil trust has a huge dividend yield and a bullish chart pattern that is sure to grab the bulls' interest.

Coal, Aerospace and Natural Gas
Bullish Play Updates | January 23rd, 2005
Our non-tech bullish candidates have been narrowed to more defensive candidates given the pull back in the market.

Untriggered
Bearish Play Updates | January 23rd, 2005
Our bearish media play has shown a surprising lack of weakness the last couple of sessions and we remain untriggered.

Earnings are approaching
Closed Bullish Plays | January 23rd, 2005
It's our policy to avoid holding over an earnings report and this play ran out of time.

 
  Too Extended
New Bearish Play | January 23rd, 2005
This investment services company looks way overbought and suddenly teetering on the edge of a big breakdown.

Another Oil Victim
Closed Bullish Plays | December 2nd, 2004
This tanker stock is another victim of the sell-off in oil.

Momentum Play Hitting Highs.
Bullish Play Updates | November 28th, 2004
This momentum play is still hitting new highs but we're looking for a dip.

 
  No New Long-Term Play Candidates At This Time.

 
  HAFC announces a 2-for-1 split
Stock Split Announcements | January 20th, 2005
Thursday afternoon right at the closing bell the Hanmi Financial Corp. (NASDAQ:HAFC) announced that its Board of Directors had approved a 2-for-1 stock split of its common shares.

EBAY announces a 2-for-1 split
Stock Split Announcements | January 19th, 2005
Internet auction giant eBay (NASDAQ:EBAY) reported Q4 earnings after the bell this evening.

CHS fashions a 2-for-1 split
Stock Split Announcements | January 6th, 2005
Thursday morning before the market's opening bell Chico's FAS (NYSE:CHS) announced that its Board of Directors had approved a 2-for-1 stock split of its common shares.

CVCO announces a 2-for-1 split
Stock Split Announcements | January 6th, 2005
Thursday afternoon just minutes after the closing bell Cavco Industries, Inc. announced that its Board of Directors had authorized a 2-for-1 stock split of its common shares.

MATR announces a 3-for-2 split
Stock Split Announcements | January 6th, 2005
Thursday afternoon Matria Healthcare, Inc. (NASDAQ: MATR) announced that its Board of Directors had approved a 3-for-2 stock split of its common shares.

TALX announces a 3-for-2 split
Stock Split Announcements | January 6th, 2005
Thursday afternoon after the market's closing bell the TALX Corp. (NASDAQ:TALX) announced that its Board of Directors had approved a 3-for-2 stock split in the form of a 50% stock dividend.

MCRS splits shares 2-for-1
Stock Split Announcements | January 5th, 2005
Wednesday morning before the market's opening bell MICROS Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:MCRS) announced that its Board of Directors had approved a 2-for-1 stock split of its common shares in the form of a stock dividend.

CRDN announces a 3-for-2 stock split
Stock Split Announcements | December 20th, 2004
Monday morning before the market's opening bell Ceradyne, Inc. (NASDAQ:CRDN) announced that its Board of Directors had approved a 3-for-2 stock split of its common shares.

CMN announces a 3-for-2 stock split
Stock Split Announcements | December 16th, 2004
Thursday afternoon the Cantel Medical Corp. (NYSE:CMN) announced that its Board of Directors had approved a 3-for-2 stock split of its common shares.

FLIR declares a 2-for-1 stock split
Stock Split Announcements | December 16th, 2004
Thursday morning before the opening bell FLIR Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:FLIR) announced its FY05 earnings and revenue outlook.

JOYG mines a 3-for-2 stock split
Stock Split Announcements | December 16th, 2004
Thursday morning before the market's opening bell the Joy Global Inc. (NASDAQ:JOYG) announced that its Board of Directors had approved a 3-for-2 stock split of its common shares.

MTH builds a 2-for-1 stock split
Stock Split Announcements | December 16th, 2004
Thursday morning before the opening bell the Meritage Homes Corp. (NYSE:MTH) announced a 2-for-1 stock split of its common stock in the form of a stock dividend.

BCP grows a 3-for-2 stock split
Stock Split Announcements | December 16th, 2004
Thursday morning before the market's opening bell the Balchem Corporation (AMEX:BCP) announced that its Board of Directors had approved a 3-for-2 stock split of its common shares.

 

 

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