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Trader's Corner

Dow Theory and Technical Analysis: Dous (2)
By Leigh Stevens | Tuesday, July 06, 2004
I discussed Charles Dow's stock market theory in my last Trader's Corner article as it relates to the averages needing to "confirm" each other.

A New Look at Trendlines
By Jane Fox | Thursday, July 01, 2004
In my last article on macro support and resistance I talked about a book called "DeMark on Day Trading Options."

It's That Time Again
By Mark Phillips | Thursday, July 01, 2004
It's just about this time every year that I start getting a steady stream of reader email asking various questions about LEAPS, but all centered around one key issue.

Dow Theory & Technical Analysis: Uno
By Leigh Stevens | Tuesday, June 29, 2004
Well, what does Dow Theory have to say to option traders or do with option trading? Answer: not a lot, but maybe one thing coming up.

One Pattern (WEDGE) - One Indictor (OBV)
By Leigh Stevens | Thursday, June 24, 2004
In my most recent Index Trader column I cited examples of two things in bellwether stock Microsoft (MSFT), one of which - On Balance Volume (OBV) - was a tip off ahead of time, for a rally that was coming.

Lights, Camera, Action!
By Mark Phillips | Thursday, June 24, 2004
The moment the entire investing community is apparently waiting for will finally arrive next week, with the FOMC delivering their verdict on interest rates.

A New Look at Macro Support and Resistance.
By Jane Fox | Sunday, June 20, 2004
I started trading about 5 years ago and over those years have acquired a fairly nice library of trading books. Books from the psychology of trading to the nitty gritty of the options greeks.

Two Weeks And Counting
By Mark Phillips | Thursday, June 17, 2004
The Fed's decision on interest rates is now just under 2 weeks away and with continued strong economic data, the market is factoring in the near-certainty of a rise in the Fed Funds rate.

BOLLINGER BANDS
By Leigh Stevens | Thursday, June 17, 2004
I don't use this variation so much myself to gauge or establish upper and lower trading range parameters or bands, but this is not to say that they are not of value and that some good traders don't make excellent use of them.

More Intermarket Relationships
By Jane Fox | Monday, June 14, 2004
Just as the old saying goes, "One does not live by bread alone," one cannot do a proper analysis of the U.S. stock market without taking into consideration intermarket relationships.

The Action Point Draws Near
By Mark Phillips | Wednesday, June 09, 2004
Our discussion over the past couple weeks has centered on putting together an action plan for playing the downside in the Housing sector once the Fed begins to tighten monetary policy later this year.

I'm Not Avoiding Intermarket Analysis Anymore
By Jane Fox | Monday, June 07, 2004
In the last article I wrote on Intermarket Analysis, "Avoiding Intermarket Analysis"...

Triangle patterns and price objectives
By Leigh Stevens | Thursday, June 03, 2004
As some of the indexes appeared to hit bottoms in mid-May and trended higher, there were some "triangle" patterns that formed on hourly charts.

Setting The Stage
By Mark Phillips | Thursday, June 03, 2004
As we've been discussing recently, the Housing sector appears ready for a major fall, but given the incredible resilience of the bulls in this area of the market over the past year, if we're going to try to ride the group down, we need to do so with an abundance of preparation and caution.

Look Before You LEAP
By Mark Phillips | Thursday, May 27, 2004
It's been several weeks now that I've been promising to delve into the issue of how and when to play the downside in the Housing sector, now that it is a foregone conclusion that interest rates will be rising.

Moving Averages As Support & Resistance
By Leigh Stevens | Thursday, May 20, 2004
Moving averages are not unlike trendlines - they not only help measure the direction and momentum (the relative angle) of a trend, but can alert us to when a trend has reversed.

Key Reversals and other signs of a recent bottom
By Leigh Stevens | Thursday, May 13, 2004
I was watching the market yesterday (Tuesday, 5/12/04) when the major indices fell to new lows for the recent decline and then rebounded substantially off intraday lows.

Avoiding Intermarket Analysis
By Jane Fox | Thursday, May 13, 2004
I'm an avoider. If it means work I will avoid it like the plaque.

Playing with SPX Projections (and a look at the gold stocks)
By Keene Little | Wednesday, May 05, 2004
Since we unfortunately lost the Market Monitor today, I thought I'd provide an end-of-day wrap from my perspective.

RING THAT BELL
By Leigh Stevens | Tuesday, May 04, 2004
There is a concept relating to a bell ringing as signaling danger or something to stop and pay attention to that is often quite meaningful in relation to trading index options.

Planning To Fail
By Mark Phillips | Thursday, April 29, 2004
I've always been an overly organized person, going all the way back to childhood. My parents have shared stories of the degree to which I would plan my activities, even those that were "just for fun".

The CCI Ghost leads to Priceless Trading
By Jane Fox | Sunday, April 25, 2004
I recently read an article in the latest Active Traders Magazine called "The CCI Ghost" that intrigued me mostly because the CCI (Commodity Channel Index) had never been a part of my trader's toolbox but was a tool other analysts at OptionInvestor had used quite successfully.

Better Results Through Redundancy
By Mark Phillips | Thursday, April 22, 2004
While writing last week's LEAPS column, I was reminded of an important method of confirming the validity of a given trade or market view -- that of looking at a stock or index from multiple viewpoints.

This Week Has Been A Real Trip - May CPTI Positions
By Mike Parnos | Thursday, April 18, 2004
It's been a trying week. I'm currently on a cruise ship a long long way from home.

Floating the Turnover - Part Deux
By Jane Fox | Sunday, April 18, 2004
I have seen so many different ways of interpreting markets I truly didn't think there were any ways left and if there were they were so far out in left field that they didn't have any relevancy.

Building Trading Systems and the Use of Trendlines
By Leigh Stevens | Thursday, April 15, 2004
"Thanks for answering my last question. This was another one I had.

This Week Has Been A Real Trip - May CPTI Positions
By Mike Parnos | Thursday, April 15, 2004
It's been a trying week. I'm currently on a cruise ship a long long way from home.

Floating the Turnover
By Jane Fox | Monday, April 12, 2004
Lately I have become a little skeptical about technical analysis or maybe the correct word would be jaundiced.

Pressing The Reset Button
By Mark Phillips | Wednesday, April 07, 2004
Every successful trader has slumps or dry spells when for some unknown reason, what was working before has somehow ceased to work.

How I Find Support and Resistance
By Jane Fox | Tuesday, April 06, 2004
I have been trading for over five years now and have come to appreciate the value of watching price and price only.

Assessing the key technical patterns and price "gaps"
By Leigh Stevens | Tuesday, April 06, 2004
"You had an objective to 1900 in the Nasdaq for some time before it got there, but to 1060 I think in the S&P and it only got to a little under 1100.

Fun With Fibonacci
By Mark Phillips | Thursday, April 01, 2004
As I've begun to bury myself in the pursuit of building a viable trading system, I've started out quite simply, as we've discussed in some recent articles, originally focusing on a simple 50/200-pma moving average crossover approach.

To Overnight or Not
By Jane Fox | Tuesday, March 30, 2004
If you trade equities or indexes you have no problem with determining when the day starts and when it ends.

Spotting Index Tops and Bottoms
By Leigh Stevens | Sunday, March 28, 2004
Simple but powerful techniques exist to spot intermediate to major tops setting up in the Stock Indexes.

The Big Picture
By Mark Phillips | Wednesday, March 24, 2004
It has been a long time since I wrote about my thoughts concerning the macro view of the markets -- where they are, why they are here and where they are likely headed.

Chart Patterns at the Recent Top
By Leigh Stevens | Tuesday, March 23, 2004
A Subscriber question from yesterday got me thinking about what was bearish in recent Index chart patterns and I will highlight some of the chart patterns involved: a rounding top, a Head & Shoulder's top and a bear flag pattern that formed after the initial sharp decline.

The Secret To Success
By Mark Phillips | Thursday, March 18, 2004
There are many ways of measuring success, but in the trading world, it is pretty simple. Make more money than you lose. Sounds simple, right?

Support and Resistance and Oscillator "Divergences"
By Leigh Stevens | Thursday, March 18, 2004
"I Just started reading your column within the last couple of weeks and your support/resistance predictions are very impressive. If you could tell me more and help answer some questions, I'd really appreciate it!

Designing The System
By Mark Phillips | Thursday, March 11, 2004
We've spent the past few weeks dancing around the issue of building an automated trading system and just how one goes about it.

Trend Resolution & Further Concepts of Trend
By Leigh Stevens | Tuesday, March 09, 2004
"In your Sunday Index article you seemed to be both bullish and bearish at different places, which seems inconsistent.

I Like Mine "Horizontal" - How About You?
By Mike Parnos | Sunday, March 07, 2004
Martha Stewart is in the headlines - no big surprise. So she's guilty.

Creation Out Of Chaos
By Mark Phillips | Thursday, March 04, 2004
Any application of intellect to the solution of a vexing problem must by definition require the use of the creative centers of our brains.

TYPES OF CORRECTIONS AND OVERBOUGHT/OVERSOLD
By Leigh Stevens | Thursday, March 04, 2004
In your recent Index Trader article you said that if rallies can't get above the 21-day moving averages, it would suggest that the indexes might fall to the lower moving average envelope you were using.

Who Does A Bull Call When A Bull Calls?
By Mike Parnos | Sunday, February 29, 2004
When you hear the words "bull" and "call," what do you think? It depends if you live on a farm or if you trade options.

Real Life Options That Make Sense
By Mike Parnos | Thursday, February 26, 2004
The concepts and theories we discuss at the CPTI make good sense. They especially make sense when you apply them to real life - above and beyond the trading markets.

MOVING AVERAGE ENVELOPES
By Leigh Stevens | Thursday, February 26, 2004
Moving Average envelopes have 3 component lines. One line is a moving average and is shown on the price chart. Two: a line that "floats" above the moving average and most of the price action.

Building A Better Mousetrap
By Mark Phillips | Wednesday, February 25, 2004
Last week I broached the topic of developing an automated trading system, highlighting some of the challenges inherent to such an undertaking.

The CPTI Rules! We're Back With A Vengeance
By Mike Parnos | Sunday, February 22, 2004
After a less-than-impressive January, our neutral strategies for February were all winners! This month we were both lucky and good - the best possible combination.

Getting A Head Start -- The New March Positions
By Mike Parnos | Thursday, February 19, 2004
This isn't a democracy! But I'm a reasonable guy. So, I will acquiesce to the request of the masses.

Subscriber Mail plus my CBOE "sentiment" model
By Leigh Stevens | Thursday, February 19, 2004
Glad you're back. Can you explain in more detail your statement in the QQQ analysis Sunday: "The volume trend is still bullish - QQQ is not at an overbought extreme.

Channel Surfing
By Jane Fox | Wednesday, February 18, 2004
Both Linda Piazza and Jonathan Levinson use Keltner Channels in the Market Monitor so I decided to take a closer look at this indicator.

Seeking The Holy Grail
By Mark Phillips | Wednesday, February 18, 2004
We all enter the world of trading with different backgrounds, abilities, skills and biases, but after becoming familiar with the landscape, it is inevitable that we will each embark on our own crusade to discover the Holy Grail.

By Request - The Return Of The Quickie
By Mike Parnos | Sunday, February 15, 2004
What a Valentine's Day! The market hasn't sent us any Valentines - at least not lately.

We Worked Hard To Earn It - Let's Keep It
By Mike Parnos | Thursday, February 12, 2004
Here are a few more answers to commonly asked tax questions. It's tough enough to make money trading.

Three Line Price Break.
By Jane Fox | Thursday, February 12, 2004
I have used many different techniques in my trading looking for the one that would give me an edge over other traders and an insight into supply and demand.

What's In Your Toolbox?
By Mark Phillips | Wednesday, February 11, 2004
Trading is no different from any other profession, in that we need to utilize the appropriate tools of the trade. Of course we need a chunk of cash in our brokerage account.

The Long Hard Road To Profits
Sunday, February 08, 2004
How's your performance been lately? Would you like a dose of trading Viagara to lengthen your time horizon and firm your resolve?

Structure Your Trading To Hang Onto Your Profits
By Mike Parnos | Thursday, February 05, 2004
Janet Jackson and I have something in common. We both have had a wardrobe malfunction. I lost my shirt in the market.

A Tale Of Two Markets
By Mark Phillips | Wednesday, February 04, 2004
In the past, we've talked about the three primary influences on price action in the market - fundamentals, technicals and sentiment.

Max Ansbacher - A Living Options Legend
By Mike Parnos | Sunday, February 01, 2004
Daniel Boone blazed new trails through the American wilderness before there was 4-wheel drive.

SQUARE OF NINE
Sunday, February 01, 2004
I believe it is important that we begin this discussion on the Square of nine analyses, first with a few thoughts.

Uncle Sam Is Getting A Little Too Friendly
By Mike Parnos | Thursday, January 29, 2004
Uncle Sam wants you!! Actually, he doesn't really want you - just your money. Why?

It's Inevitable -- A Large QQQ Movement
By Mike Parnos | Sunday, January 25, 2004
Are we on the cusp of witnessing proof that the "Greater Fool" theory is a reality? The NASDAQ has been over extended.

Ignorance May Be Bliss, But It's No Excuse For Losses
By Mike Parnos | Thursday, January 22, 2004
Is it better to have profited and lost than to never to have profited at all?

Sometimes You Get The Bull - Sometimes The Bull Gets You
By Mike Parnos | Sunday, January 18, 2004
Are we in a new bull market? Maybe. Maybe not. Maybe it's just a baby bull, but we got gored a little.

Wanted: Traders With The "Right Stuff"
By Mike Parnos | Thursday, January 15, 2004
Wanted: Option traders. Will train bright, well-grounded, astute, reality-based individuals who want to learn skills that will last a lifetime.

The Final Selection Process
By Mark Phillips | Wednesday, January 14, 2004
Over the past couple weeks, we've spent some time detailing an organized and methodical approach to selecting plays, beginning with a convenient screening tool.

Build Your Ark Before It Gets Too Deep
By Mike Parnos | Sunday, January 11, 2004
God told Noah it was going to rain. We don't know if he told him in person or sent an email - but, one way or the other, the news leaked out.

While The Cat's Away, They're Trying To Steal Our Litter Box
By Mike Parnos | Thursday, January 08, 2004
Wouldn't you know it? I go away for a few days and the market goes off its medication.

An Organized Approach to Trade Selection
By Mark Phillips | Wednesday, January 07, 2004
Last week, I introduced what I think is the best online trade-screening tool. A more accurate description would be to call it the best STARTING POINT in the trade selection process.

Get Out The Leafblower, It's Time To Turn Them Over
By Mike Parnos | Sunday, January 04, 2004
When you turn over a new leaf, there's no telling what you might find.

My Favorite Trade Screening Tool
By Mark Phillips | Wednesday, December 31, 2003
Alright, I admit it. I'm a technical analysis junkie and like many others that fit that description, I have spent countless hours in pursuit of that magic, faultless indicator that will deliver winning trade after winning trade.

Taxation Is A Four-Letter Word
By Mike Parnos | Tuesday, December 30, 2003
I'm not a big fan of paying taxes. I may not like the rules, but I typically play by them.

I'm Not My Brother (In-Law's) Keeper, Fortunately!
By Mike Parnos | Sunday, December 28, 2003
I saw Johnny, my ex-brother-in-law, over Christmas. He has limitations.

Ho-Ho-Ho! More Money For Our Christmas Stocking
By Mike Parnos | Sunday, December 21, 2003
They say money can't buy love, but it comes in a close second.

We Win A Few and We Lose A Few
By Mike Parnos | Thursday, December 18, 2003
The law of averages kicked in. The market got carried away and it carried away some of our profits at the same time.

CPTI Position Adjustment Alert
By Mike Parnos | Wednesday, December 17, 2003
A few necessary portfolio adjustments from the CPTI portfolio doctor. They're not covered by insurance, but it might cure what ails you

The Rally That Never Was?
By Mark Phillips | Wednesday, December 17, 2003
As I mentioned a couple weeks ago in my LEAPS column, I've been spending a lot of time going through some unusual relative strength charts lately.

Waxing Philosophical To Put A Shine On Your Trading
By Mike Parnos | Sunday, December 14, 2003
Recently I have been waxing philosophical. No, it's not something that puts a shine on your Toyota.

Are You Fashionably Late? Then You're Fashionably Gone!
By Mike Parnos | Thursday, December 11, 2003
What ever happened to the simple concept of respect? It's missing in action - or rather, inaction.

Emotion and Logic - The Never-Ending Story
By Mark Phillips | Wednesday, December 10, 2003
Before we even get started today, I have to apologize for not getting to the followup article from my weekend discussion of the DOW as it relates to strength in different currencies.

Mind Your Own Business - Your Trading Business!
By Mike Parnos | Sunday, December 07, 2003
Buy Low - Sell High. That doesn't mean buy when you're depressed and sell when you're stoned.

All Choked Up -- Adjusting The Strangle Hold
By Mike Parnos | Thursday, December 04, 2003
Senator Joseph Lieberman got down on the floor and did a dozen pushups for the MSNBC cameras. He was demonstrating his physical prowess at his advanced age.

Paying A Steep Price For Not Paying Attention
By Mike Parnos | Sunday, November 30, 2003
Looking for an absolute? - "Education is what you get from reading about the mistakes of others.

Bless The Turkeys Who Make Our Profits Possible
By Mike Parnos | Wednesday, November 26, 2003
With the holiday season upon us, there will be millions of people feasting on turkey. Some will follow their meals with TUMS, while others will get to go to the bank for their well-earned dessert.

Pick Your Battles
By Mark Phillips | Wednesday, November 26, 2003
Alright, I know I promised to finish up our "Adapting To Change" discussion this week, but a couple of factors pushed that topic down one notch this afternoon.

Trading the Spread.
By Jane Fox | Monday, November 24, 2003
I first read about the spread between the Nasdaq 100 and the S&P500 in the Active Trader Magazine.

Ka-Ching, Ka-Ching, Ka-Ching - The Sweet Sound of CPTI Profits
By Mike Parnos | Sunday, November 23, 2003
Again, this is the fun part of our monthly summary column.

Expiration Week - We Rocked & Rolled Out
By Mike Parnos | Thursday, November 20, 2003
Looks like the chance for us finding profit are a lot easier than George W. finding Iraq's weapons of mass destruction. Why? Because the profits actually exist!

Sliding Down a Slippery Slope
By Linda Piazza | Tuesday, November 18, 2003
Bollinger bands, envelopes, channels: whatever your preference, catching moves from one boundary to another can be profitable.

Let's Tweak Again Like We Did Last Summer
By Mike Parnos | Sunday, November 16, 2003
An education never hurt anybody who was willing to learn after he got it. Education should be an ongoing function of life.

Hear The Music? Baby, Let's Shake A Tailfeather
By Mike Parnos | Thursday, November 13, 2003
The BP Boogie has generated a lot of interest among CPTI students.

Divergence Makes It Taste Better
By Mark Phillips | Thursday, November 13, 2003
I've been playing with that title for weeks now and just can't quite seem to get it right. I was hoping to come up with a witty play on the old TV ad about cheese making everything taste better.

The BP Boogie - A Few Corrections
By Mike Parnos | Monday, November 10, 2003
I realize I should probably do more proofreading than 80-proof reading. As was brought to my attention by a gaggle of CPTI students (bless you, my children), I didn't catch a few errors and was a little vague in my explanation of the BP Boogie.

Does God Protect Drunks And Fools?
By Mike Parnos | Sunday, November 09, 2003
Considering the abundance of fools, along with a healthy population of drunks, who trade stocks and options, it seems that God has his work cut out for him.

Trust Allah, But Tie Up Your Camel
By Mike Parnos | Thursday, November 06, 2003
The mutual fund industry is under attack. Brokers and fund managers are being charged with illegal trading practices - and this is probably just the tip of the iceberg.

Know Your Opponent
By Mark Phillips | Wednesday, November 05, 2003
We spent our time together last week looking at what's wrong with the big picture, pointing out the disconnect between the massive stimulus from the Fed and the lackluster economic growth in the U.S.

Williams %R
By Jane Fox | Tuesday, November 04, 2003
In his nearly 40 years of commodities trading, Larry Williams has earned what some would say is a pretty unique reputation. He is a well-known trader, author and money manager.

Horatio Was The Founder - And The Loser
By Mike Parnos | Sunday, November 02, 2003
Did you dress up for Halloween? I dressed up as a (surprise, surprise) couch potato.

Where is the Dow Going?
By Steve Gould | Sunday, November 02, 2003
Many moons ago I saw a comedy skit about a highly publicized boxing match. This was to be the match of the decade.

In Quest of the Perfect Donchian Channel Breakout Signal
By Linda Piazza | Sunday, November 02, 2003
If you happen upon a middle-aged woman jogging down the highway wearing full armor and muttering "match the offset to the ADX," that's me. I'm a woman in quest of the perfect Donchian channel breakout signal.

Trading Anxiety & Stress - You Bring It On Yourself
By Mike Parnos | Thursday, October 30, 2003
Playing the percentages pays off. Maybe not today. Maybe not tomorrow, but, in the long run, you'll be further ahead.

Reality Bites
By Mark Phillips | Monday, October 27, 2003
I'm starting to feel like old Ebeneezer, with my consistent highlighting of the problems facing our current market, but like the leopard, I can't change my spots.

Racking Up Profits By Sinking One Ball At A Time
By Mike Parnos | Sunday, October 26, 2003
Something very unexpected happened on Monday night. It was highly unlikely and completely unexpected.

Where is the Dow Going?
By Steve Gould | Sunday, October 26, 2003
My daughter, who is 12 and knows better, has started playing a new game while we are driving somewhere. She will ask, "Are we there yet?"

Reality Check: If The Enemy Is In Range, So Are You
By Mike Parnos | Thursday, October 23, 2003
OK, troops. We're finally settled on our November CPTI portfolio positions.

Time To Implement Plan B on CPTI SPX Position
By Mark Phillips | Wednesday, October 22, 2003
Many readers have brought to my attention that Monday's premiums reflected that premium in the SPX options were MIA (missing in action).

Reach Into Your Pocket - Do You Feel It?
By Mike Parnos | Sunday, October 19, 2003
Besides feeling some lint, a key chain, one Tylenol tablet and a crumbled up dry cleaning bill, I bet you'll find a roll of US currency that could choke a horse - well, maybe a pony.

Where is the Dow Going?
By Steve Gould | Sunday, October 19, 2003
I received a letter last Sunday from a reader who did not quite understand how I could go from a 99% confidence level that the market had finally reversed to a completely uncertain level after the market had made a relatively minor new high.

There's Good News & (Surprise) More Good News
By Mike Parnos | Thursday, October 16, 2003
You'll notice there is a new element to our column. It's something that I wanted to bring to your attention because it's important.

Know Thy Budget Deficit
By Mark Phillips | Wednesday, October 15, 2003
Not all budget deficits are created equal and knowing the kind the government is dealing with and how is it financed can give you a clearer picture of the market.

Time To Lock & Load - Let's Roll
By Mike Parnos | Tuesday, October 14, 2003
When we initiated our QQQ in-the-money strangle position two months ago, we knew we'd have to roll it out every month to generate our monthly income. The time has come . . .

Will It Hit The Fan This Week? Get Ready To Duck!
By Mike Parnos | Sunday, October 12, 2003
People were bidding over $1,600 on Ebay for tickets to watch the New York Yankees play the Boston Red Sox.

Where is the Dow Going?
By Steve Gould | Sunday, October 12, 2003
'Tis the season for presidential politics. And such a funny game it is. At the start of this season, the field of presidential contenders sported about nine potential new presidents.

Trolling For Trades - Using Trolls & Anything Else That's Handy
By Mike Parnos | Thursday, October 09, 2003
Trading is an equal opportunity vocation. It doesn't matter of you're Shaquille O'Neal or Mini Me, Fat Albert or Twiggy, Jack Welch or Jack Kevorkian, or Brittany Spears or Madonna (tongue in cheek, of course).

Real Importance
By Mark Phillips | Wednesday, October 08, 2003
As I get closer and closer to the arrival of my first child, I have found it more and more difficult to focus on the daily action in the market.

Another Trade Bites The Dust - Just A Small Bite
By Mike Parnos | Sunday, October 05, 2003
A surprise positive jobs report goosed the market on Friday. We can all use an occasional goose (not the X-mas kind). It's a great motivator.

Where is the Dow Going?
By Steve Gould | Sunday, October 05, 2003
I had my weekly analysis completely written on Wednesday night, albeit in my head. The S&P 500 was behaving ideally and I did not see any reason why this Elliott Wave pattern should not unfold as expected.

Get The Itching Powder - It's That Time Of The Month
By Mike Parnos | Thursday, October 02, 2003
Two weeks left until expiration. It's that time of the month when traders are itching to trade. It's either that or body lice. Let's assume it's the former.

The Perfect Contrarian Indicator
By Mark Phillips | Wednesday, October 01, 2003
Me! While I say that in a rather tongue-in-cheek manner, I don't think I could have called the top in the market more accurately if I had tried.

Outside Bars - Part Duex
By Jane Fox | Monday, September 29, 2003
In my last article on developing a system from a pattern observation we noticed that outside days (high of today is higher than yesterday and low of today is lower than yesterday) could sometimes mark important market reversals.

We All Need A Little Action - And This Week We Got It!
By Mike Parnos | Sunday, September 28, 2003
It was about time the NYSE cut its "GRASSO." It had been growing out of control - with the help of some personal and political fertilizer.

Where is the Dow Going?
By Mike Parnos | Sunday, September 28, 2003
It has been about a month since I wrote my last "Where is the Dow Going?" analysis and over the last month I have learned two things.

When A Straddle Feels Soooo Good!
By Mike Parnos | Thursday, September 25, 2003
POSITION ACTIVITY ALERT - Life is beautiful when things go according to plan. How often does that happen?

A New ETF for Trading the S&P
By Jane Fox | Thursday, September 25, 2003
An Exchange Traded Fund (ETF) combines many of the benefits of index mutual funds but with the flexibility of stocks. Like mutual funds, ETFs enable you to invest in a pool of securities in one transaction.

Is Trading Your Business or Your Hobby? The IRS & Your Bank Account Want to Know
By Dave Fleck | Thursday, September 25, 2003
If you are a trader who wants to trade part-time, from home, make a more than full-time income, and create lasting financial security, listen up.

Seeking Clarity - Part II
By Mark Phillips | Wednesday, September 24, 2003
Those of you that tune in each week to listen to my thoughts, rants, complaints and reflections know that I've felt rather frustrated of late in my efforts to understand where the market is headed.

The Family Jewels Are Safe - For At Least Another Month!
By Mike Parnos | Sunday, September 21, 2003
Friday. 12:15 p.m. The friendly voice paused for what seemed like an eternity. Then he said - "1039.60." Ladies and gentlemen, we have a winner -- again!!

Buying the pullbacks is not always as easy as it looks.
By Jane Fox | Sunday, September 21, 2003
Find a trend and buy the pullback sounds easy enough doesn't it? That's what I thought also. But I have learned simple concepts sometimes just don't work out, at least in day trading during these summer months.

SPX Condor - It's Deja Vu All Over Again
By Mike Parnos | Thursday, September 18, 2003
It seems like only yesterday, but it was just a few months ago - that we were at the mercy of a Friday morning open S&P 500 settlement price.

Still Seeking Clarity
By Mark Phillips | Wednesday, September 17, 2003
Over the past couple weeks, I've been discussing the frustrations I've felt (confirmed by numerous readers) in trying to determine a longer-term direction for this market.

Monthly Reports That Give a Heads Up On Inflation
By Jane Fox | Tuesday, September 16, 2003
Seems like almost every day there is a release of an economic report giving us one more piece of information about the state of the economy.

Testing Outside Days
By Jane Fox | Monday, September 15, 2003
Have you ever observed a profitable price pattern you would like to test to see how well it really worked? How it would hold up in real life? How it has traded in the past?

The Long Term QQQ ITM Strangle Continues
By Mike Parnos | Sunday, September 14, 2003
I know many CPTI students have enjoyed, and profited from, their monthly Quickies, but I wanted to continue our discussion of the long term ITM QQQ Strangle.

Is The ITM Strangle Better Than An ATM Machine?
By Mike Parnos | Thursday, September 11, 2003
OK, CPTI students, are you ready to rock and roll out? Recently, I've spent some time tweaking a strategy we discussed in this space last year - the ITM (in-the-money) Strangle.

Insanity
By Mark Phillips | Wednesday, September 10, 2003
Yes, that's a term that I've frequently used in the recent past to describe the price action in the stock market. But I want to take a different tack today.

Getting Out On Bail - Or Bailing Out
By Mike Parnos | Sunday, September 07, 2003
It has come to my attention that many of us may be in the wrong business. Here we are, trying to figure out what's going to happen tomorrow, next week, or next month in a world over which we have literally no control.

Not morning breath - Morning Reversal
By Jane Fox | Sunday, September 07, 2003
Each morning the major indexes gap up or down. Overnight economic reports released, scandals revealed or reports of Osama bin Laden found, all put upward or downward pressure on prices so the morning's open almost never match the previous day's close. You can take advantage of this.

"Living Proof" That We're On The Right Track
By Mike Parnos | Thursday, September 04, 2003
AHA!! The couch potato lifestyle rules! It's time to throw away those vitamins, ankle weights and health magazines.

Become A Member Of The "Chain" Gang?
By Mike Parnos | Sunday, August 31, 2003
Deductive reasoning is a wonderful skill. It helps us make decisions.

With The "Glory" Gone - The Profits Remain
By Mike Parnos | Thursday, August 28, 2003
I recently watched the movie "Glory" again. A good Civil War flick, great cast, but the fighting tactics leave a lot to be desired.

Fantasy vs. Reality
By Mark Phillips | Monday, August 25, 2003
I actually love it when bullish sentiment gets as skewed as it currently is, because as everyone continues to pile onto the bullish side of the boat, it makes it that much easier to tip over.

Spread The Joy - Along With The Mayo
By Mike Parnos | Sunday, August 24, 2003
The Ponderosa was an impressive ranch. Ben, Hoss, Adam and Little Joe lived pretty well off that spread.

Where is the Dow Going?
By Steve Gould | Sunday, August 24, 2003
A while back I was watching one of those old swashbuckling pirate movies. In one of the scenes the ship was recuperating from a storm.

Producing Gains
By Steve Gould | Sunday, August 24, 2003
Our Elliott Wave option plays are right on track and we're updating our stops on two of them.

And He Said, "Let There Be Light" - Not Bud Lite
By Mike Parnos | Thursday, August 21, 2003
I'm still recuperating from the blackout. Nothing serious, mind you.

More on Market Cycles Than You Ever Wanted to Know.
By Jane Fox | Thursday, August 21, 2003
A couple of weeks ago I mentioned in the Market Monitor that I had written an article on Secular and Cyclic markets.

Elliott Wave Plays
By Steve Gould | Monday, August 18, 2003
WPI started a five wave basic pattern in March 2003 and is currently in the process of completing the 4 wave. The 4 wave looks to be a flat correction.

Elliott Wave Play Updates
By Steve Gould | Monday, August 18, 2003
TTWO went down to $25 just as predicted. A few days later, it declined just a bit more.

Surviving The Power Outage - Barely
By Mike Parnos | Sunday, August 17, 2003
This week I ran the entire gamut - from feeling powerful to powerless to powerful again. Powerful is good. Powerless is not good.

Where is the Dow Going?
By Steve Gould | Sunday, August 17, 2003
I am back from vacation. I had a great time. We went back for my high school reunion.

Elliott Wave Play Updates
By Steve Gould | Sunday, August 17, 2003
The Dow seems to be taking an inordinate amount of time tracing out this retracement pattern. We have run out of time. If you have not already closed out this play, do so on Monday.

It's Time For A Quickie - Or Two - Or Three
By Mike Parnos | Sunday, August 10, 2003
Life and trading have a lot in common. Both are a series of trial-and-error experiences. We are taught something by a teacher, and then we try to do it ourselves.

Choosing A Mate Or A Trade - Both Can Be Tricky
By Mike Parnos | Thursday, August 07, 2003
My two grown children figured that two cats, a comfortable couch, a large screen TV and a Pentium IV computer with a cable modem are not enough to fill my life.

Madam Butterfly's Beauty Spreads More Than Profits
By Mike Parnos | Sunday, August 03, 2003
While living in NYC, I heard about a woman known to the informed public as "Madam Butterfly."

Life's Tough, Wear A Cup Or Know When To Say "Enough"
By Mike Parnos | Thursday, July 31, 2003
Why do we sometimes place Iron Condors and, other times, the Sell Straddle? It depends on how much brass you have - and I'm not talking about musical instruments

When Is The Last Time Your Underlying Rose?
By Mike Parnos | Sunday, July 27, 2003
For some out there it has been a long draught. When you ain't gettin' any, it can be very frustrating.

Where is the Dow Going?
By Steve Gould | Sunday, July 27, 2003
We have two cats. Nay. My kids have two cats. As far as the cats are concerned, they let me live in the house.

Elliott Wave Play Updates
By Steve Gould | Sunday, July 27, 2003
The Dow seems to be taking an inordinate amount of time tracing out this retracement pattern. We are rapidly running out of time. As stated in "Where is the Dow Going?", I believe that the Dow will trend lower.

Taking A Cue From The QQQs
By Mike Parnos | Thursday, July 24, 2003
Who says that size matters? In one of life's contradictions, the bigger it is, the less interest it generates. We're talking about the difference between strike prices, of course.

Elliott Wave Play Updates
By Steve Gould | Thursday, July 24, 2003
Not only did T hit our entry target of 20.20ish, but it blew right through it.

The End of An Era
By Mark Phillips | Wednesday, July 23, 2003
My earliest experience in the investing world was in sixth grade.

Elliott Wave Plays
By Steve Gould | Tuesday, July 22, 2003
Wendy's International Inc. is primarily engaged in the business of operating, developing and franchising a system of distinctive quick-service and fast-casual restaurants.

All Aboard! The Profit Train Is Back On Track By Mike Parnos | Sunday, July 20, 2003
Last month the CPTI took a hit. This month we hit back for almost $2,000. The market cooperated reasonably well.

Elliott Wave Play Updates
By Steve Gould | Sunday, July 20, 2003
This play did not work out the way I had expected. The net position of the Dow in relation to when we bought the spread is essentially the same and we are rapidly losing time value.

Where is the Dow Going?
By Steve Gould | Sunday, July 20, 2003
I went to school at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana. In the main library was a wall devoted only to answering questions. Anyone could use a 3x5 card to submit a question.

A Little Older, A Little Wiser, But Still Not Little
By Mike Parnos | Thursday, July 17, 2003
"Too many people are thinking of security instead of opportunity. They seem more afraid of life than death" -- so sayeth the speculators.

Quickie Time Again - Keep Em" Short & Sweet & Profitable
By Mike Parnos | Sunday, July 13, 2003
This week marks my one-year anniversary as an option strategist for OptionInvestor. We seem to have survived each other pretty well.

Elliott Wave Play Updates
By Steve Gould | Sunday, July 13, 2003
The net position of the Dow in relation to when we bought the spread is essentially the same. We are rapidly losing time value though.

Where is the Dow Going?
By Steve Gould | Sunday, July 13, 2003
It is said that there are three types of people in the world: Those who can count and those who can't.

Tell Mom The Babysitter's Not Dead, Just A Little Pricey
By Mike Parnos | Thursday, July 10, 2003
I suppose some traders (even CPTI traders) may actually have to work.

Trading Terminology
By Jane Fox | Monday, July 07, 2003
Now that we have developed a system with the five components of system development we are ready to move on to the next stage. But first let's do a quick recap of the components.

Position Adjustment - Releasing The Choke Hold on the QQQs
By Mike Parnos | Monday, July 07, 2003
Today we're going to publish our first CPTI "position adjustment." Since my column normally appears on Thursdays and Sundays, we often miss opportunities to inform our readers of adjustments made to positions in our published CPTI portfolio.

We're Already Naked, Why Waste The Opportunity?
By Mike Parnos | Sunday, July 06, 2003
Independence Day! What a concept! What a great day for our country. Freedom is a beautiful thing.

Elliott Wave Play Updates
By Steve Gould | Sunday, July 06, 2003
The net position of the Dow in relation to when we bought the spread is the same. We are losing time value.

Where is the Dow Going?
By Steve Gould | Sunday, July 06, 2003
There is a story of two older men who were sitting at a park bench discussing their inevitable funerals.

The Bare Necessities Of Uncovered Trading
By Mike Parnos | Sunday, June 29, 2003
We, at the CPTI, have been leading a pretty conservative existence. I know that everyone gets the urge, now and then, to shed that which binds us and go skinny-dipping into the market.

Fibonacci Trading Days
By Steve Gould | Sunday, June 29, 2003
I like to gamble. Let me rephrase that. I like to gamble and win. That is why I never gamble at a casino.

Elliott Wave Play Updates
By Steve Gould | Sunday, June 29, 2003
The Dow has been moving down and I think we have finally seen the top of this correction. We will be taking partial profits along the ride down to keep this a delta neutral trade.

Where is the Dow Going?
By Steve Gould | Sunday, June 29, 2003
Last week I declared (under my breath, with my fingers crossed and a bible no where near me) that the bear was dead. Bull markets typically do not end until the very last bear gives up the ghost and capitulates.

Inquiring Minds Want To Know - So Here It Is
By Mike Parnos | Thursday, June 26, 2003
Confusion is a wonderful thing. It forces us to clarify that which is confusing us. For those who prefer to remain confused, the line for food stamps forms on the right.

Elliott Wave Plays
By Steve Gould | Monday, June 23, 2003
T has been in a 5 wave basic pattern down since December 2002. T is now undergoing a wave 4 correction that looks to be complete based on the following criteria:

A Pound Of Flesh Is Gone, But There's Plenty Adipose Tissue To Go Around
By Mike Parnos | Sunday, June 22, 2003
This was the first month the CPTI portfolio showed a loss. It was inevitable.

Does Elliott Wave Work?
By Steve Gould | Sunday, June 22, 2003
I have been following Elliott Wave for several months now. Not a long time. The Elliott Wave website has NOT been very good in their short term calls these last few months.

Elliott Wave Play Updates
By Steve Gould | Sunday, June 22, 2003
With options expiration this week, we have had a lot of ups and downs but no real net movement. Activity should pick up next week.

Where is the Dow Going?
By Steve Gould | Sunday, June 22, 2003
I have a major announcement to make. Trumpets. Fanfare. OK. Here it is. THE BEAR IS DEAD. There. I said it. Now the market can head lower.

If You're In A Gunfight, You Have To Pull The Trigger - Or You're Dead
By Mike Parnos | Thursday, June 19, 2003
At the Couch Potato Trading Institute, the learning never stops. Sometimes we can learn from the mistakes from others - and sometimes we just have to learn from our own mistakes.

Elliott Wave Plays
By Steve Gould | Sunday, June 15, 2003
The Boeing Company (BA) operates in four principal segments: Commercial Airplanes, Military Aircraft and Missile Systems, Space and Communications and Boeing Capital Corporation.

It's That Time Of The Month Again
By Mike Parnos | Sunday, June 15, 2003
Yes, it's that time of the month again. No, put away the Motrin. If it was THAT time of the month, we wouldn't be able to do our "Quickies."

Elliott Wave Plays
By Steve Gould | Sunday, June 15, 2003
Based on the analysis in "Where is the Dow Going?" for 6/13/2003 we want to play a put but hedge our bets.

Elliott Wave Play Updates
By Steve Gould | Sunday, June 15, 2003
The Dow has had a net movement up of about 54 points but nothing significant enough to alter the value of the play.

Where is the Dow Going?
By Steve Gould | Sunday, June 15, 2003
Last week I had a conversation with a colleague of mine and he commented that his company has lost subscribers because they are one of the 16% of the newsletters who are still crying bear.

A Bad Month? A Good Month? It All Depends On Your Perspective
By Mike Parnos | Thursday, June 12, 2003
It's been one of those months - the kind we'd like to forget. We're not alone, though. Martha Stewart hasn't had a particularly good month either.

A Swing And A Missed Opportunity
By Mike Parnos | Sunday, June 08, 2003
A reversal thingy! That's right. Hey, I can get technical, too! That's what we had on Friday.

Elliott Wave Plays
By Steve Gould | Sunday, June 08, 2003
The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) is a price-weighted index composed of 30 of the largest, most liquid NYSE and NASDAQ listed stocks. The DJX is a cash-settlement index option representing 1/100 of the value of the DJIA.

Where is the Dow Going?
By Steve Gould | Sunday, June 08, 2003
Every newsletter that I have ever followed has reiterated the same party line about calling a top. They all say that the way to call a top is to wait for all the bears to capitulate.

What Is Progress? Learning From The Mistakes Of Others!
By Mike Parnos | Thursday, June 05, 2003
Life isn't all peaches and cream. As you know, when you go hunting, sometime you get the bear and sometimes the bear gets you.

Gettin' In -- With Minimal Begging!
By Mike Parnos | Sunday, June 01, 2003
"Help! Help!" That's the familiar sound of a CPTI student who has strayed from the path and finds himself up the creek without a paddle.

Ooops
By Steve Gould | Sunday, June 01, 2003
Ooops. I made a mistake. Not a terrible one, but one that needs to be rectified.

Where is the Dow Going?
By Steve Gould | Sunday, June 01, 2003
Many years ago, the US government published a study on the bumble bee. The conclusion of this multi-million dollar research project stated that because of the bumble bee's size, weight, shape, wingspan, drag/lift ratios and metabolism, it can not fly.

Expensive Lessons - No Pain, No Gain, No Kidding!
By Mike Parnos | Thursday, May 29, 2003
In Mafia days, they had a saying - "If you don't kill a guy when he's out of line, how else is he gonna' learn?" Well, apparently there are still some "made men" wandering around disguised as marketmakers.

Trading's Defective Detective Searchs For Potential Trades
By Mike Parnos | Sunday, May 25, 2003
I'll order a MACD with extra cheese. When on vacation, I may surf an Elliott Wave (with my water wings, of course) and dine on some Fibonacci pasta (with Alfredo sauce).

Alternation
By Steve Gould | Sunday, May 25, 2003
I have these delusions of one day becoming a consummate public speaker. Don't laugh! It could happen.

Where is the Dow Going?
By Steve Gould | Sunday, May 25, 2003
I sort of have mixed feelings about what happened in the Dow this week. On one hand, I am happy that I was correct and the Dow is now headed lower.

Does Size Matter? Hell Yes!
By Mike Parnos | Thursday, May 22, 2003
Does size matter? Hell yes!! If you don't believe me, just ask my ex-wives, my ex-girlfriends, the Seven Dwarfs and Shaquille O'Neal.

Is It MOPO Yet?
By Mark Phillips | Monday, May 19, 2003
With the lackluster action in the markets throughout last week, I felt pretty confident that today would be a good opportunity to continue our discussion.

Our Profit Song - "Money, Money, Money By The Pound"
By Mike Parnos | Sunday, May 18, 2003
It's music to our ears. Each month we, at the CPTI, take our pound of flesh from the 500-pound gorilla known as the stock market.

Corrections Part I
By Steve Gould | Sunday, May 18, 2003
One of the beauties of Elliott Waves is its simplicity. All you have to do is know how to count to three and five.

Where is the Dow Going?
By Steve Gould | Sunday, May 18, 2003
I remember when I was about 10 years old, my parents gave me this mechanical alarm clock. I would wind up the spring on the bell and set the time for it to go off.

Know When To Hold 'Em -- Know When To Fold 'Em
By Mike Parnos | Thursday, May 15, 2003
The market tends to humble investors. That's why, at the CPTI, we're not investors - we're TRADERS. For the last three years, investors have taken on a different appearance.

Planning For The Future(s)
By Mark Phillips | Monday, May 12, 2003
After sharing my rationale for taking a serious look at trading index futures last week, it's time to lay out the action plan for actually trading this different vehicle.

Being Married Can Be Fun - If You're A Put
By Mike Parnos | Sunday, May 11, 2003
Don't promise to love, honor and obey unless you're marrying a short term put. No need for a large wedding.

Six Simple Rules
By Steve Gould | Sunday, May 11, 2003
Back in my college days, a buddy of mine introduced me to the game of backgammon. He hooked me using the premise that there are just a few simple rules and I could learn the game in 5 minutes.

Where Is The Dow Going?
By Steve Gould | Sunday, May 11, 2003
Last week I presented the "big picture" of the Dow. If you did not get a chance to read it, I would suggest that you review it now because I am going to be building on that interpretation here.

Prepare Thyself - Expiration Is Near And Action Is Imminent
By Mike Parnos | Thursday, May 08, 2003
At the CPTI we advocate a laid back trading style. Many traders are used to being considerably more active.

The Case For Futures
By Mark Phillips | Monday, May 05, 2003
Life is a never-ending series of lessons. Some come quickly, like a bolt of lightning, while others are the result of a slowly dawning realization.

Meet Miss Direction - Our Own Prestidigitator
By Mike Parnos | Sunday, May 04, 2003
At the Couch Potato Trading Institute, we aren't big on picking direction because we don't claim to know the future and we rarely try to guess. It's a lot like magic - slight of hand.

Dow Theory
By Jane Fox | Sunday, May 04, 2003
On July 3, 1884 Charles Dow published the first stock market average composed of the closing prices of eleven stocks: nine railroad companies and two manufacturing firms.

How Do You Trade Your Options?
By Steve Gould | Sunday, May 04, 2003
My son is going through that dreaded "what is the best" phase. You dads know what I am talking about. Dad, what is the best car? Dad, what is the best pistol?

Where is the Dow Going?
By Steve Gould | Sunday, May 04, 2003
Many moons ago, when I had more time on my hands, I saw a TV commercial for a local car dealership. The starting scene was a picture of the Milky Way galaxy.

When The "Fear Factor" Kicks In - Don't Worry, Be Happy
By Mike Parnos | Thursday, May 01, 2003
During the life of a trade, there will be times that the underlying stock or index moves against us. That's enough to piss off anyone. So, what do we do?

MOPO - Remember That Term?
By Mark Phillips | Monday, April 28, 2003
I think it was Buzz Lynn that first coined the term MOPO in reference to "The Mother Of Put Opportunities", speaking of that situation that presents itself when the...

Owning Stocks Can Be Hazardous To Your Health, Unless . . .
By Mike Parnos | Sunday, April 27, 2003
Apparently there are still people out there who still own stocks or who want to own stocks. Then again, there are people who still buy Florida swampland, Spam and bell-bottom pants.

Money Management Part II
By Steve Gould | Sunday, April 27, 2003
In part I, I presented a mechanical system for managing money. Overall, it is not a bad system and many people use it.

An Opportunity in Sheep's Clothing
By Mike Parnos | Thursday, April 24, 2003
Opportunities are everywhere. You have to keep your eyes open, have the awareness to recognize them, and the ability to act when they present themselves.

Putting it all together: chart puzzles
By Leigh Stevens | Thursday, April 24, 2003
I wrote some number of articles on pulling together all technical analysis tools and techniques with the most important "reference" Trader's Corner being found at

The Quickies - Were They Good For You?
By Mike Parnos | Sunday, April 20, 2003
Too many traders go through life living out the words to the Animals' "I Can't Get No Satisfaction." Why? It can usually be blamed on poor techniques.

Putting it all together: OIN Mailbag(2)
By Leigh Stevens | Sunday, April 20, 2003
Still more viewer e-mail allows a look at further real-life market examples that demonstrate technical analysis, at least by the methods I favor.

Do You Need An Attitude Adjustment?
By Jane Fox | Sunday, April 20, 2003
How many of you work hard at being the best trader you can possibly be? How many of you study the markets for hours and know more about technical indicators than you know about your spouse?

Money Management Part I
By Jane Fox | Sunday, April 20, 2003
One of the biggest problems I see in traders is money management. You had best have a plan and stick to it, otherwise you are going to get caught up in the emotion of the trade and fall into the fear and greed black hole, never to be heard from again.

Popular Delusions...
By Mark Phillips | Monday, April 14, 2003
Those of you that are a fan of market history have probably at some time read Charles Mackay's book, "Extraordinary Popular Delusions & the Madness of Crowds".

How About A Quickie? I've Got The Time, If You Have The Inclination
By Mike Parnos | Sunday, April 13, 2003
A quickie for a daytrader might be a two-minute trade. However, a quickie for a CPTI trader, can be four trading days.

It's Gotta Make Sense
By Steve Gould | Sunday, April 13, 2003
Last week I was listening to a polarizing radio talk show host. He relayed that the Iraqi propaganda minister, Muhammed Saeed al-Sahhaf, just announced that Iraqi troops had invaded New York City and have conquered Shea Stadium.

It's Dangerous Out There - Unless You're Armed With The CPTI
By Mike Parnos | Thursday, April 10, 2003
Once upon a time there was a Couch Potato Trading Institute student. Let's call him George. He said he wanted to learn how to make money.

Putting it all together: OIN Mailbag
By Leigh Stevens | Thursday, April 10, 2003
Nothing like viewer e-mail to provide some real-life market examples that demonstrate some of the analysis process for looking at a chart in order to arrive at day-to-day trading decisions - so, some questions/comments from my OIN mailbag follow. Keep those cards and letter coming folks!

A Change of Heart?
By Mark Phillips | Monday, April 07, 2003
After seemingly endless weeks of trading only on the war news, can it be that the bulls are getting a bit tired. We've had piles of poor economic news, earnings warnings, downgrades and concerns about the growing SARS epidemic and still this market continues surging forward.

Profits Get High With A Little Help From My Friends
By Mike Parnos | Sunday, April 06, 2003
Did you ever wonder how option strategies get their names? Early on, many were named after birds, animals and insects.

An Alternate Route
By Steve Gould | Sunday, April 06, 2003
The other day my wife and I were driving through town. As we approached this one intersection, traffic started to slow until it finally came to a dead stop.

Put Protection On Your Shopping List
By Mike Parnos | Thursday, April 03, 2003
The cupboard is bare at CPTI headquarters. We need to stock up on some necessities.

What to look at, when, in technical analysis
By Leigh Stevens | Thursday, April 03, 2003
Some comments and predictions from my weekly Index Trader prior to the start of the current trading week will serve as some beginning illustrations of what I look at and in what order so to speak when assessing the technical outlook for the market as reflected in the major indices.

Looking for Older Traders Corners?

  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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