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Monthly Archives: December 2012

Weekly Wrap-Up + Market Forecast + Sector Watch: SPX, Nasdaq, XRT, XLF, XLE, OIH, RIG, SLB, OXY, APA, APC, NOV, RL, KORS, TIF, GPS, COH

The stand-off in Washington over the "fiscal cliff" kept buyers on the sideline last week.  The market was very volatile with the general momentum on the down side.  We didn’t trade much, but did catch a quick trade on AMZN puts with a gain of +111%: 07:33 | HappyTrading APC ($73.15) Sold to Close 01C75 [...]

Weekly Wrap-Up + Market Forecast + Sector Watch: SPX, Nasdaq, XLE, XLF, FDN, IGV, OXY, APA, APC, HES, GS, C, MA, V, BAC, CRM, EQIX, GOOG, PCLN, AMZN, RHT, ADBE, CTSH, CTXS, ORCL

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!  2012 is quickly coming to an end.  One week left in trading.  The market is still waiting for a budget deal to be made.  Things seemed to be moving along with compromises made on both sides.  But, by the end of the week, no deal was agreed upon. Last weekend, [...]

Profits Locked In: GLD, NTAP, VMW, QIHU, ISRG, HLF, MA, V, RHT, NKE, RIMM

On Wednesday, we locked in profits on most of our positions.  We scored +110% gain on VMW calls and +130% profit on NTAP calls.  GLD fell sharply today.  Although we cashed out our puts a day too early, it was still a profit of +102%. 06:57 | Ecstatic Plays QIHU ($26.55) Sold to Close 12C25 [...]

Budget Deal Hopes Draw Buyers Back In: SPX, Nasdaq, GOOG, AAPL, AMZN, GS, CRM, FFIV, APA, IOC, NOV

The market tone quickly changes this week, as both Boehner and Obama both seem to be making compromises toward a deal.  The markets started strongly yesterday and continued to rally higher today.  Financials and techs are leading the way.  GS was under $120 on after Friday’s close; in 2 days, it climbed to $128!  GOOG [...]

Fed Keeps Rates Low! SPX, Nasdaq, AMZN, GOOG, AAPL, NFLX, JOY, GOLD, SLW, CF, WLT, IOC, APA

The market rallied higher on Monday on hopes that progress was being made on the budget negotiation between the President and the House Republicans.  Things pushed higher today in the morning, but faded after the Fed vowed to keep rates low until unemployment rate falls to 6.5% or less.  We continued to lock in gains [...]

A “Million-Dollar” Secret for Long-term Investors! AAPL, REGN, ALXN, POT, PCLN

PCLN went from $45 to $775 (+1600%) in 5 years.  ALXN went from $10 to $120 (+1100%) in 5 years.  REGN went from $30 to $189 (+530%) in just 2 years.  POT went from $4.5 to over $80 (+515%), post-split, in 4 years.  What do these stocks have in common, technically speaking? I have been [...]

Weekly Wrap-Up + Market Forecast + Sector Watch: SPX, Nasdaq, XLF, GLD, XLE, SOXX, BRCM, XLNX, ADI, TXN, APC, OXY, SLB, JPM, C, BAC, MA, V, AIG

Once again, the broader market was kept in a tight range as investors saw little progress on the budget negotiation in Washington.  We had a pretty good week, though.  We locked in gains on trades as we had them and were not greedy.  Although there were no triple-digit gainers (and you shouldn’t always expect to [...]

Falling Apple Drags Down Nasdaq! SPX, Nasdaq, AAPL, CLF, WLT, ANR, BTU, JOY, CAT, CMI, NFLX

Well, this market is still being whipped around by politicians speaking about the "fiscal cliff".  Stocks were strong on Monday morning, but, quickly faded.  Stocks have many excuses to drop, but, buyers seem to be ready to come in on every drop.  This morning, SPX fell below 1400 (in my Market Forecast this weekend, we [...]

Market Forecast + Sector Watch: SPX, Nasdaq, MOO, XLF, XLE, GLD, OXY, APA, NOV, APC, GS, C, WFC, BAC, AIG, CF, MON, POT, MOS

Wow, 2012 has quickly gone by.  December is here!  Let’s make this one account!  The market is still in a waiting mode, though, waiting for Congress to get its act together and pass a bi-partisan budget deal to avoid the "fiscal cliff".  After a week of bounce from the recent bottom, stocks made small advances [...]

New FREE Service + November 2012 Monthly Wrap-Up: FB, LNKD, AAPL, LVS, SPY

First of all, I’m going to introduce a new service.  I’m getting questions about services for stock trades vs. options trades.  Originally, my idea was that people who trade stocks only can also use our services as the underlying stock price for our options trades are posted in our trade alerts.  But, it seems like [...]