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5 ETFs That Could Find A Home For PayPal Stock (PYPL)

Investors were treated to the news this month that PayPal Holdings Inc (PYPL) would be spun off from Ebay Inc (EBAY) to create a massive $45 billion stand alone company. The fervor surrounding the successful IPO of PayPal stock, alongside a valuation surpassing its parent company, makes for an interesting

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Unusual Options Activity: 5 Stock To Watch (TWTR, BKS, NFX, MDLZ, VMEM)

Unusual Options Activity Report Here’s a quick look at 5 stocks showing unusual options activity with some color around the trading setups and recent news about the companies. Barnes & Noble (BKS) – The Sep $24/$26/$30 bull call spread risk reversal was put on 1,840 times for a $0.55 debit. A trade like this one involves buying the Sep $26/$30 bull call spread and selling the Sep $24 puts for

5 ETFs That Could Find A Home For PayPal Stock (PYPL)

Investors were treated to the news this month that PayPal Holdings Inc (PYPL) would be spun off from Ebay Inc (EBAY) to create a massive $45 billion stand alone company. The fervor surrounding the successful IPO of PayPal stock, alongside a valuation surpassing its parent company, makes for an interesting investment case. While some may choose to own PayPal stock directly, others may be seeking to integrate this theme in

Options Trading Ideas: Treasury Bond ETF (TLT) Looks Tired

On Monday, I laid out as to why the iShares 20+ Year Treasury Bond ETF (TLT), may be stuck in limbo in the near-term between its 50- and 200-day moving averages and why the latter is likely to act as resistance. Nothing much has changed since then, except the ETF is showing signs of fatigue (see chart 1 below). And this type of action often opens the door for an

Markets Tame As The Fed Serves The Porridge Just Right

The market likes some level of “certainty”… especially when it feels like the market has been lacking it. Enter the Fed today. As expected, the Fed held rates unchanged. But what about the rest of the FOMC statement? Well, the Fed statement was carefully crafted/hedged (as usual), with mention of a strengthening labor market and the possibility of a rate increase… perhaps even this year. The usual. And how did the market perceive

Why Higher Interest Rates Are A Good Thing For Stocks

Will they or won’t they? The Federal Reserve has their decision on interest rates this afternoon and there is no way they raise rates today, but the consensus is they might do it at the September meeting. I remember last month, 12 big banks came out and all said September would be the next Fed rate hike. Well, here is a more recent CNBC article that says the majority still

Why Stocks May Lag Bonds Over The Near-Term

Are you comfortable putting significant new money to work buying stocks when they are at or near all-time highs? For instance, the S&P 500 hit an all-time high of 1561.80 on October 12, 2007 almost 5 years to the day after the low in 2002. There wasn’t anything special that happened on that October day in 2007—nothing that screamed “Get Out!” In fact, based on how the markets had been

Trading Setups: 5 Stocks To Watch (SLV, ABMD, ZIOP, MDXG, NOC)

Given the broad oversold conditions, today’s bounce should not have been a surprise to anyone. As a result, several short-term trading setups emerged this morning. The S&P 500 bounced right off its 200 day moving average (dma) and ended the day in the 2090-2100 resistance area. The Russell 2000 had a textbook opening flush under the 200dma, followed by a potent bullish reversal. The question now, of course, is where

Will Rising Existing Home Prices Begin To Slow Sales?

There is a dichotomy between U.S. sales of new and existing homes. This has been preceded by a dichotomy between how their median prices were diverging from each other. June saw existing home sales jump to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.49 million units – the highest since 5.79 million in February 2007 (see chart 1 below). New home sales, however, fell to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of

The Shanghai Composite Has Further To Fall, Here’s Why

It’s been a wild summer thus far for the Shanghai Composite and Chinese stocks. After a sharp parabolic rally into June, China’s main stock index has fallen over 30 percent in just 6 weeks. And it may have more downside to come in 2015. Here’s why.  See the charts below for reference. The Shanghai Composite has been getting a lot of media attention due to some wild market moves. The crash

Stock Market Outlook: Weekly Reversal Leaves Technical Damage

What a difference a week makes. The market ended the previous week on a strong note. And the S&P 500 seemed poised to follow the Nasdaq Composite and push to new all-time highs. But these and any other bullish hopes for the stock market were swiftly extinguished as the market put in an ugly reversal last week that resulted in a good deal of technical damage. The S&P 500 and Nasdaq