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VIX Shorts Near Extremes: Time To Protect Your Investments?

In our latest research article “Market Complacency Ruling The Day Into U.S. Election” we highlighted that complacency in the stock market, as measured by the VIX Volatility Index (INDEXCBOE:VIX), is at levels rarely seen. On its own this is not breaking news, but it is very strange when contrasted with…

Market Complacency Ruling The Day Into U.S. Presidential Election

What, Me Worry?  As we contemplate the upcoming U.S. presidential election one of 720Global’s chief investment related concerns is the potential for the election results to roil financial markets. Strangely, the major U.S. stock market indices (i.e. S&P 500 Index – INDEXSP:.INX) trade as if the presidential election results, be it a…

3 Offshore Energy Stocks With Bullish Options Activity

Recent Options Trading Activity Suggests Tradable Bottom in Select Offshore Energy Stocks One of the best opportunities to make money comes from noticing trends in options positioning. And over the past several years, I have seen it across countless industries. Particularly when themes develop. A new theme developed last week…

S&P 500 Bollinger Bands Contraction: A Short-Term Warning?

Today I thought I’d share a few of charts of interest for equity traders. One chart looks at the recent S&P 500 Bollinger Bands contraction which suggests the possibility of a decent move in the stock market. The two others look at the CBOE Volatility Index (INDEXCBOE:VIX) and suggest the potential…

Will Semiconductor Deals Spur More Consolidation? Who’s Next?

Earlier this week Analog Devices (NASDAQ:ADI) announced a $14.8B deal for Linear Tech (NASDAQ:LLTC), one of the largest Tech deals this year. This follows a flurry of semiconductor deals across the industry, boosting the sector (NASDAQ:SOXX). Less than two weeks ago Softbank announced a $28B deal for ARM Holdings (NASDAQ:ARMH) in…

Smart Money Positions For Rotation Into Financial Stocks

Smart Money Option Traders Position for Rotation to Financial Stocks / Sector Financial stocks, Banks and Insurance in particular, have been one of the places to avoid during this multi-year bull market. Those sectors were amongst those lagging the most… and they offered very little in terms of revenue growth….

VIX Index: 4 Straight Sub-13 Sessions A Warning For Stocks?

The last time spot VIX Volatility Index (INDEXCBOE:VIX) closed under 13 for four consecutive sessions was in early August last year.  In fact, the VIX back then stayed sub-13 for four straight sessions ended August 3rd, and registered three more sub-13 readings by August 14th.  By the 17th, the S&P…

Cardtronics (CATM) Offers Opportunity In ATM Industry

Cardtronics Depressed Multiple May Be Underestimating Potential in Growing ATM Industry Cardtronics (NASDAQ:CATM) is a $1.92B provider of consumer financial services via ATMs and kiosks. Cardtronics stock price has gained 27.3% YTD but remain below 2013 highs of $44.55. Cardtronics (CATM) is the #1 non-bank deployer of ATMs in the…

Consumer Foods Sector: 5 Stocks With Attractive Valuations

The consumer staples sector (and underlying consumer foods group) have been one of the best performers in the first half of 2016, and many of the larger names are utilizing M&A and unlocking value by optimizing brand portfolios. At this point in the cycle, revenue growth is difficult to come…

VIX Volatility Index: Reversal May Hint At A Market Bottom

It seems the term Fear Index gets thrown around a lot these days, but what do people actually mean by that? Most people are referring to the VIX Index which is a market volatility index created by the Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE) that reflects the markets expectations for volatility over the next 30…