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Stock Market Update: Weak Dollar Gives Earnings A Boost

The popular stock market indices continue to pursue a slow and persistent track to new record highs. The S&P 500 (INDEXSP:.INX) is trading at new all-time highs in Tuesday trading. Stocks have been supported by improving second quarter earnings and by CFO reports of stronger top-line growth. The decline in…

Is The VIX Volatility Index Overdue For A Move Higher?

The lack of volatility in volatility is once again giving rise to the phrase ‘it is different this time”.  If past is any guide, it seldom is. Spot VIX Volatility Index (INDEXCBOE:VIX) just created a record. VIX goes back to January 1990.  In its 27-year history, it closed below 10…

What The VXST:VIX Volatility Ratio Is Saying About Stocks Now

With the lack of a buyable stock market dip dominating the financial news (see: WSJ’s “Markets’ Steady Climb in 2017 Defies Historic Odds“), many traders are waiting for an opportunity to enter the market on the long side and participate in what is shaping up to be a low volatility…

Options Education: How To Trade Put Ratio Spreads

The put ratio spread is generally considered a neutral options trading strategy, although it has the ability to make a profit in up, down and sideways markets.  For more, check out my ultimate guide to trading Put Ratio Spreads. Yes, it can make money no matter which way the market…

S&P 500 Breakout Remains Unlikely Near-Term, Here’s Why

Market dips continue to get bought, as volatility struggles to hold on to gains. On the S&P 500 large cap index (INDEXSP:.INX), bulls forced a break out of 2400 five weeks ago.  Just a few days afterwards, the breakout was defended (Chart 1 below). So far this month, downward pressure…

Is The VIX Volatility Index Signaling Caution Here?

I’ve had a great response to my Dow Award paper, Forecasting a Volatility Tsunami, with it being downloaded over 3,000 times since April. I really appreciate the support and the positive feedback I’ve received so far. Last week I had the opportunity to do a webcast with the Market Technicians…

A Closer Look At Kimberly Clark’s (KMB) Bullish Options Action

Kimberly Clark Corp (NYSE:KMB) Bullish Options Action Focuses on Margin Expansion, M&A Below is an example of the format for OptionsHawk 2017 2H Open Interest Report. For more detailed analysis of 60 stocks with 2H catalysts, check out: OptionsHawk 2H17 OI Report.   Kimberly Clark Corp. (KMB) $130.80 – Consumer…

Nasdaq 100 Volatility Index Fades As Tech Stocks Recover

The panic associated with the recent carnage in tech stocks and the Nasdaq 100 (INDEXNASDAQ:NDX) has begun to subside; but is it too soon to exhale? It is apparently tech week here in our blogs – and every other Financial news media site, as well – as the coverage is…

Is The Russell 2000 About To Break Out To New Highs?

Volatility has been eerily absent from the market lately with the ViX Volatility Index (INDEXCBOE:VIX) trading at levels not seen since 2017. Short volatility has certainly been the number one game in town so far this year.  For Iron condor traders, particularly those that trade the Russell 2000 (INDEXRUSSELL:RUT,), 2017…