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S&P 500 Weekly Review & Outlook: The VIX Awakens

In this investing research note, we will analyze key stock market indicators, weigh the health of the S&P 500 Index (INDEXSP:.INX), and discuss old and new themes that we are watching in our investing research. Here are some summary highlights: Upswing in Volatility Could Have Indexes Looking for Support – Volatility…

S&P 500 Bottom Indicator? Watch For A VIX Spike Reversal

Wednesday witnessed several potentially important developments in the markets, but the message is not clear-cut. After straddling the 50-day moving average for nearly three weeks, the S&P 500 large cap index (INDEXSP:.INX) lost it yesterday, albeit not by much.  This was the first time the index closed under that average…

Alibaba (BABA) Shares Look Poised To Hit New All Time High

Alibaba Group (NASDAQ:BABA) had a successful start after going public in late 2014, pricing at $68 per share and quickly soaring to $120 by November. However, the IPO honeymoon phase quickly turned sour at the start of 2015 as shares fell below $90 in January. And close to the 1-year…

Options Traders Position For Energy Recovery With Risk Reversals

Energy has been one of the worst performing sectors in Q1 of 2017. The Oil & Gas Exploration ETF (NYSEARCA:XOP) is down 10% and Energy Sector ETF (NYSEARCA:XLE) down more than 6%. A new theme in options trading activity has presented itself this week and aligns with three strong price-action…

S&P 500: The Implications Of CBOE Implied Correlations

As the recent selloff in the S&P 500 (INDEXSP:.INX) looks to be over before it really even got started, I thought it would be worth highlighting an interesting, if unusual, indicator that has potential use in market timing for the S&P 500. It is the “CBOE Implied Correlation Index” –…

Lumentum Stock (LITE): Playing The Pullback With Options

Michael Lamothe from Chart Your Trade recently posted a chart that caught my eye. The stock is Lumentum Holdings (NASDAQ:LITE) and to be honest, I’ve never looked at it before. But the chart really grabbed my attention. I’ll preface this by saying that I haven’t followed the company, so I…

The Gold Market Is Getting Complacent: Watch This Chart!

A little too quiet for Gold… Gold came to my attention for a couple of reasons this week. First was the sentiment signals in the latest sentix survey – I tweeted the chart here.  Second I decided to feature it in the latest edition of the Tuesday Macro Technicals report. I…