Stocks & Bonds

Unusual Options Activity: DAL, P, X, CVS, And More

It’s Sunday night so it’s time to review several stocks that had unusual options activity over the last week. Although traders can never be sure why these trades take place (or who is making them), I believe that it’s important to be aware of notable options activity as another indicator for directional bias. Here’s a…

The Rotation Report: Global Markets Shake The Tree

Greece and China are driving the risk-off nature in global markets. Naturally, we want to try to take advantage of the opportunities the market gives us. Looking around at my favorite investment ideas, some are reaching buy areas like the 10 week moving average. Overall, though, it just seems like…

Top Trading Links: Tis The Season For Market Volatility

It’s Volatility season. All of a sudden the Dow Jones Industrials are below the 200 day moving average. Instability and uncertainty is emerging across the globe. More and more charts are breaking down and this seems like early stage correction stuff. On the flip side, hopefully you’re having a wonderful…

Crude Oil Inventories Pressuring Nabors Stock (NBR)

The Uptick In Crude Inventories Is Leading To A Breakdown In Nabors Stock (NBR) The $4.5B oil driller earned more than $1 in EPS last year and is now projected to lose $0.22 and $0.12 this year and in 2016, respectively. The collapse in oil and gas prices is expected…

Charting The S&P 500: End Of The Trend Or Higher Prices Yet?

As a primary trend trader with a focused strategy of looking for higher probability setups, I often find myself sharing my two sense on charts and market trends. Today I will focus on the S&P 500 and its current trend. Earlier on StockTwits, I viewed a 20 year monthly chart…

The Stealth Bear Market For Chinese Stocks: What’s Next?

Just last week, I wrote about 13 percent correction that occurred over one week on the Shanghai Composite Index (SSEC). Well it’s now been a little over two weeks since the selling began and the Chinese stock exchange is currently down 21.7 percent off its highs (and from intraday peak…

Energy Sector (XLE): Still Digesting 2014 Massive Price Shock

The energy sector is struggling and it’s pretty clear the whole industry needs more time to recover from and (more importantly?) adjust to last year’s massive price shock. And this shows up on the chart for the Energy Sector ETF (XLE) Looking at the chart below, there are a few takeaways…

Welcome To July: When The VIX Comes To Life

Welcome to July, the month that has seen the highest average VIX return out of the entire year. Honestly, I first noticed this last year and was surprised by it. You’d think the dog days of summer are boring, but July is anything but that. Here is what the Volatility…