In a recent report, the All Star Charts team highlighted some mixed signals and the lack of trend in many areas of the stock market right now. These are often frustrating situations for straight stocks players. Luckily for us options traders, we can craft strategies that best suit any market environment we may be in. For today’s play, we’re going to get a little creative, mixing a credit spread with a calendar spread to establish a unique risk profile in a name that we’re cautiously bullish on. [Read more…]
In a recent blog post, All Star Charts highlighted a stock retesting a breakout from a very large base. This was the money quote:
First off, big bases take time to form because they are caused by steady institutional accumulation. Mom and pop investors aren’t the ones creating this trend, so I know that there’s underlying demand that will support prices if they do move lower.
Because prices have memory and the base has taken a significant period of time to build, there’s likely been more trading at each price level along the way. As a result of this institutional support, the rate of change to the downside is likely to be less severe versus a name that’s advanced quickly to the upside with less trading activity at each level, and thus less memory among market participants to defend these levels on the way down.
Secondly, our risk is extremely well-defined when trading these patterns. In the event that we are buying a base breakout (or pullback), we know exactly where we are wrong and can generally minimize our risk relative to potential reward.
This is precisely the scenario we see unfolding in Tractor Supply Co $TSCO. [Read more…]
Like a fly to honey, I’m always attracted to asymmetric opportunities that offer limited risk and the potential for unlimited gains. Trading options allows us to quite literally create these types of risk/reward opportunities every day. It’s built into the very structure of your basic call or put option! And when we can spot a stock chart that offers us a little bit of an edge on the future direction of prices, it is time to take action. [Read more…]
Stocks have lost firm footing in recent weeks. And while things may look a little sloppy out there in some corners, it is a constructive exercise to focus our attention on the sectors and stocks that are holding up well in this tape.
An iconic American credit card company is exhibiting a take charge attitude that has me interested in running up my balance. [Read more…]
As US stocks rallied for most of this year, many stocks in the Metals, Mining, Coal, and Steel sectors could not get out of their own way and refused to participate in the broad rally. Back in March, All Star Charts published a report highlighting this. So naturally, as stocks begin to soften across the board, it’s time to lean into these bad boys and push them off a cliff. [Read more…]
Markets are getting a little shaky. No real surprise. We’ve had a huge run to start the year and it’s only natural for there to be givebacks along the way. Markets don’t go straight up forever. That’s not how this works.
That said, there are some sectors and stocks that are still holding up relatively well that require our attention. If this turns out to be another garden variety correction then we’re going to want to be long names that are standing strong now — these are likely to be the next leaders. The All Star Charts team published a bullish piece on the Energy sector a couple weeks ago, and not much has changed since. The sector and its stocks have pretty much gone sideways. One stock that has my attention now is: [Read more…]
If you’ve read headlines or watched Shout! TV over the past 36 hours, you’ve likely been tempted to make some bad decisions with your portfolio. Panic is like sex to the financial media — panic sells. Panic attracts eyeballs, gets you glued in, which translates to advertiser dollars. That’s all financial media cares about. Not you, and certainly not your portfolio.
Our choice as market speculators is to either succumb to the artificial stress placed upon markets to make decisions not in our best long-term interest, or to take the other side of the nonsense, trusting in cooler heads and price action to lead the way. You know which path we take here… [Read more…]
It’s one thing to find a great opportunity to make a directional bet. But sometimes it can be be quite a challenge to express that trade with options due to a thin market of options for that stock. This would make a multi-legged options spread especially hard to pull off. In situations like these, I like to leverage the simplicity of naked options. [Read more…]