TK All-Star’s Blog posts

A Rare Trading Signal from the Volatility Index

TK All-Star posted on 04/09/10 at 08:13 AM

Jeff Clark sees the VIX signaling sharp declines in stocks soon. Traders witnessed a rare event on Tuesday. For only the fourth time in two years, the Volatility Index traded below its lower B... more

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Another angle on options and dividends

TK All-Star posted on 04/06/10 at 10:14 AM

Mark Wolfinger expands on a recent Options Guy post on options and dividends. I was reading Brian Overby's latest post What's up with Options and Dividends? and I wanted to expand on one poin... more

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How could an OTM option still get you assigned?

TK All-Star posted on 04/05/10 at 07:53 AM

Mark Wolfinger explains how surprise-assignments can (and do) happen. TK client JS4Dividends had an unpleasant surprise that hits all options traders at some point or another: an option that ap... more

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How do stock splits affect options holders?

TK All-Star posted on 03/30/10 at 04:11 PM

Mark Wolfinger delves into some very confusing territory. In a recent forum post, TK client AlaskanKnight asked for help understanding how stock splits affect option holders, such as AK. Turns ... more

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Options Movers: C, TLB, WFR, UBS, EMC, IOC

TK All-Star posted on 03/29/10 at 09:38 PM

Fred Ruffy finds emerging options trends in the latest trading session. Unusual Volume Movers Talbot's (TLB) options volume is running 3X the usual, with 50,000 traded and call volume represent... more

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4 Bullish Breakouts: SJT, MOT, TMX, WNR

TK All-Star posted on 03/24/10 at 12:12 PM

Rob Smith eyes 4 stocks with breakout potential to the upside. Happy Trading, Robert Franklin Smith Founder, SmithsintheBlack.com TradeKing All-Star Commentator Disclosure: Rob Smith i... more

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Is a high call/put ratio bullish or bearish?

TK All-Star posted on 03/24/10 at 10:49 AM

Mark Wolfinger explains what this options ratio is (and isn't) telling you Here's an interesting question posed by TK client coolfez in the forums. Coolfez writes: "So I was wondering, if there i... more

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VIDEO: From Longs to Shorts: INTC, PWRD, HAL, ERJ

TK All-Star posted on 03/22/10 at 01:59 PM

Quint Tatro explains why the charts suggest checking out of 4 long positions. Regards, Quint Tatro Founder, Tickerville.com TradeKing All-Star Commentator Disclosure: Quint Tatro hol... more

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Is there a "safe" Implied Volatility (IV)?

TK All-Star posted on 03/18/10 at 10:27 AM

Mark Wolfinger answers a client's question from his webinar on covered call writing. Is there a "safe" level of implied volatility (IV) when trading options? The IV (implied volatility) of an o... more

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Is Tech in Play this Week?

TK All-Star posted on 03/16/10 at 12:40 PM

    Rob Smith features BMC, CSC, HK, MLM, PWR. Happy Trading, Robert Franklin Smith Founder, SmithsintheBlack.com TradeKing All-Star Commentator Disclosure: Rob Smith holds ... more

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ERJ, HAL, INTC, PWRD in Motion

TK All-Star posted on 03/15/10 at 02:27 PM

Quint Tatro still has these on his radar. Regards, Quint Tatro Founder, Tickerville.com TradeKing All-Star Commentator Disclosure: Quint Tatro exited INTC and went long PWRD. After th... more

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Options Movers: C, VLO, AIG, STI, MSFT, ZION

TK All-Star posted on 03/12/10 at 09:42 AM

Fred Ruffy finds emerging options trends in the latest trading session. Unusual Volume Movers Citi (C) saw 5X average daily trading volume Wednesday, with 1.8 million contracts traded and call ... more

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VIDEO: 4 Bullish Longs: ERJ, HAL, INTC, PWRD

TK All-Star posted on 03/09/10 at 12:01 PM

Quint Tatro is eyeing these 4 buys this week. Regards, Quint Tatro Founder, Tickerville.com TradeKing All-Star Commentator Disclosure: Quint Tatro is long INTC. Options involve risk an... more

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5 Snortin' Bull Stocks: FFIV, SNBC, WFR, TMX, EMC

TK All-Star posted on 03/09/10 at 12:00 PM

Rob Smith zeroes in on 5 potential longs. Happy Trading, Robert Franklin Smith Founder, SmithsintheBlack.com TradeKing All-Star Commentator Disclosure: Rob Smith holds no positions in ... more

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Dodging a naked position in covered calls

TK All-Star posted on 03/05/10 at 05:19 PM

Mark Wolfinger answers a client's question about balancing a covered call with an open trailing stop order. Here's an interesting question Janosik posed in the forums: "I'm guessing I can't writ... more

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Combining calendars with collars

TK All-Star posted on 03/02/10 at 12:39 PM

Mark Wolfinger explains risks and rewards from an options strategy combining calendars and collars. Thanks for the great turnout during my last webinar, Covered Calls From a Different Perspectiv... more

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Make Money Where Warren Buffett Couldn't

TK All-Star posted on 03/01/10 at 06:10 PM

Jeff Clark explains why airlines may be shaping up as a sell I'm not sure what is worse, traveling on an airline or operating one. There is nothing enjoyable about flying. You have to get to th... more

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What's the best straddle adjustment?

TK All-Star posted on 02/26/10 at 11:21 AM

Mark Wolfinger weighs how to tweak a straddle once you've put the trade on.   Once you've bought a straddle and the market starts to move, what's your next step? A TK client (with the excellent u... more

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Tape Talk Video: ADM, CBS, SMG

TK All-Star posted on 02/25/10 at 10:30 AM

Quint Tatro checks in with the technical set-ups he's been eyeing. Regards, Quint Tatro Founder, Tickerville.com TradeKing All-Star Commentator Disclosure: Quint Tatro is short CB... more

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3 More Range-Rider Plays

TK All-Star posted on 02/22/10 at 03:57 PM

Rob Smith checks out more range-bound stocks that may be poised for breakout. Happy Trading, Robert Franklin Smith Founder, SmithsintheBlack.com TradeKing All-Star Commentator Disc... more

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