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Options Recap: INTC, VNDA, STAR, AKAM

TK All-Star posted on 10/14/09 at 10:10 AM

Fred Ruffy recaps emerging trends from the latest trading session. Market Sentiment Stocks traded modestly lower Tuesday as investors brace for this week’s “event risk”. After several days of sl... more

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Dow 10,000

TK All-Star posted on 10/13/09 at 09:42 AM

Nicole Wachs watches the DJIA march towards (or away from?) the big one. Markets are abuzz this week with the question: will the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) top 10,000? Although largely s... more

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Iron Condors: How’d our trade fare?

TK All-Star posted on 10/12/09 at 10:34 AM

Doc Maher follows up on an IC example to see how it would’ve done. Welcome back to my series on Iron Condors. Today let’s follow up on the hypothetical Iron Condor (IC) trade we established 9/4 i... more

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Options Recap: RIM, ACOR, COST, RMBS

TK All-Star posted on 10/09/09 at 04:39 PM

Fred Ruffy recaps emerging trends from the latest trading session. Market Sentiment The major averages traded in a narrow range and were modestly higher late Friday. With no earnings of broad ma... more

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Welcome, Alan Brochstein/Invest By Model!

TK All-Star posted on 10/08/09 at 10:27 AM

Nicole Wachs welcomes a stock-screening guru to TK All-Stars.  Join me in welcoming our newest TradeKing All-Star, Alan Brochstein! Alan is a portfolio manager and equity analyst with 20+ years... more

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Options Recap: AA, AUY, CIEN, IPG, EMR

TK All-Star posted on 10/06/09 at 05:53 PM

Fred Ruffy recaps emerging trends from the latest trading session. Market Sentiment Stocks were holding gains Tuesday afternoon, amid strength in some commodities and optimism for the 3Q earning... more

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Iron Condors and the “Volatility Smile”

TK All-Star posted on 10/06/09 at 10:47 AM

Doc Maher continues his advanced series on ICs. Welcome back to my series on Iron Condors. Today we’ll continue a discussing about implied volatility and ICs, focusing on a phenomenon known as th... more

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Exiting JAVA with a merger brewing

TK All-Star posted on 10/05/09 at 02:19 PM

Pending mergers make lots of traders wonder what will happen with their existing shares. The same holds true for traders holding options on pending-merger stocks. Take TK client Grippo, who recentl... more

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Iron Condors and Implied Volatility

TK All-Star posted on 10/01/09 at 09:41 AM

Doc Maher continues his advanced series on ICs.  Welcome back to my series on Iron Condors. Today we’ll be talking about how implied volatility (IV) impacts ICs. Catch up on previous posts in t... more

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Options Recap: CIT, DYN, NOK, LVS, MGM

TK All-Star posted on 09/29/09 at 05:38 PM

Fred Ruffy recaps emerging trends from the latest trading session. Market Sentiment Stocks traded mixed in a day of relatively quiet market action Tuesday. After a 124-point gain Monday, the Dow ... more

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How index options settlement works

TK All-Star posted on 09/28/09 at 09:43 AM

Mark Wolfinger explains a common puzzler among options traders. In my last post Euro- vs. American-style options I explained the differences between these two options styles, which are often more... more

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Vertical Spreads, Delta & Theta (Part 1)

TK All-Star posted on 09/25/09 at 10:41 AM

Dan Passarelli reveals the many similarities of credit and debit spreads. Vertical spreads are one of my favorite subjects to teach. On the surface, they seem straightforward but, in fact, they’r... more

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Iron Condors: Which Expiration Month?

TK All-Star posted on 09/23/09 at 11:03 AM

Doc Maher continues his advanced series on ICs.  As this series has progressed, several people have asked whether ICs should use the shortest expiration options or an expiration that’s further ou... more

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Options Recap – 9/21/09

TK All-Star posted on 09/21/09 at 05:06 PM

Fred Ruffy recaps emerging trends from the latest trading session. Market Sentiment Stocks opened lower on falling commodity prices and slow trading in overseas markets Monday. Shares were broad... more

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Euro-style vs. American-style options

TK All-Star posted on 09/21/09 at 09:09 AM

Mark Wolfinger gets specific about these different option types.  I was cruising through the audience Q&A in a recent TK webinar and noticed a very brief exchange about European-style options... more

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Iron Condors: Expected Returns

TK All-Star posted on 09/18/09 at 11:26 AM

Doc Maher continues his advanced series on ICs. Welcome back to my series on iron condors (ICs). We’ve come a long way, so feel free to catch up by skipping to the section below called “Iron Cond... more

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Options Recap - 9/16/09

TK All-Star posted on 09/17/09 at 10:43 AM

Fred Ruffy recaps emerging trends from the latest trading session. Market Sentiment Stocks were trading broadly higher late Wednesday. The stage was set for steady trading in the US after markets... more

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Stock up, but option’s down?

TK All-Star posted on 09/16/09 at 10:54 AM

Mark Wolfinger explains one trader’s conundrum.  Whenever you see something in the options market that defies explanation, it usually signals you’re missing a piece of the puzzle. Case in point: ... more

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Tires, chicken, and US-China trade

TK All-Star posted on 09/15/09 at 12:13 PM

Nicole Wachs explores the potentially explosive US-China tariff fight Financial press was chock-full of headlines Monday about a simmering trade fight between the U.S. and China and its potential... more

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Blame options buyers, not market makers

TK All-Star posted on 09/14/09 at 01:48 PM

Mark Wolfinger corrects a misconception about what drives up options prices. I like digging into the discussions on the TradeKing forums, but every once in a while I stumble on a misconception th... more

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