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Iron Condors: A 3mo RUT example

TK All-Star posted on 10/23/09 at 10:19 PM

Doc Maher checks out another IC example in action. Welcome back to my series on Iron Condors. We’ve covered lots of theory, and now we’re cranking out some practice. Today I’ll show a hypothetica... more

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Stock Spotlight: Medical Device Co’s

TK All-Star posted on 10/22/09 at 09:24 AM

Alan Brochstein explains why he likes medical device manufacturers for growth and value.    Healthcare comprises about 12.5% of the S&P 500 but about 36% of my Top 20 Model Portfolio.  Looking... more

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Should I stay or should I close now?

TK All-Star posted on 10/21/09 at 09:37 AM

When’s the best time to exit a trade? “When you’re sitting in front of a working crystal ball” is maybe the most accurate answer, but hardly a realistic one. I got to thinking about trading “less... more

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Options Recap: AAPL, CAT, PFE, PBR, UTX

TK All-Star posted on 10/20/09 at 05:11 PM

Fred Ruffy recaps emerging trends from the latest trading session. Market Sentiment Stocks traded broadly lower late Tuesday after the latest round of earnings news failed to spark another round... more

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How late is too late to buy options?

TK All-Star posted on 10/19/09 at 09:06 AM

Dan Passarelli tackles when to buy options before expiration.  Let’s go back to basics with a simple, but very important question posed by TK client YoungSequan in the forums: “Is there a rule of... more

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Stock Spotlight: Family Dollar (FDO)

TK All-Star posted on 10/14/09 at 03:16 PM

Alan Brochstein suggests earning your family some dollars – in more ways than one. A few weeks ago, I was examining stocks in the S&P 500 that were having a lousy Q3.  I ended up sharing my w... more

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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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