TK All-Star’s Blog posts

Options Movers: RIMM, ORCL, POT, ARIA, UAL

TK All-Star posted on 12/18/09 at 05:40 PM

Fred Ruffy finds emerging options trends in the latest trading session. Unusual Options Volume Movers Research In Motion (RIMM) saw 3X average daily trading volume, with 496,000 contracts traded... more

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Welcome, Rob Smith of SmithsintheBlack!

TK All-Star posted on 12/17/09 at 02:43 PM

Brian Overby welcomes our latest All-Star commentator. As Nicole’s pinch-hitter while she’s on maternity leave, I’m excited to announce our latest All-Star commentator, Rob Franklin Smith! Rob ... more


Get smart on covered calls

TK All-Star posted on 12/16/09 at 01:00 PM

Mark Wolfinger offers tips for optimizing your covered call strategy. Recently I came across this forum thread in which TK client Horseyonz shares a plan to get started trading options. Horseyonz... more


Stock Spotlight: 10 High-Yield Utilities

TK All-Star posted on 12/15/09 at 05:57 PM

Alan Brochstein takes a closer look at utility stocks At a time when everyone seems focused on yield, one sector I think makes sense is Utilities. The sector has lagged the market this year, incr... more

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Calendars and the “Big 3” Option Factors

TK All-Star posted on 12/14/09 at 05:25 PM

Doc Maher examines how calendars are impacted by IV, time decay and underlying price moves.   Hello, traders! My previous post Calendar Spreads for Income explained the core concepts of calendars;... more


RUT Iron Condor: One Final Look

TK All-Star posted on 12/10/09 at 10:25 AM

Doc Maher closes out this theoretical IC with juicy results and lessons learned.  Remember our theoretical Jan RUT iron condor? We teed up this example on 10/20, we made an (imaginary) adjustment... more

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How to sell OTM puts: part 2

TK All-Star posted on 12/08/09 at 06:34 PM

Mark Wolfinger expands on this bullish options strategy. I got some excellent feedback on my last post, How to sell OTM puts, and thought it was worth a follow-up. First, let me briefly recap t... more

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Options Movers: ABX, AMD, NVDA, BMY, ADBE

TK All-Star posted on 12/07/09 at 06:19 PM

Fred Ruffy finds emerging options trends in the latest trading session. Unusual Options Volume Movers Real-Time at Barrick Gold (ABX) is seeing 2X average daily trading volume, w... more

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The Cockroach That Ate Manhattan

TK All-Star posted on 12/04/09 at 10:05 AM

Jeff Clark says the debt-cockroaches are back on Wall St – and they’re hungrier than ever. Nothing ruins a good meal like the vision of a cockroach scurrying across the table. In the financial ... more

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How to sell OTM puts for cash

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

Mark Wolfinger explains the in’s and outs of this bullish options strategy.  Recently I came across a TradeKing client Noobie Trac asking what selling OTM puts is all about. Let’s break this stra... more


Options Recap: AIG, ADM, JAVA, STI, ELX

TK All-Star posted on 12/01/09 at 03:50 PM

Fred Ruffy recaps emerging trends from the latest trading session. Market Sentiment The major averages traded modestly lower Monday, as the underlying tone remains cautious after fears about rene... more

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How great is the danger of options exercise?

TK All-Star posted on 11/30/09 at 09:49 AM

Mark Wolfinger puts the danger of exercise into perspective for a new options seller. Sometimes options traders can get burned for dangers they don’t know to expect. At the other extreme, it’s co... more

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Hunting for Turkey (Stocks)

TK All-Star posted on 11/24/09 at 01:55 PM

Alan Brochstein finds some “turkey” value stocks with wings.    It’s almost Thanksgiving. In a year that stocks recovered, particularly compared to the depths of early March, we should all be than... more

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Shipping stocks add steam: EGLE, GNK

TK All-Star posted on 11/23/09 at 07:44 AM

Jeff Clark believes this lagging sector is ready to play catch-up Look who finally joined the economic party...   The Baltic Dry Index (BDI) tracks the cost of shipping a variety of commodit... more

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Calendar Spreads for Income

TK All-Star posted on 11/18/09 at 01:39 PM

Doc Maher kicks off a new series on calendar spreads.  Today I’m kicking off a new series on one of my favorite plays, calendar spreads. Calendars offer great flexibility for income generation an... more

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Options Recap: HD, TGT, JCP, PARD, POT

TK All-Star posted on 11/17/09 at 04:50 PM

Fred Ruffy recaps emerging trends from the latest trading session. Market Sentiment Stocks opened lower Tuesday after the latest round of earnings and economic news failed to spur another round o... more

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Deep ITM options as a dividend play

TK All-Star posted on 11/16/09 at 04:06 PM

Mark Wolfinger explains how to sell covered calls on deep ITM options to collect dividends. I came across an interesting dividend strategy from a self-described options newbie, 638steamfitter. It... more

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Options Recap: WMT, SVA, BRCD, COMS, HPQ

TK All-Star posted on 11/13/09 at 09:10 AM

Fred Ruffy recaps emerging trends from the latest trading session. Market Sentiment Stocks fell despite merger news, a better-than-expected earnings report from Wal-Mart (WMT), and data that sho... more

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Iron Condor on RUT: How’s it look?

TK All-Star posted on 11/12/09 at 08:58 AM

Doc Maher follows up again on an IC in the real markets.  Welcome back to my series on Iron Condors. Remember our theoretical Jan RUT iron condor? We first teed up this example on 10/20, and now ... more

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10 Stocks on the Rebound

TK All-Star posted on 11/10/09 at 10:12 AM

Alan Brochstein shares his list of stocks worth investigating.    Stocks have rallied over 18% YTD, but they’re also more than 60% off of the March lows. Always on the hunt for new ideas, I was r... more

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