TK All-Star’s Blog posts

The Death of Momentum

TK All-Star posted on 01/26/10 at 02:47 PM

Rob Franklin Smith charts 3 stocks where profit-taking may be in order. In the aftermath of last week's sell off, we may finally be witnessing the end of runs in some momentum names. The early... more

No Comments

High-Quality Dividend Paying Stocks

TK All-Star posted on 01/26/10 at 09:44 AM

Alan Brochstein screens for dividend-payers with staying power   For the last few years I've screened to identify companies that pay sustainable dividends in excess of the market, that are also ... more

1 Comment

Double your calendar fun

TK All-Star posted on 01/21/10 at 09:18 AM

Jonathan "Doc" Maher dives into double calendars in this advanced series. Back to calendar spreads, folks. So far in this series we've looked at two popular flavors of calendars, "straight" and "d... more

No Comments

Finding '09 Laggard Stocks

TK All-Star posted on 01/19/10 at 12:25 PM

Alan Brochstein looks for value stocks to bounce back. I try to be a bit contrarian in my approach to stock-picking. You may recall my post from November, Hunting for Turkey (Stocks), in which I l... more

No Comments

Options Movers: MED, EK, MSFT, INTC, BIDU, CBY

TK All-Star posted on 01/15/10 at 09:07 AM

Fred Ruffy finds emerging options trends in the latest trading session. Unusual Options Volume Movers Real-time at Microsoft (MSFT) is seeing 2X average trading volume, with 193,... more

No Comments

What drives options exercise?

TK All-Star posted on 01/13/10 at 03:04 PM

Mark Wolfinger corrects a common misconception among new options sellers Recently I came across a forum thread discussing a very common, very tempting trap that many novices fall into. Imagine the... more


Making your calendar spread directional

TK All-Star posted on 01/12/10 at 03:54 PM

Jonathan "Doc" Maher explains a handy spin on the calendar trade. Lately I've been blogging about calendar spreads as a market-neutral trade - that is, a trade that works best when the unde... more

No Comments

4 Technical Swing Trading Ideas

TK All-Star posted on 01/11/10 at 04:34 PM

Rob Franklin Smith serves up 4 interesting charts for swing traders. As this is my first post, allow me to start with stating what an honor it is to be able to write for y'all. I pride myself o... more


Can time decay kill this position?

TK All-Star posted on 01/08/10 at 04:04 PM

Mark Wolfinger addresses a trader's worry about time decay on a long ITM call I came across an interesting question in the forums from TK client tampajake: is time decay likely to torpedo the pri... more

No Comments

Optimizing a straddle

TK All-Star posted on 01/05/10 at 10:11 AM

Doc Maher checks out captaincranky's JBL straddle TK client captaincranky entered a 17.50 March straddle on JBL recently and asked us All-Stars what we'd suggest to optimize his trade. Here ar... more


Calendars and Implied Volatility

TK All-Star posted on 01/04/10 at 11:44 AM

Doc Maher takes a closer look at IV's impact on calendar spreads. Last time in Calendars and the “Big 3” Option Factors, I talked about IV's impact on calendar spreads. You will remember that ri... more

No Comments

Screen for Window-Dressing Stocks

TK All-Star posted on 12/31/09 at 11:16 AM

Alan Brochstein explains how to spot "window-dressing" stocks – and why you may want to sell them When the whole market seems to be ending the year strongly, many folks are looking for stocks ... more


JBL Straddle: A few pointers

TK All-Star posted on 12/29/09 at 03:10 PM

Happy holidays, everyone. TK client (and options rookie) captaincranky entered a 17.50 March straddle on JBL recently and wondered what the All-Stars and Trader Network folks would suggest to man... more


How many covered calls should you write?

TK All-Star posted on 12/28/09 at 10:37 AM

Mark Wolfinger explains how to pick the size of your next covered call sale. In one of my recent posts, Get smart on covered calls, I offered tips for optimizing the effectiveness of your covered... more

No Comments

Exiting a losing options trade

TK All-Star posted on 12/23/09 at 11:40 AM

Mark Wolfinger answers a newbie option trader's questions. Say you bought your first option contract, a long call. How do you exit the trade? Are you REQUIRED to exercise the option? I came acro... more


Welcome, Quint Tatro of!

TK All-Star posted on 12/22/09 at 09:01 AM

Brian Overby welcomes our latest All-Star commentator. While Nicole’s out on maternity leave, it’s my pleasure to introduce our latest new All-Star commentator, Quint Tatro of Qu... more

1 Comment

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

No Comments

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

No Comments