TK All-Star’s Blog posts

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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Deep ITM options, or just own stock?

TK All-Star posted on 11/09/09 at 09:41 AM

Dan Passarelli compares deep in-the-money (ITM) options versus owning stock outright.  What are the differences between long-term, very ITM options and owning the underlying stock? Many important... more


Options Recap: CSCO, JAVA, S, QCOM, ESI

TK All-Star posted on 11/06/09 at 12:27 PM

Fred Ruffy recaps emerging trends from the latest trading session. Market Sentiment Stocks opened higher on positive earnings from Cisco (CSCO) and a bigger-than-expected decline in weekly joble... more

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Covered calls and stampeding bulls

TK All-Star posted on 11/04/09 at 03:26 PM

Sometimes your option trade can be 100% on, and yet you still feel a twinge from a missed opportunity. I was reminded of this paradox when reading a forum post from TK client Spencorama, who writes... more


Options Recap: RIMM, PALM, LDK, HGSI, WFC

TK All-Star posted on 11/03/09 at 09:17 AM

Fred Ruffy recaps emerging trends from the latest trading session. Market Sentiment The major averages are trying to bounce back from steep losses suffered Friday and were helped higher in morni... more

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Strangled during earnings season

TK All-Star posted on 11/02/09 at 11:07 AM

Mark Wolfinger talks a new options trader through a failed strangle.  Every trader has their classic tough-luck stories – trades in which they got hammered because of something they didn’t know t... more

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Vertical Spreads, Delta & Theta (Part 2)

TK All-Star posted on 10/30/09 at 09:21 AM

Dan Passarelli continues exploring credit and debit spreads. Welcome back to my mini-series on vertical spreads. In my last post, we discussed debit spreads and credit spreads, the two types of ve... more


Is First Solar (FSLR) dimming?

TK All-Star posted on 10/26/09 at 02:32 PM

Fred Ruffy reviews solar energy stocks before FSLR’s earnings Wed.   First Solar (FSLR) was down Friday afternoon $3.85 to $152.23, as solar names slide on weak earnings from SunPower Corp. (SPWRA... more

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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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