Advanced Options Trading

Whole Foods Market (NASDAQ: WFM) isn’t winning any popularity contests lately. On top of being sardonically dubbed “Whole Paycheck,” the natural and organic foods grocery chain has seen its stock price nearly cut in half this year. A pricing scandal, expansion costs, growing competition and slowing same-store sales… Read More

As an avid motorcycle rider and Harley enthusiast, it almost feels like sacrilege to bet against Harley-Davidson (NYSE: HOG). But with a seasonal sales lull on the way, increasing competition and too-rich valuations, I’m expecting continued weakness from the iconic motorcycle manufacturer. The good news is I’ve got the perfect… Read More

Once a stock market darling, Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) has fallen into an undeserved funk. Earnings are expected to be reported Tuesday after market close, and even though my proprietary earnings algorithm is forecasting a beat for the tech giant, the stock has a reputation for being unpredictable following its reports. The… Read More

Once a stock market darling, Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) has fallen into an undeserved funk. Earnings are expected to be reported Tuesday after market close, and even though my proprietary earnings algorithm is forecasting a beat for the tech giant, the stock has a reputation for being unpredictable following its reports. The… Read More

Despite the recent rally, things are not looking good for stocks. From a technical perspective, the S&P 500 remains in bearish territory. It is also facing a myriad of headwinds from earnings to bearish options activity.  Top analysts are now calling for the index to move lower from… Read More

Energy bulls are rejoicing over the recent rally in oil prices, but crude is still more than 50% off its highs.  The rout has taken a major toll on most energy companies’ profits. Earnings for the sector are expected to decline more than 65% in the third quarter compared to… Read More

Confidence is an important trait for an investor to possess. Knowing the decisions you make are based on sound reasoning and good judgment helps you sleep better at night.   But even when you have absolute confidence in a trade, it’s always a good idea to hedge your risk. This… Read More

Confidence is an important trait for an investor to possess. Knowing the decisions you make are based on sound reasoning and good judgment helps you sleep better at night.   But even when you have absolute confidence in a trade, it’s always a good idea to hedge your risk. This… Read More

Many novice traders think high-volatility, high-growth stocks are the best ones to trade options on. More experienced traders know better. Large-cap stocks that generate steady returns can result in big profits with less risk. Take blue-chip Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS) for example.  Over the past five years, the diversified… Read More

Many novice traders think high-volatility, high-growth stocks are the best ones to trade options on. More experienced traders know better. Large-cap stocks that generate steady returns can result in big profits with less risk. Take blue-chip Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS) for example.  Over the past five years, the diversified… Read More

An analyst downgrade doesn’t instinctively inspire confidence in a stock, but when investors overreact, it often provides opportunity.  Given the heightened risk, it’s important for traders to limit any potential downside, and today’s trade does just that while offering a shot at double-digit gains in less than two… Read More

An analyst downgrade doesn’t instinctively inspire confidence in a stock, but when investors overreact, it often provides opportunity.  Given the heightened risk, it’s important for traders to limit any potential downside, and today’s trade does just that while offering a shot at double-digit gains in less than two… Read More

With the average yield on 10-year Treasuries near historic lows, large-cap, dividend-paying stocks can be a boon to lackluster performance in bonds and other income-oriented investments. These stocks also tend to be more stable, making them attractive during periods of high volatility or adverse market conditions. Yet, even… Read More