Author: Jay Soloff

Trade of the Week: SBUX

Trade of the Week: SBUX

Starbucks (SBUX) showed up on the unusual options volume page last week for the first time in quite a while. The coffee giant saw its shares drop 3.7% in one day, with 2.7x the number of options traded compared to the average. However, 61% of the options traded were calls, which tends to be a […]

Meme Stocks Are Not Just For Buying Calls

Meme Stocks Are Not Just For Buying Calls

One of the most interesting developments in the financial markets in 2021 is the rise of the meme stock. Meme stocks are the ones that get a bunch of attention on social media platforms like Twitter and chat groups on Reddit. The meme stock phenomenon really caught the public’s eye, starting with GameStop (GME) in […]

Trade of the Week: First Solar

Trade of the Week: First Solar

For the first time in a while, First Solar (FSLR) showed up on the unusual options volume radar. The domestic solar company has seen its stock price perform nicely since 2020 and the push for more green energy solutions in the US. The options on FSLR traded 6x the normal volume on a day last […]

Trade of the Week: Zoom

Trade of the Week: Zoom

There was 3.5x the normal volume of options in Zoom Video Communications (ZM) on one day last week. 64% of the trade were calls, which suggests a slightly bullish bias. ZM had dropped quite a bit recently after releasing disappointing earnings. However, Cathie Wood and her ARKK fund decided to use the opportunity to buy more ZM shares. This […]

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Use Options to Get More out of Your Banking Shares

The banking sector can be challenging to trade when interest rates are near zero. On the one hand, banks tend to earn more profits when interest rates are higher. On the other hand, if low interest rates lead to economic improvement, that’s good news for banks. The reason ultra-low interest rates are typically not the […]

Trade of the Week: IWM

Trade of the Week: IWM

The iShares Russell 2000 ETF (IWM) is a very popular product that tracks the performance of small cap stocks. While it trades over 500,000 contracts on average per day, there are some interesting block trades that hit the tape now and then in IWM options. In this case, a 26,000 block of March covered calls […]

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Get Paid While Owning Gold Exposure

Throughout history, gold has been the asset to which investors flocked in times of economic uncertainty. Although gold’s direct impact on currencies has diminished over the last century, the precious metal is still a very important asset. Undoubtedly, gold remains relevant as a safe-haven asset. Gold has served as a hedge against just about every […]

Trade of the Week: CBOE

Trade of the Week: CBOE

Last week, for a brief period, there was some extreme options action in Cboe Global Markets (CBOE). The options traded 12x the normal volume, with 91% of the volume in calls. That many calls trading tends to be a bullish signal. In this case, the action was due to a rumor that CME had made […]

An Alternative Way to Use Covered Calls for Higher Returns

An Alternative Way to Use Covered Calls for Higher Returns

Covered calls are popular and powerful trading strategies for many reasons. Above all else, an overwriting system can work in just about any type of market. There aren’t many strategies that offer a benefit in most market environments. As a reminder, investors make covered calls when they buy a stock (in blocks of 100 shares) […]