Author: Jay Soloff

Trade of the Week: MRNA

Trade of the Week: MRNA

Two of the big COVID vaccine producers, Moderna (MRNA) and Pfizer (PFE), saw a significant amount of options activity last week. On one day, with MRNA down nearly 6%, its options traded 4x the normal volume. Most of the activity was still on the call side of things though, which tends to be a bullish […]

Getting Cash From AAPL While You Wait For The Next iPhone

Getting Cash From AAPL While You Wait For The Next iPhone

Covered call trading is a commonly used strategy to generate cash flow and help normalize equity returns. A multitude of research suggests a basic covered call trading plan, from a risk-adjusted standpoint, outperforms long equities. However, covered call trading can be used situationally as well. There are times when short-term overwriting can be a powerful […]

Trade of the Week: XLF

Trade of the Week: XLF

On the day of the FOMC meeting results last week, there was quite a bit of unusual options activity in Financial Select Sectors SPDR Fund (XLF). XLF, the most heavily traded financial sector ETF, traded about 2.5x its normal options volume. 67% of the activity was in calls, which is generally a bullish signal. The […]

An Energy Sector Trade with The Potential for 1,100% Returns

An Energy Sector Trade with The Potential for 1,100% Returns

Options can make even the most mundane trade more exciting. The flexibility of options, especially when using spreads (combinations of buying or selling calls and puts), can allow for all kinds of creativity when designing strategies. Plus, the leverage inherent in options can quickly make the return (or loss) potential of a trading strategy a […]

Trade of the Week: PFE

Trade of the Week: PFE

There was a significant amount of unusual options action this past week in Pfizer (PFE). The pharmaceutical giant posted earnings during the week, which resulted in over 12x the numbers of average options traded on the day of the release. More impressively, 94% of the action was in calls, which is generally a very bullish […]

Using Options To Juice Your Fixed Income Returns

Using Options To Juice Your Fixed Income Returns

The Federal Reserve’s ultra-low interest rate policy and quantitative easing programs are regularly debated among economists, armchair analysts, and everyone in between. Monetary policy can be pretty complex, with hundreds of variables to consider. So, it’s not a huge surprise that there’s so much disagreement on policy. Most studies have shown that the Fed’s increasingly […]

Trade of the Week: CCL

Trade of the Week: CCL

This past week, there was 3x the Carnival (CCL) normal options volume, the cruise line giant. Cruise line stocks have been very active during the pandemic, but CCL got a big boost last week when it announced that it would be ramping up capacity through the end of the year. What’s more, the company is […]

A Uranium Trade That Could Generate 233% Returns

A Uranium Trade That Could Generate 233% Returns

Most investors tend to think about solar, wind, and hydrogen fuel when it comes to green energy investing. It tends to come as a surprise that nuclear energy is also green. This is because nuclear power essentially produces zero emissions. And in the era of serious concerns over climate change, “zero emissions” is a huge […]

Trade of the Week: AAPL

Trade of the Week: AAPL

Apple (AAPL) traded a massive amount of options last week as the stock climbed to all-time highs. AAPL options trade on average 1.4 million a day, which is already a huge number. However, on one day last week, nearly 3.4 million options contracts traded. 78% of the contracts were calls and that tends to be […]