Author: Jay Soloff

Trade of the Week: GE

Trade of the Week: GE

Stocks rallied sharply last week on better than expected May job numbers. Some of the most beaten down stocks from March saw the biggest gains. Companies like airlines, car manufacturers, and banks saw the most bullish action in the options market. General Electric (GE) is a company that was hit pretty hard in March and […]

Finding Yield When Interest Rates Are At Zero

Finding Yield When Interest Rates Are At Zero

Global pandemics and civil unrest don’t seem to impact stock prices, but it remains challenging to find yield in a world of near-zero interest rates. Central banks are doing everything they can to keep global economies from crashing (which is the main reason stock prices are stable), and the result is that yield can’t be […]

Trade of the Week: Costco

Trade of the Week: Costco

After earnings last week, there was quite a bit of options action in Costco (COST). With the pandemic in full swing, COST has performed better than many retail stocks due to the nature of its business. That is, bulk buying is exactly what people were looking for during a prolonged period of being stuck at […]

Trade of the Week: Bank Of America

Trade of the Week: Bank Of America

Looking at options block trades can be a useful way to see what big investors and funds are doing in the options market. Recently, a large trader bought 2 million shares of Bank of America (BAC) while selling 20,000 January calls at the same time. This is likely a covered call trade and suggests that […]

A Brand New Way To Trade Volatility

A Brand New Way To Trade Volatility

Over the last two decades, the investment landscape has been dramatically altered by two trends. The first is the shift from single stock and mutual fund investing into exchange-traded products (primarily ETFs). The second is the emergence of volatility as an asset class. First off, ETFs opened the door for the average investor to trade […]

Trade of the Week: Silver

Trade of the Week: Silver

Precious metals are generally used as defensive assets in times of uncertainty. This has certainly been true of gold in recent weeks. Now, it looks like silver may finally be joining the party. Silver prices jumped last week, with the iShares Silver Trust (SLV) moving up 5% in one day. With $7 billion in assets, […]

Here’s How You Can Use Options For Sports Betting

Here’s How You Can Use Options For Sports Betting

Gambling on sports has always been controversial in the U.S. What once was the sole provenance of casinos (at least in terms of legal sports betting) has become far more widespread in recent years. Many states are expected to adopt online legal sports betting in time, and some have already done so. Even before the […]

Trade of the Week: Slack

Trade of the Week: Slack

One of the big trends in stocks is buying companies that are likely to thrive in a work-from-home environment.  With many offices closed and employees working remotely, companies like Slack (WORK) stand to gain a lot of business.  Slack allows coworkers to communicate with each other individually or in groups, along with the ability to […]