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Trade of the Week: Unusual Options Activity in the Consumer Discretionary Sector

Trade of the Week: Unusual Options Activity in the Consumer Discretionary Sector

Synopsis: Recently, there was unusual options activity in SPDR Select Sector Consumer Discretionary ETF (XLY). XLY represents consumer/retail spending in areas that aren’t considered essential products. It’s a good ETF to buy if you think economic growth is going to continue in 2020. It seems someone is bullish on discretionary spending through February as over […]

What’s In Store for Chipmakers In 2020?

What’s In Store for Chipmakers In 2020?

2019 is at an end, and it was undoubtedly a great year for stocks. The S&P 500 was up over 28% for the year. However, semiconductor companies had an even better year. VanEck Vectors Semiconductor ETF (SMH) was up nearly 62% over the same period. Granted, SMH did plunge sharply at the end of 2018, […]

Steer Clear of These Three Popular Closed-End Funds

Steer Clear of These Three Popular Closed-End Funds

With my focus on higher yield investments, I often receive questions about various closed-end funds, often referred to as CEFs. CEFs are actively managed investment pools with shares that trade on the stock exchanges. A lot of these funds carry very attractive yields. The danger is that this is an asset class where it is […]

Are Healthcare Stocks About to Jump Higher?

Are Healthcare Stocks About to Jump Higher?

With all the headlines about tariffs and interest rates these days, it makes sense to see a lot of trading activity going on in related sectors. That is, interest rates directly impact the financial sector; tariffs are a big deal for the basic materials and industrial sectors, etc. One sector we haven’t heard as much […]