Options

Trade of the Week: Unusual Options Activity in Silver

Trade of the Week: Unusual Options Activity in Silver

In recent days, there has been unusual options activity in iShares Silver Trust ETF (SLV). SLV is the one of the most popular ways for investors to trade silver. Precious metals have become a popular investment lately as interest rates return to ultra-low levels. Gold has seen quite the run higher, and as it gets […]

Is Sprint Stock About To Get a Boost?

Is Sprint Stock About To Get a Boost?

While 2019 wasn’t exactly a banner year for mergers and acquisitions, there is a potential giant merger in the telecom sector coming up this year. Of course, I’m talking about the proposed merger between Sprint (S) and T-Mobile (TMUS). A combined S and TMUS entity would have a market cap of around $100 billion and […]

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 […]

Is The Low Volatility Market At An End?

Is The Low Volatility Market At An End?

2019 can be roughly divided into two market regimes. There were periods of high volatility and market choppiness, notably in June, August, and early October. Then, there were the stretches of low and falling volatility – January through May and mid-October through the end of the year. It certainly seemed like January of 2020 was […]

Trade of the Week: Unusual Options Activity in Gold

Trade of the Week: Unusual Options Activity in Gold

There has recently been unusual options activity in SPDR Gold Shares ETF (GLD). GLD is a popular method for trading gold as the ETF is based on physical gold holdings. Gold prices are moving higher due to the potential conflict between the US and Iran. Gold is often used as a hedge against uncertainty, and […]

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, […]

Trade of the Week: Unusual Options Activity in Amazon

Trade of the Week: Unusual Options Activity in Amazon

Recently, there has been unusual options activity in Amazon (AMZN). The online retail giant has seen a record amount of business this holiday season. While it could be simply a matter of fewer people wanting to fight the holiday crowds, it also is a sign that consumer spending in the US has remained strong. After […]

This Large Options Trade Should Yield 12.8%

This Large Options Trade Should Yield 12.8%

Many traders who don’t spend a lot of time using options assume that most options trades are short-term in nature. While it’s true that many options trades have expire in 30 days or less, there can also be a good amount of long-term activity. Long-term options are available on most stocks that trade at least […]

Trade of the Week: Unusual Options Activity in Micron

Trade of the Week: Unusual Options Activity in Micron

Recently, there has been a lot of unusual options activity in Micron (MU). The computer memory company recently posted positive earnings, but the semiconductor industry as a whole has been on fire to close out the year. There has been a lot call trading in MU this week, which is often associated with bullish trading […]

Trade of the Week: Unusual Options Activity in Volatility

Trade of the Week: Unusual Options Activity in Volatility

There recently has been an unusual amount of options activity in iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-term Futures ETN (VXX). VXX is a popular product for trading short-term market volatility. The ETN tracks the first two futures of the VIX, which measures volatility on the S&P 500. With bullish news from the Fed and a potential […]