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Trade of the Week: Unusual Options Activity in US Steel

Trade of the Week: Unusual Options Activity in US Steel

Recently, there was some significant unusual options activity in United States Steel (X). A flood caused US Steel to shut down one of its steel mills and the stock dropped 6% on the news. This is the sort of situation that typically makes for a good shorter-term options trade. A steel mill closing should cause […]

Trade of the Week: Unusual Options Activity In Tesla

Trade of the Week: Unusual Options Activity In Tesla

This week, there was some significant unusual options activity in Tesla (TSLA). TSLA recently unveiled it’s new Cybertruck at a product launch and it was an unmitigated disaster. Not only does the “truck” look like something out of a bad sci-fi movie, but the supposed unbreakable glass windows were easily broken when tested at the […]

Every Time This Stock Goes Up $1 This Trader Makes $1.2 Million

Every Time This Stock Goes Up $1 This Trader Makes $1.2 Million

One of the more intriguing investment stories in 2019 was the huge jump in government bonds prices. Long-term bonds, in particular, soared higher for a substantial portion of the year, outperforming stocks – and with lower volatility. Stocks have since caught up with and passed bonds (year-to-date), but from a risk-adjusted perspective, bonds have arguably […]

Protection Against a December Volatility Spike

Protection Against a December Volatility Spike

Stock market activity has essentially slowed to a crawl, and many traders are wondering if that’s it for volatility in 2019. Some traders are jokingly wondering if they should take the rest of the year off. It certainly seems like the market isn’t interested in action these days. There are certainly mechanical reasons for the […]

Trade of the Week: Unusual Options Activity in Consumer Staples

Trade of the Week: Unusual Options Activity in Consumer Staples

This week, the options trade of the week concerns the consumer staples sector. A trader took a large bearish position on the Consumers Staple Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLP). XLP covers the sort of goods consumers buy regardless of economic conditions like toothpaste and soda. It also includes the places where most people buy those goods like Walmart […]

Is Market Volatility Done For The Year?

Is Market Volatility Done For The Year?

2019 has certainly seen its share of ups and downs in the financial markets. There were quite a few spikes in market volatility this year – usually related to China trade war news or concerns over the direction of interest rates. There has also been a lot of talk about the US falling into a […]