Tag Archives: Straddles

Stick to Your Happy Place of Trading

Bang in the middle of earnings, last week saw a sloppy Thursday and Friday with a number of stocks suffering severe retracements, some hitting support levels and some gapping down on their own earnings reports. That said, the number of bull flags dramatically outnumbers the number of bear flags, and that is a bellwether for […]

Trading a Market in News Driven Mode

Last Tuesday (3rd March) I tweeted this image with the words: “This is a distinct possibility …” This is a setup that you should already be familiar with and one that we’re seeing a lot of right now. In terms of the main indices, they almost at the point of testing their lows, and one […]

“Short Term Retracement” Was an Understatement

Here’s what I said last weekend: In the meantime the markets are exhibiting a short term retracement on the 1-month trend while the 2-month trend still holds for now.  Also, perhaps surprisingly, is how the broader index, the Russell 2000, is holding up quite robustly.   Well that counts as the understatement of the year! The […]

A Great Week of Breakouts – And We Were Right On It!

A delightful week of upside breakouts with many of our selected stocks doing exactly what we expected them to do, and earnings season looks set to continue positively for now. That said, when it comes to pre-earnings, I often prefer to focus on conditional orders, and last week was perfect for those with so many […]

Another Solid Week of Gains

A solid week for the markets with many of our review stocks moving up and several more looking poised for upside. None of which is a surprise as I’ve been calling for upside pretty much since early October and so far there’s no reason to change that outlook. The only thing that might cause a […]

Some Of The Best Advice I Can Give You …

Back from New York on Wednesday morning it’s been a hectic week, with Wednesday night being spent in the Emergency Room until 3.30am with the missus, but luckily all is now well! In a moment I’ll give you some of the best all-round advice you can get when it comes to considering your investments. Last […]

Be Patient – Earnings Has Only Just Begun

Well that was a bit of a damp squib of a first week of earnings, but be patient, it’s only just begun and there’s plenty of time for the fun to begin. Microsoft gapped up before coming straight back down for a marginal gain, while Netflix gapped down and is a couple of bars from […]

All focus now on earnings

As I mentioned last week, stocks have continued to drift upwards into this earnings season, indeed with new records being made. Also like last time, many of our previously-mentioned stocks have reached their first profit targets. And I’m still inclined to say that there’s more positive movement to come, but as ever we will only […]

Earnings Gems and Railroad Tracks

So we’re in the thick of earnings now and there are indeed several gems, both with the pre- and post-earnings OVI setups, though the straddles are a little more elusive right now. Your job is to stick with the most obvious setups and manage risk accordingly as per my trading plan.  Do this and you’ll […]

OVI Sentiment Got It Right

Last week I was clear that the markets were facing an uptick in volatility, and that you should only consider conditional orders or straddles. Along with the OVI Sentiment Indicator (OVIsi) having turned red on the 28th September, this gave you an invaluable insight at exactly the right time … and not for the first […]

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