Your Almost Daily Bit of Wall Street Wit & Wisdom

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“We typically trade our beliefs about the market, and once we’ve made up our minds about those beliefs, we’re not likely to change them.  And when we play the markets, we assume that we are considering all of the available information.  Instead, our beliefs, through selective perception, may have eliminated the most useful information.”
— Van K. Tharp

You are the most important factor in your success.  Understand and overcome your biases.  Use a trading system that’s right for you.

I believe that mind, method, and money management are the cornerstones of your complete game plan for trading success.

FYI: Our latest option recommendation, on Barrick Gold Corporation (GOLD),  is trading +30% in one day on a 2% move in the underlying shares, with an always known and strictly limited risk!

That’s the Superleverage power of my method on display.

If that’s the type of options action you’re looking for, click here to subscribe to Options Hotline today.

Let me know if you have any questions.  My email never sleeps.

Good luck in your trading!

Best regards,

Steve

Your Daily Bit of Wall Street Wit & Wisdom

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Two men whipsawing lumber in British Columbia circa 1898 h/t Eric A. Hegg

“Consolidations are traders’ markets, in both directions.”
— Steve Rhodes

Markets move between areas of support (demand) and resistance (supply).  In a large market consolidation, whipsaw action is not unusual.  It provides opportunity for nimble traders to profit from moves up and down.

Option buyers are the only ones who possess the Superleverage power of unlimited profit potential with an always known and strictly limited risk.

Good luck in your trading!

Best regards,

Steve

Let the Chips Fall

Micron stock chart

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Options Hotline Update, FYI: +140% in 2 months on Micron puts

This morning, financial news was blaring about continued US/China trade tensions pressing Tech stocks to the downside. The move lower in Micron reached our $33 price target (see 03-24-19 Options Hotline) and our readers received an email Profit Alert that we would consider the position closed.

The Micron July $40 put, triggered 03-25-19 at $3.00, traded 05-23-19 at $7.20, +140% in just under 2 months, with an always known and strictly limited risk!

That’s the Superleverage power of our method on display.

You can see on my daily candlestick chart of Micron (MU) above, subsequent to our recommendation MU had a quick decline and rebound.  Shares then settled into a consolidation, before breaking down, over the past few weeks, to our objective.

Over the years I’ve found that patience tends to pay.  If this type of options action is for you, subscribe to Options Hotline today.

Let me know if you have any questions. My email never sleeps.

Best regards,

Steve

Your Daily Bit of Wall Street Wit & Wisdom

Infinity War

h/t Marvel Studios

“To see what is in front of one’s nose needs a constant struggle.”
— George Orwell

At Options Hotline, we focus on the character of the behavior of market price movement.  We view the market action as a daily struggle between buyers and sellers for the edge in price direction.

We combine our expertise in ancient Japanese charting techniques with the best of western technical analysis to identify which side is stronger, along with when and where the balance of power is likely to shift.

We add the Superleverage power of options to help you earn great gains from small stock moves with an always known and strictly limited risk.

Contact us if you have any questions.  My email never sleeps.

Have a super Friday!

Best regards,

Steve

 

The Superleverage Power of Call Options

Avengers Endgame poster

Avengers Endgame Chinese Poster h/t Disney/Marvel

Disney June $115 call

Options Hotline, March – April, 2019

The Superleverage Power of my method was on display this week, as Options Hotline subscribers multiplied their money with our call recommendation on shares of Walt Disney Co.

On Friday, DIS soared like Captain Marvel going full binary.  Following the unveiling of its streaming service, DIS rose 11% from the previous day.  This action helped shares reach our $130 per share price objective (see 03-10-19 Options Hotline and 04-12-19 Options Hotline Alert).

Our recommended DIS June $115 call, triggered 03-11-19 at $4.50, with DIS at $114, traded 04-12-19 at $17.00, with DIS at $130.  That’s +278% in a month, on a 14% move in the underlying shares, with an always known and strictly limited risk!

We’re always seeking to stay a step ahead of the crowd.  Here’s what it looks like on my daily candlestick chart for Disney:

Disney price chart

My daily candlestick chart for Disney, h/t stockcharts.com

So Sarnoff, what is Superleverage?

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Your Daily Bit of Wall Street Wit & Wisdom

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Remembering our great dog, Puka.

When asked why he continued speculating, James R. Keene, a famous speculator, replied, “Why does a dog chase his thousandth rabbit? All life is a speculation. The spirit of speculation is born with men.”
— Bernard Baruch, Baruch: My Own Story

Be sure to understand that speculation differs from investment. Also know the difference between speculation and gambling.

Investing is for longer time horizons and has a generally lower risk for lower expected reward.  Gambling involves blind risk-taking.

Speculation is about taking calculated risks to protect against future price fluctuations and profit from price movement.

Now in our 30th year, Options Hotline specializes in the art and science of sensible speculation.

Have a superb Sunday and good luck in your trading.

Best regards,

Steve

Your Daily Bit of Wall Street Wit & Wisdom

Gold bars

Gold bars

“Gold is still significant.  I ask myself, if it’s a relic of a long history, why is there a trillion dollars held in gold by the world’s central banks plus the IMF and all the other financial institutions?  If it’s worthless and meaningless, why is everybody still holding it?”
— Alan Greenspan

A few weeks ago, we posted about gold.  The Midas metal continues to be a store of value and is trading at a 10-month high.

Our recommended precious metals play for Options Hotline subscribers (triggered 02-04-19) is trading +95% in less than 3 weeks, with an always known and strictly limited risk.

If you want to subscribe, sign up here to see what our next move is.

Best regards,

Steve

Your Daily Bit of Wall Street Wit & Wisdom

Differing opinions in Wall Street trading

One man’s ceiling is another man’s floor

One of my favorite Wall Street expressions is, “Differing opinions make markets.”  And to quote, Paul Simon, “One man’s ceiling is another man’s floor.”  Man, that was a good song; I think I had it on 8-track.

The cartoon above is a good reminder to keep calm and approach your trading with a cool, unemotional mindset. But how do you do that?

At Options Hotline, our approach is to be prepared for whatever the market does.  That involves having your risk be always known and completely limited.  We have a complete game plan for trading success.  Our plan is built on the cornerstones of mind, method, and money management.

Successful speculation is as much about honing your survival skills as it is selecting winning trades.

We’re heading into a long weekend, with a markets fast approaching a potential curve.  Keep a cool head, eyes open, a steady hand on the wheel, and buckle your seat belts.

Have fun and enjoy the ride, vying for profit.

Best regards,

Steve

Options Hotline 2018 Performance Review

by Steven Sarnoff

With 2019 trading just underway, let’s take a moment to review Option Hotline’s 2018 performance record.

2018 was a tough year for many market participants, but not too shabby for Options Hotline readers who followed a complete game plan for trading success.  The S&P 500 was -6.20%, its worst year in a decade.  This included the worst December since 1931!

As you can see from our track record below, Options Hotline recommendations were +36.50% in 2018.  Nearly 7x better than the S&P 500 is commensurate for the high risk options buyers take on.

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