Value, What A Concept!

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by Steven Sarnoff

Just a week after running over Ford, Tesla today overtook General Motors for the number one spot among US automakers for market value based on stock market capitalization.  Tesla’s drive higher has sparked renewed debate about the concept of value.

Differing opinions make markets. The financial media features many Wall Street analysts flouting Tesla’s share price rise, calling the stock clearly overvalued. Elon Musk, Tesla’s chief executive officer, couldn’t resist schadenfreude by trolling and throwing shade at short sellers with his, “Stormy weather in Shortville…” tweet.

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Will Shaky Support Give Way?

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by Steven Sarnoff

This morning, we are seeing support for stocks being tested.  As the Trump reflation trade loses air, will shaky support give way?  In my opinion, it will.

Following the election, the market was juiced on big bets that Trumponomic policies would boost US growth and inflation, hurting T-bond prices (lifting bond yields). Well, what have we seen? In the wake of Yellen and crew’s action on interest rates, GOP failure to reach a consensus and the abrupt end to health care legislation, and Mr. Trump’s rocky Beltway honeymoon, bond prices have been rising (yields falling). Continue reading

Flash Sale: 16% Off Options Hotline Through This Sunday Promo Code SWEET16

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by Steven Sarnoff

I’m not big on promotions, but thought of this one as a salute to Chuck Berry, the progenitor of Rock ‘n’ Roll and to basketball, the sport I love, down to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament.

If anyone you know is interested in subscribing to our service, feel free to pass along this promo.

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During March Madness, our readers have already seen:

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Crazy Like A Fox

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Crazy Like A Fox, art by Terry Fan

by Steven Sarnoff

Today was the worst day of the year for stocks, but not too shabby for OPTIONS HOTLINE subscribers. The Superleverage power of my method was on display, as our recommended Citigroup May $60 put, triggered 03-20-17 at $2.00, traded 03-21-17 at $3.30, +65% in 1 day, on a 3% move in the underlying shares, with an always known and strictly limited risk!

On Sunday, 03-19-17, I emailed my readers, “Professionals have seen the recent sector underperformance and are fading the financials. Some may call that crazy, but it may just end up being crazy like a fox.”

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Fibonacci For Traders, Truth Or Fib?

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by Steven Sarnoff

Since today is Pi Day, and we were honored by our math major nephew dropping by the office during his break from university, I decided this was as good a day as any to get back to blogging with a post about how a trader should regard the influence of a famous Italian mathematician from the Middle Ages on today’s markets. Continue reading

Don’t Suffer Paralysis From Over-Analysis In Your Trading

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by Steven Sarnoff

                    “If you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you’ll never get it done.” — Bruce Lee

This week, with more earnings and big mergers on parade, there is plenty for traders to digest.  Add to that, the myriad of technical tools available at your mouse-clicking fingertips and you can see how traders can easily be bogged down and confused by conflicting indicators and information overload.

As a technical analyst, aka a “chartist,” you have the ability to overlay a veritable smorgasbord of studies on your chart.  That can quickly clutter the picture and cause indecision.

So Sarnoff, what is your solution?

The answer is to study the technical indicators, pick a handful you like best, and use them.

I want my chart to paint a vivid picture, depicting  the human behavior (buying and selling) that drives the direction of market price movement.  I prefer to look at a clean and clear chart, one that readily reveals which side (buyers or sellers) has the advantage.  I can then go about determining when and where the balance of power is likely to shift. Continue reading

Are Bears Ready To Get Fat Quick?

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Bear getting into “get fat quick” phase, h/t natgeotravel

by Steven Sarnoff

When temperatures start to fall, bears are known to move into a “get fat quick” phase.  They gorge on anything edible to fatten up and survive their lengthy winter slumber.

When asked why the market was up or down on a particular day, my dad would reply in his Brooklynese, “Sometimes the bulls gotta get fed and sometimes the bears gotta get fed.” One of the lengthiest bull markets on record has left beleaguered bears hungry for a turn.

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Surfing Silver With The Superleverage Power Of Options Hotline

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by Steven Sarnoff

My Options Hotline subscribers doubled their money in just one day, today!  Here’s how they did it.

Option buyers are the only ones who have the Superleverage power to use OPM (other people’s money) to profit from changing prices, with an always known and strictly limited risk at all times.  Options also allow sensible speculators the opportunity to profit from stock moves both up and down.

Such has been our experience this year, using shares of silver streaming company Silver Wheaton (SLW) as our proxy for the precious metal. Continue reading

Are Central Banks About To Open The Monetary Spigots Even More?

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by Steven Sarnoff

In response to the 2007-2009 financial crisis, central banks opened up the monetary spigots.  They employed a creative strategy of QE (quantitative easing), the purchasing of financial assets as a way of creating new money in hopes of stimulating economic recovery and keeping the demon of deflation at bay, when their usual monetary policy tools were rendered ineffective.

The overall effectiveness of several rounds of QE as an economic stimulus is debatable.  What is clear is that ballooning central bank balance sheets have been a boost to asset prices. Since 2013, Japan has taken it to a new level. Continue reading

The Role Of Luck

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by Steven Sarnoff

When people find out what I do for a living, they invariably ask what I think the market is going to do.  I politely tell them that if I knew what the market was going to do, I wouldn’t have to work.  If you ever encounter someone who claims to know what the market is going to do, zip your wallet.

In option trading and in life, luck plays a featured role.  We are practitioners of uncertainty. Somewhere back in the mid-1990’s I recall seeing Alec Baldwin interviewed on the show, Inside the Actor’s Studio. He was asked to describe what acting was like to him.  Baldwin answered that it was like repeatedly banging your head against a door and then, it’s all up to luck. Continue reading