Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Options Trader Sees No Happy New Year for Ailing Blue Chip

Someone seems to think this year's worst-performing S&P 500 member won't have a happy New Year. Here's a breakdown of a large options trade in General Electric (GE): A block of 12,500 December 8 puts was sold...

Why Stocks Move: Margins

This post is the fourth in a series about the catalysts for stock movements. It’s based on a series of talks at TradeStation’s Master Class learning sessions.  Most investors want to...

Options Trader Braves Volatility in Media Giant

Damn the volatility -- full speed ahead. That seemed to be the message from one big options trader in Comcast (CMCSA) yesterday: A block of 5,669 23-November 35 puts was bought in the middle of...

Showdowns in Tech: Battle for the Cloud

The world of technology is all about disruption, and now a fight is brewing in the cloud. Microsoft (MSFT) is making serious efforts to enter the world of "cloud computing," the business of large companies...

This Chart Shows Just How Bearish Tech Has Gotten

Most clients know technology stocks are getting hammered. But just how bad is the selling? Pretty bad, it turns out, according to TradeStation's award-winning platform. This chart compares the Select Technology Index ($XLK.IV) to the...

Brazil Bull Looks for Carnival Rally: Options Recap

Someone's looking for a Carnival rally in Brazil's top bank, with the help of an unusual options strategy. Shortly after lunch on Friday, a trader sold 10,180 June 17 puts in Itau Unibanco (ITUB) for...

Fed Signals Potentially ‘Dovish’ Turn

After years of steady rate hikes, the Federal Reserve may be signaling a change of course. The U.S. central bank's top two policymakers made potentially "dovish" statements in the last three days. That means they may...

S&P Battles to Defend Key Level

The S&P 500 is trying to defend a key level, battling off waves of bearish headlines. 2700 has been important several times this year. It was resistance in mid-April and support in late June. The...

Are There Winners from the Selloff in Oil?

Oil just had its biggest drop in at least four years, and winners may be emerging. Airlines are one of the best-performing groups recently, according to TradeStation's uber-useful RadarScreen® app. They've risen 3 percent in...

Bears Are Digging for Downside in This Space

Bears are digging for downside in gold miners, one of the worst-performing major industry groups this year. More than 23,000 December 11 puts were bought yesterday in Barrick Gold (ABX). The first blocks changed hands for...
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