Weekend Portfolio Analysis (November 7, 2015)

Market Conditions Liftoff! A surprisingly strong non-farm payrolls report (271,000 actual vs. 180,000 expected) on Friday pushed stocks down slightly, while boosting the U.S. dollar and hammering precious metals and bonds. The unemployment rate fell to 5.0%, the lowest since April 2008. Average hourly earnings rose by 0.4% from September and were 2.5% higher than…

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Weekend Portfolio Analysis (October 24, 2015)

Market Conditions Up, up and away! The mid- and large-cap indexes continued their rally from last week landing the S&P 500 in positive territory for the year. On Thursday, the SPX soared 1.7%, closing above the 100-day moving average for the first time since August 17, as hopes for more stimulus overshadowed mixed corporate earnings.…

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Managing an /ES Straddle

There has not been a dull moment today which started this morning with a margin call from TDAmeritrade. How could that even be possible since I still have buying power showing on my trading platform? Before I get into that, let’s first look at a new position that I put on yesterday – another /ES…

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Weekend Portfolio Analysis (October 17, 2015)

Market Conditions The major indexes ended mixed for the week, with the large-cap stocks managing to build on their strong gains from the previous week, while the small-cap Russell 2000 struggled. Monday’s trading volume was the second-slowest full trading day of the year. Trading volumes and price movements did pick up later in the week…

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Weekend Portfolio Analysis (October 10, 2015)

Market Conditions The market enjoyed an upbeat week continuing the rally that started the previous Friday. This was predicated on the belief that a disappointing September Non-Farm Payrolls report would prevent the Federal Reserve from raising rates at the October meeting. On Thursday, the Fed released its September FOMC minutes, which revealed that only one…

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