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NonFarm Payrolls Come in at 192,000

Friday, April 4th, 2014

9:00am (EST)

The bulls drive for five ended at four as the bears halted their losing streak and got a win for the first time in a week.

We mentioned Wall Street would be nervous ahead of this morning’s NonFarm Payrolls report and it remains to be seen if Thursday’s pullback was a back test to fresh support or a “double top” with further declines ahead. (continued…)

Dow Trips 16,600/ Profit Alert (QQQ)/ New Trade!!!

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

11:50am (EST)

The trading pattern has followed much of Wednesday’s action as the indexes have danced in a tight range ahead of Friday’s Nonfarm Payrolls report.  However, the blue-chips have traded to new all-times highs along with the S&P 500 before turning lower.

Analysts are expecting a gain of 205,000 jobs for March versus 175,000 in February.  We mentioned there are whisper numbers as high as 300,000 but we said a not too hot and not too cold number of 225,000 would be perfect for the market.

We talked about yesterday’s ADP employment report this morning and how we felt it was bullish although there was a slight miss.  In January, expectations were about the same as the suit-and-ties were looking for an increase of 200,000 jobs added.  The ADP numbers came in much higher at 238,000 before much of the nasty winter weather hit.

March was pretty much a non-weather issue.  If the market gets a number below 200,000 on the Nonfarm Payrolls report, the bears could take advantage of a huge disappointment.

The news will also come on a Friday and ahead of the weekend.  There should be plenty of clues going into the closing bell tomorrow to figure out how next week might go.  We have already started our homework as we also prepare for the start of 1Q earnings season next week.

As we head into the second half of trading, the Dow is down 20 points to 16,552 while the S&P 500 is lower by a point to 1,889.  The Nasdaq is declining 14 points to 4,261 and the Russell 2000 is off 8 points to 1,884.  The VIX is up 0.12 to 13.21.

We have a New Trade we are getting into this afternoon on a stock that is on the verge of a breakout.  We also believe the company is a takeover target.  These two combinations could lead to a powerful move that would easily make us a 100% return on the call options if shares surge past $13.  They are currently at $12.65 and our near-term target has been calling for a run to $14-$15.  If these targets are triggered, the options could return upwards of 200%-300%!

Subscribers, check the Members Area for the New Trade and current updates.  We also have a Profit Alert and we could have additional Trade Alerts ahead of the close so stay locked-and-loaded.

Foot Locker (FL) Soars, Call Options Zoom 250%

Friday, March 7th, 2014

1:20pm (EST)

Futures were showing a positive open throughout the night as we were doing our homework and updating our current positions.  We weren’t too worried if Nonfarm Payrolls came in north or south of triple-digits (100,000) as any number would be blamed on the weather, good or bad.  A good number could have been better while anything in double-digits would be blamed on Mother Nature.

To Wall Street’s surprise Nonfarm Payrolls came in much higher than expected as 175,000 were created in February.  Expectations were for 150,000 jobs added bit whisper numbers were in the double-digits.

Futures spiked on the news and lead to a higher market but the buzz has faded as we head into the second half of trading.

One stock on the move today is FootLocker (FL, $45.81, up $3.08) as shares are up 7% and have reached a peak of $46.80 on the open.  The company topped analysts expectations after reporting a profit of $0.82 a share on revenue of $1.79 billion.  The suit-and-ties were looking for $0.76 a share on sales of $1.76 billion.

We blamed the weather for keeping us out of a sweet call option trade that would have made us a fat triple-digit profit in less than 24 hours.

If you recall, we profiled the March 43 calls (FL140319C00043000, $2.75, up $1.55) in our Weekly Wrap and again yesterday.  The options were at a buck ($1) and are up 129% but they have traded to a high of $3.63 for over a 250% gain.

Although we missed this trade, we had a slew of happy subscribers as some of our veteran traders braved the waters.

We do have another earnings trade we are currently in that has returned us 256% but it would have been nice if we could’ve bagged this elephant ahead of the weekend.

The euphoria at the open has waned as the market is mixed as we make the turn.  The Dow is up 19 points to 16,440 while the S&P 500 is slipping a point to 1,876.  The Nasdaq is down a double-deuce (22 points) to 4,330 and the Russell 2000 is lower by 2 points to 1,202.

We could have additional updates ahead of today’s close but if you don’t hear from us, we will be back Sunday night with the Weekly Wrap and Monday morning with the Daily.  Until then, have a great weekend everyone!

Market Pauses Following Fireworks/ Profit Alerts (KOG, WWE)/ New Trade!!!

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

12:15pm (EST) 

The bulls, and bears, are taking a small breather today following 2 days of incredible volatility and major price swings.

Economic news has capped the action to the upside as the ADP Employment Change report revealed private payrolls rose 139,000 in February.  Analysts were expecting 155,000.

The ISM Non-manufacturing report also came in weaker-than-expected as the index fell to 51.6 in February, down from 54.0 in January.

The Fed’s Beige Book report is due out at 2:00pm (EST) and will likely set the tone for the close.

Despite the flat action, we have were able to lock-in profits of 100% on one of our current trades as we closed half of the call options on a stock that has been surging this week.  Shares have zoomed 15% for the week and jumped another 3% on this morning’s open and where we cashed out half.

We are still looking for further gains from the powerful moves shares are making but we wanted to make sure we walked away with a profit as the options expire in a little over 2 weeks and they are still, technically, “out-of-the-money”.

We also have a New Trade we are getting into after locking in gains as there. Is another stock we are watching that could make similar types moves.

The Dow is down 34 points to 16,361 while the S&P 500 is up a point to 1,874.  The Nasdaq is gaining 2 points to 4,354 and the Russell 2000 is lower by 4 points to 1,204.

Subscribers, hit the Members Area for the latest and greatest and stay locked-and-loaded into the close as we could have additional Trade Alerts..

So Far, So Good/ New Trades/ Profit Alert (HRB)!!!

Thursday, February 27th, 2014

1:05pm (EST)

The Fed Head’s Q&A session today on Capital Hill went rather smoothly as Janet Yellen briefed the zombies on the Fed’s plans moving forward.  She seemed rather calm and well prepared for the grilling session and the market is responding with another trip past resistance.

Of course, this movie has played out like Groundhog Day with higher opens that have faded into the close all week but today’s action feels more bullish as we believe there is a good chance the market holds resistance.  Today’s headline event with the Fed is now a tailwind and we mentioned that tomorrow’s close will be more important than today’s.

February has been super bullish following the beginning of the month dip and if the bulls can get through this week above resistance there is a good chance our fluff targets from December come into play.

Although historically bullish, March can also be a tricky month to trade as recent years have been very volatile.  We believe the VIX could resume its wild price swings and as option traders it is exactly what we want to see.  There will be plenty of opportunities to play index option trades on the major indexes if volatility returns.

We will cover more of our near-term outlook in this weekend’s Weekly Wrap but for now all signs are pointing towards a continued rally.

As we make the turn, the Dow is higher by 35 points to 16,233 while the S&P 500 is advancing 4 points to 1,849.  The Nasdaq is up 14 points to 4,306 and the Russell 2000 is gaining a point to 1,183.  The S&P Volatility Index ($VIX, 14.17, down 0.18) has stayed below 15 and is edging lower.

We have 2 New Trades we are getting into and we have updated our current positions as we have closed another profitable trade that gave us a 36% return.  Subscribers, hit the Members Area for the updates.

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    I want to share my great results on GMCR. Based on your comments on February 15th, I bought 20 options at $0.28. They closed today at $7.00, which is a 2,300% gain. My $560 dollars turned into $14,000 in less than a month. In decades of trading, this is my single best trade ever. Thank you! By the way, the Dow was down 228 points today and I could care less. What a great trade. It proves the amazing power of options. I am so grateful for your service, which calls it straight all the time, your options trading manual, and most of all, your amazing skill
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    Great call on Fosl I bought the may 120 puts for 3.70 yesterday morning just sold for $32.00 today
    Keep up the great work
    Thank you, Henri

    Rick –

    I bought 10 Deckers Outdoor (DECK) May 55 puts at $0.50 on 4/26/12 and sold them on 4/27/12 for $1.65. I made $1150 in one day. Thanks. I knew something good would happen sooner or later.
    HOW THE HECK did you know Green Mountain Coffee (GMCR) was going to go down 20 points???!!!! I bought 10 of the May 35 puts at $0.49 and then 5 more at .30. I sold them at 5.80. Thank you again.
    You have made a believer out of me. Alan

    Rick –
    I have only been a member for about 6 weeks but I have done well on most of the trades. My first two were QQQ and SPY a month ago and since then I've gotten into the groove and been doing well.
    I try to execute the trades that you recommend as soon as you send them out, sometimes I can't and I miss the Entry price. However, sometimes when I miss the Entry, the price goes down and I get a better price.
    That's exactly what happened with GMCR.
    You recommended it at around $.81 I think, but by the time I got to it, the price was $.27. I bought 100 Puts on Wednesday May 2, 2012 and sold half of them 24 hours later at $5.95 for a nice 2,203% gain. As per your recommendation, as GMCR went above $30 I sold the remaining 50 Puts at $5.50 for a slightly less 2,037% gain.
    On average that one trade netted me a 2,120% gain, entirely based on YOUR recommendation (and a little bit of luck). To put this in real terms, I risked $2,700 on Wednesday and pocketed $54,550 just 24 hours later.
    So uhh, let's do that again real soon!!
    Feel free to use my name. The tax guys have me on speed-dial already anyway. Dennis

    That was awesome on your GMCR pick, I know how risky it can been holding into earnings but you pulled it off. 
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    Great call on GMCR!  I have been trading for about 15 years actively.  This may be the best trade I ever made.  Got in on Monday, April 30 and the stock was up from when you recommended it.  It went up further after I got in.  Here are the facts:
    Monday, April 30th: Bought 15 June 37's at $1.25= $1900 approx
    Thursday, May 3rd: Sold 15 June 37's at $9.30=$13,950
    Gain for the week: $12,050.
    I understand you will not get them all right.  It’s important to ride those winners and as you could tell from my selling price, I sold when the stock went to $28.10, so left a little on the table.  Who can complain.
    Keep the suggestions coming, looking for another jump on your FSLR, one that I have been riding very hard.
    Best regards, Bob

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