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Weekly Stock Market Commentary 1/30/2015

By Lawrence G. McMillan

Market volatility has remained high, and we can expect these high levels of volatility to persist.

Even with this volatility, the chart of $SPX is still in a trading range. Once again -- for the fifth time this month -- 1990 has proven to be support. To say that 1990 is an important level would be an understatement. If it gives way, a much more bearish situation would develop. On the upside, there is resistance at 2065.

Concurrent $VIX Spike Peak Buy Signals

By Lawrence G. McMillan

...An astute subscribers noticed that, last week, another $VIX “spike peak” buy signal was setting up. $VIX had risen more than 3.00 points, measured with closing prices, from Jan 9th to Jan 13th (two trading days later).  Moreover, $VIX then dropped sharply this past Monday, January 20th, triggering a second signal while the first one was still “open.”  

The Option Strategist Newsletter Volume 24, No. 02 Preview

By Lawrence G. McMillan

The feature article is a relatively short one, discussing the various January seasonal patterns that exist.  Most of the article deals with the end-of-the-month “January Seasonal Buy” that we have used in our recommendations for a number of years.  There is a specific recommendation for this system on page 2.

More Seasonal Considerations

By Lawrence G. McMillan

The period between late October and the end of January is replete with seasonal trades. In late October, we had the “October seasonal” buy, followed by the Thanksgiving-related seasonals (most notably the post-Thanksgiving trade), which dovetails at the end with the Santa Claus Rally.

Weekly Stock Market Commentary 1/23/2015

By Lawrence G. McMillan

The market continues to be volatile, with $SPX bounding from support at 1990 to resistance at 2065 swiftly in the past four days. Outside of that range, there is further support at 1975 (the October lows) and resistance at 2090 (the all-time highs). As a result, the $SPX chart remains neutral at this time.

Indicators Bullish, Waiting on Price Action

By Lawrence G. McMillan

Tuesdays after three-day weekends often produce wide swings.  Yesterday was no exception.  A higher opening was almost immediately followed by severe selling – knocking $SPX down almost 25 points.  But then the bulls found their buy buttons, and the market rallied back to finish slightly on the upside.  The support at 1990 remains intact, and it is an important level.  Resistance is at 2030 and 2065, the latter being the more important one.

Weekly Stock Market Commentary 1/16/15

By Lawrence G. McMillan

The stock market has experienced huge moves so far this year far greater than have been seen since the fall of 2011. There has been a lot of back forth action, but the bears seem to be gradually getting the upper hand. Yet, the indicators are mixed and it could be that the Standard & Poors 500 Index ($SPX) is just in a wide and volatile trading range.

The Option Strategist Newsletter Volume 24, No. 01 Preview

The feature article is our annual assessment of last year’s recommendations.  Not only are the results broken down in a great deal of detail, but there is some commentary on what might be changed in order to improve results and avoid past mistakes.

Our market comment is on page 7.  The extreme volatility in the broad market has resulted in a number of technical signals being issued this week.  As a result, we are going to recommend a trade in SPY (page 9).

There is naked put write recommendation in Gamestop (GME) on page 8.

Weekly Stock Market Commentary 1/9/2015

By Lawrence G. McMillan

The market has been on a rather wild ride for over a month now. With the action of the last two days, our indicators have swung back to a bullish status, for the most part.

The fact that $SPX has now risen back above its 20-day moving average and has closed above 2060 is positive. A second day's close above 2060 would be confirmation of the recovery in the $SPX chart.

Equity-only put-call ratios have rolled over to buy signals.

McMillan Analysis Quoted in Recent CNBC Article

Investing Editor of CNBC.com John Melloy recently wrote an article for CNBC Pro exploring popular stock market correction strategies. Ryan Brennan of McMillan Analysis Corp. was quoted in the article: 

'To hedge an entire portfolio, we recommend the purchase of $VIX calls that are roughly 7.5 points out of the money,' said Ryan Brennan of McMillan Analysis Corp. in an email.

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