Weekly Stock Market Commentary 7/3/15

By Lawrence G. McMillan

$SPX broke down this week as a confluence of potentially bad international news out of Greece, Puerto Rico, and China combined to strike fear into what had been long-complacent U.S. traders.

$SPX has now rallied back above 2070, returning to the previous trading range. From a more bearish viewpoint, though, the 20-day moving average is now trending downward, and there is a series of lower highs on the chart. That is bearish.

The Search For The Holy Grail Of Volatility Trading

By Lawrence G. McMillan

Depending on your viewpoint, the “holy grail” of volatility trading can take on a different meanings.  To traders, it’s a product that tracks $VIX closely, if not exactly.  To exchanges and market makers, it’s a liquid product that draws a lot of trading interest.

Weekly Stock Market Commentary 6/26/15

By Lawrence G. McMillan

The stock market, as measured by the Standard & Poors 500 Index ($SPX) continues to trade in a fairly tight range, which is beginning to frustrate just about everyone. There is support at 2070, and the 2130-2135 area is now strong resistance. As a result, the $SPX chart is neutral.

Equity-only put-call ratios are about as noncommital as I can remember. Both are drifting sideways, meaning they're not really on a strong trend of any kind.

Further Thoughts On Put Writing

By Lawrence G. McMillan

The sale of a naked put is often a very attractive strategy – especially if the put is “overpriced” (although “overpriced can be a very subjective term).  In this article, we’re going to look at some of the background on put writing, and then show a systematic way to select which puts are best to write.  We’ll start out with equity put options and then talk about selling index put options later on.

Weekly Stock Market Commentary 6/19/2015

By Lawrence G. McMillan

The Standard & Poors 500 Index ($SPX) had a few bearish days, but managed to successfully test support near 2070 twice this month. $SPX remains within the trading range of 2070 - 2135.

The equity-only put-call ratios continue to generally trend sideways, which makes them neutral.  Even though the standard ratio is trending slightly higher and the weighted ratio is trending slightly lower, neither is on a valid signal at this time.

McMillan Interview on Strategic Investment Radio

Larry McMillan was recently interviewed by Charley Wright of Strategic Investor Radio on OCTalkRadio where he discussed the benefits of option trading with an emphasis on our primary put-selling strategy. Larry also discusses our growing asset management services. Listen to the interview below or download the podcast from itunes for free here.

Weekly Stock Market Commentary 6/12/15

By Lawrence G. McMillan

Despite some indications this week that the market might break down, it did not do so. In fact, the Standard & Poors 500 Index ($SPX) held near the previous support level of 2070, thereby strengthening that level as market support. On the upside, there is resistance at the old highs of 2135, so $SPX remains locked in the 2070-2135 trading range.

Weekly Stock Market Commentary 6/5/15

By Lawrence G. McMillan

Not much has changed in the market in the last week, with one possible exception: was yesterday's breakdown below near-term support significant, or was it just another meandering that will have no follow-through? Based on recent history, it's probably the latter (no follow-through). More than likely, we are still in a trading range for $SPX, between support at 2070 and resistance at 2135.

The Option Strategist Newsletter Volume 24, No. 10 Preview

By Lawrence G. McMillan

Due to both business and vacation travel this summer, we are going to alter the newsletter publication schedule for both June and July.  This information supercedes the schedule stated in the previous issue of this newsletter.

New Volatility ETFs: VXUP & VXDN

By Lawrence G. McMillan

There has been a rather large amount of hoopla about two new companion ETF’s that are designed to track the cash levels of $VIX – the CBOE’s Volatility Index.  There have been articles on Bloomberg, Seeking Alpha, Barron’s, and Yahoo! Finance, not to mention the web sites of the principal’s involved: NASDAQ and Accushares.

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