In what will become a semi-regular occurance, McMillan Analysis Corp. President Larry McMillan recorded a video in which he discusses his current stock market outlook. Larry discusses the current state of our option-oriented indicators which are all currently bullish. Watch below or click here.
The broad market is putting on a rather spectacular bullish performance. $SPX has repeatedly gapped to new all-time highs on at least four separate days since October 28th.
There is general support in the area of the old highs, at 3025- 3030. The next lower support at 2950 is crucial to maintaining the bull market. A close below there would be a game-changer, but it doesn't seem to be a problem at this time.
This article was originally published in The Option Strategist Newsletter Volume 22, No. 22 on November 29, 2013.
There are a number of trading systems involving the days before and after Thanksgiving. Some are quite profitable, and some not so much. For some reason, there even seems to be a certain amount of misinformation about one of these systems, although that arises from financial television, which is incorrect, not surprisingly. In this article, we’re going to take a look at three such systems: one encompassing the three trading days prior to Thanksgiving, one looking only at the day after Thanksgiving, and a longer-term one involving a period several weeks after Thanksgiving. This latter one has a few interpretations, so we’ll expand our analysis of that one.
Stocks broke out to new all-time highs this week, finally getting confirmation of a "bullish" status from the $SPX chart. That goes well with the other indicators, which have all been bullish for some time already.
There should now be support near the previous all-time highs, in the 3025-3030 area. Below, there is important support at 2950. A close below there would be negative.
This article was originally published in The Option Strategist Newsletter Volume 14, No. 10 on May 26, 2005.
Statistically-based trading is normally applied to hedged positions. It could be pairs trades for stock traders, or option spreads for option traders, or intramarket spreads for futures traders. But generally, the position is one that is based on a relationship between the entities involved – whether that relationship be a price-based relationship or a volatilitybased relationship. The position can be evaluated using assumptions about price relationships or about volatility, and those assumptions are based in historic fact, upon which mathematical calculations can be made (expected return, for example, and then the Kelly Criterion).
This article was originally published in The Option Strategist Newsletter Volume 2, No. 22 on November 26, 1993.
When I was in Europe recently, one of the attendees at the Colloquium asked me what guidelines I generally followed in my option trading. This is actually a rather thought-provoking question, especially when it regards something you do almost every day. In our many feature articles, many useful general strategies have been given, but not assembled all in one place. After giving the matter some thought, it seemed like it might be beneficial to list some of the "rules" that we follow, either consciously or sub-consciously after all these years.
This article was originally published in The Option Strategist Newsletter Volume 12, No. 7 on April 10, 2003.
A subscriber recently asked the question, “If the market is breaking down and options are expensive, would a call credit spread be the best low risk spreading strategy to use?” It’s a good question, and the answer gets into a dichotomy of sorts – in that a credit spread might not be the best strategy even when options are expensive.
It is sort of a “knee-jerk” assumption that a credit spread will do better than a debit spread if volatility collapses. In reality, that’s not true. If they both employ the same strikes, they will perform the same (otherwise, risk-free arbitrage would be available).
This article was originally published in The Option Strategist Newsletter Volume 16, No. 7 on April 12, 2007.
This article reflects some new research (or, more appropriately, backtesting) that we have done regarding credit spread strategies. These strategies are very popular at the current time with a large number of web sites and advisory services. However, it seems that most people don’t really understand the risk that they’re taking in this strategy. Many stories are now surfacing about condor spread accounts with losses of 50%, 60% and more. Most of these were caused by being heavily invested in a month when the underlying made a maximum move.
For completeness, let’s start at the beginning. A credit spread involves buying one option and (simultaneously) selling another option – where the two options expire in the same month, but have different strikes. If the option that is sold is trading at a higher price than the option that is bought, a credit is taken in when the spread is established. Hence it is a credit spread.
The rally that began two weeks ago, with an upside gap move on October 11th, continues but almost in slow motion.
We should have some resolution fairly soon as to whether this market is ready for a breakout to new highs or a return to the old trading range.
Equity-only put-call ratios remain on the buy signals that were generated a little over a week ago. Neither buy signal arose from a particularly high point on the put-call ratio chart, so they weren't the strongest of signals.
This article was originally published in The Option Strategist Newsletter Volume 20, No. 8 on April 29, 2011.
Once again, as we enter another earnings reporting season, we are seeing some large moves by individual stocks and perhaps even larger anticipation of moves by the option markets in advance of the earnings announcement. This was a topic of much discussion at the just-concluded 3 Gurus Webinar over the past two days. Because of that interest, we thought the subject is apropos as the feature article this week. In this article, we’re going to review the strategies that are often recommended in this newsletter.