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Oil-Price Easing Helps Stocks Higher

The S&P and Nasdaq close out their sixth monthly gain in a row. More 

Hewlett, HSBC Busy in Options Action

Options markets quiet today though Hewlett Packard (NYSE: HPQ), Coeur D’Alene (NYSE: CDE), Power-One (NASDAQ: PWER) see action. More 

Buy Costco Calls and Enjoy the Steady Rise

A few retailers report earnings this week including Costco (NASDAQ: COST). Buy an April Call option and profit from a steady stock rise. More 

Dick’s a Solid Put Trade as Economy Revives

Dick’s Sporting Goods (NYSE: DKS) will see better earnings as the economy revives. Buy a bull put spread to profit in options. More 

Facts Just Do Not Support a Slowing Economy

Many economists are expressing growing fears of a slowing U.S. economy, but positive economic reports, including consumer confidence and existing home sales, say otherwise. More 

VIX Down, Sees Big Block Trades

The CBOE Volatility Index (CBOE: VIX) has had several large block trades this morning including a put spread and a straight buy of 20,000 calls. More 

Food Prices Pose Greater Threat Than Oil

Crude oil prices are likely to settle down, but rising food prices pose a greater threat. More