Options Trading

What are Options?

An option is a securities contract, a “call” or a “put,” that gives you the right to buy (call) or sell (put) the underlying equity, index, or ETF.

The Pros and Cons of a Global Bitcoin Bubble

Bitcoin may be the first global bubble, but there is still significant risk for cryptocurrency traders.

Technials Point to More Micron Might

Chipmaker Micron Technology has soared 140% year-to-date and is surging on analyst love. Check out these levels to watch in MU stock.

Tiffany Stock Still Looks Lackluster

Tiffany & Co. stock has shown weakness ever since its latest earnings report, and technical resistance could keep TIF down. Consider this options trade.

Ford Kicking Into High Gear — Buy Now

Ford Motor (F) posted its best retail sales month in seven years and the stock issued a new buy signal.

Small-Caps Look Due for a Stumble

An ominous pattern is emerging in the Russell 2000 -- selling call spreads lets you take advantage of the coming swoon.

Profit From the Bondpocalypse

While the next year for bond prices might not be as bleak as the past one, it is fair to say the path of least resistance is decisively down.

Alcatel-Lucent Stock Is Acting Outright Giddy

While Alcatel-Lucent is far, far off prices from its early-aught heyday, it's on a doubling run in 2013 that's built on solid technical legs.

Green Mountain Appears to Have Plenty of Pep Left in its Step

Green Mountain Coffee Roasters (GMCR) is in a powerful bull trend with a recent breakout from a quadruple-top.

Salesforce.com Still Punishing Nonbelievers

The bears have been dealt another devastating blow with last week’s rally, making the long-side of Salesforce.com still attractive, even if overbought in the immediate-term.

Bet on Big Blue’s Bleed Continuing

With the market and IBM currently not looking very bullish, it might be a tall order for IBM stock to move past resistance at $190 before this spread expires.

Activision Could Score Traders Double-Digit Profits

Activision Blizzard (ATVI) has almost closed a breakaway gap, giving investors an opportunity to buy under $17.

This Top Sector Should Continue to Outperform

iShares Nasdaq Biotechnology (IBB) is trading within a powerful bull channel and just flashed a new buy signal.

BRIC Weakness Weighs on Dr. Copper, FCX

Weakness in emerging markets is weighing on copper -- which likely will drag Freeport-McMoRan down with it. Consider this options trade to profit.

3 Stocks Set Up for a Short Squeeze in September

Three big name stocks are set up for short-squeezes in September thanks to strong charts and an increase in trading activity.

Energy Stocks Sporting Some Serious Juice

The Syrian conflict has put a jolt into energy stocks such as Exxon Mobil and Chevron that could continue in the near-term.

Use Baidu to Search for Options Gold

Baidu -- the "Chinese Google" -- has been on a tear for much of 2013, and though it has slowed in August, it has been forming a bullish base.

My No. 1 Long-Term Biotech Pick

Gilead Sciences (GILD) is in a clearly defined bull channel with support at its 50-day moving average.

Is Mean Reversion Looming for Bonds?

Given how much interest rates have already rallied, it’s certainly worth pondering how much of the Fed’s taper has already been baked into the cake.