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Options Trading

Tapering Talk Should Keep Toppling REITs

Rising interest rates haven't done the iShares U.S. Real Estate ETF (IYR) any favors. If you expect the trend to continue, try this options trade on for size. Read Article

2 Options Plays Before Priceline Earnings

Traders can use options to take advantage of a potential post-earnings rally out of Priceline, as well as high near-the-money premiums. Read Article

Don’t Despair About the Dow Jones’ Descent

The multiday declines of the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the transports, as well as the DJTA's underperformance, still isn't much to hang one's hat on. Read Article

The Summer Doldrums Take Hold

Trading patterns so far this month have certainly supported August’s low-volume reputation. Now, we get to see whether volatility will stay low, too. Read Article

Clean Up With Whirlpool Spreads

Whirlpool (WHR) is sitting above a number of technical support lines that should help this credit spread trade pan out. Read Article

Draw Down Your Dosage of Mylan

Mylan has done its job for short-term traders. Consider taking profits now and live to go long MYL another day. Read Article

Homebuilder Stocks Are in a Technical Mess

The broader SPDR S&P Homebuilders ETF as well as individual homebuilder stocks like D.R. Horton are showing troublesome charts, but don't be too quick to jump into bear trades. Read Article

Tesla Might Bounce If It Clears the Low Bar

Tesla's expected to post a significant loss when it reports earnings tonight, but a larger favorable view toward TSLA fundamentals might tame the bearish crowd. Read Article

Apple Looks Like a Long-Term Winner

I'd look for some profit-taking near here, but the stock looks healthy for a continued run higher. Read Article

Get Defensive With Apple Options

Apple stock is facing several technical hurdles including a big point of overhead resistance. Consider getting protective via Apple options. Read Article

Apple Stock Breaks Resistance … Now What?

Apple stock just broke past a key area of resistance at $465, and momentum clearly is with AAPL. But how much will that momentum be worth? Read Article

Mueller Water Is Gushing Higher

This small-cap water play looks poised to break to new highs after finding support near $7.25. Read Article

Afraid to Chase? Try a Play in Steel

Not everyone has arrived to the bull party on time. Commodities are just pulling up, including a potential breakout candidate in Nucor. Consider this options trade. Read Article

Gold Could Be in for a Short-Term Pop

The past couple weeks of GLD trading have been tight, which smells of consolidation that ultimately could resolve with a break higher for gold. Read Article

Let Philip Morris Burn Itself Out

Philip Morris has suffered a painful few months and currently is fighting overhead resistance -- a nice setup for this options spread trade. Read Article

This Cloud Play Is Reaching New Heights

I've had my eye on this one since 2011 -- and the trade keeps working out. I'm adjusting my levels to account for the continued strength. Read Article

Beware the Bear Raid in Ags

The meat might have been fully stripped from the carcass of agribusiness stocks most directly exposed to potash prices, but Monsanto still looks beefy. Read Article

Watch Visa for Weakness

Visa recovered a bit Thursday, a day after a swipe fee ruling knocked V stock off its perch, but future weakness could be troubling for the broader market. Read Article

Bet on the Yen Finding Its Zen

The decline in the yen has relented, and the yen more recently has struck a neutral-to-mildly bullish posture. Spreads on FXY look appealing. Read Article

Keep Your Eyes on Western Digital’s Chart

Western Digital has pulled back from all-time highs, but appears to have reversed back up and still is in an uptrend. Go long with this simple call trade. Read Article