August 20, 2017

Back in a Neutral State. Where Now?

The market moved decisively lower today and while most think it was just a normal decline I think there could be more ahead. Tim Knight of Slope of Hope recently stated that he thought the 1223 area on the /ES would act as a strong area of support and I think he is correct in his assumption. If we break that area then I would expect to see a decisive decline as we head into December. The true test will be once the market reaches its next short-term oversold state. If the bounce is violent then, yes, I would expect to see another push higher into November expiration. But, if the the bounce is weak, then bears should have good reason to rejoice as another swift decline could be in order. If you haven’t already, don’t forget to sign-up for … [Read more...]

More Downside To Come?

Today was a banner day for the High-Probability, Mean-Reversion Options Strategy. The IWM puts that I purchased near the close yesterday closed the day up 27.9% and if we continue to move to the downside tomorrow, which looks highly likely we could see even greater gains. My thought is that we will close the gap in IWM, DIA and SPY that occurred last Friday. This would take the major market ETFs to $69.73, $115.77 and $122.10, respectively. If we happen to close the aforementioned gaps then the next move could take the major market benchmarks down to close the gap from 10/10. A move like this over the next few weeks would lead to extraordinary gains in the strategy. A move to close the gap from last Friday could lead to us to a … [Read more...]

Options Indicator Signals Tech Overbought

Here's the list of the ETFs that make up the High-Probability, Mean-Reversion Options Indicator. Hopefully (time permitting), I will be back with another post later this evening. Stay tuned! If you haven’t already, don’t forget to sign-up for my : High-Probability, Mean-Reversion Options Strategy : Free 30-day trial Theta Driver Options Strategy (limited room available): Free 30-day trial Also, for those of you who live on Facebook. You can access my info there as well. Just click on LIKE. … [Read more...]

Short-Term Reprieve Occurs – Will It Continue?

The short-term reprieve that I mentioned in the Free Weekend Report (Sign-Up Free Here) occurred today and by the looks of it we could see more downside tomorrow. As I mentioned in the report "as for the current technical picture, the all of the major indices and most sectors are in a short-term "very overbought" state as we head into the week of options expiration. Not only are the major benchmarks in one of the most short-term overbought states that we have seen in quite some time, but we are now hitting strong overhead resistance with two unclosed gaps directly underneath. Combine all of the aforementioned and you can quickly see why the risk/reward scenario leans heavily towards a short-term reprieve next week." Now all of our … [Read more...]

High-Probability, Mean-Reversion Options Strategy

I hope all of you with a bearish lean are surviving this absolutely crazy market. I know that it has been the most difficult month for the High-Probability, Mean-Reversion Options Strategy in since its inception. The ongoing nine day rally has pushed both of our positions in losing territory, yet I am still confident that the performance will improve as we move towards the latter part of the month. No one said trading was easy, especially options trading, but it is all about perseverance . As for the Theta Driver Options Strategy we are well on our way to the third straight month of gains. All of the major indices have moved into short-term "very overbought" extremes, while hitting strong overhead resistance. Moreover, we have two large … [Read more...]

Options Offer Tremendous Opportunities

I am always amazed how large the opportunity to "make it big" factors into the great magnetism of the market. The belief that anyone, from any background can be successful and make tons of money has quite the allure. But, in all of this euphoria people neglect to think about all of those that failed before them. And believe me the failure rate is high. Yet, investors/traders continue to choose the most difficult of investments to trade - stocks. Stock-only traders are at a complete disadvantage because they have no way to trade the randomness of the market. They have a 50/50 chance of success for each and every trade. Bottom line - stock investors/traders are truly at a disadvantage. Again, stock investors only have two ways to make a … [Read more...]

High-Probability, Mean-Reversion Indicator – Short-Term Reprieve Looks Imminent

It was another day of sideways trading. The market was able to hold gains for yet another day which was impressive given the short-term overbought extremes, strong overhead resistance and yesterday's huge upside gap. I am still leaning towards a close of the upside from yesterday which would bring SPY down to $117.25, DIA down to $112.21 and QQQ down to $54.66. I would expect that this occurs over the next 2-3 days, but Mr. Market always has a way of playing games with what should be obvious price levels. I found an interesting nugget from Jason Goepfert of Sentimentrader.com today. "According to Bloomberg , at least 500 more stocks last traded on an uptick than a downtick on each session during the past week.  The 5-day average of … [Read more...]

High-Probability, Mean-Reversion Strategy – Major Benchmarks Reach Short-Term Extreme

The S&P 500 (SPY) has pushed 11% higher since its low set last Tuesday. It has indeed been a "rip your face off" type of rally with many bears left for dead. I added two more positions today: one in the High-Probability, Mean-Reversion Strategy and one in the Theta Driver Options Strategy. The latter certainly looks to be in much better shape at the moment, but I believe we will witness a decent pullback over the coming days. Why? As I said before, the major benchmarks are currently in a short-term overbought state, but now all of them what has been strong overhead resistance. Furthermore, we had a very large gap today in all of the major indices that went unclosed. Combine the three and the risk/reward leans heavily towards a … [Read more...]

Short-Term, High-Probability Mean-Reversion Options Indicator

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My Favorite Options Strategies

News equals noise. When are people going to get it? The news means absolutely nothing to me as an options trader. The entire industry has been commoditized. And when I say this I mean that one offering (financial media outlet) is nearly indistinguishable from another. Why? Technological innovation. News is widely accessible and therefore basically the same everywhere. The only difference is how they market themselves and as a trader I just don't care about their marketing techniques. Nor do I care about the news that they spew out on a daily basis. As an options trader it doesn't matter to me. Fear is what sells. It's all over the news, every day, every hour. And while I do care about the macro-picture for my own self-interests, … [Read more...]