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Thursday, February 3, 2011

Options Trading With My Three Favorite Consumer Discretionary Stocks

Today I will explain why I plan on getting into three consumer discretionary stocks and how I plan on getting into them. First, I will state that I do expect a bit of a pull back (no more than 5%-7%) as outlined in How to Hedge With Vertical Put Spreads. And second, I will mention that I have taken this into account for the strategies in this article, and two of the three stocks outlined below have already pulled back nicely.

I believe a real recovery is underway and I think the stocks outlined in this article will benefit from this greatly. If we look at the Consumer Discretionary SPDR (XLY) compared to the S&P 500 SPDR (SPY) over the last year, we can see that the Consumer Discretionary SPDR has outperformed the S&P 500 SPDR by almost 9%.

To continue reading this, view the full article on Seeking Alpha HERE. Sphere: Related Content

Monday, January 31, 2011

Return Some Green Betting on the Greenback with This Bullish Option Strategy

Someone once asked me "how have you made the most money playing in the stock market?" I had to think long and hard because in today's market there's no easy answer like the old days "buy and hold", today it's necessary to constantly research and change positions on the market, as the economic environment and other factors change. After I put some thought into it, I was able to come up with one theme that equated to my most successful runs in the market, that is being a contrarian. First of all I'm a big believer of "the trend is your friend", but when things seem to be extremely overdone, I like jumping to the other side and sticking to my guns.

A good question would be when are things extremely overdone? It's just a feeling that comes naturally to most people. One example would have been when the market was melting down in late 2008 and it seemed every person on TV, article online, and even your neighbor, who has no idea how to play the stock market, was calling for an even deeper correction, this would have been a great time to get long the market. Even though you wouldn't have caught the bottom in late 2008 (came in March of 2009), it was an excellent time to be buying stocks.

To continue reading this, view the full article on Seeking Alpha HERE. Sphere: Related Content

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