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07/16/21
Increased consumer spending, an expanding digital economy, and an emerging class of Millennial investors could power stocks in the years ahead. Learn how to prepare portfolios.

07/01/21
What should investors be watching amid rising inflation—and signs of a Fed shift?

06/24/21
For Pride Month, we’re sharing key financial considerations for LGBTQ+ couples planning to tie the knot.

06/17/21
Check out four ideas for navigating the markets through the second half of the year.

06/10/21
As inflation rises, some investors may be looking for ways to hedge their portfolios.

06/01/21
Five takeaways for investors as we approach the halfway point of the year.

05/27/21
Not just water under the bridge: Which areas of the market may get a boost from an infrastructure bill?

05/20/21
Key themes are developing in the FinTech space as consumers embrace alternative payment options.

05/13/21
The world’s hungry for more chips, but what’s the appetite for semi stocks?

05/03/21
As the economy blossomed last month, the market continued to climb—with some interesting rotation below the surface.

04/29/21
With earnings season in focus, find out how companies are faring—and how the market is reacting.

04/15/21
Find out how the pandemic has reshaped the pet-care industry—and what that may mean for pet-friendly stocks.

04/08/21
After a decade of waiting in the wings, value stocks have taken center stage. Can they continue to hold on to the spotlight?

04/01/21
Spring is in the air—but will higher rates put a freeze on the market’s rise?

03/25/21
Lisa Shalett, Chief Investment Officer at Morgan Stanley, explains why experiential learning is key to increasing one’s investing comfort level.

03/18/21
The Fed is keeping its foot on the gas as the economic recovery makes progress. What factors may cause it to hit the brakes sooner than expected?

03/11/21
Morgan Stanley’s Head of Financial Wellness discusses challenges and solutions for women in their financial journeys.

03/01/21
The recent rise in interest rates and inflation fears have roiled the market, but there are reasons for optimism amid the volatility.

02/25/21
As we approach the end of Black History Month and the start of Women’s History Month, investors may be looking for ways to advance D&I efforts with their portfolios.

02/19/21
Stocks have reached new highs, but where’s the economy? Investors may want to get a pulse on the data critical to the market’s long-term health.

02/11/21
What should investors know about the rules of the driverless road?

02/01/21
Trying to make sense of the chatter about rates, inflation, stocks, and market volatility? We put it in context.

01/28/21
In the thick of a pivotal earnings season, here are a few things to keep in mind when it comes to results and stock performance.

01/22/21
The record-breaking market has some investors seeing bubbles. We explore both sides of the debate.

01/14/21
What could the shifting makeup of Congress mean for the market?

01/04/21
With 2020 finally in the rearview, we’re looking toward 2021. Here are a few key themes for investors.

11/25/20
Many retail stocks have shined heading into the holidays—but will consumers embrace the spirit of the season?

07/27/21
There are different ways to gauge which way a particular market may be leaning.

07/26/21
Stocks reverse deepest pullback in more than two months, enter final week of July at record levels.

07/23/21
That may not be the best question to ask about earnings.

07/22/21
Semiconductor stock falls to new lows: Where do its options fit into the picture?

07/21/21
Action in this airline shows why, when attempting to interpret options activity, the key word is “context.”

07/20/21
Stocks that buck the market can sometimes underscore pockets of market strength or weakness.

07/19/21
Market slips as traders mull inflation, earnings, and signals from the options market.

07/16/21
nverting a popular call spread shows how traders use puts to make limited-risk bets on possible down moves.

07/15/21
Logical response or overreaction? A potential reshuffling of medical fees appears to catch traders off guard.

07/14/21
Snow in summer: Do traders think former blockbuster IPO can climb mountain again after selling avalanche?

07/13/21
There’s more to bank earnings than the high-profile announcements scheduled for this week.

07/12/21
Market dips, then rebounds after Covid elbows its way back into the spotlight.

07/09/21
Real estate stock looks for more room as options market builds inventory.

07/08/21
Traders favor call options in a rangebound steel stock as expiration approaches.

07/07/21
In addition to highlighting potential lows, the fear index can sometimes indicate when a stock rally may be ready for a breather.

07/06/21
Stocks notch more records on back of tech-stock rally.

07/02/21
Earnings-day price move highlights potential benefits of doing a little counting.

07/01/21
Hydrogen battery maker pressures range amid heavy options volume.

06/30/21
Check out how the stock market has typically performed during the first full month of summer.

06/29/21
The first rule of buying options: Understand that time isn’t on your side.

06/28/21
Market bounces back from Fed-fueled inflation anxiety, on pace for better-than-average June and first half of year.

06/25/21
As stock makes a “once-in-five-years” rally, traders ponder the post-headline price action.

06/24/21
Is this fintech stock’s recent pause the calm before its next volatility storm?

06/23/21
Massive options position highlights stock’s recent split as it attempts to extend a rebound off its 2021 lows.

06/22/21
Was yesterday’s call option buying spree a sign of friendlier skies for this cargo aircraft company?

06/21/21
Markets recalibrate in the wake of the central bank’s new line on inflation and interest rates.

06/18/21
The question now is, what do traders think of the longer-term forecast?

06/17/21
Is this stock’s recent volatility reading a warning of more selling to come, or a contrarian rebound signal?

06/16/21
Big prints appear on the options tape despite stock’s tight trading range.

06/15/21
Dips in financial stocks and gold may attract more attention in light of this week’s inflation focus.

06/14/21
S&P 500 sets new records as tocks brush off the latest reminder of rising consumer prices.

06/11/21
Key economic data on the horizon may help clarify the near-term outlook for lumber—and the companies that revolve around it.

06/10/21
Food stock’s sell-off shows the potential for concrete data to cut through the market “noise.”

06/09/21
Is this former high-flyer now trading at its 52-week low a target for bargain-hunting traders?

06/08/21
A big acquisition helped place the materials sector front and center to start the week.

06/07/21
Friday rally flips first week of the month from red to green.

06/04/21
Options activity shines light on airline stock as it cruises to potentially key altitude.

06/04/21
The number of open positions in an option can help traders gauge the level of liquidity and trading activity in a market.

06/03/21
A real estate stock breaks out: Missed opportunity or signal for future setup?

06/02/21
Traders may have started paying more attention to silver (and silver stocks) recently, as the “other precious metal” has again been outperforming gold.

06/01/21
Stocks close out May on up note, head into June with two-week win streak.

05/28/21
Unusually high open interest shines light on stock testing its all-time low.

05/27/21
How do some traders adjust for the limitations—and frequently high price tags—of directionless options strategies?

05/26/21
Traders who consult “unusual” options activity know it’s a good idea to find out if it’s actually unusual.

05/24/21
Another choppy week of trading, but this time tech managed to pull out the win.

05/21/21
In certain situations, selling puts is a bullish strategy that can benefit from multiple market forces.

05/20/21
The pivot off Wednesday’s lows is a pattern with an interesting history.

05/19/21
When does a big rally not result in out-of-the-reach call options prices?

05/18/21
Will renewed attention on cybersecurity provide a tailwind for this corner of tech?

05/17/21
No, it’s not a “wreck,” but growth stocks bear the brunt of selling as inflation story grabs hold of market.

05/14/21
The options market appears to be expecting big things from this biotech stock.

05/13/21
These combination trades may offer advantages in some situations, but they have drawbacks, too.

05/12/21
Restaurant tech stock may provide food for thought for traders as it nears previous lows.

05/11/21
Stock sell-off, volatility drop creates cheaper options as stock wrestles with consolidation.

05/10/21
Up-and-down trading in the first week of May ends with new record for broad market.

05/07/21
No, not those metals, the other ones: Industrial metals—and some of their stocks—have been on a roll.

05/06/21
Gaming stock’s decline helps illustrate basic options spread strategy.

05/05/21
Tech giant’s pullback highlights potential benefits of combining stock and options analysis.

05/04/21
Vax stock’s parabolic rally reaches new levels at start of new month.

05/03/21
Stocks extend consolidation to a second week despite new records.

04/30/21
Thursday’s intraday sell-off pattern in the Nasdaq 100 has a surprising track record.

04/29/21
After a 15% correction last month, crude has bubbled back to test recent highs.

04/28/21
Luxury stock’s options highlight interesting price discrepancies during key trading period.

04/27/21
Will this household-name stock’s earnings announcement break it out of its range?

04/26/21
Market just misses fifth-straight up week despite capital-gains bombshell.

04/23/21
Renewable energy stocks get Earth Day boost as White House sets ambitious greenhouse gas target.

04/22/21
Why some traders may see opportunities than others in price consolidations.

04/20/21
Outperforming semiconductor support stock pulls back—reversal or pullback?

04/19/21
Nasdaq stays hot, but defensive sectors also warm up as stocks extend run.

04/16/21
Options prices tumble as volatility slides after stock’s big earnings move.

04/15/21
The stock market accomplished a relatively rare feat this month—and traders may be taking note for next month.

04/14/21
A financial tech stock’s recent action illustrates the type of price points many traders like to monitor during corrections.

04/13/21
Do traders see more blue sky for airlines with earnings approaching? Also, can a $2.8 billion fine be a good thing?

04/12/21
Rotation, what rotation? The Nasdaq 100 is back to all-time highs.

04/09/21
What are traders seeing in gold’s recent rebound?

04/08/21
“Hybrid” pharma stock’s consolidation may have breakout traders testing the momentum waters.

04/07/21
Addition to S&P 600 small-cap index pushes biopharma stock toward all-time highs.

04/06/21
Lithium producers are testing support levels after significant pullbacks from long-awaited rallies.

04/05/21
US stocks start Q2 by pushing to new records as Capitol Hill braces for an infrastructure showdown.

04/01/21
EV-related stocks get a jolt as the Biden administration rolls out infrastructure plan.

03/31/21
Showers or sunshine? A look at the stock market’s track record in April.

03/30/21
Options activity sheds light on trader positioning in stock attempting to rebound after retreat from records.

03/29/21
Late-week bounce sends market toward new month on an up note.

03/26/21
Sector momentum sometimes extends to lesser-known stocks–you just have to look for them.

03/25/21
In the middle of a semiconductor shortage, a news surprise sends shockwaves throughout the industry.

03/24/21
Why you can’t avoid forecasting in trading—you can only choose what you forecast.

03/23/21
The energy sector—and many other value stocks—took a step back last week. Warning sign or opportunity?

03/22/21
Broad market hits new highs, but suffers yet another interest-rate slip.

03/19/21
The market fear gauge is now back to its pre-pandemic levels.

03/18/21
Earnings volatility drops software stock to long-time support level.

03/17/21
A recent sell-off highlights a lesson in options spreads.

03/16/21
Pharma stock’s sell-off highlights the gap between forecasts and reality—and how markets sometimes react in surprising ways.

03/15/21
Stocks rebound, but interest rates continue to make their presence felt.

03/12/21
A recent sell-off highlights a lesson in options spreads.

03/11/21
A niche biotech stock attempts to reverse recent losses after acquisition, sector retracement.

03/10/21
Options traders hop on board as EV stock seeks to get back on track after latest earnings release.

03/09/21
Two markets reverse notable moves—at notable levels.

03/08/21
Interest rate worries continue as technology's slide extends to three weeks, despite Friday rebound.

03/05/21
Comparing price action and options volatility can sometimes highlight stagnating stocks with the potential to move.

03/04/21
Semiconductor specialist spikes, then pulls back after earnings beat.

03/03/21
Telemedicine bulls may see options spread opportunities after recent pullbacks.

03/02/21
Sector strength, options activity may raise financial stock’s profile among traders.

03/01/21
February ends in the plus column, but continued tech dump drags down market in final week of month.

02/26/21
Barge operator’s options positions soar as shares push to one-year high.

02/25/21
Is this high-flying tech stock’s sell-off similar to other buying opportunities in recent months?

02/24/21
Sometimes there is a certain degree of method to the apparent madness of earnings volatility.

02/23/21
Looking for stocks that buck the market’s trend on a given day can potentially highlight pockets of hidden momentum.

02/22/21
Stocks dip as small caps and tech give back some gains.

02/19/21
Just a predictable retrenchment, or is the sun setting on the alt-energy rally?

02/18/21
Options activity ramps up as stock pressures its three-year highs.

02/17/21
Understanding basic market tendencies can help build a stronger framework for trading, regardless of the news of the day.

02/16/21
Stocks notch quiet gains as February rally continues, but loses a little steam.

02/12/21
Traders jumped into this soaring fintech stock’s put options in the wake of its earnings-beat price surge.

02/11/21
Two things savvy energy traders may be monitoring—the path of crude oil, and the relative strength of stocks within the sector.

02/10/21
A couple of recent breakouts show why you don’t necessarily need to rush in with the crowd to capture momentum moves.

02/09/21
Traders jumped into this soaring fintech stock’s put options in the wake of its earnings-beat price surge.

02/08/21
Market kicks off February with its best week in three months.

02/05/21
If the market rotates back toward recently weakened sectors, traders may attempt to scoop up potentially oversold names.

02/04/21
A medical tech stock’s sharp downturn sends put premiums soaring. What will traders be looking for next?

02/03/21
Call options volume ramps up after stock rebounds off technical level.

02/02/21
With options positions running above average, stock reverses recent correction from record highs.

02/01/21
A volatile end to January sends broad market back to the drawing board for the year.

01/29/21
A look at the action in two tech giants—one that just released earnings, and one that’s about to.

01/28/21
Several months after its record-setting run—and pullback—are traders seeing signs of stabilization?

01/27/21
Is options action in this IT services stock pointing to a possible breakout of its multi-week trading range?

01/26/21
With earnings approaching, traders have kept some wind under this discount airline’s wings.

01/25/21
Stocks push to new records as traders look forward to heart of earnings season.

01/22/21
Stock’s consolidation sets up potential breakout trade, but some options may offer more of an edge than others.

01/21/21
This automaker’s surging options volume may have caught the eyes of traders, but those who didn’t pay attention may have gotten the wrong impression.

01/20/21
Pullbacks in certain food stocks may look tasty to traders who see the potential for renewed interest in the group.

01/19/21
Broad market dips as reporting season gets underway.

01/15/21
Soaring small cap registers its sharpest short-term drop in more than six months.

01/14/21
Are some “low-flying” aerospace and defense stocks attracting contrarian traders?

01/13/21
Breakout watch: Options positions pile up as stock’s consolidation pattern tightens.

01/12/21
Some gene-editing stocks have recently cooled after red-hot rallies in 2020. Find out which levels traders may be watching.

01/11/21
Small caps pick up where they left off in Q4 to pace market in first week of 2021.

01/08/21
Health care stocks may have gotten more than one piece of good news this week. Will traders respond?

01/07/21
Is one of 2020’s lagging sectors getting ready to enjoy a “risk-on” moment?

01/06/21
This chart-topping vaccine stock’s recent sell-off may catch the eye of options traders.

01/05/21
The broad market wasn’t cooperative, but was Monday’s fast start for semiconductors a sign of things to come?

01/04/21
Stocks close out a historic year with more records, enter new year at all-time highs.

10/13/20
The market’s so-called “fear gauge” can provide useful insights into market dynamics, but you first need to understand what it really represents.

09/10/20
Find out why options traders know being right about implied volatility is sometimes more important than being right about market direction.

09/09/20
Traders often turn to the VIX in turbulent times, but it’s a good idea to pay attention to it when the market’s rising, too.

05/20/20
How many traders and analysts use the Fibonacci number series to attempt to forecast prices.

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