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12/01/21
Find out about the competing market themes that may play out as we head toward the end of the year.

11/17/21
The Fed is modestly tapping the brakes on monetary stimulus, but will it do enough to cool a stock market that may be at risk of overheating?

11/01/21
A look at what drove the markets in October, and what themes may be in play in November.

10/27/21
Labor shortages in the US may not be so temporary, with significant implications for inflation, monetary policy, earnings, and stocks.

10/20/21
Why US stock markets may reflect too much optimism about consumer spending, heading into what could be a subdued year-end shopping season.

10/07/21
Investor confidence is high, but rising US producer costs could weigh on earnings in the months ahead. How to prepare.

10/01/21
A look at what drove the markets in September, and what's on the horizon heading into October.

09/20/21
When the stock market is falling more and faster than it has in a while, it’s important to maintain some perspective.

09/09/21
Along with stocks, ETFs, and other types of investments, bonds are used by many investors, typically seeking to add income and diversification to a portfolio. Let’s explore potential opportunities in four key areas of the fixed income market that are less dependent on interest rates.

09/01/21
A look at the dominant market themes heading into September.

08/16/21
The recent sharp rise in new infections has reignited fears of disruption to the US recovery and outlook for markets.

08/09/21
Despite talk of a “growth scare,” the US economy and markets may be poised for steadier gains ahead.

08/02/21
Perspectives for investors as the market continues to set records.

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.

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

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

12/02/21
The recent volatility may make things particularly interesting in certain areas of the market.

12/01/21
Find out what the market’s recent volatility may signal as we head into year-end.

11/30/21
When it comes to options, sentiment extremes, and market turning points, it’s all about context.

11/29/21
Stocks and oil pull back as COVID makes an unwelcome return to the headlines.

11/24/21
What do traders see in the oil market’s response to news that major economies would tap into their strategic reserves to fight high prices?

11/23/21
This stock’s tightening trading range shows how the wrong trading strategy can doom an accurate market forecast.

11/22/21
Market presses all-time highs as it bounces back from down week.

11/19/21
Were options traders fading this chip stock’s recent price surge, or hedging near-term volatility?

11/18/21
Do traders think the trend in gaming stocks has played out, or has it just pressed the pause button?

11/17/21
There’s more than one way to approach trade non-directional options strategies like strangles.

11/16/21
Vaccine stocks not immune to volatility, but do traders think their condition is stabilizing?

11/15/21
Market loses ground for first week since October 1 despite Friday rebound.

11/12/21
Niche transport stock with footprint in a different type of electric vehicle space tests recent breakout.

11/11/21
This stock didn’t do much on Wednesday, but its options were a different story.

11/10/21
An earnings-day rally may mean one thing to stock traders and another to options traders.

11/09/21
Approval of the infrastructure package prompted a surge in the materials sector on Monday.

11/08/21
Market follows through on October momentum in first week of new month.

11/05/21
Another look at the ways some traders attempt to take advantage of the effect of time on options prices.

11/04/21
Did options traders see anything unusual as labor negotiations pushed and pulled this industrial giant’s stock price?

11/03/21
Renewable energy stocks have amped up recently.

11/02/21
Were options traders seeing more open road for this vehicle maker on Monday?

11/01/21
Stocks hold near highs heading into a busy week of earnings and economic data.

10/29/21
Silver recently showed why some traders like to monitor support and resistance levels.

10/27/21
Recent price action shows the importance of knowing which options to trade in a given situation.

10/26/21
Are conditions in this retail stock attractive to bargain hunters—especially options traders?

10/25/21
Friday dip fails to derail weekly gain as earnings season kept market chugging.

10/22/21
Options traders may seek ways to balance risk and potential reward as social media stock gears up for earnings.

10/21/21
Vax stock’s sell-off highlights the advantages of letting the dust settle before potentially rushing into a trade.

10/20/21
Options traders focus on calls as industry leader gets ready to release Q3 earnings.

10/19/21
Did Friday’s intraday reversal in the Russell 2000 signal the potential for short-term small-cap weakness?

10/18/21
Big midweek turnaround erases loss, stocks enjoy best week since July.

10/15/21
Newly reconfigured transportation stock hits six-month low—and bulls jump in the next day.

10/13/21
Another sell-off in growth stocks—temporary or not—has discounted some recently bullish biotech names.

10/11/21
Market chops its way to a gain in the first full week of October.

10/08/21
Cloud stock’s options volume climbs as prices test 2021 low.

10/06/21
Oil just pushed to levels it hasn’t seen in years, but energy stock traders may want to keep some key price-action principles in mind.

10/04/21
Market will head into Q4 looking to rebound after September sell-off gives back almost all of Q3 rally.

10/01/21
A look at what drove the markets in September, and what's on the horizon heading into October.

09/29/21
As interest rates again make their presence felt in the markets, find out which stocks traders may focus on.

09/28/21
Yes, it’s been host to some infamous market sell-offs, but October is actually one of the most bullish months of the year.

09/27/21
Stocks snap losing streak, pivot higher as Fed outlines taper plan, debt battle looms.

09/24/21
Big options trades in this food stock put focus on its volatile earnings history.

09/23/21
Will solar stock’s tight consolidation attract traders looking for a break(out) in the clouds?

09/22/21
On the verge of earnings, some big prints on the options tape raise questions about which way traders may be leaning.

09/21/21
The market’s performance after days like yesterday may surprise you.

09/20/21
Stocks extend pullback despite a week of mostly positive economic data.

09/17/21
China’s regulatory push intensified this week—find out which stocks may be near key price levels.

09/16/21
If the market makes another shift, some recently sleepy stocks could return to the momentum spotlight.

09/15/21
Stock’s test of resistance could have traders with different outlooks trading the same type of strategy.

09/14/21
Fintech stock shifts gears after massive post-IPO rally.

09/13/21
Market retreats, month’s first inflation data disappoints.

09/10/21
Will this stock’s recent pause attract volatility traders looking for renewed momentum?

09/09/21
When a dormant stock surges, it’s good to remember the first rule of breakouts: Don’t chase the breakout.

09/07/21
Market coming off another winning week despite Friday’s jobs miss.

09/03/21
Fading a trend without reason often results in financial pain, but many traders and investors may be more contrarian than they realize.

09/02/21
No two ways about it, the ninth month of the year has not been friendly to bulls—but is its bearish reputation entirely deserved?

09/01/21
Using options to take advantage of potential price breakouts may sound easy, but there’s a big catch.

08/31/21
Using options to take advantage of potential price breakouts may sound easy, but there’s a big catch.

08/30/21
Stocks will seek to build on late-week bounce after renewed taper talk and ongoing delta uncertainty tripped up market.Market walks the walk as Fed talks the talk

08/27/21
Two earnings releases, two different moves—and two distinguishing characteristics.

08/26/21
This internet stock’s recent action shows the importance—and difficulties—of knowing whether volatility is low or high.

08/25/21
Initial appearances can be a dangerous guide to action in the markets.

08/24/21
Stock makes news for 52-week low, but that may have distracted from a more notable development.

08/23/21
Stocks will seek to build on late-week bounce after renewed taper talk and ongoing delta uncertainty tripped up market.

08/20/21
Buy low, sell high isn’t just about prices—traders sometimes use it for volatility, too.

08/19/21
Can high-flying mining stock sidestep recent heaviness in its underlying metal?

08/18/21
Videoconferencing stock tests support, but options traders need to keep tabs on time and volatility.

08/17/21
Consumer electronics stock makes some noise after back-to-back bullish headlines.

08/16/21
Stocks grind out another weekly gain as latest inflation data paints mixed picture.

08/13/21
Chinese tech provides potential lessons in why traders may use options to help manage risk in volatile stocks.

08/12/21
Trading ramps up in tech stock’s soon-to-expire call options as shares stage intraday breakout.

08/11/21
Insurer’s volatility bump may have traders looking into selling options, regardless of whether they’re bullish or bearish.

08/10/21
Oil and gold start out the week with big moves that tested previous inflection points.

08/09/21
Tech leads as market rebounds from previous week’s decline.

08/06/21
The stocks that got the biggest jolts from yesterday’s EV news may say something about the “electrification space.”

08/05/21
Spread strategy puts trading twist on popular investing approach.

08/04/21
When putting together the market puzzle, you have to remember to use all the pieces.

08/03/21
Sometimes markets react to news, but other times they can appear to be anticipating it.

08/02/21
Stocks tread water the final week of July, but still closed out the month near record highs.

07/29/21
Big options trades cross the tape as retailer hovers near key level.

07/28/21
Stock’s sell-off shows why it’s a good idea to look at what traders are doing immediately after a big earnings move.

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.

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

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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