Thursday, January 15, 2015

Thursday's Finalists

The two survivors of the early rounds of analysis both confirmed their signals. (See "Thursday's Prospects".)

However, the bull signal -- FANG -- is moving counter-trend intraday and has a double-digit-percentage bid/ask spread on the front-month at-the-money calls.

The bull signal -- SDLP -- has very low open interest, in the double digits, and the huge bid/ask spread that is common among thinly traded options.

Neither meets my needs, and I won't be opening any new positions based on Wednesday's markets.

Earlier this morning I analyzed the two symbols that I considered for volatility plays keyed to earnings announcements. Both INTC and SLB passed my tests, and I've opened positions in both. See the analysis here.

-- Tim Bovee, Portland, Oregon, Jan. 15, 2015


My shorter-term trading rules can be read here. My longer-term trading rules can be read here. And the classic Turtle Trading rules on which my rules are based can be read here. My volatility trading rules can be read here.


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