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Trades Update

March 3, 2015

Geopolitical concerns were at the center of today's pullback (or, at least, they got the blame for it). Disappointing auto sales, the upcoming February jobs report and some upbeat data out of Germany were also in focus.

The broader technical picture hasn't changed much. For now, I'm inclined to let what's in play work in our favor. Let's take a look at today's action.

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Nasdaq Hits Clinton-Era High

March 2, 2015

It was a milestone day for the Nasdaq Composite, which cracked the 5,000 level for the first time since Bill Clinton was in office. Helping out were stocks large and small, including many that were not even saplings the first time around. Apple (AAPL), the exchange's heavyweight, was up a respectable but unspectacular 0.5%, and old friend (PCLN) rose 1%.

We have some good trades in gear right now, so let's get right to them. I will have more for you tomorrow, including some new options trades.

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Trades Update

February 27, 2015

Much like last week, stocks closed on Friday about where they started on Monday, down less than half a percent. There were no factors that ultimately had much of an impact in pushing stock prices and investor psychology to any kind of extreme.

U.S. companies did pretty well in the fourth quarter, Greece's conflict with the rest of the eurozone seems to have come to a positive conclusion, Ukraine has given in to Russia's military blitz, crude-oil prices halted their free-fall, and we haven't heard much from China's propaganda machine lately. All of this leaves positive and negative forces in the market largely in balance.

In today's Trader's Advantage, I'm adding two new short trades, and I'm adjusting the parameters of a couple of our current trades.

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Which of the following sectors of the market do you think will outperform for the balance of 2014?

  • Utilities
  • Energy
  • Healthcare
  • Technology
  • Financials
  • Industrials