Category Archives for Unusual Options Activity

Uncover Hidden Options Market Timing Signals

Let’s face it, a lot of us have invested a lot of time, energy and money into the market… and lost. We tend to question ourselves, what we’re doing wrong, and over-examine what’s keeping us from reaching our goals. For many, the odds are stacked against them. What if I told you there’s a way […]

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How To Find & Trade Unusual Options Activity

…It’s the crack of Wall Street. You probably know exactly what I’m talking about. The first time you hit it, you’ll remember that high for the rest of your life. After that, you’ll end up as a fiend chasing it and likely drawing your account down significantly several times. It’s never the same nor enough. […]

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Why Options Volume Doesn’t Help With Trading Stock Earnings

Despite having higher overall volatility……. We’ve seen some larger than expected earnings moves. For example, Apple, Amazon, Starbucks, McDonalds, Netflix, Disney and Google all had greater moves than what was implied by their ATM straddle. (For a refresher on what that means, check out Don’t Trade Earnings Before You Read This). As I’ve written several […]

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How To Find Stock Options Before They Move 500%

There’s no secret, investors start to gravitate towards options, because of the opportunity to generate fast money. They might be struggling with their stock returns, and maybe heard a story about how someone they knew… bought call option contracts in Apple for $1.00 and then sold it at $10.00. That investor starts daydreaming about how […]

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The Ugly Side of Trading Unusual Options Activity

I’ve said this before, I’ll say it again, there are literally hundreds of thousands of option orders that are reported every trading day. The majority of the option volume conducted is done by large institutions–who have the potential to move a stock with their order flow. Not only that, institutional option flow is highly regarded […]

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3 Ways To Keep More Profits & Know When To Sell

Know when to hold ’em… Know when to fold ’em… For some traders knowing when to exit a profitable trade is a lot harder than finding a good trading candidate. After all, you’re not only managing a position…you’re managing emotions and discipline. Some people approach the markets with no hard rules to follow. They say […]

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Was This 2 Million Dollar Options Trade Ethical?

Trying to make money in the financial markets is tough and uneventful most of the time…a lot of the time you’re just sitting around…trying to generate ideas or wait for something to happen during the week. By Friday afternoon…things start to slow down…and investors and traders start thinking about the weekend and their plans. But […]

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The Truth About Unusual Options Trading Activity!

I’ve got some good news and some bad. You see, there are a lot of investors out there that feel that stock market is rigged…and that the little guy has no chance of succeeding. What I’m about to share with you might be disturbing…and possibly strengthen those beliefs. However, I encourage to you read all […]

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What’s an Options Order Sweep?

Today’s Reader Question comes to via Twitter , who asked this… “How can I take advantage of an Options Order Sweep?” A lot of investors don’t know this, but there are multiple exchanges competing against each other for your options business. It’s actually a “hot topic” because some of these exchanges are paying for order flow in […]

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4 Tips On Tracking Unusual Options Activity

How do you do it? That’s a question I’ve been often asked in regards to finding options that have ready to move and be on the right side of the trade. For the last several years, I have been very secretive and have not divulged that information to ANYONE! After many years of dodging this […]

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