Oil Prices Are Burning Chase & The Financial Sector

Oil Burns JPMorgan Chase (JPM) Stunningly-weak oil prices have claimed another victim, adding to a list that already consists of Chesapeake Energy (CHK), Marathon Oil (MRO), and dozens of other underwater oil names… some of which have already been forced into outright bankruptcy. That latest victim of the oil and gas implosion, however, isn't a gas and oil stock. It's...

JP Morgan (JPM), Another Victim Of Low Oil Prices

Oil Burns JPMorgan Chase (JPM) Stunningly-weak oil prices have claimed another victim, adding to a list that already consists of Chesapeake Energy (CHK), Marathon Oil (MRO), and dozens of other underwater oil names… some of which have already been forced into outright bankruptcy. That latest victim of the oil and gas implosion, however, isn't a gas and oil stock. It's...

How Theta / Time Decay Works In Options Trading

Option Trading: What is Theta? Option trading need not be complicated.  But, at the very least option traders seeking out top returns with minimal risk should familiarize themselves with the so-called "Greeks," which simply describe how an option's price may change with respect to the passage of time and the movement of the underlying stock or index.  One of the...

Understanding Delta In Options Trading

Option Trading: What is Delta? Option trading is a nuanced art; option prices don't always move in a consistent, predictable manner. The so-called "Greeks" of option trading, however, explain how a put or a call option should change in price over time, and in relation to changes in the pricing of the underlying stock or index. And, perhaps one of...

Rising Inflation Numbers May Put The Fed In A Quandry

There's Enough Inflation for Yellen to Possibly Impose a Rate Hike… or Maybe Even Two If a lack of inflation was the only thing holding Janet Yellen back from putting the implied two-to-three interest rate hikes into place this year, she's going to have a tough time justifying not doing so now.  It's palpable even with the impact of low oil...

Why Consumer Staples (XLP) May Be Poised For A Breakout

Consumer Staples Hint at a Breakout Move Think the recent marketwide pullback dragged every sector down with it? Guess again. While it's true that most sectors tanked in January (and arguably started that tumble in December), one group of stocks has not only resisted the bearish tide, but was quietly positioned for a potential breakout. That sector? Consumer staples stocks...

Consumer Staples Sector Bucks The Bearish Tide

Consumer Staples Hint at a Breakout Move Think the recent marketwide pullback dragged every sector down with it? Guess again. While it's true that most sectors tanked in January (and arguably started that tumble in December), one group of stocks has not only resisted the bearish tide, but was quietly positioned for a potential breakout. That sector? Consumer staples stocks...

Walmart (WMT) Reacts Poorly To Earnings

Wal-Mart Stores (WMT) Suffer a Double-Whammy Were it just higher wages making it tougher for Wal-Mart Stores (WMT), that might be defendable. Or, were it just a revenue headwind the world's biggest retailer was facing, the market might be willing to give the company the benefit of the doubt. But, when higher wages and lower revenue both work together to...

Walmart (WMT) Sharply Lower On Earnings

Wal-Mart Stores (WMT) Suffer a Double-Whammy Were it just higher wages making it tougher for Wal-Mart Stores (WMT), that might be defendable. Or, were it just a revenue headwind the world's biggest retailer was facing, the market might be willing to give the company the benefit of the doubt. But, when higher wages and lower revenue both work together to...

Twitter (TWTR) Earnings Show Struggle With User Growth

An Earnings Beat From Twitter (TWTR) Didn't Obscure User Losses For just a glimmer of a moment, it's possible Twitter (TWTR) CEO Jack Dorsey though the market would revel in last quarter's earnings and revenue "beat", and ignore the fact that the number of people who used Twitter didn't actually shrink during the company's fourth quarter. That pipedream didn't last...
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