Disney (DIS) Earnings – A Mixed Message

The Walt Disney Company (DIS) Earnings: Is the Glass Half Full, or Half Empty? It came as no real surprise that Star Wars: The Force Awakens bolstered earnings for The Walt Disney Company (DIS) last quarter.  What was surprising to investors this week was how little the iconic entertainment company could do to stop the bleeding of its sports channel ESPN. ...

Option Greeks – Basics Of Theta

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...

The Full Story Behind The Jobs Report Numbers

The Rest of the Unemployment Rate, Job Growth Story As is usually the case on the first Friday of every month, today, the Department of Labor released last month's jobs report — namely, the official unemployment rate and the number of new jobs (net) created in the prior month. January's primary numbers were mostly good. The unemployment rate fell from...

Examining The Yahoo (YHOO) Earnings Report

Yahoo Earnings Report Fails to Offer Any Inspiration From a technical perspective, online media giant Yahoo (YHOO) and its management team are saying all the right words …words that investors should want to hear, citing optimistic plans for the future.  After four years of turnaround effort that's not only failing to get traction but seemingly moving in the wrong direction...

Option Greeks – Understanding Delta

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...

Japanese Candlestick Charts – Hammer & Dragonfly Doji Patterns

Candlestick Trading: What is a Hammer Pattern? What is a Dragonfly Doji? Although no trader has a perfect crystal ball, there are certain chart shapes and cues that are reliable indications of what's apt to happen next.  One of the more reliable, and more comment, patterns any trader should recognize is the so-called hammer pattern…  and its cousin, the dragonfly...

Under Armour (UA) Soars On Blowout Earnings

Stephen Curry Makes Under Armour (UA) Soar, & Cam Newton Is On Deck Under Armour (UA) shareholders owe NBA star Stephen Curry a big thank-you today. His star-power name helped Under Armour nearly twice as many shoes last quarter as it did in the same quarter a year earlier, contributing to yet-another earnings beat for the sports apparel maker, and...

Facebook (FB) Earnings Depict Monster Growth With More To Come

Facebook Earnings Leave Nothing to be Desired There's no two ways about it… Facebook (FB) is a money-making monster, and is well-positioned to remain a monster indefinitely (as far as that term can be used with the technology sector). The social networking company posted results this week that simply blew away estimates, and left its year-ago numbers in the dust....

Inside Apple’s (AAPL) Earnings Report

Apple Is Still Great, But Clearly Not Infallible Whether or not Apple (AAPL) did well or did poorly last quarter is largely a matter of perspective.  Its earnings rolled in higher than anticipated, but revenue fell short of analysts' estimates.  Perhaps more important, sales of iPhones and iPads came up short of estimates, sending the stock down roughly 6% on...

Home Sales & Home Prices Back To 2007 Levels

Home Sales, Home Prices Continue to Say Real Estate Market is Strong Any brewing concerns that the U.S. housing market is headed over a cliff were at least partially wiped away on the heels of a spectacular New Home Sales report this week.  All told, new houses sold at an annualized pace of 544,000 units in December.  That's second only to...
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