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Posted by Martin June 16, 2015

Are the markets turning?

A few years ago, when I was training trading options, the trader from whom I was learning pointed out that the markets were turning down. Slowly reversing. And I remember I made quite nice money under his leadership. The chart looked like this: It was 2011 and the market corrected 16% those days (from July Continue reading →

Posted by Martin June 15, 2015

4 Best-Positioned Upstream MLPs: MEMP, VNR, LRE, and LGCY.

Wunderlich Securities analyst Jay Dobson has a pretty glum assessment of upstream master limited partnerships (MLPS). These are exploration and production companies that have been hammered by energy price declines. Dobson writes in a June 15 industry report: The sector has too much debt on average and has suffered from the dramatic decline in oil, Continue reading →

Posted by Martin June 09, 2015

Stocks to buy in June 2015

May stocks I selected finished down -2.98% loss. The market is still driven by interest rate fear and oil pushed down by a price war. All will end one day however and the stock will go back up. For June 2015 I have a new selection but the change from the previous month is small, Continue reading →

Posted by Martin June 04, 2015

PPL spun off to a new Talen Energy. Shall I keep it or sell it?

If you own shares of PPL Corporation, you are most likely a new owner of a brand new company Talen Energy. I bought 66 shares of PPL a few years ago, I think it was in 2013, and since then my holdings grew up 12% plus I enjoyed a nice dividend at around 4% annually. Continue reading →

Posted by Martin June 01, 2015

Path to nowhere continues. Where is SPX going tomorrow?

Monday was again as expected. I expected it to go higher at first to overcome Friday’s selling but then drift lower. At first the manufacturing data which came out better than expected but along with not so good economic data (mainly consumer spending) put the market on an upward trend. The market seems to love Continue reading →

Posted by Martin May 31, 2015

Tech stocks are going to break out this week, will $SPX follow?

Tech stocks are about to break out in a big way, according to one top technician. “The Nasdaq Composite has outperformed the broader market this year, outpacing the S&P 500 [Index],” technical analyst Rich Ross said on CNBC’s “Trading Nation.” The Nasdaq Composite has rallied more than 7 percent year-to-date, while the S&P 500 is Continue reading →

May 2015 trading, investing and dividends results

Another choppy, crazy month in the stock market is over. It was a month about which people have a saying: “Sell in May and Go Away.” If you have done that, you would lose money. I watch other investors and traders at StockTwits to see what they have to say about the market. I found Continue reading →

Posted by Martin May 28, 2015

Nothing exciting before GDP data adjustment.

The market did exactly what I expected. It went down and later recovered the selling. But the recovery wasn’t strong enough to push the market higher, so it ended down. Tomorrow we will see GDP revised. This may be a market mover. Will it be taken positively or negatively by the investors? Normally, I would Continue reading →

Posted by Martin May 28, 2015

If you sell a put against dividend stock, do you pay a dividend?

Recently, I got this question from a subscriber of mine. “Do you have to pay a dividend if you sell a put option against the dividend paying stock?” It is a good question and short answer to that is no, you do not pay the dividend. You are obliged to pay the dividend (its substitution) Continue reading →

Posted by Martin May 27, 2015

FED Conundrum

Sometimes I like to be wrong in my market move expectations. Like today. I expected the market to move lower yet it moved up. It recovered almost all losses from yesterday. I have a few long positions so it obvious that I wanted to be wrong in my expectations. It looks like, we have experienced Continue reading →