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Option Trade of the Week – Facebook Inc (FB) Calls - Sunday, April 19, 2015

19th April, 2015 - OPTION TRADE OF THE WEEK: Buy the FB Jun 2015 80.000 call (FB150619C00080000) at or under $4.60. Place a protective stop limit at $1.80 and a pre-determined sell at $8.00.

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Options Results

All the results for the Armchair Trader Series

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Options Track Record

This is the Options Track Record for Stock-Options-Made-Easy “OPTIONS ARMCHAIR TRADER SERIES”.

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The Week Ahead In The Stock Market – Thoughts, Possibilities and Probabilities!

18th April, 2015 - The week ahead in the stock market includes economic reports, earnings, stock considerations and market direction - some thoughts, possibilities and probabilities.

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List of Companies Reporting Earnings for the Week Beginning 20th April, 2015

List of Companies Reporting Earnings for the Week Beginning 20th April 2015 -- 508 companies including 140 S&P 500 members.

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Recent Stock and Options Market Articles

The latest articles from Stock Options Made Easy in relation to the stock and option market.

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Buy and Sell Orders

Buy and sell orders are directions to buy or sell a security and may be placed through a broker or sent directly to an exchange. Different types of orders may be used for specific trading strategies.

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Swing Trading -- Basic Principles

Defining swing trading and then choosing stocks applicable for this type of trader – benefits and drawbacks are also outlined.

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Eleven Essential Investment Rules

Following simple investment rules allows you to make your money go out and work for you. This article offers eleven essential guidelines for how to do this successfully.

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Options Mistakes and Solutions

Options mistakes can make the potentially rewarding experience of trading options a minefield, unless you are aware of what these mistakes are and how to avoid them.

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Using Puts versus Calls

Assessing puts versus calls and determining when or whether to trade these types of options is an integral part of a solid investment strategy.

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The Securities and Exchange Commission of the U.S. (SEC)

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is an agency of the U.S. Federal Government whose primary responsibility is to maintain orderly, fair and efficient trading markets.

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Sector Rotation

Sector rotation is an investment strategy which involves the movement of funds between areas of the economy aiming to profit from specific economic sectors as their performance rises and falls.

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Averaging Down

Averaging down is the term used to describe the strategy of buying a further amount of shares at a lower price than was originally paid, and as a result, lowering the average paid for each share.

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Pyramid Trading

Pyramid trading is an investment strategy in which an investor increases the size of their position in order to benefit by running with a winner, while keeping risk under control.

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LEAPS -- Long-Term Equity Anticipation Securities

Leaps also known as Long-Term Equity Anticipation Securities, are structured in the same way as standard options contracts, but offer a longer expiration of between one and three years.

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Stop Loss Order

A stop loss order is the instruction placed with a broker to sell an investment when it reaches a certain price and is used to limit the risk on the investment.

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Coping with Trading Risks

Coping with trading risks is absolutely vital if a trader is to experience both success and wellbeing. While risk is an inherent part of life, this is magnified in the stock market.

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Stock Market Retracement

Stock market retracement is a temporary movement in the opposite direction of a current trend in price in the stock market, and should not be confused with a reversal which is a change in the trend.

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Downfalls in Trading Psychology

Downfalls in trading psychology can be an insidious trap. Learning how to avoid them is an invaluable part of creating a winning trading mindset, and a road to trading success.

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Dealing With Stock Market Crashes

Dealing with stock market crashes effectively means being prepared practically and emotionally to ride the waves without getting wiped out, and even to catch some opportunities while in the trough.

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Why the Stock Market Goes Up

Why the stock market goes up, whether in the overall, long-term scheme of things, or at specific times, is comprised of many factors. Understanding these factors is important to any investor.

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Trading Commodities

Trading commodities, namely raw materials or primary agricultural products, is a type of trading that is considered to be fairly risky, but properly executed can be beneficial for the astute trader.

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The Federal Reserve

The Federal Reserve, an entity which has huge impact on the stock market, is actually the central bank of the USA. It was established to provide the nation with greater stability in the economy.

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Trading Futures

Trading futures basically involves entering a contract which obligates the buyer and seller to exchange a certain amount of an asset for a predetermined amount of money at a specific future date.

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Trading Social Media Stocks

Trading social media stocks is a relatively new phenomenon, and there is varying opinion on whether or not these stocks offer a viable trading or investment platform.

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Head and Shoulders Top Chart Pattern

The Head and Shoulders Top, the most common reversal formation, provides a signal that a security's price is likely to make a downward move, especially after it breaking the neckline of the pattern.

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Breakout versus Fakeout

Identifying a breakout versus fakeout is very important in order to capitalize on the opportunity that an emerging trend, which is often signaled by a breakout, presents.

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Head and Shoulders Chart Pattern

The head and shoulders chart pattern is believed to be one of the most reliable trend-reversal patterns, either due to a bullish or bearish trend, and is extremely popular among traders.

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Front-Running Trading

Front-running trading is simply trading that is conducted with the intent of being ahead of other market participants. This type of trading is often considered unethical and may even be illegal.

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Dark Pool Trading

Dark pool trading takes place in an arena similar to an exchange which allows for the private and confidential trading of securities resulting in minimized market impact.

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Option Trade of the Week – UnitedHealth Group Inc. (UNH) Calls - April 13, 2015

OPTION TRADE OF THE WEEK: Buy the UNH Jun 2015 120.000 call (UNH150619C00120000) at or under $4.00, good for the day. Place a protective stop limit at $1.60 and a pre-determined sell at $7.00.

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The Week Ahead In The Stock Market – Thoughts, Possibilities and Probabilities!

The stock market in the week ahead includes economic reports, earnings, stock considerations and market direction - some thoughts, possibilities and probabilities.

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Moore’s Law and the Stock Market

Considering Moore’s Law and the stock market means examining the impact of the exponential increase in computing power over the last half-century on the arena of stock trading.

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Option Trade of the Week – Pier 1 Imports Inc (NYSE:PIR) Puts - April 06, 2015

OPTION TRADE OF THE WEEK: Buy the PIR Jun 2015 12.000 put (PIR150619P00012000) at or under $0.50, good for the day. Place a protective stop limit at $0.20 and a pre-determined sell at $1.00.

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The Week Ahead In The Stock Market – Thoughts, Possibilities and Probabilities!

The stock market in the week ahead, including economic reports, earnings, stock considerations and market direction - some thoughts, possibilities and probabilities.

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List of Companies Reporting Earnings for the Week Beginning 6th April 2015

List of Companies Reporting Earnings for the Week Beginning 6th April 2015

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Gann Techniques

Gann Techniques, developed by renowned financial trader WD Gann, are based on the premise that there is always a balance between price and time, and are built on principals of geometry and astrology.

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Option Trade of the Week – Monsanto Company (NYSE:MON) Calls - March 30, 2015

OPTION TRADE OF THE WEEK: Buy the MON Jul 2015 120.000 call (MON150717C00120000) at or under $1.70, good for the day. Place a protective stop limit at $0.60 and a pre-determined sell at $3.40.

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The Week Ahead In The Stock Market – Thoughts, Possibilities and Probabilities!

The stock market for the week ahead, including economic reports, earnings, stock considerations and market direction - Thoughts, Possibilities and Probabilities! .

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Astrology Trading

Astrology trading is based on predicting how planetary movements and lunar cycles may affect the markets. Traders include this insight in determining which stocks to trade and when to trade them.

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Options Trade of the Week – Sonic Corporation (SONC) Calls - March 23, 2015

OPTIONS TRADE OF THE WEEK: Buy the SONC Jun 2015 35.000 call (SONC150619C00035000) at or under $1.80, good for the day. Place a protective stop limit at $0.70 and a pre-determined sell at $3.50.

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The Week Ahead In the Stock Market – Thoughts, Possibilities and Probabilities!

Some thoughts, possibilities and probabilities in the stock market for the week ahead, including economic reports, earnings, stock and ETF considerations and market direction.

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Options Trade of the Week – ConocoPhillips (NYSE:COP) Calls - March 16, 2015

OPTIONS TRADE OF THE WEEK: Buy the COP May 2015 60.000 call (COP150515C00060000) at or under $3.80, good for the day. Place a protective stop limit at $1.75 and a pre-determined sell at $6.50.

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Options Trade of the Week - Williams-Sonoma, Inc. (WSM) Calls - March 09, 2015

OPTIONS TRADE OF THE WEEK: Buy the WSM May 2015 80.000 call (WSM150515C00080000) at or under $2.70, good for the day. Place a protective stop limit at $1.00 and a pre-determined sell at $5.00.

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Options Trade for Friday - Staples, Inc. (NASDAQ:SPLS) Calls - March 06, 2015

OPTIONS TRADE FOR FRIDAY: Buy the SPLS Jun 2015 16.000 call (SPLS150619C00016000) at or under $1.25, good for the day. Place a protective stop limit at $0.50 and a pre-determined sell at $2.25.

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Options Trade of the Week - AutoZone, Inc. (NYSE:AZO) Calls - March 02, 2015

OPTIONS TRADE OF THE WEEK: Buy the AZO Jun 2015 700.000 call (AZO150619C00700000) at or under $5.60, good for the day. Place a protective stop limit at $2.20 and a pre-determined sell at $10.00.

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Harvey’s Options Volatility Indicator

Harvey’s Options Volatility Indicator is simple to use and is particularly useful in determining the direction that a stock will take and therefore the movement of an attached option.

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Options Trade for Wednesday - Cisco Systems, Inc. (CSCO) Calls - Feb 25, 2015

OPTIONS TRADE FOR WEDNESDAY: Buy the CSCO Jul 2015 30.000 call (CSCO150717C00030000) at or under $1.15, good for the day. Place a protective stop limit at $0.45 and a pre-determined sell at $2.00.

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