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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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Options Track Record

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

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Options Results

All the results for the Armchair Trader Series

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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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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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Breakout vs. Fakeout

Identifying a breakout vs. 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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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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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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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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Head and Shoulders Chart Pattern

The "head-and-shoulders" 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 and investors.

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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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Dealing With a Stock Market Crash

Dealing with a stock market crash 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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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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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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Stock Market Retracement

A 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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Coping with Risk in Trading

Coping with risk in trading 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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Psychology in Trading

Understanding psychology in trading, cultivating qualities contributing to a winning mindset, and managing the emotions that can be detrimental to successful trading creates an unbeatable edge.

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Options Trade of the Week - Lowe's Companies, Inc. (LOW) Calls - Feb 22, 2015

OPTIONS TRADE OF THE WEEK: Buy the LOW Jul 2015 75.000 call (LOW150717C00075000) at or under $3.30, good for the day. Place a protective stop limit at $1.30 and a pre-determined sell at $5.50.

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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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Options Trade of the Week - MGM Resorts International Puts - February 17, 2015

OPTIONS TRADE OF THE WEEK: Buy the MGM Apr 2015 20.000 put (MGM150417P00020000) at or under $0.55, good for the day. Do not place a protective stop limit but a pre-determined sell at $0.90.

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Long-Term Equity Anticipation Securities - LEAPS

Long-Term Equity Anticipation Securities, known as LEAPS, 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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Pyramiding

Pyramiding 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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Options Trade of the Week - GoPro Inc (NASDAQ:GPRO) Calls - February 08, 2015

OPTIONS TRADE OF THE WEEK: Buy the GPRO Apr 2015 50.000 call (GPRO150417C00050000) at or under $3.20, good for the day. Place a protective stop limit at $1.20 and a pre-determined sell at $5.50.

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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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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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Options Trade of the Day - Dicks Sporting Goods Inc (DKS) Calls - Feb 04, 2015

OPTIONS TRADE OF THE DAY: Buy the DKS Mar 2015 50.000 call (DKS150320C00050000) at or under $4.00, good for the day. Place a protective stop limit at $1.60 and a pre-determined sell at $7.50.

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Options Trade of the Week - Ruckus Wireless Inc (RKUS) Calls - February 02, 2015

OPTIONS TRADE OF THE WEEK: Buy the RKUS May 2015 10.000 call (RKUS150515C00010000) at or under $1.50, good for the day. Place a protective stop limit at $0.60 and a pre-determined sell at $2.50.

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Timing the Trade

Timing the trade, relative to identifying when to enter and exit a position, is a vital component of successful trading and even a matter of minutes can make the difference between a win and a loss.

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Options Trade of the Day - BHP Billiton Limited (NYSE:BHP) Calls - Jan 30, 2015

OPTIONS TRADE OF THE DAY: Buy the BHP May 2015 45.000 call (BHP150515C00045000) at or under $2.80, good for the day. Place a protective stop limit at $1.10 and a pre-determined sell at $4.50.

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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 vs. Calls

Assessing puts vs. 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 Basic Principles of Swing Trading

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

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Options Trade of the Week - Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd Calls - January 25, 2015

OPTIONS TRADE OF THE WEEK: Buy the RCL Mar 2015 85.000 call (RCL150320C00085000) at or under $3.40, good for the day. Place a protective stop limit at $1.35 and a pre-determined sell at $5.50.

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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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Stock Market Holidays Calendar For 2015

Calendar of Stock Market Holidays for 2015, 2016 and 2017 of all major US Stock Exchanges

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Options Trade of the Week - Discover Financial Services (DFS) Calls - 102014

OPTIONS TRADE OF THE WEEK: Buy the DFS Jan 2015 60.000 call (DFS150117C00060000) at or under $4.00, good for the day. Place a protective stop loss at $1.60 and a pre-determined sell at $7.00.

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Options Trade of the Week - Yelp Inc (NYSE:YELP) Calls - October 13, 2014

OPTIONS TRADE OF THE WEEK: Buy the YELP Jan 2015 70.000 call (YELP150117C00070000) at or under $5.40, good for the day. Place a protective stop limit at $2.15 and a pre-determined sell at $10.00.

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Options Trade of the Week - Costco Wholesale Corporation (COST) Calls - 100614

OPTIONS TRADE OF THE WEEK: Buy the COST Apr 2015 130.000 call (COST150417C00130000) at or under $3.50, good for the day. Place a protective stop limit at $1.40 and a pre-determined sell at $6.50.

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Options Trade of the Week - Gilead Sciences (GILD) Calls - September 30, 2014

OPTIONS TRADE OF THE WEEK: Buy the GILD Nov 2014 110.000 call (GILD141122C00110000) at or under $5.00, good for the day. Place a protective stop limit at $2.00 and a pre-determined sell at $8.50.

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