We’ve got a bit of a double whammy going on today in that it’s the last session before the long weekend plus Yellen is scheduled to speak late in the day. So it’s probably fair to say that few of us are going to be doing much on the trading front and I wouldn’t be surprised if most of you are already on the way out. Best to call it a week – quite frankly I could use a few days off myself as I have been working hard behind the scenes over the past few few weeks. However it’s become a long standing tradition here at the evil lair to send you guys off with a few charts of interest and I would hate to disappoint.
We’re most likely done with earnings-related trades until the next cycle, so it’s time to move on to the compelling world of iron condors. Before we go any further, I want to talk about the last couple trades and the strategy in general. Let me start by saying, yes, the earnings strategy is a bit of a work in progress because no two earnings seasons are the same. I’ve traded options for 20 years and yet I’m still learning. That’s because unlike directional only trades, there are a lot more moving parts when it comes to options. While it certainly makes the trade more challenging, it also provides a lot more opportunities for those savvy enough to [...]
My favorite quarter of the year is slowly drawing to a close, with Memorial Day in the U.S. demarking the beginning of the long awaited vacation season. It’s been a long winter and we haven’t really seen much of a spring over here in the Mediterranean to be honest. The past three months brought us only a few warm days as the general theme was dominated by rainy weather, cold spells, and even a patch of frost in late April that damaged a good number of vine crops up North in Southern France.
We’ve got movement people! As I’m typing this the spoos are attempting to pull a fast one on anyone positioned short before the open and we may see an attempt to push into the ‘end zone’ (e.g. anything above 2080). For now the ES 2060 mark is a key inflection point which, if broken, will most likely lead higher and break the current long term resistance I presented yesterday.