Options Market Update


Below are some excerpts from Cabot Options Trader, your guide to quick profits using puts, calls, spreads, straddles, iron condors and other options trades. Analyst Jacob Mintz explains and recommends diverse investing strategies for big gains with controlled risk.

Options Market Update

The couple of hours or days when options are mispriced are the times when it makes best sense to execute a buy-write, naked put or other volatility-selling strategies. »

Options Market Update

The VIX closed the week at 20.08, or higher by 40% for the week. While a significant rise, it was not a huge spike but rather a slow and steady grind higher. »

Options Market Update

The VIX closed the week at 14.33, marginally lower for the week. As the price of puts has declined along with the VIX, my scanner has been picking up on more and more strangle purchases.»

Options Market Update

Approximately one-third of S&P 500 companies will report earnings this week, including Tesla Motors on Tuesday, Facebook on Wednesday and Walt Disney on Thursday, and the October Jobs Report is due on Friday.»

Options Market Update: Rough Week for Ackman

As of Bill Ackman’s latest filing, nearly 30% of his hedge fund’s capital is invested in Valeant Pharmaceutical, which fell by almost 45% at one point last week. »

Options Market Update: Train Wrecks Continue

The list of daily "train wrecks" continues to grow this earnings season as Pandora (P) is down 35% today, Whirlpool (WHR) is down 10% and select biotechs have lost 10%-20% each day.»

Options Market Update: Stops and Quick Profits

This week is light on economic data, but packed with earnings announcements. We'll be active this afternoon and tomorrow, selling new calls against positions whose calls expired on Friday. »

Options Market Update: Short-Term Bullish

Clearly market momentum is bullish in the short term, but there could be a great deal of supply/sellers waiting to take profits or exit positions that they didn’t liquidate before the August selloff. »

Options Market Update: The Dogs Explode Higher

On Friday, a trader bought 40,000 Exxon Mobile (XOM) November 77.5 Calls, and call buying was brisk in nearly every oil stock. »

Stock Picks


The fact that these stocks couldn’t rally even in the market strength of the past month tells us there’s little hope for the rest of the year.

Newfield Exploration

This oil & gas producer looks like an early leader.

Mindray Medical

Mindray has made a global name for itself, designing and refining medical equipment that can be sold more cheaply than the big international brands.

Cabot Wealth Advisory

Three Things I'm Thankful For

By Paul Goodwin on November 25, 2015

The question of thankfulness is especially interesting to me because I write a financial advisory on how to invest in emerging market stocks, and I know that being a growth investor requires a certain amount of optimism. Pessimists don’t buy growth stocks because they believe deeply that most things will turn out badly. With all that philosophical maundering out of the way, I’d like to run down my optimistic list of things I’m thankful for.Read More >

Yes, You Can Have Both Dividends and Growth

By Timothy Lutts on November 24, 2015

How do you find growth companies that pay dividends? Using the Cabot resources, there are two excellent ways. One is to refer to Cabot Dividend Investor, which recommends three specific classes of stocks for its readers: High Yield, Dividend Growth and Safe Income.Read More >

Two Stocks Mr. Buffett Should Own

By J. Royden Ward on November 23, 2015

As Warren Buffett said, "Long ago, Ben Graham taught me that ‘Price is what you pay; value is what you get.’ Whether we’re talking about socks or stocks, I like buying quality merchandise when it is marked down.” Two stocks that I think Mr. Buffett should own are Johnson Controls and Whirlpool. Read More >