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Early Assignment? Don't Let Dividend Risk Derail Your Options Strategy

So you've got an options strategy in a stock or exchange-traded fund (ETF)—say a covered call, a naked call option, or even multiple-leg strategies like call vertical spreads—that's humming along, and all of a sudden you receive notice that one leg, likely a short in-the-money call, has been assigned. Worse yet, it's happened right before the ex-dividend date. ...

May 24, 2017

Earnings Preview: Retail Results Continue Tomorrow with Best Buy

It’s gotten pretty quiet as far as earnings goes and there’s just a few names left to report first-quarter results. Big-box retailer Best Buy (BBY) releases first-quarter...

May 23, 2017

Are Exchange Rates Foreign to You? Here's a Forex Primer

Here's a riddle: What asset class averages about $5.1 trillion in trading each day, is available virtually 24 hours a day, 6 days a week, affects each of us pretty much ...

May 18, 2017

Earnings Preview: Deere & Company Releases Fiscal Q2 Results Tomorrow

Since fiscal 2014, Deere & Company (DE) management has cited weakness in the global farm economy as ...

May 17, 2017

Earnings Preview: China's Ecommerce Giant Alibaba Reports Tomorrow

Among the major Chinese Internet and ecommerce companies reporting earnings this week, one of the largest by market cap is getting ready to report...

May 16, 2017

Earnings Preview: WMT and TGT Report First-Quarter Results This Week

A majority of the companies in the S&P 500 (SPX) have reported earnings, 450 out of 500 as of ...

May 15, 2017

Earnings Preview: Home Depot Reports Q1 Results Tomorrow

If recent retail earnings are any indication, it’s a tough market out there. Growing e-commerce competition and a sluggish economic recovery has resulted in mixed...

May 10, 2017

Earnings Preview: Macy’s Reports Amid Restructuring Efforts

Macy’s (M) reports first-quarter earnings tomorrow morning. The retailer currently operates more than 700 Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s department stores as well..

May 9, 2017

Dino Wars: Trading in a Range versus Trading in a Trend

Question: What do time travel and trading have in common? Answer: In both cases, it’s critical to know what type of environment you’re entering. Step out of ...

May 8, 2017

Earnings Preview: Checking in on the Tech Sector with NVDA

Nvidia Corp. (NVDA) reports first-quarter earnings for fiscal 2018 after the bell on Tuesday, May 9. The company manufactures graphics processor...

May 8, 2017

Earnings Preview: Entertainment and Travel with Disney and Priceline

Entertainment empire Walt Disney Co. (DIS) reports fiscal second-quarter earnings and online travel company Priceline Group Inc. (PCLN) reports first-quarter...

May 3, 2017

Earning Preview: FB Reveals What’s New at F8

Social media giant Facebook, Inc. (FB) reports first-quarter earnings after the bell today. It’s expected to report earnings of $1.10 per share on revenue...

May 3, 2017

Earning Preview: Tesla Gets Ready for the Model 3

Electric vehicle and energy storage system manufacturer Tesla Inc. (TSLA) reports first-quarter earnings after the bell on Wednesday, May 2. It’s expected to ...

May 2, 2017

The First Hour of the Trading Day: Should You Avoid It?

Technology has turned us into a non-stop, 24/7 society. News and information flow never ceases, and you can buy almost anything you want, anytime you want, from ...

May 1, 2017

Earnings Preview: What Might Be Expected When AAPL Reports?

Last week ended with a string of results from some of the biggest companies in the tech sector. Positive results continued with earnings beats from...

May 1, 2017

Earnings Preview: Healthcare Roundup with PFE, MRK, and GILD

The week ahead could bring heightened volatility with it. On top of companies releasing first-quarter results, there’s a Fed meeting, monthly jobs data, and...

April 28, 2017

Stop Concentrating: Spread Out Investments to Fight Volatility Risk

If you’re worried about volatility awakening from its winter hibernation, you may want to take a look at your portfolio. A few stocks in there probably staged nice rallies after ...

April 27, 2017

Earnings Preview: Tech Roundup With MSFT and INTC

If you live for tech earnings, today is your day. We’re wrapping up this week’s round of earnings previews with a couple of older tech giants, Microsoft (MSFT) and...