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A Buy Setup in XLE

The Sector SPDR Trust Energy ETF – XLE There isn’t much I like here on the buy side, even after this pullback, but I do have a keen focus on the energy sector for a couple of different reasons. The sector has been exhibiting relative strength all year, it has experienced a solid pullback and … Read more

The Difference Between Earnings Results and Reactions

Earnings Results vs. Reactions When Results and Reactions Don’t Match Going into earnings season, investors (myself included) were weighed down by the pervasiveness of negative fundamental data that was surely going to have a negative impact on earnings season. We knew that inflation was high. We knew that consumers were getting squeezed by that in … Read more

Are You Prepared for Retail Earnings?

A Rising Market into Retail Earnings The Strength of the Consumer Discretionary Sector It wasn’t that long ago that Walmart (WMT) pre-announced negative earnings revisions (July 26th to be exact), and we saw WMT stock gap down 10% overnight on the news, and take all retail stocks with it. That pre-announcement that initially looked like … Read more

Is The Bear Market Really Over?

Hey traders! This week, I wanted to highlight analysis from my friend and well-respected colleague, Mary Ellen McGonagle! She primarily focuses on stocks with a 2-week to 9-month horizon depending on market conditions. She has some great tips on how to capitalize on the current uptrend taking place! Check out her guest newsletter below to learn … Read more

Growth Stocks On The Move, How To Capitalize

Hey traders!  This week, I wanted to highlight analysis from my friend and well-respected colleague, Mary Ellen McGonagle! She primarily focuses on stocks with a 2-week to 9-month horizon depending on market conditions. She has some great tips on how to capitalize on the current uptrend taking place! Check out her guest newsletter below to … Read more

How to Day Trade the SPX Using Butterflies

For today’s Five Star episode, I wanted to highlight what my colleague and fantastic trader, Allison Ostrander has been up to. She has been crushing it in our Simpler Options trading room, and her own Mastery service, using day trading butterflies on the SPX. I’ve loved watching what she’s doing, especially because, as you know, … Read more

AMD: Earnings in Focus

FAANG Earnings is Through: Is the FAANGover Next? We made it through FAANG Earnings Week, and saw volatile, market moving reports from the likes of Amazon (AMZN), Apple (AAPL), and Microsoft (MSFT). However, these moves, while significant, need to demonstrate follow-through for more continuation to the upside. Whether or not we will actually get that, … Read more

Amazon and Apple: An Earnings Preview

Is it Friday yet? Not so fast! There are still many market-moving events up on the calendar today. First of all, we have the post-Fed move. While we can oftentimes see massive Fed-induced market rallies, they haven’t lasted. Will today be different? There are some signs of that, but until I get follow-through, I’m not … Read more

FAANG Earnings – We’re Here!

Well, it’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for. This week is likely to be the most volatile week of the summer. Why? Between mega-cap tech reporting earnings, Walmart lowering its quarterly and full-year profit forecast,  and the Federal Reserve 2-day meeting, one thing is for sure – it shan’t be dull! There are so many … Read more

To Fail or Not to Fail?

Index Price Action Over the course of the last month, after the last quick down move at the end of May, the indexes have continued to chop. All of this chop, while not too exciting to trade, has created a lot of consolidation. Consolidation that will, sometime soon, breakout. However, at this juncture, it’s not … Read more