VIDEO: Contango setting up on the VIX Sonar Report

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ETF Unusual Activity at Mid Session

Total option volume tops 6.1 million contracts as the typical names top the action in indexes and exchange-traded products, optionMONSTER’s data systems show.

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Essential Investment Lessons Learned from Gamblers

Any time you make a bet with the best of it, where the odds are in your favor, you have earned something on that bet, whether you actually win or lose the bet. By the same token, when you make a bet with the worst of it, where the odds are not in your favor, you have lost something, whether you actually win or lose the bet.

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New Directional Put Plays – TIF

Tiffany & Co – TIF – close: 65.93 change: -1.07

Stop Loss: 67.65
Target(s): 60.50
Current Option Gain/Loss: Unopened
Time Frame: exit prior to the late May earnings report
New Positions: Yes, see below

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Index, ETF option volumes near midday

Total option volume is light this morning with just 4.3 million contracts traded so far and very light action in the indexes and exchange-traded products, according to optionMONSTER’s data systems.

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Akamai chart bullish before earnings

Bulls are going after Akamai Technologies today despite the weak market tape, and the stock is showing some positive technical signs ahead of Wednesday’s earnings report after the close.

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Largest option buying in equities so far

Nearing the halfway mark in today’s session, here are the individual equity names with the most call and put buying on optionMONSTER’s ActionTracker data system.

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Essential Options Lessons Learned from Gamblers

As I always say, investment success comes from process.

Let me explain.

Back in my early 30s when I was privileged to live in sunny Flagstaff, AZ, I would take the reasonably short drive to Las Vegas so that I could make one the best bets in the gaming world.

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Index Wrap

THE BOTTOM LINE: The S&P started slipping when the Dow fell under its up trendline week before last. Nasdaq followed last week when Apple (AAPL) failed to clear resistance I projected for the 650 area. I’ll start with the same charts I’ve featured in this section recently, that of the…

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This Week’s Market Movers

The market appeared to lose its momentum last week for the first time this year as global growth worries overtook optimism about the U.S. economic scene. Even so, the pullback is modest relative to the gains thus far this year, and could easily get reversed given this week’s potentially market-moving…

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Options Tip of the Week

Who is the better options trader? A. Two Nobel Prize winning economists who founded the very model that options pricing is based on. Or… B. A guy who thinks the market is like a giant poker game. Of course, A right? They are the geniuses. I mean they wrote the Black-Scholes options…

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30-Year Fixed Rate Mortgage Falls To A New Record Low

According to Freddie Mac’s weekly survey, rates on a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 3.88% for the week ending yesterday, which is a new record low, down from 3.89% the previous week and 4.74% a year ago. Rates on 15-year fixed-rate mortgages averaged 3.17%, up slightly from 3.16% last week and below 4.05% a year earlier.

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