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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Bubble cycle playing out … again!

Dot-bombs. Housing. Commercial real estate. $150 oil and commodities. The bubble cycle in asset class after asset class has played out repeatedly in the past several years. I have laid the blame — accurately, in my view — at the feet of the Federal Reserve. By slashing rates and flooding…

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27 Statistics About The European Economic Crisis That Are Almost Too Crazy To Believe

The economic crisis in Europe continues to get worse and eventually it is going to unravel into a complete economic nightmare.  All over Europe, national governments have piled up debts that are completely unsustainable.  But whenever they start significantly cutting government spending it results in an economic slowdown.  So politicians…

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Why It’s Important to Stick with Your System

Before I get to my “Ask Andy” question of the week I want to go over a few key thoughts. Last week I spoke at length in my monthly webinar about the 40 ETFs I use exclusively in my options trading strategies. The questions were plentiful. In fact, the response…

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Why I Am Not Buying BestBuy

Best Buy’s (BBY) CEO Brian Dunn did a courageous and proper thing for shareholders by resigning. He was not the right person to lead Best Buy into battle against online-only competitors that use Best Buy’s spacious and beautiful stores as the showroom for their products. To make things even worse,…

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My Options Nemesis

I recently came across an article from a prominent options trader that was a true disappointment.

He brought up the question regarding credit spreads and if they constituted a viable options strategy. For some traders, credit spreads are not a viable strategy, but only because they prefer a different style of trading, not because the strategy is faulty.

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Invest Like the 1%

You may or may not want to see Mitt Romney in the Oval Office next year, but I suspect that most of you would like to invest the way that he has.  Romney made his fortune in Private Equity and Venture Capital.  Normally to invest in that area, you have…

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5 Value Investing Reads For The Novice Or Pro.

In a simple world driven by economic motive, value is universal. Investors and acquirers want to own it. Entrepreneurs want to create it. Employees want to be it (job security, higher pay). As someone who is relatively inexperienced, but educated, in finance, the concept of value has practical applications beyond…

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Kill The Company: New Thoughts On Investment

Bruce Berkowitz is famously known among value investors for his “kill the company” strategy, which is part of his investment process; here is what he has said in the past on the topic: “…We try to kill the company. We think of all the ways the company can die, whether it’s…

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