Markman Capital Insight

Dawn of the iDow

March 7th, 2015

Apple (AAPL) is completing its journey from renegade to matron with the announcement that it would be joining the Dow Jones   Industrial Average, effective  March 19 taking the place of old Ma Bell, AT&T (T). The move was prompted by a 4:1 stock split by Visa (V) which would have reduced the weighting of information technology...

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Smart Money Grows Anxious

March 1st, 2015

I checked in with Jason Goepfert to see what the sentiment data is showing about the recent stall in the market, and as usual he had some interesting data to share. Goepfert, who runs Sundial Capital, reports that for the first time since last June, an extreme in the outlook between Smart Money and Dumb Money traders has emerged. Both terms...

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Gemini VF1 posts 8.2% gain

February 27th, 2015

Gemini VF1, which trades S&P 500 Volatility Index (VX) futures, recorded a $2,050 gross profit, or +8.2%, for its $25k model portfolio on Tuesday. That was awesome. The sequence involved just one contract, and took only five days. The system is now up $4,000 gross for the year, or +16%, more than covering its annual cost with 10 more months...

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Gemini VF1: +2.8% Overnight Gain

February 27th, 2015

Gemini VF1, which trades S&P 500 Volatility Index (VX) futures, recorded a $700 gross profit, or +2.8%, for its $25k model portfolio on Friday morning, Feb. 27. That was a fantastic win because it came on an overnight hold. The VX was shorted at 4:45 pm ET on Thursday and the system took profits on Friday morning. The system...

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Welcome to our new home

February 24th, 2015

The website of a financial publishing firm is like a school, store, library and theater all in one. It's a place where you can learn intensively about investing and trading, or just kick back and absorb. I started my first investment newsletter 13 years ago with a small site after my hedge fund was sold, and have done two major updates since. The last...

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Twilight of the Petrosaurs

January 29th, 2015

Crude oil fell another 3.5% on Wednesday, matching the lows set earlier this month, and churning up a total slopstorm for the big energy producers. The fossil fuel economy appears to be vaporizing before our eyes.  It was a bad day for the likes of ExxonMobil (XOM), Chevron (CVX) and ConocoPhillips (COP), as they all...

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Gold Calls Shine

January 28th, 2015

Tactical Options recorded an excellent win when the price of gold shot higher.The system's iShares Gold Trust February $11 calls had been bought at 80 cents. They were sold for a 56.25% gain.Sometimes all that glitters really is gold.

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MUSA Gasses Up

January 10th, 2015

Shares of companies specializing in refining gasoline and selling it via gas stations have proven to be one of the best ways to profit by the plunge in crude oil prices. Gasoline retailers earn their widest profit margins when they can buy crude oil, their main raw material, as cheaply as possible. The development is quite interesting because over...

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