Markman Capital Insight

SPDR Industrials calls up 31%

January 6th, 2015

We just completed a successful trade in SPDR Industrials October $54 calls. XLI is an exchange traded fund comprised of all the industrial companies in the S&P 500. Top holdings include General Electric (GE), 3M (MMM), Union Pacific (UNP), Boeing (HON), Honeywell (HON) and Caterpillar (CAT). The fund had flattened out for the two weeks prior...

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RF Micro Devices calls up 44%

January 6th, 2015

We just completed a successful trade on RF Micro Devices October $12 calls. RFMD is a $3.5 billion company that has been one of the stronger tech stocks of the year for good reason: It is one of the top manufacturers of the radio frequency components that are an essential component of mobile devices.Earlier this year, it announced a "merger...

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Alcoa calls up 40%

January 6th, 2015

We had a successful play on Alcoa October $16 calls this week. Alcoa is a $19.5 billion aluminum miner and producer based in Pittsburgh. It went through some hard times earlier in the decade but has come out very nicely on the other side in synch with improvements in end markets such as automobile, airplane manufacturing and commercial real estate development.Shares...

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How to Buy Call and Put Options

January 6th, 2015

To trade options, you first need to request permission to buy "naked" calls and puts at your brokerage. This means you want to speculate on the direction of a security rather than hedge a current holding. Our recommendations will consist of four elements: A security (stock or ETF) name; the month and date of expiration; the strike price; the buy...

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