General Cable (BGC) Wins $70 Million Contract

General Cable’s (BGC) stock decreased a little more than one percent on average volume Monday as the cable supplier announced a $70 million contract with the Northeast Utilities Services Co. and United Illuminating Co. Continue reading

Last Friday’s Meteoric Rise of MEMC Electronic Materials (WFR)

Shares of MEMC Electronic Materials Inc. (WFR), a silicon wafer manufacturer, reached a 52-week high Friday after fourth-quarter profits more than doubled and vastly exceeded analyst’s expectations. Continue reading

Analysts Bullish on Steel Sector – AK Steel (AKS) & US Steel (X)

Many stock investors are down on steel at present. But there is a growing number of analysts who feel the sector may be ready to rebound. In this article we will look at what some analysts are saying and at two attractive option trades. The buzz generally focuses on two key companies: US Steel (X) and AK Steel (AKS). Continue reading

Bearish Trading REITs Returned +8.7% in Jan 07

In a previous article, “Bearish Trading & REITs”, we outlined a bear call credit spreads strategy for Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs). In the article, a bear call credit spreads position for Mills Corp. (MLS) was selected and in article, “Bearish Trading REITs Returned 7.5%” we illustrated the profitability of the bear call credit spreads strategy for REITs. Continue reading

CME Bull Put Spreads Strategy – Slick +5.8% in Jan 07

In the article, “CME Buying CBOT”, we analyzed Chicago Mercantile Exchange’s (CME) purchase of CBOT (BOT), and in article, “CME Bull Put Spreads Strategy – Nice 5.8% in Ten Days”, we illustrated the profit potential of a bull put spreads strategy for CME and we selected positions for options expiration in January of 2007, which returned a very nice +5.8% in 24 days. Continue reading

CME Covered Calls Return +4.3% in Jan 07

In a prevous article, “CME Buying CBOT”, we analyzed CME’s purchase of CBOT and we used PowerOptions stock options search tools to find some potentially lucrative covered calls stock options investments with stock options expiring in November of 2006. Every single position selected returned the maximum potential return for an average return of +3.9%, in just 32 days. Continue reading

Generic Drug Investing – Returns Cool +4.6% in Jan 07

In the blog article, “Wal-Mart (WMT) – Generic Drugs – Options Investing”, we analyzed the generic drug industry in light of Wal-Mart’s (WMT) introduction of $4 generic drugs.

In our article, “Generic Drug Investing Returns +1.3% in Nov.”, we showed the profitability of the strategy, and in article, “Generic Drug Investing Returns +2.2% in Dec 06″, we selected covered calls positions for January of 2007 and all of the positions were fully profitable returning a very nice average return of +4.6%. Continue reading

Retail Investing – Returns Sweet +4% Return in Jan 07

In a previous article, “Wal-Mart (WMT) Stuck in a Retail Rut”, we analyzed retail stores for a covered calls stock options strategy since fuel costs were declining and retail shoppers would have more money to spend for Christmas, etc. Every single position selected was profitable and 9 of the10 positions returned the maximum profit for a gigantic average return of +4%. In article, “Retail Investing – Returns Gigantic +4% in Nov.”, we again selected positions for stock options expiration in January of 2007, and every position was fully profitable returning an average of +4%, in only 53 days! Continue reading