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Oil Soars Past $93, Settles at 12-Week High Oil Soars Past $93, Settles at 12-Week High

The following excerpt comes from: foxbusiness.com | October 25, 2011 | MarketWatch| Crude-oil futures settled at a 12-week high Tuesday, using the previous session’s steep gains as a springboard for further advances even in the face of broad market weakness. Crude for December delivery added $1.90, or 2.1 percent, to end at $93.17 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Prices rose as high as $94.65 a barrel ahead of the start of US floor trading, and the settlement was oil’s ... Read More

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Options Writer Series — When Not To Write a Put Option Options Writer Series — When Not To Write a Put Option

By Warren Kaplan The Stock Option Writer © Warren Kaplan 2011 October 6, 2011 With the stock market decline, a lot of people are sorry that they wrote a put. Well, if you sold a put in order to get a certain stock at a lower cost, you achieved your objective. You saved a lot of money compared to buying the stock at the price it was selling at. You do not write a put option if you really do not want to ... Read More

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The Stock Option Writer- Don’t Get Lost at Sea – Carnival Cruise Line (CCL) The Stock Option Writer- Don’t Get Lost at Sea – Carnival Cruise Line (CCL)

By Warren Kaplan The Stock Option Writer © Warren Kaplan 2011 September 27, 2011 Here is a stock that has taken a beating from its 52-week high of $48.14, currently at $33.88. The company pays a dividend of $0.25 quarterly, $1.00 annually. The yield is 2.95%. That is better than money in a money fund but not earth shattering. So, how can you increase your yield and reduce market risk? By writing options. The next expected ex-dividend date is expected to be around ... Read More

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