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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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Options Writer Series— How Little Will You Pay For General Electric? Options Writer Series— How Little Will You Pay For General Electric?

By Warren Kaplan The Stock Option Writer © Warren Kaplan 2011 September 20, 2011 The lowest price GE has traded in the last 52 weeks is $14.82. This strategy is to be as reasonably safe as possible, but obtain an outstanding gain. What we want to do is to write a put on GE at $14 and to receive a premium that lowers our potential cost yet gives us a great return on our capital. GE closed at $15.09 on Sept. 9 and the opening ... Read More

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The Stock Option Writer—How to Straddle Verizon (VZ-NYSE) The Stock Option Writer—How to Straddle Verizon (VZ-NYSE)

By Warren Kaplan The Stock Option Writer © Warren Kaplan 2011 September 13, 2011 When should you use a straddle? This is when you are not sure if the stock price is going up or down from its current point but you like the basic company and would not mind owning it around the current price. Verizon (VZ-NYSE) is selling at $36.00. You want to buy 200 shares. (Straddles only work with even number 100 unit shares i.e. 200, 400, 600 etc). Verizon pays a dividend ... Read More

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