Monthly Archive:: April 2013

Options Trading Strategy: Bull Call Spread

The bull call spread option trading strategy is employed when the options trader thinks that the price of the underlying asset will go up moderately in the near term.Bull call spreads can be implemented by buying an at-the-money call option while simultaneously writing a higher striking out-of-the-money call option of the same underlying security and

Earnings Report: Zynga, Qualcomm, F5 Networks, Yum! Brands

Zynga (ZNGA $3.03 -0.32) reported first quarter earnings of $0.01 per share, excluding non-recurring items (Co guided to ($0.05)-(0.04) on Feb 5), $0.05 better than the Capital IQ consensus of ($0.04), while revenues fell 17.9% year/year to $263.6 million versus the $264.77 million consensus. Co issued downside guidance for the second quarter

Cliff Natural shares soar 7% following beat on earnings

Cliffs Natural Resources (CLF $19.56 +1.63) reported first quarter earnings of $0.60 per share, $0.25 better than the Capital IQ consensus of $0.35, while revenues fell 5.9% year/year to $1.14 billion versus the $1.19 billion consensus.  First-quarter 2013 U.S. Iron Ore pellet sales volume was 3.1 million tons, compared with 3.4 million

Ten Investing Rules To Avoid Losing Money By Paul Farrell

The winning strategy for Main Street investors playing in Wall Street’s casino against killer pros is being patient, minimizing mistakes. Yes, follow his 10 rules and you can win the “loser’s game:” 1. Never speculate Yes, the financial press acts like Nascar cheerleaders. One says jump on board now, this market is

Gold Trying To Recover From Its Dramatic Drop

Gold futures climbed Thursday in electronic trade, on track for a second consecutive advance, supported by strengthening physical demand for the precious metal and downbeat U.S. economic figures. Gold for June delivery GCM3 +1.44%   pushed higher by $21.90, or 1.5%, to $1,445.90 an ounce in Asian trading hours. The contract on

Weak Economy Aboard Threatens US Recovery

Troubles overseas are threatening the U.S. recovery for the fourth year in a row. This time it’s weakening economies abroad, rather than tumbling financial markets, signaling turbulence ahead. U.S. exports of goods to the European Union are declining outright. Growth in overall U.S. exports has been sputtering for months, after a three-year

Unemployment rises as real estate and stock market indices rise!

The current job-creation numbers are meaningfully below the level we might expect during a period of record corporate earnings and the reaching of new peaks in the major stock market indices. The unemployment rate is 7.7%. But, there is another 0.6% of discouraged workers,(about 800,000) mainly the young, minorities and those without