The Big Enchilada
Another delightful whipsaw seems to
be forming as post-close news revealed that the SEC probe of
has been concluded. IBM is currently trading up about $3.50 in pre-market
trading. On the economic front, retail sales rose .2% vs. .4% consensus,
however, ex-auto was up .4%, in line with expectations. PPI rose 1%, much higher
than the expected .6%, but the core PPI (ex- food and energy) rose only 1.0%, which
was in line with expectations. (Who needs food or energy anyway?)
The big enchilada will be the University of Michigan Consumer Sentiment report
due at 8:50 a.m. CDT. Expectations are for a jump to 96.8 from 95.7. Since the market
is 90% a confidence game at this point, this will be an important number, and I
would lay low until then.
Oil prices are getting ripped on the overthrow of Venezuela’s Chavez. This
should give airlines and chemicals a nice bump, and oil and oil service stocks
should be under pressure. The wild card is still in the Mideast, where anything
The recent sell-off in the markets and jump in implied volatilities is creating
some opportunities for buy-writes in selected stocks. We are scanning and will
send out recommendations via the Alerts! system. Volatility isn’t screaming the
way we like it, but we think that volatility is moving to a lower trading range
and is an attractive sale in SOME stocks.
The market will probably just flop around into the University of Michigan
number. It looks like the bulls are trying to circle the wagons, and the dog and
pony show on "Bubblevision" is in full force today. Shorts should use
any weakness prior to the Michigan number to take some PARTIAL profits.
Volatility continues to be volatile. The VIX cruised to a 2.11
gain yesterday, tagging its 50-day moving average at 22.55 before settling
at 22.33. The VXN closed up 1.60 at 43.67, and the QQV stormed up to 38.51, up
1.75 on the day.
Trade Updates (4/11/02)
Nothing else done today.
Working Orders (Old Recommendations)
New Actions (New Recommendations)
PowerRating) — Investors long the July 50 calls at $3.30 (50%) may
sell the July 60 calls against their positions at $1.00. This will roll us into
the July 50/60 call spread at $2.30.
On The Horizon…
We will be buying QQQ puts and SMH puts on bounces into resistance, and
executing buy-writes in selected stocks.
Recap of open trades
HAL — Long the July 17.5 buy-write at $14.50 (50%).
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