Goldman Sachs (GS)- A Potentially Profitable Opportunity

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Goldman Sachs (GS) is down $40 since April 16th; How much more it has to lose? Anybody’s guess is probably better than mine. Regardless of whatever I think, I guess they are too big, powerful and connected to go under. With that bullish bias, here is a trade idea that potentially can deliver excellent results on upside. But wait a min, what if I am wrong? It can still make some gains on downside as long as GS is either above $159.4 or below $130.6 by June expiration. Pls don’t read any further if you think GS will remain in…

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What Exactly is Option Trading?

By | Butterfly spread, Earnings, Investment Strategy, Option Expiration, Option Trading, Option Trading Strategy, Past Performance, US Market | No Comments

A Fascinating Friday ! That’s how I can think about Market’s action on Friday. Option trading is not only about attending a seminar, do some paper trades, get some winning trades and the stage is set. It is also about constantly evolving your own trading style and continue to sharpen your saw. With this post I hope you pick up one or two important nuggets that might add value to your trading style, so pls just relax and continue to read. First a simple one VIX– I mentioned on April 15, that I was not convinced of rally when markets…

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The Geithner Put – The Public Private Investors Partnership Fund

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The Geithner Put – PPIP Plan I have been thinking about this for a while on how best to simplify and John Hussman did an excellent write-up to explain his thoughts, similar to mine, about this whole PPIF program. So without any modifications, let me share what what he thinks- Last week saw a continuation of the impenetrably misguided policy response to this financial crisis, which seeks to address the downturn by encouraging more of what got us into this mess in the first place. The U.S. Treasury’s toxic assets plan, for instance, looks to “leverage” public funds (with the…

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Thrilling Expiration Friday

By | Daily Report, Option Expiration | One Comment

Too much to handle for the week which slowed down the postings this week. What a “Rambo Fed” action that was (I was looking for a picture replacing Bernanke with Stallone but gave up after a few searches). But guess what, was this really surprising, I don’t think so. Uncle Ben has already made this clear long time back.To find out what other tools Uncle still has in his magic box, you may want to read his speech delivered on Nov 20, 2002. For those who would like to know more deflation etc this does make a good reading. This…

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Berkshire Hathaway’s worst year, Buffet Speaks, Likes Long Term

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Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.A) had its worst year on record, Chairman Warren Buffet told shareholders Saturday that the economy would remain in “shambles” during 2009 and beyond. His 22 page annual letter is full of wisdom nuggets. Also you may wanna read the annual report. Though I am capturing key points per my understanding, I shall encourage my readers to read the full letter as it offers valuable insights. Berkshire Hathaway profits dropped 96%. The per-share book value of both Class A and Class B shares of Berkshire fell 9.6%. For beginners, Berkshire Hathaway has produced a compounded annual gain in…

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Johnson Controls (JCI) and Goldman Sachs (GS)

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Johnson Controls (JCI) said it is withdrawing its 2009 financial guidance due to “the rapid decline in global automotive production and uncertain industry conditions.” It paints pretty bad picture for the automotive industry for both US and Europe.  Johnson Controls issued financial guidance on Oct. 14 that was based on 2009 assumptions of 12.3 million vehicles in North America and 21.2 million in Europe. The company’s latest production estimates for 2009 are 9.3 million units in North America and 16.2 million units in Europe. For those, who don’t know, Johnson Controls, Inc. provides automotive interiors, products and services that optimize…

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