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Exxon Mobil Corporation (XOM) – Investment overview

By Todd Johnson on 31-Aug-2015 1:54 am (today)AdvanceDL Analysis
Exxon Mobil Corporation (XOM) is a global crude oil and natural gas company that discovers, refines, transports and markets oil, gas and petroleum products in North America, South America, Europe, Africa and the Asia-Pacific. Exxon Mobil has four business segments: upstream, chemical, downstream and natural gas/power marketing. Additionally the company is involved in manufacturing petrochemicals, hydraulic fracturing, liquefied natural gas and vehicle technology. In the first half of 2015, Exxon Mobil reported total revenues of $141.73 billion. The company holds the title of the largest publicly traded company.... (more)

Freeport-McMoRan Inc. (FCX) – Analysis

By Todd Johnson on 31-Aug-2015 1:53 am (today)AdvanceDL Analysis
Freeport-McMoRan Inc. (FCX) is an industry leading natural resources company that specializes in the gathering of mineral assets, natural gas and oil resources. The company has operations in North America, South America, Indonesia and Africa. Copper accounts for over 60% of the company's revenues with seven copper mines in the United States alone. As of December 31, 2014, Freeport-McMoRan's natural resource assets included 103.5 billion pounds of copper, 28.5 million ounces of gold, 282.9 ounces of silver of proven and probable mineral reserves and 390 million BOE of proven oil and gas reserves.... (more)

27-Aug-2015 Private Group Rolls

By Alex Hebelka on 27-Aug-2015 15:18 pm (4 days ago)Private Alert

Dividend Lab Trades: Special Situations w/ $MCD

By Todd Johnson on 27-Aug-2015 15:17 pm (4 days ago)Alert
08.27.15 -- Hi Folks - -- The bear market is over . I do want to add a few special situations with hedges. -- 1. Let's Buy 150-Shares of Johnson Controls $JCI  1A. Price:... (more)

27-Aug-2015 BigDeaL Option Rolls

By Alex Hebelka on 27-Aug-2015 14:36 pm (4 days ago)BigDeaL Alert
Hello all, We have 6 adjustments for today: ... (more)

BigDeaL: Implied Volatility Now Underestimating Future Movements

By Alex Hebelka on 27-Aug-2015 14:07 pm (4 days ago)BigDeaL Alert
Jason's BigDeaL Trade Alert #30 The "rebound that wasn't" on Monday was on Tuesday, and U.S. stocks have continued to rally today. China's misguided stimulus efforts have done little if anything to repair damages, but U.S. stocks have been buoyed by legitimate value hunters and illegitimate Fed speculators. Yesterday, a Fed governor said the case for a September rate hike was "less compelling" in light of the recent global turmoil, and this should have been good news for our bull put spread on the Utilities Select Sector ETF (ticker: XLU), but the defensive sector has actually underperformed as traders' appetite for risk has grown.... (more)

BigDeaL Alert: closeout of our $MCD creadit call spread

By Alex Hebelka on 25-Aug-2015 9:53 am (6 days ago)BigDeaL Alert
Hello all, The Ask price on our MCD $105/100 credit call spread reached $0.79 this morning. We entered the play at a $1.51 credit. In yesterday's newsletter, I established a $0.75 price target to lock in profits. As of 9:47am ET, the ask had fallen to $0.67. Let's cover here for gains of approximately $420 on our $1,745 risked (+24%). Not bad for a play we just entered on Thursday!... (more)

BigDeaL: Utilities Should Shine Amid Dark Days for Stocks

By Alex Hebelka on 24-Aug-2015 14:18 pm (7 days ago)BigDeaL Alert
Jason's BigDeaL Trade Alert #29 The crash we've been anticipating finally arrived on Friday. The day before, our bearish plays on the S&P 500 SPDR ETF (ticker: SPY) and Starbucks (SBUX) both hit their price targets, and we finally exited our failed gold (GLD) play a day before it expired out-of-the-money. Excluding the McDonald's (MCD) credit call spread we entered that same day, this brought the newsletter's record to 16 winners, eight losers, and net gains of $2,358. After commissions, estimated at $1.25 per contract, our gains fall to $1,347.50, $96.25 per week, or an annualized $5,005 – well above your $2,000 annual subscription cost, without ever having as much as $12,000 risked at any given time. Not bad!... (more)

Dividend Lab: Hedging V7- 08.24.15:Summary

By Todd Johnson on 24-Aug-2015 13:36 pm (7 days ago)Alert
08.24.15 I put hyperlinks in the trades. Please double check you are buying protection as I wanted to add downside risk to our portfolio. Todd -- - IMPORTANT: If $IWM HITS $106, SE... (more)

Bayer AG – Why Bayer’s Spinoff Marks a Strategic Shift that Will Create Value for Investors

By Todd Johnson on 24-Aug-2015 6:35 am (7 days ago)AdvanceDL Analysis
Bayer AG is a global enterprise which operates mainly in healthcare, agriculture and high-tech polymer materials. However, the company announced plans to spin off its materials business and focus solely on healthcare and agriculture. Considering the latest global healthcare developments and Bayer's strong position in this market, such a strategic shift could create better growth opportunities.... (more)

Amgen – Why Investing in Amgen Is a Great Way to Participate in the Biopharma Boom

By Todd Johnson on 24-Aug-2015 6:34 am (7 days ago)AdvanceDL Analysis
Amgen is an American biopharmaceutical company and the world's largest independent biotechnology firm. The company is operating in a booming industry and surprised with strong Q2 results. In the long term, it offers an attractive growth perspective driven by a strong product pipeline.... (more)

24-Aug-2015 DividendLab Newsletter

By Todd Johnson on 24-Aug-2015 4:44 am (1 week ago)AdvanceDL Newsletter
Good morning, In this issue I will highlight my general investing. The market is down for 2015. The market continues to drop slowly and surely. ... (more)

Dividend Lab: SUMMARY & CONFERENCE CALL

By Todd Johnson on 21-Aug-2015 14:43 pm (1 week ago)Alert
Aug 21st, 2015 & a Thank You; Trades 1-7 are at the Bottom of this Email.  - - Lower oil prices helped provide our best 1-day return in percentage terms. Lower oil prices are als... (more)

CEFs Looking for What’s Working – Part 2

By Alex Hebelka on 21-Aug-2015 7:59 am (1 week ago)Comment
Read also part one of the article here. Last week I introduced the idea of using SPDR sector and Index ETFs for insight into what's working and what's not working while market breadth continues to narrow. We looked at index ETFs and Health Care CEFs. Here are the ten SPDR sector ETFs and three index ETFs updated with Friday's closing prices.... (more)

20-Aug-2015 Private Group Rolls

By Alex Hebelka on 20-Aug-2015 15:11 pm (2 weeks ago)Private Alert

20-Aug-2015 BigDeaL Option Rolls

By Alex Hebelka on 20-Aug-2015 14:37 pm (2 weeks ago)BigDeaL Alert
Corrected title - BigDeaL option rolls instead of Private Group Rolls Hello all, Regular weekly rolls are available, see the list below. I would highlight the closeout of our QQQ position for profit. We intentionally reduce our positions. Some new positions will be opened in following weeks. Regards, Alex.... (more)

BigDeaL: Locking-in Profits amid a Falling Market

By Alex Hebelka on 20-Aug-2015 14:05 pm (2 weeks ago)BigDeaL Alert
Jason's BigDeaL Trade Alert #28 I titled Monday's newsletter "China's Woes to Weigh on Walmart," and that was an understatement. Walmart ticker: WMT) reported quarterly earnings of $3.48 billion on Tuesday, down 15% from the same quarter last year. The firm also lowered guidance, just as I predicted, and as a result, its shares sank 3.38% on Tuesday and have fallen further since. This allowed us to sell our $70-strike September puts on WMT – entered at $1.03 on Monday – for at least $1.45, notching outstanding one-day gains of 40.8%. The puts ultimately soared to as high as $2.64 yesterday and are at a bid of $2.00 as of this writing – if you haven't sold yet, go ahead and take profits.... (more)

Dividend Lab: Positioning Portfolio 5th Adjustment 08.19.15

By Todd Johnson on 19-Aug-2015 1:43 am (2 weeks ago)AdvanceDL Alert
08.18.15  Action 08.19.15:  Take profits on $POST options. Lesson to learn that will repeat itself numerous time. I notated that it was the best day for 2 reasons we can all learn from:... (more)

Dividend Lab GoToMeeting: 08.20.15; 4:00 PM

By Todd Johnson on 19-Aug-2015 0:21 am (2 weeks ago)Alert
08.20.15 A REMINDER OF Today's Conference Call; the info is Below -- Email: Focus's Upon a Few Newsletter Changes. I want to focus upon highlighting the names that offer the best value: th... (more)

BigDeaL: Alert for WMT $70-strike September puts

By Alex Hebelka on 18-Aug-2015 9:51 am (2 weeks ago)Alert
Dear BigDeaL Traders, Yesterday, we entered a play on Walmart (WMT) ahead of earnings. WE bought its $70-strike September puts at $1.03 and set a +40% price target, or $1.45. This morning, WMT reported disappointing earnings and lowered its full-year guidance, and as a result, shares of WMT opened 2.9% lower. Our puts have surged to as high as $1.56 in early trading today and recently had a bid of $1.45. Take quick profits at $1.45 or higher. Congrats! Jason... (more)

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