RSS Feed en-us Copyright (c) 2017 Inc. All rights reserved. 2/19/2017 3:57:35 PM <![CDATA[Canadian Tire "BUY"]]>Fri, 17 Feb 2017 11:59:00 EST<![CDATA[Easing Uncertainty Knocks Down Gold Prices]]>Fri, 17 Feb 2017 03:41:00 EST, February 17, 2017

Easing Uncertainty Knocks Down Gold Prices

The political uncertainty that had been driving gold prices quelled Friday, sending gold prices downward after a day of strong gains.

Spot gold slipped 0.1% to $1,237.61 U.S. per ounce, while U.S. gold futures dropped $2.40 to settle at $1,237.80.

Despite Friday's losses, the shiny yellow metal is on track for a third straight week of gains, climbing about 7.5% for 2017.

Concern over President Trump's policies, as well as elections in the Netherlands, France and Germany this year, fueled gold's rise to a peak of $1,244.67 U.S. on Feb. 8, the strongest in nearly three months.

Some prognosticators expect gold to hit $1,300 U.S. an ounce by year end.

Spot silver dipped 0.3% to $18.04 U.S. an ounce, having hit its strongest since Nov. 11 at $18.13 U.S. in the previous session.

Platinum slipped 0.7% to $1004.90 U.S.

Palladium was down 1.5% to $780.40 U.S. The metal, used in emission-controlling catalytic converters for the automotive industry, touched its peak since Jan. 24 at $794.90 in the prior session, having gained more than 16% so far this year.

<![CDATA[How Facebook (FB) Plans to Save The World]]>Fri, 17 Feb 2017 02:21:00 EST, February 17, 2017

How Facebook (FB) Plans to Save The World

On Thursday, Mark Zuckerberg penned a letter to the Facebook Inc. (NASDAQ:FB) community focusing on one huge issue. How can the social network use its power to bring greater good to the world?

Zuckerberg envisions a much different world than today, saying “progress now requires humanity coming together not just as cities or nations, but also as a global community.” In short, Zuckerberg is concerned about recent nationalistic sentiment in the United States, and envisions Facebook being used as a way for people to come together no matter what their race, religion, or beliefs.

Today’s biggest issues don’t really affect one nation in particular, Zuckerberg said, pointing out issues such as terrorism, climate change, and pandemics. They will require everyone working together to a solution.

Zuckerberg thinks this can be accomplished by building communities with five important facets. They must be supportive, safe, informed, civically-engaged, and inclusive. He intends to use these principles to “help people make the greatest positive impact while mitigating areas where technology and social media can contribute to divisiveness and isolation.”

It’s a grand vision, but ultimately Zuckerberg was short on details. Sure, some of Facebook’s recent products -- including the Safety Check system, which tells friends you’re safe after a disaster -- do incorporate these guiding principles. But remember, many fake news websites used the social network leading up to the U.S. election to spread false info.

Cynics also allege Zuckerberg is preparing himself for a political career and the posting is designed to further his public persona.

Facebook shares didn’t care about the news, falling $0.27 per share or 0.20% each in Friday’s trading.

<![CDATA[Economic Calendar]]>Sun, 19 Feb 2017 03:57:35 EST 2017


Wednesday, February 01, 2017 RBC Manufacturing PMI: 9:30am Jan The seasonally-adjusted Markit Canada Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index registered 53.5 in January, up from 51.8 in December and above the neutral 50.0 threshold for the 11th consecutive month. The Markit Manufacturing PMI rose in December to 51.8, led by stronger new order growth, stronger than November's 51.5. The latest reading was the strongest since July and well above the survey-record low of 47.5 seen in December 2015
Tuesday, February 07, 2017 Building Permits: 8:30am Dec Municipalities issued $7.2 billion worth of building permits in December, down 6.6% from November. Municipalities issued $7.8 billion worth of building permits in November, down 0.1% from the previous month.
Tuesday, February 07, 2017 IVEY Purchasing Managers Index: 10:00am Jan The Ivey Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) hit 57.2 in January, down from the 60.8 figure in December, and 66 in January 2016. The seasonally adjusted index rose to 60.8, its highest level since last January, from 56.8 in November. The unadjusted index fell to 49.4 from 56.5. A reading above 50 indicates an increase in the pace of activity.
Tuesday, February 07, 2017 Canadian International Merchandise Trade: 8:30am Dec Canada's merchandise trade balance with the world recorded its second consecutive monthly surplus, narrowing from a revised $1.0 billion in November to $923 million in December. Exports were up 0.8% while imports increased 1.0%. Canada's merchandise trade balance with the world recorded its first trade surplus since September 2014, moving from a $1.0 billion deficit in October to a $526 million surplus in November. Exports were up 4.3%, on the strength of increased exports of metal and non-metallic mineral products as well as record exports to countries other than the United States. Imports were up 0.7%, mainly on higher imports of energy products.
Wednesday, February 08, 2017 Housing Starts: 8:15am Jan Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation's trend measure of housing starts in Canada was 199,834 units in January compared to 197,881 in December Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation reported that the trend measure of housing starts in Canada was 198,053 units in December compared to 200,105 in November.
Thursday, February 09, 2017 New Housing Price Index: 8:30am Dec The New Housing Price Index edged up 0.1% in December compared with the previous month, largely reflecting price increases in Ontario and Alberta. The New Housing Price Index rose 0.2% in November compared with the previous month.
Friday, February 10, 2017 Labour Force Survey: 8:30am Jan Employment rose by 48,000 (+0.3%) in January, building on gains observed in the latter part of 2016. The unemployment rate fell by 0.1 percentage points to 6.8%. Employment rose by 54,000 (+0.3%) in December, the result of gains in full-time work. The unemployment rate increased 0.1 percentage points to 6.9%, as more people participated in the labour market.
Wednesday, February 15, 2017 Monthly Survey of Manufacturing: 8:30am Dec Manufacturing sales increased for the second consecutive month, up 2.3% to $53.5 billion in December, following a revised increase of 2.3% in November Manufacturing sales rose 1.5% in November to $51.8 billion, following a 0.6% decline in October.
Thursday, February 16, 2017 CREAstats - MLS Sales: 8:30am Jan The Canadian Real Estate Association said national home sales declined 1.3% from December 2016 to January 2017. Actual (not seasonally-adjusted) activity in January was up 1.9% from a year earlier. The number of homes trading hands via Canadian MLS® Systems rose 2.2 % month-over-month in December 2016. The rebound recovered less than half of the drop in activity from October to November
Thursday, February 16, 2017 Employment Insurance: 8:30am Dec In December, 568,800 people received regular Employment Insurance benefits, down 3,200 or 0.6% from the previous month. Statistics Canada reported that in November, 574,500 people received regular Employment Insurance benefits, essentially unchanged from the previous month.
Friday, February 17, 2017 Canada's International Transactions in Securities: 8:30am Dec Foreign investment in Canadian securities reached $10.2 billion in December, largely through acquisitions of shares. At the same time, Canadian investors increased their holdings of foreign securities by $6.7 billion, led by purchases of non-U.S. foreign shares. Canadian investors reduced their holdings of foreign securities by $7.9 billion in November, largely through sales of U.S. instruments. At the same time, foreign acquisitions of Canadian securities slowed to $7.2 billion, following a $15.8-billion investment in October.
Monday, February 20, 2017 Wholesale Trade: 8:30am Dec --- Wholesale sales edged up 0.2% to $56.9 billion in November, a second consecutive increase.
Wednesday, February 22, 2017 Retail Trade: 8:30am Dec --- Retail sales rose for the fourth consecutive month, edging up 0.2% to $45.2 billion in November.
Thursday, February 23, 2017 Average Weekly Earnings Dec --- Average weekly earnings of non-farm payroll employees were $961 in November, up 0.8% from both the previous month and November 2015.
Friday, February 24, 2017 Consumer Price Index: 8:30am Jan --- The Consumer Price Index rose 1.5% on a year-over-year basis in December, following a 1.2% increase in November. On a seasonally adjusted monthly basis, the Consumer Price Index was up 0.3% in December, after decreasing 0.1% in November.
Tuesday, February 28, 2017 Raw Materials Price Index: 8:30am Jan --- The Raw Materials Price Index increased 6.5%
Tuesday, February 28, 2017 Industrial Product Price Index: 8:30am Jan --- The Industrial Product Price Index rose 0.4% in December
Thursday, March 02, 2017 GDP: 8:30am Dec --- Real gross domestic product rose for the fifth time in six months, up 0.4% in November
<![CDATA[Securities Trade Higher in December]]>Fri, 17 Feb 2017 12:52:00 EST Trade Higher in December

Canadian investment instruments looked more attractive in December to folks offshore than during the previous month.

Figures released Friday by Statistics Canada revealed that foreign investment in Canadian securities reached $10.2 billion in December, largely through acquisitions of shares. At the same time, Canadian investors increased their holdings of foreign securities by $6.7 billion, led by purchases of non-U.S. foreign shares.

The agency says that, as a result, international transactions in securities generated a net inflow of funds of $3.6 billion into the Canadian economy in December and a record $147.5 billion for 2016 as a whole. What's more, foreign investment in Canadian securities has exceeded Canadian investment in foreign securities by $634.4 billion since 2009, following the global financial crisis.

StatsCan goes on to say foreign acquisitions of Canadian equities reached $9.7 billion in December, mainly purchases on the secondary market. Overall, foreign investment in Canadian equities reached a record $53.4 billion in 2016, compared with $14.4 billion in 2015. Canadian stock prices were up by 1.4% in December and 17.5% in 2016.

Domestic investors hiked their holdings of foreign securities by $6.7 billion in December, following a divestment of $8.0 billion in November. Acquisitions of equities were moderated by sales of U.S. government debt instruments in the month, for which Canadian investors have reduced their exposure in each of the last five months.

The nation's number crunchers concludes that Canadian investors acquired a moderate $13.8 billion of foreign securities in 2016, compared with $60.2 billion in 2015.

<![CDATA[Asia Mixed, Japan Roller-Coaster Ride Continues]]>Thu, 16 Feb 2017 07:52:00 EST, February 16, 2017

Asia Mixed, Japan Roller-Coaster Ride Continues

Japanese stocks retreated on Thursday as a pause in the weakening of the yen gave investors an excuse to book profits, though financials extended their outperformance on rising U.S. yields.

The Nikkei 225 Index doffed 90.45 points, or 0.5%, to 19,347.53, with Toshiba shares extending their recent tumble.

The Hang Seng Index in Hong Kong strengthened 112.83 points, or 0.5%, to 24,107.70

Toshiba shares continued their decline on Thursday, falling 3.3%, extending a more-than-8% drop in Wednesday's session amid mounting troubles.

Various media reported Toshiba may delay the sale of its prized flash-memory chip unit as it scrambles for cash to stay in business, after booking a massive multi-billion dollar hit to its U.S. nuclear unit. The company has delayed releasing its earnings results.

The yen strengthened against the U.S. dollar to trade at 113.67 late afternoon local time, climbing from the last close at 114.15.

The stronger yen sent Japanese exporters lower, with major automakers in the red. Toyota shares fell 0.5%, Nissan was down 0.3% and Honda fell 0.6%. Electronics maker Sony dropped nearly 1%

Elsewhere, the Australian dollar was at $0.7698 U.S.

In regional company news, Singapore's top lender DBS Group said Thursday that net profit in the fourth quarter of 2016 fell nearly 9% from the year-earlier quarter to S$913 million. DBS shares advanced 1.6%

In other markets

In Shanghai, the CSI 300 forged up 19.22 points, or 0.6%, to 3,440.93,

In Taiwan, the Taiex Index gave back 28.51 points, or 0.3%, to 9,771.25

In Korea, the Kospi index moved forward 9.29 points, or 0.5%, to 2,083.86

In Singapore, the Straits Times Index gained 8.21 points, or 0.3%, to 3,096.69

In New Zealand, the NZX 50 dropped 80.05 points, or 1.1%, to 7,099.98

In Australia, the S&P/ASX 200 inched up 7.24 points, or 0.1%, to 5,816.31

<![CDATA[U.S. January Indicators Beat Expectations]]>Fri, 17 Feb 2017 01:06:00 EST U.S. Conference Board released a report Friday showing a bigger-than-expected increase by its index of leading U.S. economic indicators in the month of January.

The board's leading economic index climbed by 0.6% in January after rising by 0.5% in December. Economists had expected the index to increase by 0.4%.

The increase reflected positive contributions from eight of the 10 indicators that make up the index.

The interest rate spread, building permits, average weekly initial jobless claims and the Institute for Supply Management's new orders index were among the largest positive contributors.

The board also said the only negative contributor was manufacturers' new orders for non-defense capital goods excluding aircraft, while average weekly manufacturing hours held steady.

<![CDATA[IPO Center - TSX-V]]>Wed, 09 Dec 2015 12:00:00 EST Company Name Ticker Date BioNeutra Global Corporation BGA 09-12-2015 International Datacasting Corporation IDC 14-12-2015 Buffalo Coal Corp. BUF 18-12-2015 Orezone Gold Corporation ORE 21-12-2015 IDM Mining Ltd. IDM 30-12-2015 Percy Street Capital Corporation PSC 12-01-2016 New Global Acreage Resources Ltd. RAP.P 13-01-2016 McorpCX, Inc. MCX 03-02-2016 Nurcapital Corporation Ltd. NCL 04-02-2016 CaNickel Mining Limited CML 05-02-2016 Axios Mobile Assets Corp. AXA 29-02-2016 Brassneck Capital Corp. BC.P 15-03-2016 MDN Inc. MDN 31-03-2016 Black Lion Capital Corp. BLC 01-04-2016 CUP Capital Corp. CPU 08-04-2016 Nobelium Tech Corp. NBL.P 13-04-2016 Spada Gold Ltd. SPL 14-04-2016 Era Resources Inc. ERX 18-04-2016 Helius Medical Technologies, Inc. HSM 18-04-2016 Huffington Capital Corporation HU.P 19-04-2016 Nova Leap Health Corp. NLH.P 26-04-2016 Targeted Microwave Solutions Inc. TMS 17-05-2016 Cortina Capital Corp. CCN 17-05-2016 Mercal Capital Corp. MUL 18-05-2016 Westshire Capital II Corp. WSH 31-05-2016 IMEX Systems Incorporated IMX 14-06-2016 Inc. KSI 05-07-2016 Fortune Bay Corp. FOR 05-07-2016 GoviEx Uranium Inc. GXU 11-07-2016 Mbac Fertilizer Inc. MBC 12-07-2016 H-Source Holdings Ltd. HSI 25-07-2016 Mariana Resources MRA 26-07-2016 Cardero Resource Corp. CDU 02-08-2016 Austral Gold Limited AAM 22-08-2016 Filo Mining Corp. FIL 26-08-2016 Jura Energy Corporation JEC 01-09-2016 Northwest Arm Capital Inc. NWA 12-09-2016 Aurora Cannabis Inc. ACB 05-10-2016 European Commercial Real Estate Limited ERE.P 07-10-2016 Starlight U.S. Multi-Family (No. 5) Core Fund SUA.A 13-10-2016 IsoEnergy Ltd. ISO 19-10-2016 Metalore Resources Limited MET 14-11-2016 Trusted Brand 2016 Inc. HAH.P 30-11-2016 FP Newspapers Inc. FP 22-11-2016 Zazu Metals Corporation ZAZ 01-12-2016 Lite Access Technologies Inc. LTE 13-12-2016 Global Gardens Group Inc. VGM 03-01-2017 Soleil Capital Corp. SOLE.P 30-01-2017 Adventus Zinc Corporation ADZN 09-02-2017]]><![CDATA[Stocks Backtrack on Commodity Prices ]]>Fri, 17 Feb 2017 04:23:00 EST, February 17, 2017

16:23 ##timepm## EST
Stocks Backtrack on Commodity Prices

Markets Closed Monday

A recent rally took a breather Friday, as investors took some profits ahead of a long weekend on both sides of the border.

The S&P/TSX Composite dipped 25.54 points to close the day and week at 15,838.63

The Canadian dollar fell 0.13 cents to 76.34 cents U.S.

Stock markets in Toronto are closed Monday for Family Day.

Among telecoms, BCE gained 18 cents to $58.78, while Rogers Communications acquired 41 cents to $57.50

Consumer discretionary stocks advanced, helped by a 1.9% gain – or $2.91 -- for Canadian Tire Corporation Ltd to $157.42.

Some analysts raised their target price on Canadian Tire's stock after the company reported strong fourth-quarter and full-year results on Thursday.

Real-estate stocks also gathered steam, as Brookfield Asset Management strengthened 34 cents to $48.89.

Gold stocks were not so fortunate, as Barrick Gold demurred 39 cents, or 1.5%, to $26.42, while Kinross Gold dropped seven cents, or 1.4%, to $5.07.

Among materials stocks, First Quantum Minerals dived 87 cents, or 5.5%, to $15.00, while Osisko Mining weakened 21 cents, or 5.2%, to $3.84.

On the economic ledger, Statistics Canada reported that foreigners acquired $10.2 billion worth of Canadian securities during December, largely through acquisition of shares. At the same time, Canadian investors increased their holdings of foreign securities by $6.7 billion, led by purchases of non-U.S. foreign shares.


The TSX Venture Exchange eked up 0.6 points to 843.92

The 12 subgroups were evenly split with telecoms leading the gainers, up 0.7%, while consumer discretionary and real-estate issues each climbed 0.5%.

The half-dozen laggards were weighed most by gold, down 1.8%, materials, off 1.3%, and energy, sliding 0.3%.


U.S. equities closed mixed on Friday as a record-setting rally slowed down, while investors kept an eye on France's presidential election.

The Dow Jones Industrials struggled into the green 4.28 points above Thursday’s all-time high to 20,624.05, with UnitedHealth leading decliners and Boeing outperforming.

The S&P 500 recovered 3.94 points to 2,351.16, with energy leading seven sectors lower and consumer staples the top advancer.

Media reports had Japan's SoftBank Group prepared to give up control of Sprint to T-Mobile to clinch a merger of the two U.S. wireless carriers.

The NASDAQ gained 23.68 points to 5,838.58. The indexes were on track to post weekly gains of more than 1%.

The only major economic data released Friday concerned leading indicators, which rose 0.6% in January.

Overseas, according to recent polls, Marine Le Pen — France's far-right, anti-European Union candidate — is the favourite to win the first round of voting, scheduled for April. However, it is not clear whether she will win the run-off vote in May.

Prices for the benchmark 10-year Treasury note gained ground, lowering yields to 2.42% from Thursday’s 2.45%. Treasury prices and yields move in opposite directions.

Oil prices inched up four cents to $53.40 U.S. a barrel

Gold prices faded $4.30 to $1,237.30 U.S. an ounce.

<![CDATA[Stocks in Play: Boyd Group Income Fund]]>Fri, 17 Feb 2017 10:00:50 EST, February 17, 2017

10:02 ##atimepm## EST - Boyd Group Income Fund : Announced a cash distribution for the month of February of $0.043 per trust unit. The distribution will be payable on March 29, to unitholders of record at the close of business on February 28. Boyd Group Income Fund (T.BYD.UN) units were up $0.59 at 86.66.

<![CDATA[Stocks in Play: A&W Food Services of Canada Inc.]]>Fri, 17 Feb 2017 10:00:50 EST, February 17, 2017

10:04 ##atimepm## EST - A&W Food Services of Canada Inc. : Has entered into an agreement with Laurentian Bank Securities Inc. to complete a secondary offering of 373,300 units of A&W Revenue Royalties Income Fund in a private placement on a bought deal basis. A&W Food Services of Canada Inc. (T.AW.UN) units were down $0.84 at 40.95.

<![CDATA[Stocks in Play: Eyecarrot Innovations Corp]]>Fri, 17 Feb 2017 10:00:50 EST, February 17, 2017

10:06 ##atimepm## EST - Eyecarrot Innovations Corp : Has been awarded up to $149,990 in funding by the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program for the commercialization of the company’s Binovi Saccadic Fixator, which will integrate seamlessly with its Binovi™ platform. Eyecarrot Innovations Corp (V.EYC) shares were up $0.02 at 0.28.

<![CDATA[Stocks in Play: Brookfield Property Partners L.P.]]>Fri, 17 Feb 2017 10:00:50 EST, February 17, 2017

10:07 ##atimepm## EST - Brookfield Property Partners L.P. : Announced that one of its subsidiaries had completed its previously announced Cumulative Minimum Rate Reset Class AAA Preference Shares, Series EE issue in the amount of $275 million. The offering was underwritten by a syndicate of underwriters. On February 9, the syndicate agreed to purchase 11,000,000 Preferred Shares, Series EE at $25.00 per share. Brookfield Property Partners L.P. (T.BPY.UN) units were down $0.02 at 30.07.

<![CDATA[Stocks in Play: Golden Predator Mining Corp.]]>Fri, 17 Feb 2017 10:00:50 EST, February 17, 2017

10:09 ##atimepm## EST - Golden Predator Mining Corp. : Has entered into an agreement with Clarus Securities Inc., as lead underwriter, and GMP Securities L.P under which the Underwriters have agreed to purchase, on a bought deal basis, or alternatively to arrange for the purchase of, as agent for substituted purchasers, a combination of 6,250,000 common shares and 2,703,000 flow-through common shares for aggregate gross proceeds of $15,000,550. Golden Predator Mining Corp. (V.GPY) shares were down $0.14 at 1.64.

<![CDATA[Stocks in Play: Alabama Graphite Corp. ]]>Fri, 17 Feb 2017 10:00:50 EST, February 17, 2017

12:02 ##atimepm## EST - Alabama Graphite Corp. : Has achieved 99.99997% Carbon total percentage by weight purity from its sourced-in-USA graphite from its flagship, 100%-owned Coosa Graphite Project - located in Coosa County, Alabama - via the Company's propriety, low-temperature thermal purification process. Alabama Graphite Corp. (V.CSPG) shares were up $0.01 at 0.18.

<![CDATA[Stocks in Play: Enbridge Inc. ]]>Fri, 17 Feb 2017 10:00:50 EST, February 17, 2017

12:03 ##atimepm## EST - Enbridge Inc. : Announced earnings were $365 million or $0.39 per common share for the fourth quarter and $1,776 million or $1.95 per common share for the full year, both including the impact of a number of unusual, non-recurring or non-operating factors. Enbridge Inc. (T.ENB) shares were down $0.33 at 55.1.

<![CDATA[Stocks in Play: Energy Fuels Inc.]]>Fri, 17 Feb 2017 10:00:50 EST, February 17, 2017

12:04 ##atimepm## EST - Energy Fuels Inc. : Announced that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, in a letter dated February 10 has issued an aquifer exemption for the Jane Dough wellfield in the Nichols Ranch ISR Project pursuant to the requirements of 40 CFR §146.4. Energy Fuels Inc. (T.EFR) shares were up $0.02 at 3.12.

<![CDATA[Stocks in Play: Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers]]>Fri, 17 Feb 2017 10:00:50 EST, February 17, 2017

12:05 ##atimepm## EST - Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers : Conducted its first multi-day auction of 2017 in Houston, this week. More than 4,400+ equipment items and trucks were sold in the February 15 – 16 auction for $42+ million U.S. Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers (T.RBA) shares were down $0.15 at 40.51.

<![CDATA[The Key to Trading Calls in Amazon (AMZN)]]>Fri, 17 Feb 2017 10:47:25 EST, February 17, 2017

The Key to Trading Calls in Amazon (AMZN)

Amazon It's a reasonable question to ask:

Is there a way to optimize buying calls in Inc (NASDAQ:AMZN), beyond just hoping that the stock goes up?

Going Beyond Luck

It's just a matter of fact that if Inc stock doesn't go up, then owning calls is going to be a pretty bad bet. But if we want to take an aggressive bullish stance on the stock that doesn't mean that blindly buying calls will work. So, what does work?

First we look at buying the at-the-money calls in every week for the last 3-years. Here's what we get:

Source: CMLviz Trade Machine

Obviously, with the stock ripping over the last few years, that's going to be a winner -- perhaps 436% is a surprise, but we knew it would a good trade looking backwards. But then we come back to our original question:

Is there a way to optimize buying calls in Amazon, beyond just hoping that the stock goes up?

The answer is a resounding, yes.

First, let's look at the exact same trading strategy in, that is, buying weekly at the money calls in Amazon, but this time, let's avoid the week of earnings -- literally, sit on our hands and do nothing for those four events a year. Here's what we get:

Source: CMLviz Trade Machine

We have taken a 436% winner and moved it to a 762% winner. Now, obviously that return is gigantic, but there's a bigger story. The risk of AMZN earnings has not been worth it -- and that means even if the stock rises but not as an aggressively as it has over the last three-years, we see a window into an opportunity that both reduces risk and increases returns.

But there's more we can do -- and this gets at the heart of proper option trading. It really isn't just "pick a strike price and let it rip." Or, it can be, but that's where too much risk is taken on, and worse returns are delivered.

Let's look at the last year trading these calls in AMZN:

Source: CMLviz Trade Machine

Again, yes, the returns are huge -- of course they are -- Amazon was ripping in the last year. But, let's see if we cut out earnings again -- just avoid that week:

Source: CMLviz Trade Machine

Now we see what we were hoping to -- skipping earnings -- that is avoiding that huge risk four times a year and produced a massively higher return while reducing risk. But here's the great part about options -- we can do more.

Let's take one extra step and put a stop loss on our weekly options at 70%. That means if during any week a call drops in value by 70%, we don't just let it putter out to a 100% loss, we cut it off, sell for the loss, and move on to the next week. Further yet, we do it while also avoiding AMZN earnings.

Source: CMLviz Trade Machine

Now we see the absurd returns we should expect for a stock that has climbed so quickly so fast. But more than that, we see that by avoiding earnings risk and then avoiding the risk of a huge loss, we have created remarkable returns.

So, is there a way to optimize owning calls in Amazon, beyond just hoping the stock will go up? Yeah, there really is. And we just looked it right in the eye.

If Inc (NASDAQ:AMZN) rises, but not as aggressively as it has recently, there's still a smart approach -- a thoughtful approach -- to this bullish bet, and now we know it.

It turns out each stock and ETF has its own specific tendencies. Sometimes a call spread is better than a call. Sometimes selling puts is better than both. Sometimes we want a really tight stop -- as far as 30%. There's only one way to test it -- and that is, of course, to test it.


The key here is to find edge, optimize it -- in this case by putting in a stop and avoiding earnings -- and then to see if it's been sustained through time. For AMZN it has, and that makes for a powerful result.

We've just seen an explicit demonstration of the fact that there's a lot less 'luck' and a lot more planning in successful option trading than many people realize. Here is a quick 4-minute demonstration video that will change your option trading life forever: Tap here to see the Trade Machine in action

Thanks for reading, friends.

Risk Disclosure

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Past results are not necessarily indicative of future results. The risk of loss in trading can be substantial, carefully consider the inherent risks of such an investment in light of your financial condition.

<![CDATA[Oil Retraces with Loonie]]>Fri, 17 Feb 2017 09:31:16 EST
Experts expect a range today of $1.3071 to $1.3157 Canadian for the U.S. dollar.

The euro had a quiet overnight session remaining in a tight trading range. This morning the euro-zone Current Account was released printing at 31.0 billion, well above market forecasts of 28.7 billion. The vital data was unable to inspire euro buying as the market is still hesitating to make a move as traders await more information from the U.S..

Observers expect a range today of $1.3906 to $1.4011 Canadian

U.K. Retail Sales in January missed expectation of 3.9% y/y and 0.7% m/m and printed at 2.6% y/y and -0.2% m/m. This is the third consecutive monthly drop and confirms what Bank of England Governor Mark Carney suspected about consumer activity retrenching. Near-term, risks continue to lie on Brexit as the formalization of the divorce will begin in early March. The pound sterling is currently trading at $1.6223 Canadian.

Traders expect a range today of $1.6207 to $1.6321 Canadian

The Australian dollar was unable to hold onto its recent gains, dropping 0.3% overnight. Risk-off trading and general uncertainty provided the stimulus for Aussie selling. With no data remaining for Australia and the U.S. this week, price activity should be kept to a minimum today. This Monday night, the Reserve Bank of Australia Monetary Policy Meeting Minutes will be released which should provide some insight into the future rate moves from the RBA.

Oil (WTI): $53.04 U.S. per barrel

Gold: $1,241.03 U.S. per ounce

Silver: $18.01 U.S. per ounce.

Copper: $2.6835 U.S. per tonne

Dollar Index: 100.57]]>
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