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Industry sector moves + options expiration = Freaky Friday

WASHINGTON. It’s options expiration Friday. That popular monthly event traditionally moves stocks every which way as investors exercise call and put options, putting uncommon buy and sell pressure on certain volatile stocks. We often call this “Freaky Friday.” But more importantly, today is also the very big day that both mutual funds and ETFs need to ...

Options expiration Friday: Dow, financials OK, energy steady

WASHINGTON, March 18, 2016 – Today, as usual, Rush Limbaugh will host “Open Line Friday,” as he does every week. Today as well, Wall Street celebrates its slightly less frequent third Friday of the month festival, “Options Expiration Friday.” It’s the day, the time and the place where the latest batch of options comes to ...

Stock rally wilts, oil inventory, options expiration weigh

WASHINGTON, Feb. 18, 2016 – Looks like the U.S. stock market has been having just too much fun over the last few days. After rallying big time since last Friday, stocks are getting a modest haircut as of 2 p.m. EST after achieving a slightly overbought situation by Wednesday’s close. The villain today is—you guessed ...

Friday’s Quadruple Witching trade trashes U.S. stock markets

WASHINGTON, December 18, 2015 – We’ve been putting most of our effort over the past 48 hours into a rather lengthy three-part series outlining recent U.S. economic and monetary history and the reasoning, right or wrong, behind the Fed’s Wednesday interest rate hike decision. But right now, we figured we’d better post a short column ...

Stock and bond traders setting up for a fast ride to hell

WASHINGTON, Dec. 14, 2015 – Soon ‘twill be Christmas, but all through the house, not a creature is stirring, not even my spouse. Mrs. Maven is sleeping in this morning after spending half the night explaining to the Maven why neither he nor individual investors should commit suicide this week rather than enduring this week’s ...

Wall Street Roadkill: Dow off over 530 as U.S. markets crash

WASHINGTON, Aug. 21, 2015 – After opening down and fading further after several feeble rally attempts, stocks were pancaked in the final hour of U.S. trading on Friday. The Dow Jones Industrials (DJI) closed down 64.84 points, the casualty of a massive selling panic that caught even many professionals off-guard with its intensity. Other averages ...

Stocks soar, ignore Greece, Charleston slaughter and reality

WASHINGTON, June 18, 2015 – After Wednesday afternoon’s somewhat surprising rally, which launched just prior to the Federal Reserve Open Market Committee (FOMC) minutes release, U.S. stocks remain on a tear at Thursday noon. The Dow Jones Industrials are levitating around +200 points. The broader-based S&P 500 is up over 20, and the tech- and ...

Stocks tank, options, euro, China, ‘Grexit’ all to blame

WASHINGTON, April 17, 2015 – Today, at least so far, is a terrible way to end this trading week. Stocks in all sectors are jumping off the cliff like lemmings, big time. Averages are down some 1 percent, and we could be witnessing the early start of this year’s “Sell in May” party. The Eurozone ...

A relatively quiet options-expiration Friday on Wall Street

WASHINGTON, December 19, 2014 – Not really much to talk about today in the markets. Oh, sure, after a few predictable ups and downs, the market is back up around 80 Dow points one half hour before Friday’s closing bell. But it’s options and futures expiration day today, and trading is predictably weird at such ...

Earnings Season Q1: Stock traders reinvent the limbo

WASHINGTON, April 17, 2014 – Confused stocks have had their ups and downs thus far today, with low volume meandering and lack of clear direction combining to give traders fits. Or at least those traders still looking for a little action. It’s a weird, truncated week, with bonds ready to cease trading at 2 p.m. ...