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News that 148 passengers and crew were feared died following the crash of a Germanwings flight in a remote area of Southern France sent shares in Lufthansa (Ticker: LHA) down by about 3%. Germanwings is the low-cost subsidiary of Lufthansa, and shares in other budget carriers fell in sympathy.
Weekly options are one of the fastest growing products and can be used to create lower risk strategies; but for long-term profitability, you need to approach it as a business.
With stories and analysis pointing to fewer and fewer physical places to store crude oil coupled at the hip with an ever-strengthening dollar, it’s hard to get optimistic on the outlook for energy prices.
There is a big difference between prices of equally out-of-the-money call and put options. We call this price difference the skew. Here’s a trading system that profits from this relationship.
Shares in Lumber Liquidators continue to rebound and last traded higher by 11.2% at $36.40 following the company’s investor call on Thursday. Implied volatility on its options has fallen by 12.1% to 87.7% having reached 127% as a result of the recent scandal.
It seems that many onlookers feel comfortable that the accentuated weakness in the price of crude oil may have ended. But one option trader appears to be positioning for prices not to budge much over the next couple of years.

Markets as a whole—and even individual stocks—not only move up or down but they can move sideways or be range-bound, often for great lengths of time.

I can't believe what I am seeing currently in the March Euro contract that could lead to a technical break out.

This article shows two examples of how the symmetrical formation recently proved itself as a reliable technical formation.

Yesterday marked the third session following Friday’s employment report big sell-off. The decline in the Eurodollar March 2016 contract was a 2.7 std dev move, the likes of which had not been seen since January of 2011. There was no meaningful recovery over the three sessions following that decline.