john-voorheis

John Voorheis

  • Strategy | Trade Ideas | Dec 11, 2015, 12:11 PM

    RUT Play into the FOMC

    RUT Play into the FOMC

    With the FOMC meeting scheduled for next Tuesday, December 15, and the announcement of a possible rate hike on 2016 on Wednesday, we are seeing inflated volatility levels across equity markets. VIX (spot) is currently 21.65, whereas the Russell 2000 Volatility Index (RVX) is 22.33. Next week is also expiry, further heightening volatility levels.  The at-the-money SPX Dec 2025 Straddle is priced 53.05, implying a move of about 2.6 percent between now and next Friday’s expiration. [...]

  • Strategy | Nov 20, 2015, 11:52 AM

    Small-Cap Rally RUT Delayed Year-End Play

    Small-Cap Rally RUT Delayed Year-End Play

    The recent market rally we have seen seen has been driven by big cap names such as AAPL, FB, GOOG, but this week it would appear small cap is catching up based on price action in the Russell 2000 small cap index (CBOE: RUT 11.77.32). Small cap stocks are traditionally a big favorite of mutual funds - popular investment vehicles for traditional retirement investors, the same individuals who are known for driving the year-end ‘Santa Clause Rally.’ As year-end approaches, these types of[...]

  • Trader Talk | Education | Strategy | Trade Ideas | Jan 20, 2015, 1:45 PM

    NFLX Earnings Trade Idea

    NFLX Earnings Trade Idea

    Netflix, Inc. [Nasdaq: NFLX, $342, up $4.66] is scheduled to release its fourth quarter earnings report today following the close of the market session. Consensus analyst estimates are forecasting earnings per share of $0.45 on overall revenues of $1.48 billion. The same quarter one year prior (Q4 2013) saw EPS of $0.66 on $1.18 billion in revenue. NFLX shares are off by a modest 0.8% in 2015, but the stock has been trading in a bearish pattern since last September with sideways price action since[...]

  • Strategy | Jan 6, 2015, 1:15 PM

    Back to the Future: Play Oil with USO ETF Options

    Back to the Future: Play Oil with USO ETF Options

    Crude oil’s precipitous drop from it’s June highs has yet to show signs of abetting, with U.S. Oil benchmark West Texas Intermediate (WTI) down over 3% again today following Monday’s downside move. Now trading below $50, oil has moved to a new five and half year low, a move estimated to save the average American over $1400 annually and bolster consumer discretionary spending. Continued strength in the USD and OPEC’s refusal to cut production would lead me to believe oil has[...]