Monthly Archives: January 2015
January 30, 2015
By Vlad Karpel

The Tech Big Wigs have reported, Apple ($AAPL), Microsoft ($MSFT), Facebook ($FB), and Google ($GOOGL). All but Microsoft have bounced to the upside after announcements. It begs the question…What now? I took a look at the action in the Technology Select Sector ETF ($XLK) and the chart action has been choppy, to say the least. […]




January 29, 2015
By Vlad Karpel

For the last year when the market had bad news it would shake it off and resume the upside grind.  This is an attribute of a solid bull market. But this month, the market is not holding up as well. After earnings disappointments the market is in the control of the short-term bears. If the […]




January 28, 2015
By Vlad Karpel

We are in the thick of earnings season in our first month of trading in 2015 and are testing the lows for the fourth time this month. This has put traders on edge and a little perspective needs to be established. This is just a lot of new volatility in what is nothing more than […]




January 27, 2015
By Vlad Karpel

Yesterday we ran the Tradespoon Momentum Scanner, which displays weekly options on momentum stocks that are trending. Institutional traders are buying weekly options on Yahoo ($YHOO). We have $YHOO trending up for the next two weeks with a 91 percent accuracy. The most active options were the $58 and $60 calls, trading for $0.08 and […]




January 26, 2015
By Vlad Karpel

Last week’s trading action was positive, but market bulls psyche is still a little rattled. Keep an eye on the small-caps; they were very strong last week. I use that index as the proverbial Canary in the Coal mine. Watch the $IWM, if it breaks $116.5 on the downside it would be a red flag […]




January 23, 2015
By Vlad Karpel

Each week I will put out three Stock Trading Ideas. For the current subscribers this gives you an excellent opportunity to understand the logic chain that I use to get to these ideas. For the non-users, skeptics, and undisciplined traders, this is your opportunity to try the product. This week the three names are: Celgene […]




January 22, 2015
By Vlad Karpel

Yesterday on Tradespoon Live TV, Joe Cusick (www.tradingblock.com) and I were talking about Home Construction and Existing Home Sales. Joe mentioned that the Permits and New Construction were mixed. The Exchange Traded Fund that tracks this sector ($ITB) has factored in the potential to move about a $1 for the remainder of the week. This […]




January 15, 2015
By Vlad Karpel

The main-stream media has been focused on the impact of plunging oil ($USO) prices. Is this a supply issue or is there really a global slowdown in the works? I cannot answer that with conviction.  Historically, I haven’t used oil as a basis to make solid global economic assessments. I do look at commodities like Copper ($JJC) […]




January 14, 2015
By Vlad Karpel

Tradespoon has an awesome tool to help you with many facets of your day-to-day trading. Take a look at our Seasonal Charts; we are expecting choppy action to continue into February. Focus specifically on the S&P 500 ($SPY), the Index ETF, which has a 67 percent correlation since measuring historical performance in 1993. Using Tradespoon […]




January 9, 2015
By Vlad Karpel

I would chalk a lot of the upside trade in the S&P 500 ($SPX) to some good old fashioned short covering. While the EU ($EZU) was able to gather some upside steam, I really did not see the type of volume that would signal newcomers at these price levels. The Seasonality Chart is a good […]