Category Archives: Technical Analysis

Technical analysis is the studying of price and volume changes over time to forecast where stocks might trade in the future. The primary goal of a technical indicator is to identify areas of support/resistance imbalances in the market which could signal either a price continuation or reversal. If a trader can discover where buyers will be heavily present with demand or where sellers will be heavily present with supply, then he can take positions in the market accordingly. However, the backtesting research we’ve performed here at Option Alpha concludes that 95% of technical indicators have neither predictability nor profitability as a trading indicator. Check out our case studies and research below which helps you discover which indicators, and specific settings, work best.

Guide to Technical Analysis

Balancing Our Deltas In Oil With OIH Call Spread

Call spread: Just real quick before we get into the actual trades that we’ve made for today, I wanted to give you guys a heads up. I’m hopefully crossing my fingers. We’re going to launching the podcast before the end of this month. It’s been a huge undertaking. We’ve got five episodes already published. We’ve got…

Continue Reading ➜

Last Week of Options Expiration Adjustments

Options expiration: Tonight, I want to go over all of the trades that we made over the last two days because we didn’t have a chance to get the video update out for Friday of last week to wrap up our trade in BBBY which was an earnings trade, and then also an adjustment in GILD.…

Continue Reading ➜

Earnings Trades in NFLX, IBM, UNP & SNDK

Earnings trade: Today, we’re going to go over all of the trades that we made for Wednesday, January 21st. We had a pretty balanced day, but before we get into that, just as a quick reminder for those of you who haven’t had a chance to listen to show number 16 of our podcast, our…

Continue Reading ➜

Custom Option Strategy Trade On IWM

Option strategy: Thank you for all of the kind emails that I received from everyone. I received a lot of emails from people just saying, “Hey, take here. Get well. Thanks for all you do.” And I appreciate that honestly. Thank you guys so much for underselling. I just lost my voice, had my daughter sick…

Continue Reading ➜

How to Sell Credit Spreads

Selling credit spreads: Today, we’re going to go over all of the trades that we made, both Thursday and Friday this week and round out some of the trades that we had for expiration. Right inside the membership area, you can see the new trading alert page that we have that we’re linking to in this…

Continue Reading ➜

XHB Straddle (LIVE Closing Trade)

Straddle: In this video, I want to go through the thought process of closing out of our XHB which is an S&P 500 Homebuilder’s ETF because we have a decent profit on our straddle that we initially entered for this trade. Going back here to our position statement, you can see this is the straddle that…

Continue Reading ➜

DIA Iron Condor (LIVE Adjusting Trade)

Iron condor: In this video update, I want to go through my thought process on adjusting a current iron condor that we have in DIA which is the Dow Jones ETF, one of the major market ETFs. We originally sold this iron condor when implied volatility was high, right about this day in here, right about…

Continue Reading ➜

COP Short Put (LIVE Closing Trade)

Short Puts: In this video, I want to go through a closing trade for just a single naked put or a couple of naked puts that we had in COP. This is a COP naked put position that we had put on a little while back. We had put this trade back on 3/4, and it’s…

Continue Reading ➜

21 Top Places To Get Real-Time Stock Market Quotes And News

real time stock quotes

Everyone is always looking for the best place to find real-time stock market quotes and news right? And since companies are changing each their platform for stock market quotes seemingly everyday, it can be hard to find reliable news and quotes that are laid out in an easy to read manner. This list took me…

Continue Reading ➜