Live: Thursday, October 26, 2017

10/26 – 3:20 p.m. New York time

In today’s outcomes, I entered positions on INTC and FXE. Also, I analyzed MSFT but declined the trade.

10/26 – 3:00 p.m. New York time

I analyzed MSFT but declined the trade.

10/26 – 2;30 p.m. New York time

I have entered an earnings play on INTC.

10/26 – 1:15 p.m. New York time

I have entered a directional play on FXE, which tracks the EUR/USD currency pair, based on Elliott wave analysis

10/26 – 9:55 a.m. New York time

The bid/ask spread on ABBV and GILD has widened since yesterday, and I have removed them from my desk.

INTC remains a potential trade, and I have added MSFT to my list, despite an slight expectation of a upside earnings surprise.

10/25 – 8:55 p.m. New York time

I have three prospective earnings plays for Thursday that as of now meet my criteria for trading: ABBV, GILD and INTC.

Three symbols fall just short of passing my tests and will need to be checked again on Wednesday.

  • CVX has implied volatility of less than double the VIX, a measure of implied volatility of the S&P 500.
  • MSFT and WDC have over large expectations of an earnings surprise.

My goal is to enter up to two positions, so if I have more possibilities I shall choose based on average volume first, and then implied volatility in relation to the VIX, higher being better for both tests.

By Tim Bovee, Portland, Oregon, October 25-26, 2017


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