Happy Thriving Thursday!

Last week, the market was up 3 days out of 5 trading days, it has again reached new highs.

Am going to call Thursday “SPY Day”.  Each Thursday, I will focus on what SPY is doing, with the hope it will help give us a clue about the market’s upcoming moves.

SPY or the SPDR S&P 500 trust is an exchange-traded fund which trades on the NYSE Arca under the symbol SPY.  SPDR is an acronym for the Standard & Poor’s Depositary Receipts, the former name of the ETF. It is designed to track the S&P 500 stock market index. This fund is the largest ETF in the world and gives a good overall picture of the market.  SPY includes shares from the top 500 companies.

The chart of the S&P below is a weekly chart with a TSI indicator at the bottom.  The description coming up next explains how to use the TSI.

True Strength Indicator

The True Strength Index (TSI) is an oscillator that fluctuates between positive and negative territory. As with many momentum oscillators, the centerline defines the overall bias. The bulls have the momentum edge when TSI is positive, and the bears have the edge when it’s negative. As with MACD, a signal line can be applied to identify upturns and downturns. Signal line crossovers are, however, quite frequent and require further filtering with other techniques. Chartists can also look for bullish and bearish divergences to anticipate trend reversals; however, keep in mind that divergences can be misleading in a strong trend.

TSI is somewhat unique because it tracks the underlying price quite well. In other words, the oscillator can capture a sustained move in one direction or the other. The peaks and troughs in the oscillator often match the peaks and troughs in price. In this regard, chartists can draw trend lines and mark support/resistance levels using TSI. Line breaks as well as line crosses can then be used to generate signals.

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Plain and Simple

SPY has reached new highs yet again earlier this week.  On the line indicator at the bottom of the chart, it appears that the TSI line is curling up indicating an upward move is possible. However, the red line is still above the black which doesn’t provide confirmation of a bullish trend. If SPY moves back up to $479 you could consider taking a call trade.

TSI Buy Signal

Each candle on the chart represents price movement over one week.   For months, the SPY has broken out and has been moving up.  The TSI line dug into its signal line, created white space between the lines but is now curling up.

Price needs to move above the overhead line to consider a trade.  Support is like a floor and resistance is like a ceiling, and price needs rise above that level.

Check out the profit potential of option trading versus buying stock.  Big difference!!!

SPY is a well-rounded ETF, offering exposure to the price moves of 500 equities.  Options Trade Both Directions (depending on what happens)

To buy shares of SPY today would cost approximately $478 per share (as I write this on Tuesday).  I have no way to know if it will continue to drop as it did yesterday or if it will break to the upside.   This said, don’t enter unless it breaks above the upper line or 479.

Option trading offers the potential of a lower initial investment and higher percentage gain.   Let’s look and compare.

You buy call options if you expect price to go up and put options if you feel price is going to drop.

Wait until it moves above 479 before considering a Call trade.

If you bought 2 shares of SPY at $478, you would invest a total of $956.  Now, if SPY were to move above $479 and say, moves higher to $485, it would profit approximately $7 per share or $14 for the two shares or .01%. Not a very exciting profit.

As I type this numbers are rising, so the figures below are strictly examples.

Now to compare. If you bought one Call option contract covering 100 shares of stock with a January 21st (Jan22) expiration date for the $485 strike, the premium would be approximately $1.37 per share or $137 for the contract.  If price increased $7 over the next few days, the option premium would increase approximately $3.50. This is a gain of $3.50 per share or $350 for the 100-share contract or 155% over a short period of time.

Option trading is truly unique in its ability to give traders the opportunity to trade an equity’s price move in either direction.

These types of trades are what can bring life-changing financial gains.

I want to stress, when you trade options, you can close the trade anywhere along the line to take profit (or loss). You don’t have to wait until it hits the target or until expiration day.

You also want to wait for the indicator confirmation and don’t jump-the-gun with an early entry.

Trading options can be a win, win, win opportunity.  Options often offer a smaller overall investment, covering more shares of stock and potential for greater profits.

What’s Next? I Can Hardly Wait!

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Yours for a prosperous future,

Wendy Kirkland

Past Trades:

Two weeks ago we discussed buying the SPY January 7th (Jan wk1) 470 call strike at 2.35. As I type this the current premium for that option is 7.71. This would have been a nice trade although selling last week would have produced better results. You would have closed this last week or this week as time decay will start to affect the premiums.

Last week we discussed buying the Jan 14th (Jan wk2) 485 call at 2.00. As of the day I am typing this (Tuesday) price has not reached our entry point of 478. No trade would be taken.