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  • How Accurate Is The A/D Line? by Lawrence G. McMillan

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...How Accurate Is The A/D Line? by Lawrence G. McMillan Maybe not as accurate as you think. Here's one way to get more realistic results. For much of 2001 -- especially the first eight months of the year -- market technicians were often quoted as saying that market breadth was strong and, by inference, that there was an underlying positive tone to the market. The indicator often used to demonstrate this was the advance-decline (A/D) line -- the daily difference between advancing and declining New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) issues. There were more advances than declines for quite a few days in tha...

How Many Options Actually Expire Worthless? by Lawrence G. McMillan

  • Put-Call Ratios by Lawrence G. McMillan

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...DERIVATIVES Put-Call Ratios by Lawrence G. McMillan This measure of market sentiment uses options trading volume to measure crowd psychology. Here's one use of the ratio. The ratio of put option volume to call option volume is the major sentiment indicator for listed options. This ratio, called the put-call ratio, is usually computed daily and moving averages are kept. The resulting indicator is a contrary one: when a great many - too many - people are buying calls, for example, then there are a great many -perhaps too many - bulls, and the interpretation as a contrary indicator would be t...

  • Using Options In Takeover Situations by Lawrence G. McMillan

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Using Options In Takeover Situations by Lawrence G. McMillan Sometimes, a takeover situation can be as absorbing as watching a professional tennis match or reading an exciting thriller. Can you take advantage of the situation as an observer? Well-known options expert Lawrence McMillan explains how you can use stock options to participate in the activity of the stocks that have become takeover candidates. When Viacom (VIA) recently made a friendly takeover bid for Paramount Communications (PCI), Paramount stock soared (Figure 1) and Viacom stock took a beating (Figure 2), as the deal was prop...

  • Equivalent Option Strategies by Lawrence G. McMillan

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Equivalent Option Strategies by Lawrence G. McMillan Stock option traders and futures option traders may think they're already outsmarting stock and futures traders by trading options against their stock or futures positions, but Larry McMillan, author of Options As a Strategic Investment, suggests you take another look: Substituting options for a position in the underlying instrument may be the more efficient alternative. This article presents a simple way to compare alternative options strategies. See what you could be doing. One of the advantages of options is that they are versatile. Opt...

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