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An Option Strategy on The Blackstone Group, LP

The Blackstone Group (BX) is a leading global alternative asset manager and provider of financial advisory services with assets under management (AUM) of $248 billion at September 30, 2013. The partnership’s businesses include the creation and management of private equity funds, real estate funds, hedge funds, credit-focused funds, and collateralized debt obligation vehicles. Read more

Buying Naked Puts

No matter how bullish the stock market may look at a particular time, you should always diversify your portfolio with a few uncovered (or "naked") put purchases. In this report, we offer advice on how to pick the puts that are right for you. Read more

A Refresher Course on Our Old Screener

This week, we offer a refresher course on our Options Screener (Old Version). Since we introduced this product in early 2003, it has greatly enhanced the user-friendliness and flexibility of our service. Read more

Understanding Our Volatility Forecasts

We are proud to say that we are the only options service available to retail investors that provides state-of-the art volatility forecasts on virtually the entire equity options market (2,500 + common stocks). These volatility forecasts are important, because they tell you whether an option is favorably priced for a particular strategy.

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An Option Strategy on International Business Machines

This week’s spotlight for option opportunities looks at International Business Machines (IBM), whose earnings for 2011  are now estimated by Value Line analyst Theresa Brophy at $12.95 a share, which would be an increase of somewhat over 12%.

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September Quarter Option Rank Performance - November 14, 2011

This week, we review the performance of our option and covered call ranks for our September quarter evaluation period, which ended 9/27/2011.  This definitely was a good time to be “long volatility” (and, hopefully, to be a subscriber to our service).

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Options on Xerox Corp (XRX)

This week, we kick off a new series of spotlights on option opportunities on individual stocks, starting with Xerox Corp (XRX). With the stock down 33% from end-June levels, and with a P/E ratio this is less than half the market’s, Xerox is steeply undervalued, according to our analysis.  In looking at Xerox options, we see opportunities for covered call writes, cash-covered put writes, and outright longer-term call purchases.

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A Suggested Hedge for Your Stock - September 9, 2011

This week, using calls on Intel Corporation (INTC) as examples, we show a suggested hedge for the underlying stock under current market conditions.  Our model, finds some Intel options to be underpriced, and some others to be overpriced.  You can get an edge by using these “mispricings” to your advantage when building a hedge.

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Model Portfolio Update - September 9, 2011

With the recent sharp decline in the stock market, we need to roll 16 of the 20 short call positions in our portfolio to lower strike prices and/or to later expirations.  The bad news, of course, is that the portfolio is down since quite a bit since we last rolled our positions (on 7/13/2011).  The good news is that we are better off than the S&P 500 and the other benchmarks.

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What’s Free (or Almost Free) from Commercial Web Sites

This week we are following up on our report of 3/03/2011, “What’s Free (or Almost Free) from the Exchanges,” with a review of the attractive free offers from commercial websites in the options business. Some of these sites offer free trials, while others allow you to register for free email newsletters. Often, the information offered at these sites can be used in conjunction with The Value Line Daily Options Survey to help you with your option trading and portfolio management.

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