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A horizontal calendar spread to make the most of relatively stable prices for Air Canada shares
December 01, 2017
Neutral Outlook

A horizontal calendar spread to make the most of relatively stable prices for Air Canada shares

Martin Noël

After having peaked at $28.70 in October, the price of shares in Air Canada (AC) seems to have slipped into a short-term trough at the $22 support level. Since then, the price rallied to $26 and, as of this writing, has settled in at around $24. Prices from $22 to $28 now represent a trading range that could contain price...

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Bulling the Market with a Ratio Call Spread
November 29, 2017
Bullish Outlook

Bulling the Market with a Ratio Call Spread

Patrick Ceresna

Investors have had a good run over the last two months as we have seen the Canadian TSX 60 index roar higher 9% from a September low of 877.00 to its highs near 955.00.  The question on everyone’s mind – is it over or is there more room to go?  Is it too late to buy or should an investor wait on the sidelines for a...

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Make the Most of a Decline in Canadian Pacific Railway Limited shares
November 21, 2017
Bearish Outlook

Make the Most of a Decline in Canadian Pacific Railway Limited shares

Martin Noël

As you can see in the chart below, the price of Canadian Pacific Railway Limited (CP) stock is beginning to show the signs of what looks very much like the early stages of a correction. It is clear that the MACD and RSI indicators and the stochastic oscillator are all in marked decline. If this is the case, the price may fall...

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Selling put options to profit from rising prices for shares of Agnico Eagle Mines Limited
October 30, 2017
Technical analysis

Selling put options to profit from rising prices for shares of Agnico Eagle Mines Limited

Martin Noël

As the following graph shows, the price of shares in Agnico Eagle Mines Limited (AEM) appears to be on the verge of an upswing of unknown vigour. This new trend is confirmed by three indicators – the MACD, the RSI and the stochastic oscillator (%K) – that are giving clear signs of strength. Daily chart for AEM ($59.06 on...

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A Quick Guide to Volatility and Options Skew
October 23, 2017
Volatility

A Quick Guide to Volatility and Options Skew

Alan Grigoletto

In my last article, entitled Understanding Vega, we examined how Vega measures the changes in option pricing relative to changes in implied volatility. In today’s article I will delve a little deeper into volatility and its impact across the options chain. There are actually two types of volatility that option traders need to...

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Implementation of a collar to protect profits accumulated in Royal Bank of Canada shares
October 20, 2017
Protection

Implementation of a collar to protect profits accumulated in Royal Bank of Canada shares

Martin Noël

As you can see in the following graph, the price of shares in Royal Bank of Canada (RY), much like the financial sector in general, have shot up over 10% in just six weeks. Even though it is always risky to expect a trend to reverse, such growth cannot continue indefinitely. However, considering that RY just closed at $100.07...

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Understanding Options Vega
October 19, 2017
Concepts

Understanding Options Vega

Alan Grigoletto

Prior to understanding Vega, we need to quickly review option-pricing models. The options pricing models are mathematical formulas that help investors and traders remove the guesswork from determining an options price. The models make some assumptions, primarily that stock prices are random and that only one of the option...

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Dollarama: Context on Trading the Stock vs. Options
October 06, 2017
Bullish Outlook

Dollarama: Context on Trading the Stock vs. Options

Patrick Ceresna

Dollarama has been a bright spot in the Canadian markets throughout the last year.  During the first half of the year, the share price has been working considerably higher off its $93.27 52-week low.  Recently investors were rewarded when the company released its 2nd quarter results and subsequently announced plans to buy...

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