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Long Call Position in Barrick Gold
December 17, 2020
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Long Call Position in Barrick Gold

Patrick Ceresna

Back in August, the investing world was stunned when legendary investor Warren Buffett revealed that he had purchased shares in Barrick Gold (symbol ABX).  Up until then, Warren had been considered a “gold skeptic”.  In his 2011 letter to shareholders, Buffett wrote the following: The second major category of investments...

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Considering a Long Call Position in Air Canada
November 16, 2020
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Considering a Long Call Position in Air Canada

Patrick Ceresna

The COVID crisis has been especially hard on airline stocks. The stock price of Canada’s largest airline, Air Canada, collapsed from over $50 in January to $10 in March.  Although the stock has recovered somewhat since then, when compared to other equities the bounce has been anemic. Chart 1: Air Canada (symbol AC) over past...

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Choosing a Call Option Strike Price to Optimize Return
October 23, 2020
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Choosing a Call Option Strike Price to Optimize Return

Martin Noël

Are you expecting the price of a security to rise, and you have a target price in mind? In this article, you will learn how to choose the right strike price to optimize your return if the security reaches your target price by the time your call option expires. Analysis of Descartes Systems Group Inc. (DSG) In this article, we...

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Let’s do some exercise: Exercising your options
October 13, 2020
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Let’s do some exercise: Exercising your options

Richard Ho

In this article, we’ll talk about exercising call options and why investors would want to do so. Read the article to find out the pros and cons of exercising a call option. You discover a pharmaceutical company that trades at $100 a share and has a COVID-19 vaccine in phase 3 clinical testing. It’s extremely promising, but...

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Filling the Gap with a Long Call Spread
October 09, 2020
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Filling the Gap with a Long Call Spread

Patrick Ceresna

During the COVID crisis the stock market declined, but energy stocks were particularly hard hit as the price of oil plunged to levels never before seen.  During the panic selling, one of Canada’s largest energy companies, Suncor Energy (ticker SU) left a gap from $33.52 to $30.19. (A down gap is where the price opens on the...

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Cash-Secured Put Writing on the iShares S&P/TSX Capped Energy ETF
October 05, 2020
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Cash-Secured Put Writing on the iShares S&P/TSX Capped Energy ETF

Patrick Ceresna

Although the broad Canadian stock market index has almost recovered to its pre-COVID crisis high, there is one sector that has lagged badly.  The energy sector has not recovered to anywhere near the levels seen in early 2020. Chart 1: iShares S&P/TSX Capped Energy ETF (symbol XEG) 2019-2020 Source: Bloomberg For those who...

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A Twist on Risk Reversals
July 10, 2020
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A Twist on Risk Reversals

Patrick Ceresna

The past few months have been challenging for investors. During the first month of the coronavirus crisis, the stock market fell from record highs with unprecedented speed. Meanwhile, the subsequent rally has been just as befuddling to many. Canada’s most liquid stock index ETF, the XIU, plunged from $27 to $17 (a loss of...

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Put-Writing Strategies in the Canadian Market
April 13, 2020
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Put-Writing Strategies in the Canadian Market

Patrick Ceresna

The coronavirus crisis has caused massive sell-offs in global equity markets throughout the world.  Canada has not been immune, and our benchmark large-cap S&P TSX 60 Index has lost over 36% from its February high.   CHART 1 – S&P/TSX60 Source: Bloomberg   A move of this magnitude from new highs to a...

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Shares in Uranium Participation Corp are trading at a discount
February 20, 2020
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Shares in Uranium Participation Corp are trading at a discount

Patrick Ceresna

Uranium Participation Corporation (Symbol U on the TSX exchange) is a company that invests in uranium. Uranium presents an attractive investment opportunity at this time. The commodity itself is currently trading at below the cost of production for most miners, a situation that cannot continue indefinitely. Eventually companies...

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Year-End Opportunity in Cannabis Stocks?
January 07, 2020
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Year-End Opportunity in Cannabis Stocks?

Patrick Ceresna

Through 2018 and into the first quarter of 2019, Canadian marijuana companies represented one of the hottest sectors in the equities market.  However, since its March 19, 2019 high of $23.87, the Horizons Marijuana Life Science ETF (HMMJ) has been on a steady decline, and by November 19, 2019 it was down to $8.34, having lost...

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