March 30, 2023 | ADBE, Daily JAM, Jubak Picks, MSFT, NVDA, Top 50 Stocks, Volatility |
In Step #3 of my Special Report: 5 Moves for the Next 5 Months, on March 24 I added three Big Tech stocks–Microsoft (MSFT), Adobe (ADBE), and Nvidia (NVDA) to my Volatility Portfolio ahead of earnings season. My theory, explained in that post was that we were facing a tough earnings season for most stocks and that reliable earnings growth from Big Tech would make those stocks look like a safe haven in a period when the Standard & Poor’s 500 as a whole was projected to show a drop in earnings. (I also owned up to my mistake in selling Nvidia back on February 16. That was just wrong. More on why I was wrong and why I’ve changed my mind on that in a post tomorrow or so.)
March 30, 2023 | Daily JAM, SCHW, Videos, Volatility |
Today’s Quick Pick is Charles Schwab (NYSE: SCHW) Put Options. Put options will become more valuable as the stock goes down in price. This has been a lousy year for Schwab with the stock currently down about 34% YTD. The reason for this is Schwab makes most of its money on the interest rate spread. Schwab stashes “excess” cash in customer accounts in sweep accounts that pay a very low rate of interest, and Schwab invests that cash in Treasuries, mortgage-backed assets, etc. at higher yields. This works when the overall rate of interest is low because customers have a relatively small incentive to actively move their cash to higher-yielding vehicles. When the Fed raises interest rates, however, some people who had formerly kept their money in these low-return accounts will move their cash to higher-yielding alternatives (often still within Schwab.) This reduces the interest spread that Schwab collects since the company now has to pay more in interest to retain those customers. In addition, Schwab invested that cash in long-term Treasuries and mortgage-backed assets, leaving the company sitting on a lot of unrealized losses in its bond portfolios as bond prices fell as interest rates moved higher. I question whether or not Schwab will be able to meet analysts’ expectations and/or warn on future results when it announces earnings on April 17. I would suggest Put options before the announcement. I added the May 19 Put to my Volatility Portfolio yesterday. For more options plays, subscribe to JubakAM.com.
March 29, 2023 | VIX, Volatility |
Today March 29, the VIX dropped again, losing another 4.01% to 19.10. So I’ll be buying the June 21 Call Option with a strike price of 23 tomorrow. A contract for 100 shares closed at $305 today. This buy will go into my Volatility Portfolio.
March 23, 2023 | Daily JAM, Videos |
Today’s Quick Pick is SPDR S&P Bank ETF (NYSEARCA: KBE). I’m not suggesting buying this now: I’m suggesting you watch this and buy Put Options on this ETF when the time is right. The SPDR S&P ETF is approximately 80% regional banks. As you can imagine, it took a huge hit during the recent banking scare and would have been a great Put Option last week during the plunge in the sector. Options are a way to leverage the volatility of this market. The recent exit of my VIX Call Option resulted in a 100% gain in about a week. For KBE, I’d look at Put Options that climb in value as the price of the ETF sinks. At the time of recording, KBE was selling at about 37. I’m looking at the June 16 Put at a strike price o 38. At the moment, the Put is deeply underwater but I’ll continue to watch this rally to see when it’s worth it to jump in. At the moment, I suggest you watch this one: Don’t buy just yet but wait for the next shoe to fall in the banking crisis.
March 6, 2023 | Daily JAM, VIX, Volatility |
The CBOE S&P 500 Volatility Index (VIX) has dropped back near 18–the index was at 18.50 as of noon New York time on Monday, March 6–despite what looks like a month or two of potential volatility ahead. So, as of this morning, I’m buying Call Options on the VIX for May 17 with a strike price of 23 (at a cost of $197 a contract) and on the June 23 contract with a strike price of 23 (at a cost of $254 a contract) for my Volatility Portfolio.
February 8, 2023 | Daily JAM, EQNR, Jubak Picks, Volatility |
Today, Wednesday, February 8, Equinor (EQNR) reported a record $74.9 billion adjusted operating profit for 2022. That more than doubled the previous record. If you’re looking to add an energy stock to your portfolio ahead of a year that looks likely to be a good one for energy stocks, I’d suggest Equinor. I’ll be adding it to my Jubak Picks Portfolio tomorrow with a target price of $40 a share.
January 29, 2023 | Daily JAM, Millennial, Volatility |
An 11% rally in a sector leader, like Tesla (TSLA) on Friday translated into a jump in other stocks in the sector. But not all equally. The move was most clearly concentrated in shares of electric vehicle charging stocks.
November 28, 2022 | AAPL, Daily JAM, Volatility |
Apple (AAPL) shares fell 2.63% today on estimates that Covid-lockdown turmoil at Chinese iPhone supplier Foxconn Technology could result in a production shortfall of 6 million units of the company’s iPhone Pro. And there’s a chance that production shortfalls could grow if Foxconn can’t get workers back to its assembly lines. The Put option on Apple that I bought back on October 12, 2022, jumped 59.79% today to $136 for a contract on 100 shares. But this option with its strike price of $135 expires on December 16. Which means that I’m running into that good old-time decay problem. If the stock, which closed at $144.22 today, doesn’t fall below $135 by December 16, then this option will expire worthless.
November 3, 2022 | Daily JAM, Videos, Volatility |
Today I posted my two-hundred-and-first YouTube video: Quick Pick Brazil ETF EWZ. This week’s Quick Pick is Brazil, iShares MSCI Brazil ETF (NYSEARCA: EWZ). While the election in Brazil isn’t totally over with an actual concession speech, it’s clear Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has defeated President Jair Bolsonaro, making Bolsonaro the first Brazilian President ever to not win a second term. Bolsonaro has yet to concede to Lula and his followers are still engaged in massive protests against the outcome. Even if Bolsonaro never concedes, a good measurement of how the post-election violence is trend is the number of roadblocks by Bolsonaro supporters throughout the country. The current count is 192 roadblocks cleared, 271 still up – but the Supreme Court has imposed fines to put pressure on the police to remove the roadblocks. As the roadblocks go down and Bolsonaro supporters gradually retreat from violence, Brazilian stocks will go up as Lula steps into the presidency. The iShares MSCI Brazil ETF currently is paying a hefty dividend of 11% 12% and you get a lot of exposure to Petrobras and Brazilian consumer stocks. I especially like that consumer exposure since I think Lula will invest in the consumer sector.
October 23, 2022 | AAPL, AMZN, CAT, Daily JAM, EQNR, GOOG, Morning Briefing, MSFT, PXD |
Earnings. Earnings. And more earnings. From the big bellwether technology stocks: Apple, Amazon, Microsoft, Meta Platforms, and Alphabet. Wall Street has already slashed earnings forecast for these stocks so there’s a good chance these companies will report earnings that surpass expectations even if only by a few pennies. By and large, though, these reports will show either an absolute drop from the September quarter of 2021 or, at best, a slowing of revenue and earnings growth. Key to the market’s reaction will be what these companies say about expectations for the next quarter or two. Will they emphasize what are already clear slowdowns in PC and smartphone sales? Will they speak to the elephant in the room–the U.S/China trade war? Will they say that a strong dollar plus inflation is cutting into sales outside the United States and U.S. sales to domestic customers who are showing signs of “price fatigue”?
August 24, 2022 | Daily JAM, Jubak Picks, UNG, Volatility |
On Tuesday U.S. natural gas prices tumbled after the operators of the Freeport liquefied natural gas terminal said production will resume in early to mid-November instead of October as earlier announced. The terminal, which handles almost 20% of U.S. LNG exports, was knocked out of operation by an explosion in June. The trouble at Freeport has been an especially big deal for European LNG shipments since the United States sends almost 75% of its LNG to Europe and that market has been scrambling to replace natural gas from Russia after that country’s invasion of Ukraine. Natural gas futures dropped 6.5% on Tuesday after hitting $10 per million BTUs for the first time since 2008. Today, Wednesday, August 24, natural gas futures for September delivery are up 2.09% as of 1:30 p.m. New York time.
August 23, 2022 | Daily JAM, Morning Briefing |
Acres that U.S. farmers were unable to plant have more than tripled from the same period last year as extreme weather wreaks havoc on fields, according to the August report from the Farm Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Prevented planting acres–or the acres of insured crops that can’t be planted because of disasters including flooding and drought–stood at 6.4 million. That’s up from 2.1 million in 2021. Prevented planting acres of corn jumped to more than 3 million acres, from 639,000 acres in 2021, according to the USDA. Wheat shot up to more than 1 million acres from nearly 300,000 acres last year. Not surprisingly grain prices have climbed–and so have the prices of commodity funds. The Teucrium Corn Fund ETF (CORN) is up 4.01% today, August 23, as of noon New York time. The ETF is a member of my Volatility Portfolio where it’s down 8.45% since I added it on June 17, 2022. The Teucrium Wheat Fund ETF (WEAT) is up 2.58% as of noon today. That ETF is a member of my Jubak Picks Portfolio. It’s down 27.26% since I added the position on May 25, 2022.