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  • Apple's True Opportunities In 2013 [View article]
    Thanks for the article. If Apple wants to do something truly innovative, in the same vein as S Jobs they might consider rennovating the indoor and outdoor recreation business.
    Examples might include:
    batt powered rec vehicles
    solar powered recreational micro devices (an insect with camera)
    entry into a smaller one man aircraft, and take on regulation
    underwater exploration via remote controlled subs
    gutter cleaning devices that operate by remote control
    modern home cleaning devices or safety devices
    around the world balloons with cam and nav devices (airline tickets attached for free vacations)
    lo-cost software to make your own animations via smart phone
    Education tools (smart toys) for tots, relieving children the imagination blight
    Senior citizen tools for maintaining mental health

    The list goes on.....they need to just be bold! Of course this means they will have to take on the mother of all....government regulation.

    They should go out on a limb, not just use cash on hand, but borrow against it. Think BIG! And if it doesn't work in America, then do it somewhere else, it'll catch on.
    Mar 20, 2013. 09:14 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • How Much Should You Pay For Apple? [View article]
    I understand Allessandro, but would be forced to buy $37,000 of stock (1 contract). Pls see my comment above to Mkt. Thanks.
    Feb 4, 2013. 03:23 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • How Much Should You Pay For Apple? [View article]
    I also agree with analysis, and your comment Mkt. Forgive me for digging, but what put spread are you considering? I also like puts, but am too conservative to go (partially) naked short. Also don't want to allocate dry powder to cover the put if exersized.
    Feb 4, 2013. 03:14 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • How Much Should You Pay For Apple? [View article]
    I understand your illustration, and have experimented with spreads, including calandar spreads. In my "current" case, with APPL, the purpose is to hold a long term core holding of the stock, but would like to take short term insurance/dividend positions using options. My response to whadda, was concerning selling "an atm put".

    The discipline (with me, and I'm sure others have done this) is to hold a put spread without giving in to selling the long leg of the put as the underlying stock falls. Case in point: EXC. Got outta my long puts too early, held short until it was below the short put strike price. A lesson I would rather learn using a $30 stock than a $450 stock. (by the way, that was a 3-1 spread).

    Nonetheless, good information Rookie, I definitely appreciate your comment. I'm always trying to learn something new in S.A. - especially concerning options.
    Feb 2, 2013. 11:17 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • How Much Should You Pay For Apple? [View article]
    One reason is controlling $45000 of stock is a little steep for some. That's a limitation I have with buying insurance or selling otm calls with AAPL (don't own enough shares).
    Jan 31, 2013. 12:34 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • In Defense Of Apple: Battling The Mounting Hysteria [View article]
    Easy buddy, we're all pals here. Take a break, unwind. It's a very trying world, it's very hard to determine the truth. You're fine.
    Jan 29, 2013. 09:44 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • In Defense Of Apple: Battling The Mounting Hysteria [View article]
    STD VOOH:

    If you check my feed, you'll see that I told AAPL panic types to sell their shares, get out of AAPL. I felt and still feel the clueless shareholders are a detriment to AAPL.

    That's what I'm talkin' about..........
    Jan 29, 2013. 09:35 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • In Defense Of Apple: Battling The Mounting Hysteria [View article]
    'nough said.
    Jan 29, 2013. 08:59 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • In Defense Of Apple: Battling The Mounting Hysteria [View article]
    I may be an old saw, but while you're at it, look up "profit sharing plans" that existed before you came along. The ultimate buy-and-hold. On a friendly note, maybe you could refrain from lecturing people on how invest (trade) their money.
    Jan 29, 2013. 08:30 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • In Defense Of Apple: Battling The Mounting Hysteria [View article]
    Can't resist (intended response to the comments following Mknuetral):

    The stock market IS manipulated. Stock market is a tick on the tail of the credit market dog - interest rates are driven by central banks. On a smaller scale, inflows from pension funds also affect prices in the stock market.

    Ever owned an actively managed mutual fund? They trade stocks, maybe not like pattern day traders, but quarterly re-allocation is a form of trade. Is it some kind of crime to pick entry and exit points?

    PEG ratios include the G part of the equation, sometimes come to fruition, sometimes not.

    The upward price movement of AMZN may be driven by the perception that they are going to control much of online retail, then raise profit margins. Either way, they don't pay a dividend, so an eventual sale of the stock (even if held long term) is the only way to capitalize on your strategy.

    Finally, try telling a 68 yr old to buy and hold - buy and hold what, and for when? Are they cost averaging their social security checks using this strategy?
    Try holding bonds or bond funds when interest rates go up.

    Cashing out, unless planning to leave to heirs or charities, is the ultimate goal for the individual investor (trader).
    Jan 29, 2013. 07:56 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • In Defense Of Apple: Battling The Mounting Hysteria [View article]
    You are correct sir, I was using my HP calculator (sorry, couldn't resist). I guess it is also worth questioning the implied price move based on the current straddle price.
    Jan 26, 2013. 02:31 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • In Defense Of Apple: Battling The Mounting Hysteria [View article]
    Why bother?
    Point made. My original post was simply an observation on tradable securities and derivatives.

    for all serious followers, maybe check out STD's past comments.
    Jan 25, 2013. 09:33 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • In Defense Of Apple: Battling The Mounting Hysteria [View article]
    point 1. yep, you are correct.
    point 2. I don't understand smacking.
    point3. Mr. B can buy and hold all he wants, and sell also. I suspect Mr. B uses hedging to maintain his balance sheet.

    I have to trade in currency, stocks, and other asset classes to pay for my house, heating bills, medical needs. It's all about pineapples and coconuts.
    Jan 25, 2013. 08:59 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • In Defense Of Apple: Battling The Mounting Hysteria [View article]
    I understand your comment, and I'm in your corner. Do I own stock in AAPL? Yes, I do......lots. Am I interested in renting the stock on a buy low/sell high concept? Yes, I am.
    Investing is a concept that can be deceiving. We're all traders here, whether you like the term or not. Gambling .......not at all pal.
    Jan 25, 2013. 08:26 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • In Defense Of Apple: Battling The Mounting Hysteria [View article]
    STRADDLES - the volume of Jan 25 weekly straddles was building before the earnings call, as was almost any strike price within 50 points (check it out). Before the close on Thursday (the day AAPL reported), the cost of a $515 strike price straddle was $18.80 per contract. $515 was the stock price at the close of the session.

    The Jan weekly strike price for the same straddle closed today at $70.95. That is a gain of (70.95/18.80 = 377% in two days).

    I will pay closer attention to earnings season going forward, especially using options.
    Jan 25, 2013. 07:47 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
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