Moby Waller

Moby Waller

A former successful CBOE Market Maker and European Options Trader, Moby Waller is co-portfolio manager of the ETFTRADR and Rapid Options Income trade newsletter programs with BigTrends.com. and is Director of Editorial for the BigTrends website. Moby began trading stocks and options at 19 years old. He graduated from American University, and prior to that was a National Merit Finalist. Moby's writing and analysis about trading and the stock market has been featured on BigTrends.com, Barron's, Yahoo Finance, SeekingAlpha, and thestreet, among other places.

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Lowest VIX Monthly Close Since January 2007

Option implied volatility continues to stay low with the S&P 500 (SPX) (SPY) hitting new all-time highs recently (and downside volatility in the Nasdaq lessening greatly) – other factors involved in the dropping CBOE Volatility Index (VIX) (VXX) include seasonality (many traders are on vacation this time of year and trading volume tends to slow [...]

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Contrarian Warning – One Sentiment Measure Is At 1987 Levels Of Bullishness

Longtime option and sentiment trader Don Fishback passed these charts on to us — what they show is various long-term investor/advisor sentiment surveys from Investor’s Intelligence, AAII, Hulbert and Consensus.  The combined Bullish Sentiment by his measure is at the highest level since August 1987 (the market dropped 22% on ‘Black Monday’ in October 1987)  – see the [...]

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Once Again, Extremely Strong Percent R Readings For The Broad Market Prove Very Bullish

Percent R (Williams %R) Trend Strength System Continues To Perform Well  We previously examined this in 2012 and here (as well as before then)  – when the market gives an extremely strong Daily reading on Williams Percent R (using the BigTrends inputs and method for %R), it actually is usually a bullish signal for further upside to continue.  This is [...]

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A ‘No-Brainer’ Stock To Own For A Long-Term Investor, In A Nutshell

This article is a quick analysis that delves into the overall fundamental outlook and the big picture stock price movement, but not in an in-depth manner.  Please do your own research and due diligence before investing in this or any other stock.  Additionally, we may go long or short DIS at any time (or any stock [...]

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20 Most Popular ETFs Of 2013, Revisited

A couple of years ago, we analyzed the most popular Exchange Traded Funds (ETF) by average daily trading volume.   One important factor to our list is we’ve stripped out all of the Inverse, Ultra, Bear, etc ETFs to find only the “pure” sector and index plays. Here is an update to that list for [...]

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Gold Near Key Long-Term Fibonacci Support Level

The recent plunge in Gold has been one of the leading talking points among many traders and investors out there for some time. The who/what/where/when/why of the acceleration of the downtrend in Gold (GLD ETF) has been speculated on by many. It is rumored that a legendary investor has lost billions by doubling down on [...]

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Oil Services Emerging In 2013

With the first month of 2013 finishing today, the market has gotten off to a strong start. This normally indicates a strong year is ahead of us, based upon historical data of the S&P 500 (SPX) (SPY). We took a look at what Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) are outperforming the market, to see what sectors [...]

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Crude Oil ETF Hits Extreme Low Percent R Level

United States Oil Fund (USO), which tracks the spot price of West Texas Light Sweet Crude Oil, has been moving quite a bit lower since last Monday, September 17. Williams Percent R (using the BigTrends Percent R method) on the USO daily chart hit the extreme low level of 0.00 yesterday — we examined previous [...]

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2nd Quarter 2012 Market & ETF Performance Review

The end of the 2nd quarter of 2012 is about upon us — Friday will be the last trading day of June. In general, this hasn’t been a good quarter to be a long-side buy-and-hold investor or trader. Let’s break down the performance of some of the major market sectors over the year-to-date (YTD), for [...]

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The VIX Breaches The Key 20 Level

As option traders and market timers, one of the key indicators that we’ve been watching and analyzing since the early-1990s is the CBOE Volatility Index (VIX) (VXX). The VIX measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 (SPX) options and is basically the original way to measure market sentiment levels among option traders (both retail & [...]

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Keep Your Head Cool While Others Are Losing Their Minds

Timeless Trading Concepts to Keep in Mind for Today’s Volatile Markets I want to provide you today with some ideas for withstanding and thriving in the whippy, volatile bearish market we find ourselves in currently. Even with 20+ years of experience trading (both professionally and personally), I often have to keep these kinds of concepts in mind, [...]

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Record CBOE Options Volume and Put/Call Ratio Over 1.00

Editors note: Moby Waller from BigTrends.com shares a special column with us today.  After last week’s crazy action, Monday’s trading set some more option volume records. It shows the continuing growth and use of options (especially on the VIX and ETFs) among both small and large investors/traders. According to the CBOE for the second consecutive day trading volume reached an all-time [...]

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18% VIX Pop Looks Bullish Over 2 Week Time Frame

The CBOE Volatility Index (VIX) (VXX) (VXZ), which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 Index (SPX) (SPY) options, had a big rise on Wednesday due to the market pulling back. Day-over-day the VIX closed 18.45% higher to end at 18.30. While on a real basis we’re still within the lower range we’ve been in [...]