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The Dow Up 457 And the Nasdaq Up 460.70

Look at these gains today. Today is a Thursday. Meta is up $18.04, AMD is up $17.49, NVDA is up 110.55, AMZN is up $6.00, ELI lILLY is up 23.75, SUPER MICRO is up $241.52, NETFLIX is up $15.12, COSTCO is up $11.38 AND MODERNA is up $11.85. Gains of $110.55 and $241.52 in one day on two stocks! What's that all about? Well warning bells should be going off. We must be at a short term top. Three stocks stand out to me that are having changing stories. 1) Moderna. 2) Rivian. 3) Lucid In these crazy markets a lot of these stories get buried. Option players in these markets are getting whipsawed and it is getting to be to difficult a market to play in. Once this final round of earning reports are over things should get back to normal.

Boeing and Trading Platform Failures

Monday mornings. I try and stay away from option trading on Monday mornings but this time I thought I could catch the upside on Boeing on a weak opening. Here is the premarket quotes at 9:08 a.m. and here is the premarket by ticket I placed. At 8:02 a.m.I placed a bid of $2.52 when the premarket at that time had Boeing trading down by about two dollars a share. I was trying to purchase a Boeing 225.50 Call which would then expire at the end of the week. I was being a bit stingy with my order but it was an experiment. It must be mentioned that when your placing an order in the premarket there are no "bids' and "asks" so you have to pick a price you feel comfortable paying. Thats what makes the exercise tricky. How much lower will a Call option open than it closed on the previous day? It depends in part apon how many days it is away from expiring. The more days further out the expiracy date is the less it will go down in price. That plus you don't get an instant fill. You have to wait a minute or two until after the opening bell to find out if you got what you were trying to buy. It's not really a perfect system but that's the way it works.
So what happened, did I get my fill? Something really strange happened. Look at this update on Boeing twenty three minutes into the trading session. What do you notice in the printout of how this series on Call options was trading?
At 9:53 a.m. there was no bid or asks posted and no trades. A technical issue of some sort took down the system of all option trading. How strange is that? Imagine if that was to happen on a Friday afternoon when you where trying to close out a position? The bottom line is that not only can your brokerage company have mechanical issues with their platforms, so to can the entire system provider for the exchange itself. In this case the system was down for over an hour. What happened to my little ticket to buy? Boeing ended up charging up on the day and I never got a fill.
Now a follow up to my last blog on Lowes. I talked about how it rallied last week on the news of lumber prices crashes. Well over the weekend news surfaced on forest fires and railway lines out of commisission because of fires on their train tracks. Shipping lumber out was suddenly an issue and the spot market for lumber was shooting back up because of the continuing fires. Here is how Lowes reacted to that news on the opening.
Would that have made it a great time to buy into the upside with options on the Monday morning after a quick selloff? Perhaps, however once again the trading platforms were down.
Such is life.

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