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.

500 Point Daily Moves

Trying to understand option trading on a Wednesday when 500 point daily swings in the market are the near norm is a challenge. Look at these five stocks and their five day charts. A lot is going to happen in the next two days and the gamble is if the markets go flat or go up just a little bit or if they go flat or go down you're going to lose. Looking at it that way it's best just to stay away. Look at the low Call volume on Boeing, Deere, Snowflake, Caterpiller and Ford. Next to nothing really. Why? Well traders don't get a second chance playing short term Call options if the markets suddenly start to go against them. It's like flipping a coin. Well it's worse than that. Your playing against computer generated logarithms which will eat you alive. That's why many option traders take holidays or reset days when the markets get this crazy. Option trading is all about taking resets. Pausing and then looking for things more comfortable to watch like the coming of earning reports.
Note, a reasonable amount of volume but not a speculatively high crazy volume.
Deere Call option trding is always pretty light.
Barron's recently reviewed the company and gave it high marks for being on top of their gameplan.
Very light trading here.
(The electric auto stocks are hot this week with Ford leading the way announcing $10,000 price increases on it's electric trucks which is something they can do after reporting recent earnings of three billion dollars or some number like that. All of this activity is late morning trading on Wednesday. Let's now jump ahead to the closing bell of Thursday August 11th, the next day. It will be interesting to see how many of these stocks continue in their breakout trends. Will buying into this upward momentum be rewarding? Here are all five stocks.
After a stock has had a one day spike upwards it's difficult to keep the momentum going.
Here we have a double with daytraders cashing out on the spike yesterday.
Notice the Calls trading up on very light volume? Finally there is Ford and Call options on Ford always attract attention.
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Lets see what happens tomorrow and add to it a closing statement. Here is what happened with comments to follow.
Now Caterpillar.
Then Ford. Because of it's lower price, the price swings on a percentage basis can be quite large.
It was a strong week. Final comments to follow. 1) Boeing went from $6.17 to $5.00 2) Deere went from $5.55 to $17.29 3) Snowflake went from $13.70 to $8.40 4) Caterpillar went from $5.90 to $11.43 and Ford went from .51 to $1.15. In big picture, one set of options tripled, two sets of options doubled and Boeing and Snowflake slightly disappointed. This was a strong week with a Friday rally which was the iceing on the cake.