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What to Do When Options Trading Profits Arrive Ahead of Schedule

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With options trading, even the smallest move in the underlying stock can result in explosive profits.

We just saw exactly this scenario play out with one of my Money Calendar recommendations. Those quick moves can work both ways - so you have to grab your profits when you can.

Today, I'm going to walk you through that winning case study and show you exactly what happened - and the best way to protect your profits. Let's get to it...

This Media Darling Is Worth 98.22% Less Than Goldman Sachs Thinks (NYSE: GS)


Goldman Sachs (NYSE: GS) and Wall Street in general are bullish on this market darling, even after it has already fallen more than 45%.

This is why you definitely don't want to listen to "the herd."

Here are five good reasons why you should avoid this beloved stock at all costs...

Goldman Sachs Earnings Disappoint but Analysts Still Like Stock (NYSE: GS)

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Goldman Sachs earnings released Thursday morning disappointed, sending shares down 1%.

Weighed down by litigation costs, the bank posted a 52% profit drop.

Nonetheless, the powerhouse remains an attractive investment.

Keeping reading to find out why.

Goldman Sachs (NYSE: GS) Is Going to Work for You


It's true! Starting sometime next year, Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (NYSE: GS) is going to start lending money to the 99%.

But don't bother getting all suited up with hat in hand for a visit to a local branch of Goldman Sachs Bank USA (with its $73 billion in deposits) - there won't be one.

Here's how to capitalize on something we've seen coming for a while...

Pass on JPMorgan (NYSE: JPM) Stock and Buy This Big Bank Play Instead


JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM) stock seemingly continues to establish all-time highs with each new trading session.

It's one of the largest investment banks in the world, sitting on $2.6 trillion in assets. It navigated the financial crisis better than any other firm on Wall Street.

But here's why if you buy it now, you may miss this more profitable opportunity in banking...

Goldman Sachs Stock Price Can't Escape Volcker Rule Time Bomb

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The Goldman Sachs stock price fell yesterday (Thursday) on what was a wildly successful earnings season for the investment banking giant.

Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (NYSE: GS) earnings crushed estimates across the board. But traders on the day were correct in their assessments. GS stock is not one to pile into right now.

In fact, big bank stocks are not the best place to put your money. And Goldman Sachs has its own challenges ahead...

Tread Softly… and Carry a Big Risk-Management Calculator

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Investors are heading into the lending market for good reasons. But risk management is a key factor in yielding big gains.

Because what you don't know can hurt you.

Here's how to avoid losing money in this lucrative but shifting market...

How to Beat the Market by 656%

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We want to let you in on a secret. Since high-tech is flattening everything in its path, we've got a stealthy solution to beat the market by 656%...

In fact, the mainstream media ought to be covering this story aggressively - yet I've hardly heard a word about it.

Perhaps because the facts we're about to share with you contradict the impending "tech bubble" the financial media has been gleefully speculating about...

JPMorgan (NYSE: JPM) Is the Latest Target on Goldman Sachs' "Hit List"


JP Morgan (NYSE: JPM) is about to become Goldman Sachs' newest toy. Except its version of "playing" is "smashing it into pieces."

That's right, Goldman Sachs has joined a bandwagon of analysts calling for JP Morgan Chase to break up. And since Goldman Sachs is simply the best at what it does - good and evil - their mission shouldn't be too hard.

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Goldman Sachs (NYSE: GS) Earnings Show Investment Banking Growth; Stock Rises

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Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (NYSE: GS) stock is up today (Tuesday) after GS earnings surprised Wall Street with a strong beat. The investment powerhouse reported second quarter results before Tuesday's opening bell.

Here are all the details…

Don't Be Fooled by Goldman Sachs' (NYSE: GS) Earnings Beat

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Goldman Sachs (NYSE: GS) stock rose 1.22% yesterday (Wednesday) to $178.75, ahead of today's Q4 earnings release.

Analysts project EPS of $4.21 on revenue of $7.71 billion. Those figures are down from last year, when GS reported EPS of $5.60 on revenue of $9.24 billion.

The bank is scheduled to report earnings at 7:30 A.M. EST and will follow up with a conference call at 9:30 A.M.

GS stock has performed well lately, up 10% in the last three months and 29% in the last year.

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Too Big To Prosecute: Goldman Skates Again

It's not so good to know that the big banks and investment firms are still above the law.

This newest rub-your-nose-in-it story conjures so much frustration we may need a new word to describe it.

As a matter of fact, I have one for you....

Stock Market Today: It's Easy to Beat Earnings Estimates When You Aim Low

The stock market today opened higher as earnings continue to be "not as bad as expected" and industrial production shows signs of stabilizing.

Here's our market roundup for investors:

  • Earnings continue to beat estimates- The third quarter was supposed to be a dismal earnings season but lowered expectations are giving companies a boost. Johnson and Johnson (NYSE: JNJ) and Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (NYSE: GS) reported better-than-expected profits this morning and each offered investors something else to cheer about. JNJ's third-quarter profits fell 7% from last year but its adjusted EPS of $1.25 beat Wall Street's estimates of $1.21. Goldman had a third-quarter profit of $1.51 billion, compared with a year-earlier loss of $393 million and easily beat both earnings and revenue forecasts. Besides the strong earnings, Goldman announced that it would increase its quarterly dividend to 50 cents from 46 cents and JNJ raised its 2012 earnings forecast. JNJ stock is up 1.4% in early trading and GS stock is up 1.0%.
Decreased expectations have allowed companies to report numbers that might have been disappointing but now look encouraging. JNJ pulled this off as the forecast it issued today for 2012 earnings was lower than the projection it had last quarter. Even though earnings for the most part have beat expectations there is still the uncertainty of the fiscal cliff and slowing economic growth.

"Investors are cycling back into risk as earnings as well as economic numbers in the U.S. are somewhat better than expected," Chad Morganlander, a Florham Park, NJ-based fund manager at Stifel Nicolaus & Co. told Bloomberg News in a telephone interview. "Economic growth will continue to be sluggish even with the flickers of hope that we've seen this morning."

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Goldman Sachs Stock (NYSE: GS) Won't Rebound on These Earnings

Goldman Sachs Group (NYSE: GS) handily beat second-quarter earnings and revenue when it reported numbers today (Tuesday) before market open - but that's not too hard to do since expectations had slipped drastically over the past couple months.

The investment banking giant's earnings per share came in at $1.78, blowing away analysts' estimates of $1.18. Revenue came in at $6.63 billion, better than the expected $6.28 billion.

A couple months ago these numbers would have actually disappointed.

In the last two months, expectations for the quarter had dwindled. The average earnings per share forecasts dropped to the current $1.18 per share from $2.16 in June and $2.87 in May. Looking back to the same quarter a year ago, earnings were $1.85 per share and revenue was $7.28 billion (8.9% better than the current quarter's revenue).

"During the second quarter, market conditions deteriorated and activity levels for both corporate and investing clients were lower given continued instability in Europe and concerns about global growth," Goldman Chairman and CEO Lloyd Blankfein said in a statement.

The weak economic environment will keep weighing on Goldman through the year.

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Forget Goldman Sachs; Only Fools Rush In

Is Goldman Sachs (NYSE: GS) playing us all for Muppets when they say stocks now present a generational buying opportunity?

The investment bank's 40-page bullish report, titled "The Long Good Buy: The Case for Equities," says to forget the huge run-up since 2009, forget the 25% rise in equities over the last five-and-a-half months, and forget bonds. This party is just getting started.

Are they right? Yes, they are.

Should you heed their advice and sell your bonds and load up the truck with equities? Hell no.

Goldman's report is like me forecasting increasing dark towards evening. It's too obvious. Of course stocks are a better buy than bonds in the long run when bond yields are so low.

But there's this little problem of timing that they don't address.

If you load up on equities now, and there's a correction, or worse, a double-dip in major market economies, and you get taken to the cleaners, unless you're young enough to hold onto your stocks for a generation, you may be done... as in toast.

Right now is not the time to jump onto the bull market. It looks great, I agree. But this creature is getting restless, and coming into the spring, some caution may be warranted.

If you want to get in, have patience. There's plenty of time, if the markets are presenting a generational buying opportunity.

By the way, they already have had a generational run, and you probably missed it. Did you load up in March 2009? Did you load up in October of last year?

Piling on right now is exactly when the fools rush in. Forget Goldman. You know they fleece their clients. Just because you aren't a client doesn't mean they're not out to use you, too.

The markets didn't rally on the Goldman report. They shrugged it off as mere public relations, perhaps to defray that conversation about the firm playing its clients like puppets.

What drove markets last week was China. There are increasing worries that the Chinese economy may be slowing more than anticipated. If that is the case, if Chinese GDP growth slows to below 7.5%, global markets will cool down. If its GDP growth falls to 5%, or lower, global markets could crash.

Yes, I mean crash, as in, drop 50% in short order.

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