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Trading Strategies

The Best Way to Play the Most Important Earnings Season in History

In the history of the stock market, there has never been a better time to trade an earnings season than right now… and I have the tools to do it successfully.

It's a volume-tracking tool that can help you make back three months' worth of cash – in two weeks…

You see, the market is still facing incredible amounts of volatility. While some of the "too big to fail" companies like Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings and JC Penney are in jeopardy of closing doors and shutting off their lights for good, other companies are elbowing their way to the forefront.

For example, online medical care provider Teladoc Health and teleconferencing provider Zoom Video are a couple of the companies that are blowing second-quarter earnings reports out of the water.

In fact, the online work communications site Slack Technologies reported that the company was up 49% from the year prior.

In addition, online retailers like Amazon and Walmart are experiencing record sales and have hit all-time highs over the past few weeks. AMZN just reported that it is up 26% from the year prior on Q1 earnings.

The bottom line is that stocks are moving big time… and that means you can profit.

Once the true impact of the coronavirus on companies is revealed, big volume moves are sure to ensue – which means that a large number of stocks get bought or sold at once, creating high-probability, short-term opportunities to profit.

And now is the time to take advantage.

Now, I'm not talking about buying and holding stocks. Nor am I talking about shorting them.

I'm talking about trading options… Full Story

I'm talking about trading options... Full Story


Markets Live Recap: Bank Earnings, New York Manufacturing, Safety Stocks, and Gold

Huge declines in year-over-year bank earnings were in focus on Wall Street this morning as some of the heavyweights reported before the opening bell.

The market opened down about 2% and closed near the same levels.

But that certainly isn't the only news you should be taking into account today…

You see, bank earnings have "knock-on effects" that can ripple throughout the economy in a variety of ways.

Here's what our experts – Chris Johnson, Tom Gentile, D.R. Barton, Jr., and Shah Gilani – saw in real time today, April 15


Trading Strategies

What You Didn't Hear About Black Friday Could Cost You Big Profits

Thanksgiving in the Barton house is all about gratitude. We're thankful for such a wide range of blessings – time with family and friends, delicious food, and yes, even a little football.

But once Thanksgiving is over, aside from a glance or two at a smartphone or laptop, no one even considers venturing out into Black Friday.

As one of only two states east of the Mississippi that doesn't have sales tax (New Hampshire is the other), Delaware malls and stores in general get overrun on big shopping days. The Bartons avoid that fray – but thousands of others jump right in…

As do millions more all around the country.

Americans spent $4.2 billion at online sales alone on Thanksgiving Day, and another $7.4 billion on Black Friday.

That second number alone is up 19.6% from last year's Black Friday.

I certainly can't fault the retailers for putting on those sales.

For them, Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and the weekend after can make or break their whole year.

The five days from Thanksgiving Day through Cyber Monday are the highpoint of the holiday shopping months of November and December.

And just those two months make up between 20% and 30% of annual sales for American retailers.

So with Cyber Monday now behind us, you'd think the news would tell you which retailers did well, which didn't, and most importantly, what you should do about it.


Trading Strategies

How to Play the Growing Retail Divide This Holiday Season

When I started Total Wealth, I promised you that I would cover the best trading tips, tactics, and techniques for today's markets, including specific trading methods when headlines make the case for doing so.

Today, I'm going to keep that promise with a trade based on a recent story in Fortune that caught my attention: "Black Friday Weekend Will Deepen the Divide Between Retail's Winners and Losers."

We've talked about the retail "divide" in great depth many times both here in Total Wealth and in our paid sister-service, the Money Map Report, and I've characterized the ongoing battle as "Amazon versus everybody else." We also invested accordingly (and very successfully if you're following along as directed, I might add).

Today's trade, though, is about the "everybody else" in that phraseology. Not Amazon.

This is important stuff because the retail "divide" that makes this trade work is going to create fortunes for savvy investors who understand the dynamic and – sadly – wreck more than a few portfolios for those who don't.

Obviously, I want you to be amongst the fortune-builders.

Here's how to line up big profit potential even if the markets turn...


9 "Zombie" Stocks to Sell Now Before They Drag Your Money to the Grave

We've found nine stocks to sell that could cost you if they happen to be lurking in your portfolio.

These "zombie stocks" have become trapped by their own debt. Lured by the cheap money afforded by very low interests, these firms borrowed more than they could handle. The can't make enough income to cover their interest payments, which is unsustainable.

If you own any of these stocks, get rid of them now...