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Three options strategies for the week: October 14, 2019

The “Options Action” traders share three options trading strategies to kick off the week. Dan Nathan broke down call buying in JPMorgan. Mike Khouw and Carter Worth illustrated buying a put spread in the Consumer Staples ETF.  Khouw also looked at buying a put calendar in Netflix.  Disclaimer Trader disclosure: Dan …

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Small caps are primed to outperform large caps over the next decade

A trader works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York. Michael Nagle | Bloomberg | Getty Images It might be time to buy into small-cap stocks even though they are lagging their large-cap counterparts, some strategists say. The Russell 2000 — which tracks small-cap …

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Black and Hispanic unemployment is at a record low

A worker assembles truck engine cooling module components at the MAHLE Behr Charleston Inc. auto part facility in Charleston, South Carolina. Luke Sharrett | Bloomberg | Getty Images There have never been more Black and Hispanic Americans in the workforce, Friday’s Labor Department job report showed. The jobless rate for …

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Battle for zero trading fees pressures Robinhood’s next leg of growth

The Robinhood app on IOS and Android  Source: Robinhood A move by major brokerages this week to scrap trading fees could be a direct hit to Robinhood, the start-up that kicked off the trend six years ago. Charles Schwab, TD Ameritrade and E-Trade all announced this week that they would …

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A key number on Thursday will reveal whether the economic slowdown is spreading

Dan Dalton | Getty Images So far, businesses in the services sector have been growing at a decent pace and withstanding the headwinds that have hit manufacturing. Economists expect services remains strong but at a slightly slower pace than last month. The next reading to gauge the progress of that …

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Many former college students don’t earn more than $28,000 a year

A secure financial future is what most Americans hope to get with their college degree. More than 80% of freshmen students say they pursued higher education “to be able to get a better job.” Another popular reason? “To make more money.” Many college students, then, are likely to be disappointed. …

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The end of commissions for stock trading is near as TD Ameritrade cuts to zero, matching Schwab

TD Ameritrade Holding Corp. signage is illuminated atop the company’s headquarters at night in Omaha, Nebraska. Sarah Hoffman | Bloomberg | Getty Images The “race to zero” for the brokerage industry is over. TD Ameritrade said late Tuesday that the company will eliminate all commission fees for online U.S. stock, …

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Don’t expect calm markets in October, usually a month for wild swings

Chinese President Xi Jinping chats with President Donald Trump during a welcome ceremony in Beijing on Nov. 9, 2017. AP Photo | Andy Wong The stock market got caught in the perfect storm of escalated trade tensions and impeachment fears in September, but it came out just fine with the …

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Interactive Brokers unveils service offering commission-free trades

Pedestrians pass in front of a TD Ameritrade location in San Francisco, California. David Paul Morris | Bloomberg | Getty Images Interactive Brokers will now make any amount of your stock trades without commission fees, threatening rival brokerage firms. Shares of retail brokerage firms TD Ameritrade, Charles Schwab, and ETrade …

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Buy Square because the negativity around the stock is about to change, says Wells Fargo

Payments company Square is being overlooked on Wall Street but that’s about to change, according to Wells Fargo. The firm upgraded Square’s stock to outperform from market perform. Wells Fargo’s target price is unchanged at $80. Square’s stock closed at $58.51 on Wednesday. “SQ’s fundamentals remain strong, investor sentiment is …

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