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Novice Trade: L Brands Real Money Pro($)

Use today's dead cat bounce as a way to get short.

Novice Trade: Facebook Real Money Pro($)

Use today's action in FB as an opportunity to load up on near-term calls.

Novice Trade: VIX Index Real Money Pro($)

If Trump were to tweet about the VIX, he might say this.

Novice Trade: Apple Real Money Pro($)

I love owning calls in AAPL until it stops moving or falls off.
The mishandled Ivanka Trump debacle is only part of the problem.
Fund's strategy backfires as a big chunk of its assets goes away.

Novice Trade: JPMorgan Chase Real Money Pro($)

Financials appear to be getting ready for another leg higher, depending on a rate hike.

Intermediate Trade: Square Real Money Pro($)

SQ had a nice run after its last earnings and sets up well for next week's report.

Novice Trade: S&P 500 ETF Real Money Pro($)

The market's ongoing lack of volatility -- oh, the poor VIX -- creates an opening.
Consider this March put spread in RL.


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