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Why I Wouldn't Trade Apple Right Now

Let me begin by saying this: I think that Apple (AAPL) is one of the greatest companies in history. I love the company and own some of its products. But I wouldn't trade it right now. In this article, I will try to describe the price action on Apple from an options trader perspective.

Apple: Dissecting The Butterfly Trade

In one of my previous articles, I described the craziness around Apple (AAPL) options as reflected by the options premiums. At some point, the IV (Implied Volatility) jumped to 41%. I presented the following butterfly trade as one possible way to take advantage of this inflated IV:

5 Ways To Play Google Earnings

Google (GOOG) reports earnings on Thursday, April 12, 2012, after the market close. There are many ways to play earnings. Some people would bet on the direction of the stock movement after the announcement and buy or short the stock. Others will buy call or put options. My opinion is that predicting the market reaction to earnings is an extremely difficult task.

How To Be Cautiously Bullish On Apple

 

There is no doubt that Apple (AAPL) had a remarkable run in the last three months. It reached another all time high Thursday at $633. Some people would argue that it's gone up too far too fast. Others say this is only the beginning, based on the fact that the stock is still cheap. Maybe you fall somewhere in between.

 

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