MCP Unusual Option Activity in the Aug 2013 $5 calls & $3 puts

I noticed this yesterday in the MCP Aug 16 2013 option chain.

A trader bought-to-open the Aug 16 2013 $3 puts on the $0.11 offer. The trader also sold-to-open the Aug 16 2013 $5 calls on the bid at 0.71-0.72. These were both new opening positions, confirmed by the open interest values that update each new day. This trader is betting that MCP will close below $5.00 by Aug-16-2013. currently has MCP next quarterly earnings with a date of Aug-08-2013, this is unconfirmed at the present time, a rough estimate.

Screenshots with the proof are below.

Captured on June 25 2013
Captured on June 25 2013
Captured on June 26 2013
Captured on June 26 2013


On June 21 2013 I reviewed the chart of MCP and the following was an email I sent to my fellow traders:

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Dazetrader
Date: Fri, Jun 21, 2013 at 9:48 PM
Subject: MCP – ready to buy.
To: xxxxxxxxx

After reviewing the pump n’ dump UNXL, MCP came to mind, I haven’t traded it since it’s last nice breakout from $6 to $8.

A quick glance at MCP and the chart is actually surprises me in a good way. Seeing how well MCP is supporting the $5 level with the recent sell off in the SPY makes me become very interested in owning some MCP stock. Especially given the fact that there is still 30% of the float that is sold short while the stock is finding support in this market sell off. Almost makes me want to go out and buy MCP near $5 asap.

OCTX is a pump n’ dump

This is my reply to a Seeking Alpha article “Octagon88: It’s Worth Zero” written by Christopher Drose.

The promoters – aka pumpers, make it way too easy to put the pieces together with this one. Couldn’t they have been a little more discreet… com’on promoters, aren’t you better than this?

A simple google search for “CEC North Star Energy Ltd.” and you get a Yahoo Finance article which links CEC with TAMO.(Tamm Oil and Gas Corp)

TAMO seems to ring a bell in my mind, probably because it was touted at one point in the recent past. Hmm… let me pull up the all-time data chart for TAMO and see the chart pattern.

Not surprising, TAMO is a a classic pump n’ dump chart too!

Did I expect TAMO to be a pump n’ dump too… YES!  Why, you ask? Well we already know that OCTX is a pump n’ dump so it shouldn’t surprise us that the companies associated with OCTX will also be selling snake oil.

Another not so surprising fact with TAMO is that they did a 15:1 reverse stock split at the beginning of their promotion. Reverse stock splits are a very common procedure with pennystock promotions.

LOTE / LOTED should still be fresh in your mind, they too did a 4:1 reverse stock split. You will note that LOTED has now traded all the way back down to the price level where the pump began. (No kidding Daze, that’s what a pump n’ dump is!)


So in summary, OCTX is connected to CEC North Star Energy Ltd. who is connected with TAMO. (What do all 3 companies have in common? . . . you tell me)



Adding an additional resource from which has very detailed information exposing OCTX as a pump n’ dump.

BIZM is a pump & dump

As you can see from the chart below, stocks that go straight up like this are manipulated and fully orchestrated from the promoters and market makers that are behind the scene pulling the puppet strings. Don’t be caught holding the bag as these stocks never fail to dump after the pump has occurred. As you can see in the chart below, the PUMP has already happened. What comes next?!?

(Hint: To find out, just look at TALK)



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Go Buy Jesse Stine’s Book From

Jesse Stine is the real deal; he lays out the proof candidly throughout this superb book. I love the real life examples he shares with us, not only about trading and investing, but about his travels, health & wellness, etc. Having proper balance in your life is required to become a successful investor. You will glean so much from this book and I’m positive it will open your mind to new ideas and improve your investing abilities. Thank you so much for writing this book and sharing your knowledge and experience with us! PS. love the quotes throughout the book.

Go Buy This Book Now, You Certainly Won’t Regret It! 



Editorial Reviews


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I highly recommend this book to individual investors and professional money managers.”
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About the Author

Jesse Stine has never held a job on Wall Street. He is not on the financial speaking circuit. Against the advice of his marketing consultant, he does not have a blog or a promotional Facebook page. He does not wear a suit and he definitely does NOT appear as a regular guest on CNBC.

As detailed in his book, Jesse does just about everything differently. He likes to say, “What everyone knows isn’t worth knowing and what everyone does isn’t worth doing.”

Jesse is an unconventional stock trading cowboy. During his career, he has had short-term account drawdowns of 61%, 64%, 65%, 75%, 100%, 100%, and 106%. In spite of his drawdowns, in non-overlapping periods during his career, he has had short-term (less than 1 year) personal portfolio gains of 111%, 117%, 156%, 264%, 273%, 275%, 300%, 371%, 1,010%, 1,026% and 1,244% (these last two in the same period- 7 months and 11 months, respectively).

Jesse is a diabolical student of market history as it relates to uncovering the market’s biggest gainers. His religious principles are independence of thought, visualization, and confidence….as they relate to financial markets.

In a past life, Jesse studied Economics at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. He received his MBA from Georgia State University in Atlanta.
Over the years, Jesse has spent considerable time in developing nations. He has lived in or traveled throughout China, Laos, Vietnam, Indonesia, India, Tanzania, Kenya, Uruguay, The Philippines, Malaysia, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, Chile, Peru, Costa Rica, Brazil, Mexico, Macau, Argentina and Cambodia.

He has also spent time in more mundane locales such as Singapore, Iceland, South Africa, Hong Kong, Japan, The Bahamas, Australia, Canada, and much of Europe.

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Trade Like Jim Cramer



Jim Cramer

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jim Cramer
Cramer at Tulane University, October 19, 2010
Born James J. Cramer[1]
February 10, 1955 (age 58)[2]
Wyndmoor, PennsylvaniaU.S.
Residence Summit, New Jersey[3]
Alma mater Harvard College (B.A.)
Harvard Law School (J.D.)
Occupation Television personality, author
Years active 1978–present
Known for Hosting Mad Money
Chairman of, Inc.,
CNBC anchor

James J. “Jim” Cramer (born February 10, 1955) is an American television personality, a former hedge fund manager, and a best-selling author. Cramer is the host of CNBC‘s Mad Money and a co-founder and chairman of, Inc.

Background [edit]

Cramer was born to Jewish parents[4] in Wyndmoor, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Philadelphia.[5] One of his first jobs was selling ice cream at Veterans Stadium during Philadelphia Phillies games.[6] Cramer went to Springfield Township High School in Montgomery County. He lives in Summit, New Jersey.[7]

Education and career [edit]

Cramer graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College with a B.A. in government.[6]

He began his involvement with journalism in college, working for The Harvard Crimson, and rising to become its president. After graduation, Cramer worked in several entry-level reporting jobs. Dating back to March 1, 1978, Cramer worked for the Tallahassee Democrat in Tallahassee, Florida, where he covered the Ted Bundy murders. The then-executive editor, Richard Oppel, says “[Cramer] was like a driving ram. He was great at getting the story.”[8] He then worked as a journalist for The Los Angeles Herald Examiner. Around this time, his apartment was robbed and he was left with nothing more than his car and the things in it; he lived out of his car for about nine months.[citation needed] He also worked for Governor Jerry Brown.[5]

Cramer was one of the first reporters at American Lawyer.[9] Cramer later earned a Juris Doctor degree from Harvard Law School.[6] During his years at Harvard Law School, Cramer worked as a research assistant for Alan Dershowitz. He assisted Dershowitz’s campaign to acquit alleged murderer Claus von Bülow despite the fact that Cramer admitted to himself that von Bülow was “supremely guilty”.[10] Cramer was admitted to the New York Bar in 1985, but his Bar status is currently listed as “suspended.” [11]

Investing [edit]

Cramer started investing in the stock market during his time at law school.[5] Cramer began promoting his holdings by leaving stock picks on his answering machine, impressing The New Republic owner Martin Peretz, who gave him $500,000 to invest; Cramer earned Peretz $150,000 in two years.[8]

His track record helped Cramer obtain employment in 1984 as a stockbroker with Goldman Sachs‘ Private Wealth Management[12] division. Cramer’s success in this position led him to found his own hedge fund, Cramer & Co. (later Cramer, Berkowitz, & Co.), in 1987. The fund operated out of the offices of hedge fund pioneer Michael Steinhardt‘s Steinhardt, Fine, Berkowitz & Co., and early investors included Eliot Spitzer (a Harvard classmate, one of his oldest friends, and former Governor of New York who resigned),[13] Brill, and Peretz.[14]

During Cramer’s tenure of the fund, from 1988–2000, he had one year of negative returns in 1998. The following year in 1999 the fund returned 47%, and in 2000 28%, beating the S&P 500 by 38 percentage points.[8] Cramer retired from his hedge fund in 2001, finishing with a 24% average annual return over 14 years and having “routinely [taken] home $10 million a year and more.”[8] The fund was taken over by his former partner Jeff Berkowitz after Cramer’s retirement. During that time, he was also an “editor at large” for SmartMoney magazine, and was accused of unethically combining his investing and reporting activities when he bought more of stocks that he recommended just before the recommendation article came out, contributing to a $2 million personal gain.[15] Today, Cramer is barred by CNBC from trading stocks with his personal funds although he makes picks and sells his recommendations.

In 1996, Cramer co-founded, Inc. with The New Republic editor Martin Peretz, one of his hedge fund’s original clients. Cramer is currently a market commentator and adviser to the, and is its second largest shareholder.[1] Cramer also manages a charitable trust stock portfolio which is tied to through a paid subscription service called the Action Alerts PLUS Portfolio.[8]

Cramer currently works on a new project as part of called[citation needed] An earlier project,, was not successful.[citation needed]

Cramer claimed to be worth $50 to $100 million in October 2005.[8] In 2009, Cramer received earnings of $461,276 from[1]

Career with CNBC [edit]

Main article: Mad Money

The cable television program Mad Money with Jim Cramer first aired on CNBC in 2005. According to CNBC’s Web site in an article titled, “Mad Money Manifesto” by Jim Cramer, the show’s mission statement and Cramer’s job:

…is not to tell you what to think, but to teach you how to think about the market like a pro. This show is not about picking stocks. It’s not about giving you tips that will make you money overnight – tips are for waiters. Our mission is educational, to teach you how to analyze stocks and the market through the prism of events.

To provide viewers with “the knowledge and the tools that will empower you to be a better investor,” Mad Money features many segments, including: The Lightning RoundGame PlanExecution DecisionOff the ChartsSell BlockMarket MarshmallowsOutrage of the DayMad Bull DiseaseAm I Diversified, and Mad Mail.[16]

After being a frequent guest commentator on CNBC in the late 1990s, Cramer co-hosted CNBC shows America Now and Kudlow & Cramer with Lawrence Kudlow in the early 2000s.

Cramer hosted a one-hour radio show, Jim Cramer’s Real Money, until December 2006. “Take the money and run” by the Steve Miller Band was the opening intro to each of his radio shows. The show was similar to his Mad Money TV show. He also guest-hosted in the slot caused by the cancellation of Imus in the Morning (MSNBC and WFAN/Westwood One) in May 2007.

On November 13, 2005, Dan Rather did a sit-down interview with Cramer on 60 Minutes. Among the topics of discussion were Cramer’s past at his hedge fund; for example, his violent temper, and what finally led him to come to his senses and “calm down.”[citation needed] Footage of Cramer at his family home with his daughters and wife was also included.[citation needed] On November 15, 2005, Cramer mentioned on his program that he received hundreds of e-mails after his 60 Minutes interview. This report was taped before Cramer’s radio show, Smart Money with Jim Cramermoved to WOR and became syndicated under the CBS Radio banner.

In 2005, Cramer appeared as himself in two episodes of the television series Arrested Development. He appeared to first announce that he had upgraded Bluth Company stock to a “Don’t Buy” from a “Triple Sell”, and then to say that the stock was not a “Don’t Buy” anymore, but a “Risky”.

Cramer has also made appearances on NBC’s TodayNBC Nightly NewsLive with Regis and KellyESPN Classic‘s Cheap SeatsNBC‘s Late Night with Conan O’BrienComedy Central‘s The Daily Show with Jon StewartThe Tonight Show with Jay LenoLate Show with David LettermanABC‘s Jimmy Kimmel Live! and NBC‘s The Apprentice (U.S. Season 7) called “The Celebrity Apprentice”.

Cramer also appeared in the 2008 motion picture Iron Man spoofing Stark Industries on his show Mad Money.[17] and appears in the movie Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps.[18] He also claims to have consulted for the original Wall Street movie by telling the filmmakers how he would get through to Gordon Gekko.[19]

On March 12, 2009, Jon Stewart interviewed Cramer on The Daily Show[20] and challenged Cramer’s recommendations of Bear Stearns.

On November 3, 2009, Cramer appeared on the Martha Stewart Show to promote his new book,Getting Back to Even. While baking wholewheat bread, he stated that it is a great time to invest in real estate and that he has recently purchased the Debary Inn in Summit, NJ.[citation needed]

Action Alerts charitable trust [edit]

In the timeframe of 2002 until May 2009 the performance of Cramer’s charitable trust “Action Alerts PLUS” outpaced the S&P 500 and the Russell 2000; while the charitable trust accumulated a return of 31.75%, the S&P 500 had a return of 18.75% and the Russell 2000 has a return of 22.51%. On an annual basis, the trust outperformed the S&P 500 by 7.35% and the Russell 2000 Index by 3.33%. Paul Bolster explains that Cramer beats the market in part because of the excess risk in his picks. “If we adjust for his market risk, we come up with an excess return that is essentially zero,” Bolster said, adding that “zero,” in this case, means his returns are roughly in line with the risk he’s taking on.[21]

CNBC does not permit Cramer to buy or sell any security he has spoken about on CNBC for the trust for five days following the broadcast. Whenever Cramer is acting within his portfolio or important news about his stocks occur he sends out e-mails to his paying subscribers on Whenever mentioning a stock that he holds in his portfolio, he is required to disclose that he owns shares of such company on his CNBC show.[22]

Selected controversies [edit]

Fox News Channel lawsuit [edit]

In 2000, Cramer settled a lawsuit with Fox News Channel in which Fox had claimed Cramer reneged on a deal to produce a show for them. Their conflict began when Fox complained that Cramer promoted’s stock on the air.[23]

Market manipulation [edit]

In March 2007, a December 2006 interview from’s “Wall Street Confidential” webcast stirred controversy after it appeared on[24] In the video, Cramer described activities used by hedge fund managers to manipulate stock prices – some of debatable legality and others illegal. He described how he could push stocks higher or lower with as little as $5 million in capital when he was running his hedge fund. Cramer said, “A lot of times when I was short at my hedge fund…When I was positioned short—meaning I needed it down—I would create a level of activity beforehand that could drive the futures.” He also encouraged hedge funds to engage in this type of activity because it is “a very quick way to make money”.[25]

Cramer stated that everything he did was legal, but that illegal activity is common in the hedge fund industry as well. He also stated that some hedge fund managers spread false rumors to drive a stock down: “What’s important when you are in that hedge-fund mode is to not do anything remotely truthful because the truth is so against your view, that it’s important to create a new truth, to develop a fiction.”[25] Cramer described a variety of tactics that hedge fund managers use to affect a stock’s price. Cramer said that one strategy to keep a stock price down is to spread false rumors to reporters he described as “the Pisanis of the world”. The comment was a reference to CNBC correspondent Bob Pisani, who reports from the trading floor of the New York Stock Exchange. “You have to use these guys,” said Cramer. He also discussed giving information to “the bozo reporter from The Wall Street Journal” to get an article published.[26][27] Cramer said this practice, although illegal, is easy to do “because the SEC doesn’t understand it.”[28] During the interview Cramer referred to himself as a “banking class hero.”[29]

SEC subpoena [edit]

In February 2006, an investigation by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) into allegations of collusion between short-sellers and a stock research firm led to the serving of subpoenas to and Cramer, as well as journalists for Dow Jones and The SEC then began to back away from the subpoenas, indicating it had no intention of enforcing them after lawyers for Dow Jones said they would not comply. SEC Chairman Christopher Cox rebuked the SEC’s staff attorneys for filing subpoenas on two Dow Jones reporters without first consulting him or the other top commissioners. Cox issued a statement saying neither he nor any of the SEC’s four other commissioners were aware of the subpoenas, which he called “highly unusual.”[30]

The allegations had been raised publicly and in a lawsuit against Gradient by chief executive Patrick M. Byrne. In May 2007, it was revealed that the SEC had subpoenaed Byrne in May 2006, in connection with an investigation of the company.[31]

Market performance [edit]

Cramer is the founder, former owner and former Senior Partner of Cramer Berkowitz, a hedge fund where Cramer reported a compounded annual “rate of return of 24% after all fees for 15 years” at Cramer Berkowitz. He retired from his hedge fund in 2001, where he finished with a self reported 36% return in 2001.[32]

On August 3, 2007, Cramer made a plea for Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke to cut interest rates supposedly because of comments he was getting from investment banks, and their concern about adjustable-rate mortgage borrowers increasing loan rates.[33]

On July 8, 2008, in an article on entitled, “Look At The Facts”[34] Cramer said, “The losses are increasing, the auction-rate preferreds are now biting, the mortgage implode-a-meter now measures how many home-builders are going under.”

On “Hardball with Chris Matthews” for September 19, 2008, Cramer stated “It’s not too late to be on the pom-pom…the sideline” in regards to home teaser loans.[35] Cramer spoke again on the Today Show on October 6, 2008, suggesting to investors, “Whatever money you need for the next five years, please take it out of the stock market.”[36]

On September 22, 2008, Wall Street Journal best-selling author Eric Tyson, criticized Cramer’s stock picks and his performance in general.[37]

An August 20, 2007, article in Barrons stated that within the select time frame of the previous two years, “his picks haven’t beaten the market. Over the past two years, viewers holding Cramer’s stocks would be up 12% while the Dow rose 22% and the S&P 500 16%.”[38] CNBC disputed the magazine’s findings.[38] In a February 9, 2009, story, Barrons further reported that betting against Cramer’s Buy recommendations using options in the short term could yield 25% in the initial month.[39]

Cramer’s responses to criticism [edit]

The White House [edit]

On March 2, 2009, Cramer drew the attention of some critics after his evaluation of President Obama’s spending plans and the administration’s handling of the banking crisis. Cramer’s name came up on March 3 during a White House press briefing after Cramer said that Obama was responsible for “the greatest wealth destruction I have seen by a president.”[40] An offended White House shot back.[41] Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said, “If you turn on a certain program it’s geared to a very small audience. I’m not entirely sure what he’s pointing to make some of the statements.” When pressed further by NBC’s Tom Costello, Gibbs said, “You can go back and look at any number of statements he’s made in the past about the economy and wonder where some of the backup for those are, too.”

On March 5, 2009, Cramer responded to the White House.[42] He said, “Huh? Backup? Look at the incredible decline in the stock market, in all indices, since the inauguration of the president, with the drop accelerating when the budget plan came to light because of the massive fear and indecision the document sowed: Raising taxes on the eve of what could be a second Great Depression, destroying the profits in health care companies, tinkering with the mortgage deduction at a time when U.S. house price depreciation is behind much of the world’s morass and certainly the devastation affecting our banks, and pushing an aggressive cap and trade program that could raise the price of energy for millions of people.”

Cramer questioned criticism he received which he explained makes him “uncomfortable being in the crosshairs of columnists and comedians I enjoy.”[43] Cramer asked, “So, why after toiling in the cable wilderness for four years with Mad Money am I the target of the wrath of the Obama clan, and the darling, albeit surely momentary, of the Obama-critics? After all, my criticism of Obama’s handling of the economic crisis is a lot less pointed than my withering August 2007 ‘They Know Nothing’ meltdown[44] against Ben Bernanke[45] and the previous administration’s handling of the economic crisis.”

Frank Rich [edit]

Referring to March 8, 2009, charges leveled against Cramer by New York Times columnist Frank Rich, Cramer said that he does not understand how Obama and his staff plan to raise taxes, institute cap-and-trade limitations and rework the health-care system all during a recession.[46] The article says: “It isn’t that Cramer disagrees with Obama’s vision for the country – he even agrees with taxing the rich – but now is not the time to put those plans into action. The president needs to solve our housing, employment and financial problems, and only then turn his attention to health care and changing the mortgage deduction.”

Bear Stearns recommendation [edit]

On the March 11, 2008, episode of Cramer’s show Mad Money, a viewer named Peter submitted the question “Should I be worried about Bear Stearns in terms of liquidity and get my money out of there?” Cramer responded “No! No! No! Bear Stearns is not in trouble. If anything, they’re more likely to be taken over. Don’t move your money from Bear.”[47][48] On March 14, 2008, Bear Stearns stock fell 92% on news of a Fed bailout and $2/share takeover by JPMorgan.[49] On March 17, 2008, Cramer claimed his statements were made in regards to the liquidity of Bear Stearns brokerage accounts as opposed to Bear Stearns common stock.[50] Cramer stated he was not recommending the common stock but allaying concerns about the account holder’s liquidity held in a Bear Stearns brokerage account. Cramer later wrote about the incident: “I did tell an emailer that his deposit in his account at Bear Stearns was safe, but through a clever sound bite, (Jon) Stewart, and subsequently (Frank) Rich—neither of whom have bothered to listen to the context of the pulled quote—pass off the notion of account safety as an out-and-out buy recommendation. The absurdity astounds me. If you called Mad Money and asked me about Citigroup, I would tell you that the common stock might be worthless, but I would never tell you to pull your money out of the bank because I was worried about its solvency. Your money is safe in Citi as I said it was in Bear. The fact that I was right rankles me even more.”[51]

Michael Lewis, a journalist for the U.K.-based Evening Standard news Web site, states that listed Bear Stearns as a “Buy” at $62 per share on March 11, 2008, which was the same day as the caller’s question and a day before the collapse of Bear Stearns.[52] However,[53]—the web site quote that shows the ratings history for actual changes that Cramer makes—indicates that Cramer changed Bear Stearns rating to a “Sell” on February 5, 2008. On his March 12, 2009 appearance on The Daily Show, Cramer admitted he made mistakes on his Bear Stearns calls.[54]

Jon Stewart [edit]

On March 12, 2009, Cramer appeared on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.[55] Stewart reiterated earlier claims regarding the CNBC host’s “silly and/or embarrassing and/or stupid financial observations.”[56] Moreover, he claimed CNBC shirked its journalistic duty by believing corporate lies, rather than being an investigative “powerful tool of illumination.”[57] For his part, Cramer disagreed with Stewart on a few points, but acknowledged that he could have done a better job foreseeing the economic collapse: “We all should have seen it more.” [58]

Stewart also discussed how short-selling was detrimental to the markets and investors. Cramer admitted to Stewart that short-selling was detrimental, stated his opposition to it, and claimed that he had never engaged in it, which contradicts earlier statements in which he described going short while managing a hedge fund. In a December 2006 interview from‘s “Wall Street Confidential” webcast Cramer said, “A lot of times when I was short at my hedge fund…When I was positioned short—meaning I needed it down—I would create a level of activity beforehand that could drive the futures.”[25] He said, “I will say this: I am trying to expose this stuff, exactly what you guys do, and I’ve been trying to get the regulators to look at it.”[59] However, Stewart played several video clips from 2006 where Cramer discussed the spreading of false rumors to drive down stock prices and encouraged short-selling by hedge funds as a means to generate returns.[60] At one point in a clip from December 22, 2006, he said, “I would encourage anyone in a hedge fund to do it.” He called it a very quick way to make money and very satisfying. He continued, “By the way, no one else in the world would ever admit that, but I don’t care, and again, I’m not gonna say it on TV.” [58] Stewart responded, “I want the Jim Cramer on CNBC to protect me from that Jim Cramer.”[58] Cramer again admitted that he can do better, and that he should try to change. The interview ended when Stewart pointedly suggested: “Maybe we can remove the ‘financial expert’ and the ‘In Cramer We Trust’ and start getting back to fundamentals on the reporting, as well, and I can go back to making fart noises and funny faces.” Cramer responded: “I think we make that deal right here.”[61]

Response to pundits [edit]

“The pundits,” Cramer explained on March 9, 2009, in a MainStreet article, “who haven’t paid attention to anything I have been saying or writing for the past 18 months are all over me.”[62]Cramer said the pundits “won’t engage in the merits of, say, favoring Tier 1 capital for the banks vs. common equity, or forbearing on the banks to work the situation out over time because the banks can be profitable if we have some patience. They just attack me.”[63] Cramer suggested, “It’s time to get serious. It’s time to take the issue from the pundits and from the left and right, and put it where it belongs: serious non-ideological debate to put out the real firestorm, the collapse of the economy from Wall Street to Main Street and the ensuing Great Wealth Destruction for all.”

Bibliography [edit]

Notes [edit]

  1. a b c Proxy Statement Pursuant to Section 14(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
  2. ^ The Editors of Chase’s. Chase’s calendar of events 2009, page 123 (McGraw-Hill Professional 2009).
  3. ^ Staff. “The Mad Man Of Wall Street: Jim Cramer wants to make you a lot of money. He’s got plenty himself, so why does he bother?”Bloomberg Businessweek, October 31, 2005. Accessed February 18, 2011. “Instead, he rises at 3.45 a.m. weekdays. After scanning headlines online, checking messages, and shooting e-mails to his TV producer, he works out in his Summit (N.J.) home gym until 5.30 a.m., when he calls traders and brokers and writes his first online story.”
  4. ^ israel says: (2010-05-06). “Jim Cramer Visits Israel”. Living Jewish. Retrieved 2012-02-26.
  5. a b c Michael A. Kowalski (Spring 2008). “Cramer, James J. (Jim)”The Pennsylvania Center for the Book. Retrieved June 6, 2009.
  6. a b c “Jim Cramer”International Speakers Bureau. Retrieved June 6, 2009.
  7. ^ Staff. “The Mad Man Of Wall Street: Jim Cramer wants to make you a lot of money. He’s got plenty himself, so why does he bother?”Bloomberg Businessweek, October 31, 2005. Accessed February 18, 2011.
  8. a b c d e f “The Mad Man Of Wall Street” BusinessWeek, October 31, 2005.
  9. ^ Margolick, David (March 24, 1989). “At the Bar”. The New York Times. Retrieved May 6, 2010.
  10. ^ Cramer, Jim (2005). Jim Cramer’s Real Money: Sane Investing in an Insane WorldSimon and Schuster. p. 27.ISBN 978-0-7432-2489-5.
  11. ^ “Attorney Search – JCaptcha”. Retrieved April 27, 2010.
  12. ^ Jim Cramer biography, Library of Congress.
  13. ^ Celizic, Mike., 12 March 2008, “Jim Cramer on pal Spitzer: ‘Eliot screwed up’“. Retrieved 20 April 2010.
  14. ^ “Money & Business: Meet CNBC’s Mad Money Man – US News and World Report”. August 30, 2007. Retrieved April 27, 2010.
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5 Posts from April 2013 (CTLE, ECAU, UNXL, SPY, VIX)

5 Posts from April 2013

ECAU – This pump is dead!

  • Apr 25, 2013
  • Posted By: DazeTrader
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As you will see in the picture below, earlier consolidation on below avg volume lead to a >50% decline in price.

Do you see the pattern repeating here?





UNXL – More insider selling?

  • Apr 4, 2013
  • Posted By: DazeTrader
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On Tuesday April 2, 2013 UNXL closed at $22.85 after a 2 day significant decline falling from highs of $33.24 only 2 days prior. After the market close of that Tuesday April 2, 2013 traders proceeded to bid the stock up 17% on no new news or material change. There is lots of speculation in this name though.

If you track with me to yesterdays trading session on UNXL we find that traders continued the bullish sentiment of the after hours session the day prior. The stock broke out to highs of $28.60 on 2 times more the average trading volume. After peaking at $28.60 the buying volume seemed to dry up and the stock sold down lightly to $25.60 and was quiet for the remainder of the mid-day and most of the afternoon.



What really caught my attention, and a few others on the Yahoo Message Boards was the amount of call volume that traded yesterday in the April 2013 calls. The most significant volume compared to open interest being the $10 strike calls.

You will notice below there was 2,107 contracts traded against 499 Open Interest. I checked around and discovered that there was a 2,000 contract trade that crossed the PHO exchange at 16.90 when the bid/ask was 16.60 x 17.30. So this trade took place in the mid-point as opposed to directly on the bid or the ask. This doesn’t give us much of a clue as to the sentiment of this trade.

Here is a screenshot of the April option chains at the close of April-03-2013.

So I took screenshots of yesterdays option volume (as seen above) to compare it with the amount of open interest as of today April 04, 2013. What I found is that those 2,000 contracts which traded DID NOT increase today’s open interest count. This means the trade was not a new opening position and now this leads me to believe that this trade was probably linked to stock, and the stock (200,000 shares) may have been disposed of yesterday in the open market. This might have been done by an insider of UNXL. So far I do not see any recent SEC 3/4 filings to disclaim this, but I will keep an eye on it over the next few days.

Here is a screenshot of the April option chain showing the most current OPEN INTEREST values before the open of April-04-2013.



CTLE – This pump n’ dump is dying a slow death

  • Apr 3, 2013
  • Posted By: DazeTrader
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ECAU – The pump is over

  • Apr 2, 2013
  • Posted By: DazeTrader
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Ready for the volatility event? $VIX $SPY $SPX $HVU $VXX

  • Apr 1, 2013
  • Posted By: DazeTrader
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1 Post from February 2013

1 Post from February 2013

Looking to sell the $AAPL January 2015 $225 puts

  • Feb 7, 2013
  • Posted By: DazeTrader
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I am looking to sell the AAPL Jan 2015 $225 Put option which is bid/ask at 4.05 x 5.00 (midpoint 4.50) with last sale of 4.90. To sell 1 contract at 4.90 would give a credit of $490 and the initial margin requirement to put on the trade is only $2726.51 USD. This is a 18% gain in 2 years time, however, if AAPL stops the bleeding and starts to consolidate or even better, head back up, you will be able to realize your gains much sooner than 2 years.

Will AAPL go down to $225 (-48% from last close) by Jan 2015? Probably not, especially after the recent decline.
Some contrast, the $690 calls (+48% from last close) for Jan 2015 are bid/ask at 17.10 x 19.35 (midpoint 18.25) which is 4x greater the premium being offered on the puts. This gives insight as to where the AAPL market thinks the stock will head by Jan 2015. Call buyers are willing to pay 4x more than put buyers at AAPL’s current stock price.
Jan 2015 Call Open Interest Total Strike Jan 2015 Put Open Interest Total
1 225 96
9 230 395
0 235 0
1 240 137
70 250 1,023
96 260 3,993
72 270 801
45 280 1,326
89 290 752
1,716 300 2,101
78 310 441
306 320 776
74 330 574
70 340 678
1,038 350 1,576
562 360 558
94 370 1,002
120 380 506
97 390 537
2,488 400 4,369
339 410 560
316 420 499
503 430 684
379 440 676
1,985 450 2,330
1,104 460 1,586
534 470 702
786 480 882
620 490 708
9,112 500 2,703
1,236 510 741
1,327 520 991
782 530 828
1,688 540 1,343
2,196 550 1,669
648 560 298
814 570 762
1,067 580 1,024
1,724 590 1,134
7,282 600 1,095
370 610 177
695 620 388
1,111 630 276
757 640 254
1,899 650 742
491 660 334
920 670 719
1,029 680 515
668 690 532
5,057 700 1,809
763 710 541
643 720 559
971 730 805
146 740 32
1,414 750 136
237 760 35
157 770 41
158 780 14
206 790 13
2,598 800 62
186 810 6
182 820 19
207 830 69
112 840 20
1,091 850 5
97 860 22
78 870 1
116 880 25
181 890 1
3,035 900 83
105 910 44
141 920 13
138 930 31
78 940 30
703 950 54
78 960 48
129 970 29
120 980 55
261 990 82
3,909 1000 457
194 1010 53
137 1020 53
287 1030 151
367 1040 168
2,076 1050 200
TOTALS 75766 52559



1 Post from August 2012

1 Post from August 2012


Someone is desperate to sell a diamond ring on Kijiji (classifieds). They indicate the retail value is $3000. But I think to myself, I don’t pay RETAIL. If I was to buy a diamond ring from somebody to flip, I would only pay WHOLESALE, but even at WHOLESALE pricing, you still have to find another buyer.

I googled a bit, many articles make reference in saying that diamond rings have up to 300% mark-up. So if a diamond is valued at $3000 RETAIL, how much would you pay for it ‘used’? Well, the dealer probably got it for $500-$1000 or even less. So what would it go for in the ‘market’? Less than $500? Almost doesn’t sound worth it at this point.
Then I found this website which apparently hosts a book called HAVE YOU EVER TRIED TO SELL A DIAMOND? I very briefly read over some of chapter 20, it actually sounds very interesting to read further into it, or even start from the beginning.
Then, I browsed the website and found another interesting article which he authored: Nicole Kidman’s Knee, Or, how the insurance business runs Hollywood.
This was an interesting Internet bunny trail for me, I just wanted to share it with you.


1 Post from June 2012

1 Post from June 2012

ARNA July OTM calls & puts opportunity

Today is June 20, ARNA’s stock price closed at $10.50

PDUFA date is June 27.

Check out the July $19 and $20 calls, which is 100% above current market price, paying around $0.20 per contract. The July $5 puts are selling for 0.44 and the $2.50 puts for 0.10.

I just sold ARNA July $20 calls for 0.18 as well as the $4 put options for 0.29.

After I got filled on my $20 calls, I witnessed this:

Somebody sold 585 contracts ARNA July $20 calls at $0.15, just moments before this people were buying it for $0.20, after this large sell order went through, the bid dropped to $0.12, after a short while, the bid eventually came back up to $0.16, and then continued to slowly creep back up to 0.18. INTERESTING.


I included a screenshot showing a snip-it of the time and sales for the July 20 call, part of the order is shown here at 15:57:21 at 0.15 showing size and exchange as well.