Options Trading News

July 24, 2013  Wed 8:12 AM CT

The market has stopped gyrating. This is the third day of it not doing anything, and I think that's actually terrific for the bulls.

If you look at the charts, they are a lot like the chart of Northrop Grumman. They are extended and pulled away from support even as there is no resistance. What needs to happen is for that support line to come up, and I think that's precisely what is happening here.

So many stocks have to do some digesting. These banks have been so strong they need to take a break. But the kind of break they are taking post-earnings per share is very different from the last couple of years.

TheStreet.com logoBefore they would give up huge chunks of their gains. How many times did we see JP Morgan go up after the quarter and then get hammered? How many times have we seen Wells Fargo get blasted and then stay blasted after a quarter?

Now they are hanging around at higher levels.

We are seeing this kind of consolidation in many stocks that have just reported numbers the market liked: Honeywell, Schlumberger, Johnson & Johnson, UnitedHealth,  and Chipotle. All healthy.

The bulls need to mark time, and that's precisely what's happening.

Disclosures: Cramer's charitable trust is long HON, WFC, and JPM.
Share this article with your friends

Invest Like a Monster - San Antonio: October 9-10

Premium Services

Archived Webinar

Education & Strategy

Options Academy: More on the Covered Call Strategy

Last week, we talked about the Covered Call and the misconceptions that surround it. We spoke about how an investor must realize that the Covered Call is actually a premium collection strategy and not so much a directional one. If an investor can grasp this idea, the investor stands to do a heck of a lot better in the strategy than they currently do.

View more education articles »