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October 31, 2013  Thu 7:34 AM CT

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Improving Hotel Demand Drives Bookings

Expedia earned $1.43 a share on revenue of $1.40 billion. Analysts had only expected $1.35 and $1.37 billion, respectively. Bookings rose 15 percent, driven by hotel reservations, and business was strong domestically and overseas. EXPE rallies 17 percent before the opening bell on my tradeMONSTER platform.

Avon Earnings, Revenue Miss

Avon Products reported third-quarter profit of $0.14, missing the $0.19 consensus estimate. Sales totaled just $2.32 billion, also below the $2.44 billion Street number. AVP declines 11 percent in the premarket.

Skyworks Beats, Issues Strong Guidance

Skyworks Solutions earned $0.64 a share on revenue of $477 million. That compares with analysts' $0.62 profit estimate and $474.7 million revenue estimate. Guidance was also strong, and SWKS advances 6 percent in early trading.

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Sweet Spot Exceptions

As discussed last week, when using the Stock Replacement Strategy to replace a stock position to trade direction, we want to use an option that has very similar characteristics to the stock. We talked about using the deep in-the-money, 80 to 85 delta option that is similar in the Greeks and has relatively little extrinsic value which tends to work against us in stock directional trading.

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