Editor's Note:
The U.S. market spent Thursday's session churning sideways. Investors are waiting to see the October nonfarm payroll jobs report, out tomorrow morning. There are only two jobs reports between now and the Federal Reserve's next meeting in December. If jobs are strong, the Fed could use it as an excuse to raise rates.

CCL and DSW hit our stop losses.

SKX hit our entry trigger.


Current Portfolio:


BULLISH Play Updates

Delta Air Lines - DAL - close: 50.54 change: -0.12

Stop Loss: 47.75
Target(s): To Be Determined
Current Gain/Loss: -1.3%
Entry on October 23 at $51.23
Listed on October 22, 2015
Time Frame: Exit prior to earnings in early January
Average Daily Volume = 9.8 million
New Positions: see below

Comments:
11/05/15: The prospects for DAL and the airline industry remain encouraging. Yet the rally in DAL has stalled. Shares are just not moving. We are giving up DAL as a trade. Tonight we are adjusting our exit plan. Prepare to exit tomorrow (Friday) at the closing bell.

- Suggested Positions -

Long DAL stock @ $51.23

- (or for more adventurous traders, try this option) -

Long 2016 JAN $55 CALL (DAL160115C55) entry $1.25

11/05/15 prepare to exit tomorrow (Friday) at the closing bell
10/23/15 triggered on gap open at $51.23, suggested entry was $51.15
Option Format: symbol-year-month-day-call-strike


Eaton Corp. - ETN - close: 57.11 change: +0.92

Stop Loss: 53.45
Target(s): To Be Determined
Current Gain/Loss: -0.1%
Entry on November 03 at $57.15
Listed on November 02, 2015
Time Frame: 6 to 8 weeks.
Average Daily Volume = 3.4 million
New Positions: see below

Comments:
11/05/15: Last night I suggested that ETN might dip to $55.50 before rebounding. Today traders bought the dip near $56.00. ETN bounced and shares outperformed the broader market with a +1.6% gain.

If both the S&P 500 and ETN open positive tomorrow morning I would consider new bullish positions here.

Trade Description: November 2, 2015:
When a company reports bad news but the stock doesn't sink it could indicate shares have found a bottom. That appears to be the case for ETN.

ETN is in the industrial goods sector. According to the company, "Eaton is a power management company with 2014 sales of $22.6 billion. Eaton provides energy-efficient solutions that help our customers effectively manage electrical, hydraulic and mechanical power more efficiently, safely and sustainably. Eaton has approximately 99,000 employees and sells products to customers in more than 175 countries."

On October 19th ETN issued an earnings warning for their Q3 results. Surprisingly the stock rallied the next day. When ETN reported earnings on October 30th they still missed analysts' lowered estimates. Earnings were $0.97 a share, a -25% drop from a year ago. Revenues were down -9.2% to $5.2 billion, also under expectations. Negative currency headwinds account for -6% of its revenue decline.

The funny thing is ETN's stock rallied. The company said their business environment remains soft and the plan to boost their current restricting efforts. The rally has produced a bullish breakout in the stock above technical resistance at the 50-dma and above price resistance near $55.00. The point & figure chart has produced a triple-top breakout buy signal that is forecasting at $64 target.

Tonight we are suggesting a trigger to launch bullish positions at $57.15.

- Suggested Positions -

Long ETN stock @ $57.15

- (or for more adventurous traders, try this option) -

Long 2016 JAN $60 CALL (ETN160115C60) entry $0.75

11/03/15 triggered @ $57.15
Option Format: symbol-year-month-day-call-strike


Microsoft Inc. - MSFT - close: 54.38 change: -0.02

Stop Loss: 52.15
Target(s): To Be Determined
Current Gain/Loss: -0.4%
Entry on November 04 at $54.60
Listed on November 03, 2015
Time Frame: 6 to 8 weeks.
Average Daily Volume = 35.4 million
New Positions: see below

Comments:
11/05/15: MSFT bounced off short-term support at $54.00 midday and managed to pare its losses to almost zero by the closing bell. The intraday high was $54.70. I'd wait for MSFT to rally above $54.75 before initiating new bullish positions.

Trade Description: November 3, 2015:
MSFT is more than just a software company. MSFT is in the technology sector. It is considered part of the business software industry. According to the company, "Microsoft is the leading platform and productivity company for the mobile-first, cloud-first world, and its mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more."

The company is run under three segments. They have their productivity and business processes segment. This includes commercial office software, personal office software, and more. One of their fastest growing segments is MSFT's Intelligent Cloud business, which includes their server software and enterprise services. Then they have their "More Personal Computing" segment. This includes their Windows operating software, MSN display advertising, Windows phones, smartphones, tablets, PC accessories, Internet search, and their Xbox platform.

The stock has been dead money for almost a year. MSFT peaked near round-number resistance at $50.00 back in November 2014. Shares channeled sideways between support at $40 and resistance at $50 for months. That changed last month.

MSFT reported its 2016 Q1 results on October 22nd. Analysts were expecting a profit of $0.59 a share on revenues of $21.04 billion. MSFT beat both estimates with a profit of $0.67 a share. Revenues came in at $21.66 billion. Their Intelligent Cloud segment saw sales rise +8% but it was actually +14% on a constant currency basis.

Shares of MSFT soared the next day with a surge to 15-year highs. The big rally is based on investors' belief that MSFT and its relatively new management is successfully transitioning away from declining PC sales and moving quickly towards the cloud (and mobile).

Normally I would hesitate to buy a stock like MSFT after a big gap higher. Too often stocks tend to fill the gap. However, shares of MSFT have been able to levitate sideways in the $52.50-54.50 zone as traders keep buying the dips. Odds are growing we could see MSFT rally toward its all-time highs near $60.00 a share from December 1999. The big gain in October produced a buy signal on the point & figure chart, which is now forecasting a long-term target of $82.00. Tonight we are suggesting a trigger to launch bullish positions at $54.60.

- Suggested Positions -

Long MSFT stock @ $54.60

- (or for more adventurous traders, try this option) -

Long 2016 JAN $55 CALL (MSFT160115C55) entry $1.54

11/04/15 triggered @ $54.60
Option Format: symbol-year-month-day-call-strike


Wayfair Inc. - W - close: 43.33 change: -1.18

Stop Loss: 42.40
Target(s): To Be Determined
Current Gain/Loss: +5.3%
Entry on October 16 at $41.15
Listed on October 15, 2015
Time Frame: Exit on Friday, Nov. 6th at the closing bell
Average Daily Volume = 1.1 million
New Positions: see below

Comments:
11/05/15: We are almost out of time on our W trade. The company reports earnings next Tuesday morning, before the opening bell. Right now our plan is to exit this trade tomorrow (Friday) at the closing bell. I am inching our stop loss up to $42.40.

- Suggested Positions -

Long W stock @ $41.15

- (or for more adventurous traders, try this option) -

Long NOV $45 CALL (W151120C45) entry $2.80

11/05/15 new stop @ 42.40, exit tomorrow at the close
11/04/15 new stop @ 41.85, plan on exiting Friday at the closing bell
10/20/15 new stop @ 39.85
10/16/15 triggered @ $41.15
Option Format: symbol-year-month-day-call-strike




BEARISH Play Updates

Skechers U.S.A. Inc. - SKX - close: 29.29 change: -0.71

Stop Loss: 32.05
Target(s): To Be Determined
Current Gain/Loss: +0.4%
Entry on November 05 at $29.40
Listed on November 04, 2015
Time Frame: 6 to 8 weeks
Average Daily Volume = 2.1 million
New Positions: see below

Comments:
11/05/15: Our brand new trade on SKX is now open. Right on cue the relative weakness in SKX continued and the stock broke down to new relative lows. Our trigger to launch bearish positions was hit at $29.40.

Trade Description: November 4, 2015:
Sometimes investors can get spoiled when a company is executing really well. When that company suddenly stumbles the reaction can be extremely painful. SKX definitely stumbled when they reported their Q3 results on October 22nd.

SKX is in the consumer goods sector. According to the company, "SKECHERS USA, Inc., based in Manhattan Beach, California, designs, develops and markets a diverse range of lifestyle footwear for men, women and children, as well as performance footwear for men and women. SKECHERS footwear is available in the United States and over 120 countries and territories worldwide via department and specialty stores, more than 1,200 SKECHERS retail stores, and the Company's e-commerce website. The Company manages its international business through a network of global distributors, joint venture partners in Asia, and 13 wholly-owned subsidiaries in Brazil, Canada, Chile, Japan, Latin America and throughout Europe."

SKX has turned in some impressive numbers this year. Back in April they reported their Q1 results, which beat estimates on both the top and bottom line. Revenues were up +40% from a year ago and hit a company record for quarterly sales. Three months later SKX did it again. They reported their Q2 results on July 29th. SKX beat estimates on both the top and bottom line. Revenues were up +36% from a year ago and another new record.

You can imagine the market's surprise when SKX reported their Q3 results on October 22nd and missed estimates on both the top and bottom line. Analysts were expecting a profit of $0.55 a share on revenues of $876 million. SKX only delivered $0.43 a share. Revenues were up +27% to $856 million. It was another record quarter for sales - their highest ever. Yet investors were suddenly worried about a slowdown in growth. There does seem to be a trend developing. Q1 revenues were +40%. Q2 was up +36%. Q3 +27%.

Prior to SKX's Q3 report the stock was up +150% year to date. The stock was up +400% from its 2014 lows. You could say the stock had gotten ahead of itself and suddenly investors hit the expectations reset button. Shares of SKX plunged -31% in one day (Oct. 23rd). Management said that negative foreign currency exchange rates in Brazil, Canada and Chile, combined with a slow domestic retail environment hurt results.

In SKX's Q3 press release they provided more details:

The Company's diluted earnings per share for the third quarter of 2015 was negatively impacted by several factors including foreign currency translation and exchange losses of $13.5 million, and increased deferred rent expenses of $3.5 million related to the new Fifth Avenue Skechers retail store, which opened during the third quarter, and a second Skechers location in Times Square, which just opened. Additionally, during the third quarter of 2015 diluted earnings per share were impacted by increased legal expenses of $5.0 million related to the settlement of personal injury lawsuits from the Company's toning footwear business; and $5.9 million in higher legal fees and associated costs primarily related to intellectual property litigation, which included the matter of Converse, Inc. v. Skechers U.S.A., Inc., which went to trial before the International Trade Commission in August of this year. The Company believes that most, if not all, of these legal matters will come to a conclusion by early next year. During the third quarter of 2015, these additional expenses reduced diluted earnings per share by $0.15.
Technically the big drop in shares of SKX has done a ton of damage. The point & figure chart is now forecasting a long-term target of $11.00 (I doubt SKX will get that low). It is significant that there has been almost no oversold bounce. SKX tried to bounce but it failed at its 200-dma. Now after consolidating sideways the last several days SKX is starting to breakdown again. Shares underperformed the market today with a -4.9% decline.

The intraday low on October 23rd was $29.55. Tonight we are suggesting a trigger to launch bearish positions at $29.40. I suspect the $25.00 level is potential round-number support and could make a good short-term target for the bears.

FYI: SKX had a 3-for-1 stock split on October 15, 2015.

- Suggested Positions -

Short SKX @ $29.40

- (or for more adventurous traders, try this option) -

Long 2016 JAN $25 PUT (SKX160115P25) entry $1.00

11/05/15 triggered @ $29.40
Option Format: symbol-year-month-day-call-strike


iPath S&P500 VIX Futures ETN - VXX - close: 18.44 change: -0.38

Stop Loss: None, no stop at this time.
Target(s): $16.50
Current Gain/Loss: +15.5%
2nd position Gain/Loss: +36.4%
Entry on August 25 at $21.82
2nd position: September 2nd at $29.01
Listed on August 24, 2015
Time Frame: Exit prior to October option expiration
Average Daily Volume = 50 million
New Positions: see below

Comments:
11/05/15: The market's major indices retreated on Thursday yet volatility slipped lower as well. The VXX fell -2.0%.

No new positions at this time.

Trade Description: August 24, 2015
The U.S. stock market's sell-off in the last three days has been extreme. Most of the major indices have collapsed into correction territory (-10% from their highs). The volatile moves in the market have investors panicking for protection. This drives up demand for put options and this fuels a rally in the CBOE volatility index (the VIX).

You can see on this long-term weekly chart that the VIX spiked up to levels not seen since the 2008 bear market during the financial crisis. Moves like this do not happen very often. The VIX rarely stays this high very long.

(see VIX chart from the August 24th play description)

How do we trade the VIX? One way is the VXX, which is an ETN but trades like a stock.

Here is an explanation from the product website:

The iPath® S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures® ETNs (the "ETNs") are designed to provide exposure to the S&P 500 VIX Short-Term FuturesTM Index Total Return (the "Index"). The ETNs are riskier than ordinary unsecured debt securities and have no principal protection. The ETNs are unsecured debt obligations of the issuer, Barclays Bank PLC, and are not, either directly or indirectly, an obligation of or guaranteed by any third party. Any payment to be made on the ETNs, including any payment at maturity or upon redemption, depends on the ability of Barclays Bank PLC to satisfy its obligations as they come due. An investment in the ETNs involves significant risks, including possible loss of principal and may not be suitable for all investors.

The Index is designed to provide access to equity market volatility through CBOE Volatility Index® (the "VIX Index") futures. The Index offers exposure to a daily rolling long position in the first and second month VIX futures contracts and reflects market participants' views of the future direction of the VIX index at the time of expiration of the VIX futures contracts comprising the Index. Owning the ETNs is not the same as owning interests in the index components included in the Index or a security directly linked to the performance of the Index.

I encourage readers to check out a long-term chart of the VXX. This thing has been a consistent loser. One market pundit said the VXX is where money goes to die - if you're buying it. We do not want to buy it. We want to short it. Shorting rallies seems to be a winning strategy on the VXX with a constant trend of lower highs.

Today the VXX spiked up to four-month highs near $28.00 before fading. We are suggesting bearish positions at the opening bell tomorrow. The market volatility is probably not done yet so we are not listing a stop loss yet. Our time frame is two or three weeks (or less).

- Suggested Positions -

Short the VXX @ $21.82

Sept. 2nd - 2nd position (Double Down On The September 1st Spike)

Short the VXX @ $29.01

11/02/15 adjust exit target to $16.50
10/19/15 add an exit target at $16.25
10/15/15 planned exit for the October puts
10/14/15 if you own the options, prepare to exit tomorrow at the close
09/02/15 2nd position begins. VXX gapped down at $29.01
09/01/15 Double down on this trade with the VXX's spike to 6-month highs
08/25/15 trade begins. VXX gaps down at $21.82
Option Format: symbol-year-month-day-call-strike



CLOSED BULLISH PLAYS

Carnival Corp. - CCL - close: 52.90 change: +0.10

Stop Loss: 51.75
Target(s): To Be Determined
Current Gain/Loss: -4.8%
Entry on October 30 at $54.25
Listed on October 29, 2015
Time Frame: Exit prior to earnings in mid December
Average Daily Volume = 4.0 million
New Positions: see below

Comments:
11/05/15: CCL managed to eke out a small gain for the session. Unfortunately some volatility this morning closed our play. Shares unexpectedly gapped down at the opening bell at $51.66. That immediately triggered our stop loss (which was $51.75).

Our play is closed but I would keep CCL on your watch list. Another bounce off its 200-dma or a close above $55.00 might be alternative entry points for bullish positions.

- Suggested Positions -

Long CCL stock @ $54.25 exit $51.66 (-4.8%)

- (or for more adventurous traders, try this option) -

2016 JAN $55 CALL (CCL160115C55) entry $1.95 exit $1.10 (-43.6%)

11/05/15 stopped out on gap down at $51.66
11/03/15 new stop @ 51.75
11/02/15 Caution - CCL has produced a bearish engulfing candlestick reversal pattern (it needs to see confirmation).
10/30/15 triggered @ $54.25
Option Format: symbol-year-month-day-call-strike

chart:



CLOSED BEARISH PLAYS

DSW Inc. - DSW - close: 23.33 change: +0.74

Stop Loss: 23.05
Target(s): To Be Determined
Current Gain/Loss: +3.6%
Entry on October 27 at $23.90
Listed on October 26, 2015
Time Frame: Exit prior to earnings in late November
Average Daily Volume = 1.5 million
New Positions: see below

Comments:
11/05/15: DSW delivered an oversold bounce today. Shares gapped higher at $22.75 and rallied to a +3.2% gain on the session. Our stop loss was hit at $23.05, locking in a potential gain.

*small positions to limit risk* - Suggested Positions -

Short DSW stock at $23.90 exit $23.05 (+3.6%)

- (or for more adventurous traders, try this option) -

DEC $22.50 PUT (DSW151218P22.5) entry $0.90 exit $1.00 (+11.1%)

11/05/15 stopped out
11/04/15 new stop @ 23.05
11/03/15 After hours DSW announced a management change and reduced their guidance
Shares plunge after hours and will likely gap down tomorrow
10/27/15 triggered @ $23.90
10/27/15 DSW downgraded a 2nd time in as many days
Option Format: symbol-year-month-day-call-strike

chart: