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Imo, before you start buying in individual companies I would see if they are already in the etfs you own. It would be redundant if you owned a stock that is the largest holding in your etf. For example, I was going to buy MRK but I found that it was one of the largest holdings of SCHD so I just bought the etf.

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52 yo with at least a 15 year time horizon before needing to start touching anything. Several accounts across me and my spouse, some tax advantaged, some not, some managed, some self-managed. Largely buy and hold. And hold and hold. And buy. Had a wee bit of a diversification scare in the late 90's which may have left a lasting impression.

Canadian securities:

BNS – 1.04%

BAM – 0.14%

BN – 0.41%

BNRE – 0.25%

BMO – 1.16%

CXI – 0.16%

FFH – 0.93%

IFC – 0.71%

MFC – 0.38%

ONEX – 0.27%

RY – 1.05%

TD – 1.3%

AQN – 0.19%

CNQ – 0.52%

CVE – 0.76%

ENB – 0.97%

EFX – 0.33%

GEI – 0.31%

IPCO – 0.28%

PSI – 0.21%

PPL – 0.26%

SU – 0.52%

TPZ – 0.36%

WCP – 0.52%

TRP – 0.59%

ADEN – 0.23%

CNR – 1.18%

CJT – 0.27%

EFN – 0.34%

FTT – 0.49%

MTL – 0.22%

TIH – 0.6%

WCN – 0.4%

MX – 0.17%

NKL – 0.22%

SJ – 0.67%

NTR – 0.62%

GIB.A – 0.28%

LSPD – 0.27%

NVEI – 0.07%

REAL – 0.23%

SHOP – 0.78%

AT – 0.13%

BCE – 0.46%

RCI.B – 0.35%

RAY.A – 0.31%

T – 0.7%

TRL-H – 0.06%

BIPC – 0.41%

BIP.UN – 0.41%

BEP.UN – 0.22%

BEPC – 0.06%

PIF – 0.34%

ATD – 1.14%

XTC – 0.12%

LNR – 0.23%

MTY – 0.24%

QSR – 0.14%

SRU.UN – 0.25%

KSI – 0.27%

More Canadian stuff:

HCAL – 0.43%

VCN – 3.45%

Other – 0.72%

Canadian denominated ETF’s, mostly non-Canadian holdings:

VGRO – 1.65%

XAW – 1.55%

MESH – 0.45%

MTAV – 0.5%

VIDY – 2.09%

VIU – 3.16%

ZEM – 0.9%

ZCH – 0.39%

Other – 1.74%

US securities:

APPL – 3.95%

APPF – 0.18%

ASML – 0.79%

ADSK – 0.14%

AVGO – 0.47%

CDNS – 0.23%

CIEN – 0.4%

CSCO – 0.3%

CRWD – 0.52%

HUBS – 0.22%

MFST – 0.86%

MU – 0.44%

MNDY – 0.36%

NVDA – 0.73%

NOW – 0.18%

SNOW – 0.2%

STEM – 0.23%

TWLO – 0.09%

GILD – 0.63%

ABCL – 0.33%

ABBV – 0.22%

CNC – 0.56%

DOCS – 0.22%

MRK – 0.51%

MCK – 1.04%

MEDP – 0.17%

TEVA – 0.26%

VRTX – 0.46%

BAC – 0.17%

BRK.B – 1.41%

JPM – 0.94%

PYPL – 0.26%

AMZN – 1.26%

BWA – 0.42%

FTCH – 0.11%

MCD – 0.61%

MELI – 0.45%

SBUX – 0.51%

TSLA – 0.29%

ABB – 0.31%

ACLLY – 0.01%

UNP – 0.19%

GOOGL – 0.51%

BOC – 0.3%

LYV – 0.19%

PINS – 0.23%

RBLX – 0.18%

DIS – 0.61%

KO – 0.7%

CVS – 0.34%

K – 0.58%

FIZZ – 0.22%

PG – 0.17%

XOM – 0.54%

SLB – 1.03%

HAL – 0.58%

IP – 0.13%

US denominated ETF’s:

VTI – 1.26%

VXUS 11.49%

ARKQ – 0.16%

BOTZ – 0.17%

IRBO – 0.18%

ROBO – 0.18%

ROBT – 0.18%

Other - Cash and fixed:

Cash – 11.56%

Other Bond Funds/ETF’s – 3.52%

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I got JEPI,SCHD , QYLD but MRK is my single biggest holding. Makes up a 3rd of my DIVIDEND Stocks

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O WPC

Union Pacific

MRK, Abbott (not huge dividends but some)

HDV, DIVO, SCHD, JEPI

Sold my QYLD

You get dividends from VOO and stuff too

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https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2023-02-01/merck-s-mrk-covid-drug-linked-to-viable-spreading-mutants-study-says?utm_campaign=bn&utm_medium=distro&utm_source=yahooUS#xj4y7vzkg

PFE moon

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Saw this a few days back and it seems to be getting more coverage.

Good news for Pfizer, bad news for humanity.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2023-02-01/merck-s-mrk-covid-drug-linked-to-viable-spreading-mutants-study-says?utm_campaign=bn&utm_medium=distro&utm_source=yahooUS#xj4y7vzkg

So basically Merck has a drug (Molnupiravir) that competes with Pfizer's paxlovid as a tool to fight covid infections. However, the drug works by messing up viral replication in a way that causes errors. Often those errors mean you get non-viable virus particles.

But errors are what drives virus evolution to go faster, too. That's what they are seeing. Increased rate of viable mutant strains when you treat with this medicine. You can imagine what can happen if you use it long term in someone with a weak immune system to keep them alive.

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My current holdings (purchased Nov 2022-early Jan 2023) Good mix of growth, value and defensive with nice dividend income. Portfolio is up YTD. Input is always appreciated, but I believe this is a strong blend of companies and funds for the duration of 2023 and into early 2024.

STOCKS

AAPL, AMAT, AES, ASML, AXP, BKR, CPNG, CVX, HAL, INTC, KO, MRK, NIO, NTDOY, PARA, PCRFY, PM, QCOM, SQM, TSM, VZ

ETFs

DIA, HDV, KIE, NOBL, QQQ SCHD, SPY, TLH, TLT, VB, VTV, XLE, XLF, XLH

Fixed Income and Money Market

One year CD ladder @ 4.7%

SWWXX (AMT tax free money market)

SWYXX (Tax free NY municipal money market)

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Durable companies like PG, WM, MRK, LLY, WBA, MDT, MSFT, ASML, AVGO, ULTA, UNP, MA, V, ORCL, CSCO, HD, MELI, NOW, INTU, and a healthy dose of SPY and VIG.

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If I were starting and wanted to be semi-conservative (but don't too conservative since I'm nowhere near retirement), I would start with SPY, a little QQQ, and some, to quote Buffett, "durable" companies with a good chance of beating the market like V, MA, CB, JPM, BAC, PG, WM, MSFT, CSCO, ASML, AMD, ADBE, MRK, NOW, and ABBV.

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I was largely right. I love it when that happents!

You've only one growth stock limited (FSR) and one I know nothing about (OTC) but otherwise are more value-oriented. You should be beating the market when the market is falling or when we're in a bear market; you should start falling a bit behind when the S&P takes off with the bulls.

It's a more conservative, less risky strategy. You should always be experiencing growth, just not as fast. It's similar to my own approach - and one I think will win the day over the course of this decade (as opposed to growth stocks that won the last).

I'd recommend adding at least one pharma company (MRK is my personal recommendation, but there are plenty of good ones) to your top 10. Healthcare will likely be the best or among the best sectors this decade from the extraordinary secular tailwinds behind it.

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Some Implied Moves for Earnings Next Week (Jan. 30th - Feb. 3rd) - 477 Companies Reporting

$AAPL 4.7%

$AMZN 8.4%

$GOOGL 5.8%

$F 6.7%

$QCOM 6.4%

$SBUX 5.4%

$GILD 4.7%

$X 7.5%

$DECK 9.2%

$BILL 18.3%

$TEAM 15.3%

$HUBG 8.0%

$CBOE 3.4%

$REGN 3.8%

$META 9.9%

$ALGN 11.6%

$SNAP 20.0%

$EA 5.3%

$WDC 8.5%

$AMGN 3.9%

$EW 6.4%

$PTON 18.7%

$HUM 7.7%

$WM 2.9%

$EAT 11.3%

$SMG 13.3%

$MCK 4.1%

$MET 3.2%

$ELF 11.0%

$ALL 5.0%

$DXC 10.7%

$EL 7.0%

$LLY 3.8%

$MRK 3.0%

$COP 4.5%

$PENN 6.7%

$RACE 4.4%

$SWK 8.6%

$NXPI 5.8%

$WHR 5.6%

$UPS 6.5%

$GM 7.0%

$AMD 8.3%

$XOM 3.8%

$PFE 4.4%

$MCD 3.3%

$SPOT 11.4%

$GLW 5.1%

$PII 8.6%

$SOFI 14.8%

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Some Implied Moves for Earnings Next Week (Jan. 30th - Feb. 3rd) - 477 Companies Reporting:

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$AAPL 4.7%
$AMZN 8.4%
$GOOGL 5.8%
$F 6.7%
$QCOM 6.4%
$SBUX 5.4%
$GILD 4.7%
$X 7.5%
$DECK 9.2%
$BILL 18.3%
$TEAM 15.3%
$HUBG 8.0%
$CBOE 3.4%
$REGN 3.8%
$META 9.9%
$ALGN 11.6%
$SNAP 20.0%
$EA 5.3%
$WDC 8.5%
$AMGN 3.9%
$EW 6.4%
$PTON 18.7%
$HUM 7.7%
$WM 2.9%
$EAT 11.3%
$SMG 13.3%
$MCK 4.1%
$MET 3.2%
$ELF 11.0%
$ALL 5.0%
$DXC 10.7%
$EL 7.0%
$LLY 3.8%
$MRK 3.0%
$COP 4.5%
$PENN 6.7%
$RACE 4.4%
$SWK 8.6%
$NXPI 5.8%
$WHR 5.6%
$UPS 6.5%
$GM 7.0%
$AMD 8.3%
$XOM 3.8%
$PFE 4.4%
$MCD 3.3%
$SPOT 11.4%
$GLW 5.1%
$PII 8.6%
$SOFI 14.8%

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AVERAGE EARNINGS MOVE | LAST MOVE | IMPLIED MOVE FROM ATM OPTIONS PRICING

2023-01-30

$NXPI | NXP Semiconductors NV: 5.53% | 5.71% | 4.34%

2023-01-31

$AMD | Advanced Micro Devices Inc: 10.97% | 1.45% | 8.18%

$AMGN | Amgen Inc: 4.27% | 3.59% | 3.41%

$CAT | Caterpillar Inc: 4.65% | 11.59% | 4.54%

$MCD | McDonalds Corp: 3.46% | 2.93% | 3.26%

$MCO | Moodys Corp: 5.01% | 7.74% | 5.83%

$XOM | Exxon Mobil Corp: 3.12% | 1.53% | 3.75%

$GM | General Motors Company: 4.5% | 4.46% | 6.96%

$SYK | Stryker Corp: 3.42% | 3.47% | 5.9%

$PFE | Pfizer Inc: 3.59% | 1.85% | 4.36%

$SNAP | Snap Inc: 22.84% | 35.48% | 20.07%

$MDLZ | Mondelez International Inc: 3.53% | 0.47% | 3.24%

$UPS | United Parcel Service: 6.05% | 2.4% | 6.34%

2023-02-01

$GSK | : 2.63% | 0.75% | 4.05%

$TMUS | T Mobile US Inc: 5.16% | 6.34% | 5.02%

$META | : 7.61% | 24.38% | 9.9%

$TMO | Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc: 3.62% | 1.97% | 4.58%

$MO | Altria Group Inc: 3.23% | 0.43% | 2.79%

$WM | Waste Management: 3.51% | 3.35% | 2.92%

$NVS | : 2.32% | 1.23% | 3.58%

2023-02-02

$AMZN | Amazon com: 7.32% | 8.03% | 8.41% $AAPL | Apple Inc: 4.69% | 9.28% | 4.69%

$BMY | Bristol Myers Squibb Co: 3.41% | 2.73% | 3.04%

$COP | ConocoPhillips: 4.28% | 4.87% | 4.25%

$F | Ford Motor Company: 5.67% | 5.59% | 6.63%

$LLY | Eli Lilly and Co: 4.13% | 2.43% | 4.21%

$EL | Estee Lauder Companies Inc: 5.73% | 5.87% | 7.16%

$MRK | Merck and Co Inc: 3.63% | 2.91% | 3.17%

$GILD | Gilead Sciences Inc: 4.86% | 13.5% | 4.65%

$HON | Honeywell International Inc: 3.01% | 5.17% | 3.56%

$QCOM | QUALCOMM Inc: 6.32% | 9.19% | 6.33%

$GOOGL | Alphabet Inc: 5.11% | 6.21% | 5.85%

$SBUX | Starbucks Corporation: 4.78% | 9.51% | 5.45%

2023-02-03

$CI | Cigna Corporation: 5.02% | 3.17% | 5.0%

$SNY | : 2.54% | 4.04% | 5.09%

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MRK - Merck is a pharmaceutical behemoth that has roots going back to 1668

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MRK and AVGO

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Pfe has been ass blasting me the whole way down. It used to move pretty close with mrk but I stopped paying attention a while back.

Maybe the down spiral is slowing?

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Here's the logic. Everything is dropping 50-70% with rates rising. The only question is when. ENPH was a penny stock 3 years ago and i even now trading at over 100PE.

The bear marke is coming for everyone not 50-70% off its highs

MRK/CAT I'm looking at you.

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Today's watchlist (Green):

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  • CNR - Cornerstone Building Brands, Inc.
  • ASC - Ardmore Shipping Corporation
  • ALLO - Allogene Therapeutics, Inc.
  • CPRX - Catalyst Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
  • ASML - ASML Holding N.V.
  • RES - RPC, Inc.
  • MRK - Merck & Co., Inc.
  • AUPH - Aurinia Pharmaceuticals Inc.
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Any stonks to bet against that haven't fallen much yet?

My low IQ idea that has been working so far is that everything is dunking at least 70-80% from ATH before we're done with this tightening cycle, but some started their descent earlier than others.

Positions: ENPH (former penny stonk before the everything bubble) and MRK puts June.

Any others?

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Currently I have it set up to take a certain amount out each month to invest. Right now it's:

VOO-12%

GOOGL-3%

HD-3%

Ai-3%

MRK-1.625%

ZTS-1.625%

O-3%

COPX-1.625%

MCHP-1.625%

SPYD-11%

BLV-6%

IWF-6%

NETL-6%

SCHD-19.5%

VT-6%

QQQ-5%

DGRO-5%

Cash-5%

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I was thinking of consolidating things into a more manageable portfolio:

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SCHD-30%

DGRO-20%

VOO-20%

VT-10%

SCHY-10%

QQQ-5%

5% left for misc. stocks for long-term trading.

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I'm 33 years old and the plan is to take 20% of what I earn to invest without touching it.

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Unless I see the stock/fund is up more than 8%, then the plan is to sell it.

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What are your thoughts on a decent portfolio to invest in each month and should I just let it all ride or is the 8% thing a decent idea?

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Long list but these are my current holdings that have evolved with my portfolio (500k+): AAPL MSFT CSCO TXN QCOM SHW AOS ECL ADM GOLD AFL CME C MCD NKE MRK PG IBM TGT GIS CGM

All of the above stocks pay a decent dividend (CMG doesn’t pay a dividend) with a long history of success and strong balance sheets. Of the above companies only MSFT, TXN, CSCO, C, GOLD currently hold more cash than debt on their balance sheets. I’d say I’m very bullish on these, as well as MCD.

Feedback and thoughts appreciated. I know adding a leader in energy will happen at some point, but will wait for a pullback.

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Very simple. Less risk taking by 21%.

What is important it lost just 1 yr by only -3.5% vs -18.3%. Better dividend pay out: 3.14% vs 1.47%

What can be wrong if it loads up with PFE (Covid), MRK, AMG, PEP, LM (weapon), IBM, and CSCO stocks? CD pays 3-4% it pays almost as much.

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Too much money in the system is primarily sitting at companies with excess cash reserves and the upper middle class (and above), as low and middle class are running up credit cards like crazy just to buy food, which will cause defaults at big credit card issuers like Capital One and Discover. Been short both stocks.

Agree that companies like ABNB are getting squeezed due to lack of “excess capital” in low and medium income households, which are the folks generally using that service the most. I suspected this slowing was occurring at ABNBs because my wife stayed with some friends in Key West for 4 days a few months ago and the owner had a huge list of things they needed to do prior to leaving (strip beds, sweep and mop floors, clean out fridge, etc), which is excessive when they were already paying a mandatory $300 cleaning fee for a 4 night stay.

Same here at the malls, but not at Costco, which on Thursday (after the close) reported a 7.3% increase in sales over Dec 2021 and the stock jumped over 7% ($32) on Friday. So the upper middle class is doing fine, and so are people like me who dumped stocks (ex energy and commodities) during the 2021 fake Santa rally and stayed net short all of 2022.

Note that a bull market is already starting, but tech is not leading it so people aren’t noticing that there are now far fewer new 52 week lows in markets. New 52 week highs this week include CAG, CAT, DOX, PDD, MRK, DKS, CMC, URI, HWM, ROST, TJX, WWE, YUMC, and many others, with very few tech names. Lots of insurers and re-insurers.

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MRK was apart of MK Ultra 🤯

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Same with MRK

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MRK is unstoppable.

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Short MRK and help bring down SPY

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ULTA/CAT/MRK img

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Good for you, and i do believe health care including UNH JNJ MRK LLY will perform even stronger in 2023, but in a blow off top pattern. Every sector will have its run because institution money circulates in a quadrant

Also worth of note everyone has different timeframe and risk tolerance. Some people want 22% a day with some bitcoin miners, 22% a year is terrible to them

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> "In the short run, the market is a voting machine but in the long run it is a weighing machine". -Ben Graham

Ignore the noise, just keep accumulating value.

I could give you my opinions on where that lies (mentioning one of them - which I just bought another 250 shares of @ 118 per - often earns downvotes)...

But if I want to keep it simple just buy SCHD all day. Its big holdings - PEP, MRK, LMT, etc - are rock solid and oftentimes recession proof (my RTX has saved my 2022 portfolio of individual stocks).

Ignore the short-term noise. Once upon a time "Grexit" was a huge emergency for investors.

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Oil Stocks earned of decade and at some point they need to drop as they can't make well in recession

$DJI is only 10% away from ATH while $Vix visiting the bottom, not seeing any CEO or insiders buying from 100 large caps stocks or they knows their conditions for next year.

Need to watch few stocks $ABBV, $MRK, $XOM etc For some these are strong stocks but their charts might be telling different story

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>MRK did so effing well for me last year, I’m thinking about doubling down this year.

lol OK

chart>max> then look at Oct 2001 to July 2005. https://finance.yahoo.com/quote/MRK

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If net after bills, taxes and retirement is $6200, it sounds like you have the money to do it. What i struggle with is the cost of the car. $50k right now is still an inflated cost for the car. We’re getting back to MSRP values but not quite there. Cars are also depreciating assets. Meaning you’re losing on average 15% in car value YOY until the 5 year mark. So you need to use that in your equation (which basically means that 3% HYSA is irrelevant).

I’m a car guy myself. Love my Mrk6 GTI but this is an expensive time to buy a car. If you buy it, I would personally do cash just to have the ability to sell it to retain value. But if this isn’t a need, I would recommend watching the price of cars over the next 6+ months to see if the prices continue to go down.

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Sanofi (SNY), but I don't own any. I'm already overweight with MRK and JNJ.

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Goal: slow growth. Trying to save some of my savings from inflation.

Stocks I own and wondering if I should buy more of:

APPL GOOG ASML MRK NVO PXD V

Stock I own bit probably won’t increase my position any time soon:

UBER SOFI NVDA RBLX

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Found Santa. He’s having a three way with MRK n LLY

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biggest loss ytd tsla -58%

win- mrk 30%

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Because, she came out of obscurity, and went on a tremendous tear...

I remember 2020 and 2021 being told "you don't understand growth, these companies have limitless potential"

My boring ass was buying Abbv, MRK, LMT, NOC and honestly they didn't do much in 2021. but over half my portfolio has positions up 30-40% this year while others see 60-70% of theirs wiped.... Eat my ass, speculators!

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My two largest sectors are pharma and defense.

LMT NOC MRK LLY all up about 40% combine with Peo

Grabbed some great deals on semi and industrials in Sept

Had some losers but the winners helped keep the portfolio green.

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Hopefully my mrk call will print

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My largest holdings are still deep deep green. Love old people stocks.

Pep AMGN Mrk Abbv ITW Apd Txrh Chubb Adp

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Marcus Aurelius Zookerberge IV

Mark Zuckerberg

Marz Kuckerberg

Garf Fuckernerd

Mrk Fuk

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>Merck Begins $36/Share Tender Offer for Imago BioSciences $MRK $IMGO twitter.com/DeItaone/statu…

^*Walter ^Bloomberg ^@DeItaone ^at ^2022-12-12 ^06:45:58 ^EST-0500

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>Merck Begins Tender Offer To Acquire Imago BioSciences, Inc. $MRK $IMGO

^*Walter ^Bloomberg ^@DeItaone ^at ^2022-12-12 ^06:45:24 ^EST-0500

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Or invest in something worthwhile now and get gains now, instead of pining over sunk costs.

I've had boring old DOW member Merck (MRK) gain 20% in a couple months. Those are gains now, from a tried and true company. I can take those and get more gains, like I did with 30% growth in GILD over the past several months.

Bags are money. Money can be put to use now to make money now instead of actively wishing you hadn't lost so much.

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Looking at my MRK shares, one of my few holdings that’s up a decent amount. Wondering if I should sell- if not now then when?

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I put $5k in one company to make money. If I want to buy a bunch of little, tiny positions in a bunch companies, I will buy a mutual fund as I advised OP to do.

Started off on the right path, thank you, Oh Wise One. I do have over $1m in stocks and I worked shit jobs most of my life. The $5k I put into MRK is now worth $18k+. The $5000 I put into META when its IPO crashed and burned is now worth almost $30k and that is half what it was a year ago.

If you want diversification, as I said, buy a mutual fund. I'm not striving for diversification, I'm striving for profits. You do you, I've been at this for 45 years and am doing just fine, thank you very much.

Now that you've straightened me out, oh wise one, why don't you go explain diversification to Warren Buffet. I hear he needs your help.

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Shoutout to the totally smart and probably attractive person who bought my avatar for $400:

https://imgur.com/a/RGg0MRk

It will go to a good cause (local hooker).

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YES, You nailed it as all industries are very good here and in the best shape ever.

OPIL company mismanagement has been the norm forever not building refineries and TRUMP telling people we are oil independent. ---- OIL---In August 2022 United States' Crude Petroleum exports accounted up to $10.4B and imports accounted up to $18.7B, resulting in a negative trade balance of $8.25B. Between August 2021 and August 2022 the exports of United States Crude Petroleum have increased by $4.1B (64.8%) from $6.32B to $10.4B, while imports increased by $5.97B (47.1%) from $12.7B to $18.7B.
WHY not include Banks? POP, HOme, Depo, Pharma. Has Jamie from JPM ever had 30% margins and operating profits before? Best ever rev and net income from corporations- GREATEST ECONOMY EVER for corporation revenues and NET Profits and most margins. CORPORATE balance sheets are the best ever as they report in 2022. America's industries look great- and very strong- PG- Procter, JNJ-Johnston, HD-Home Depo, CL-Colgate. KMB-Kimberly, MRK -Merk, BMY-Bristol, PEP & KO -pop industry, DG-Dollar General. COST Costco, ABBV-Pharma, SU, SHEL, BP, XOM -oil Industry JPM and the gouging 30% margins and greatest returns /margins ever- WFC and Citi are doing very well also, And YES, Many OIL companies have doubled rev and net.

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If you sell the A stock of a given company and buy the B shares, that's substantially identical. If you sell PFE and buy MRK, or sell GM and buy F, that's not.

When in doubt, buy something else.

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AAPL and AMD are your only holdings that are solidly profitable; the rest are speculative, and that's not a good place to be when the market is as uncertain as it is now.

I would say go sector by sector and pick out profitable stocks with good long term prospects. For example:

Industrial: PH, LECO, RTX

Financial: C, JPM, GPN

Consumer staples: CAG, KHC

Consumer discretionary - WHR, NWL, KTB, HBI

Real estate - AVB, ESS, EQR, PHM, LEN.B

Medical - PFE, MRK, MDT

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Yeah, I've been riding RLX for a while now. It's definitely undervalued compared to MRK, but it still has a lot of upside potential. I'm glad you're getting some good gains on it!

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Anyone else been riding RLX I hadn't mentioned it because I thought this whole time it was under mrk cap but this shit keeps going grabbed like 10 3c on this thing in mid Nov

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I own 60 stocks, when the market makes new lows, i'll typically buy equal amounts of each (like a did a few months ago)

add 2K per holding indiscriminate of if its low or high.

Sample of holdings would be abbv, mrk, lmt, low, hd, amgn, jpm, td, pg, msft, aapl, nee, txrh, NXPI, TXN, AMAT, DE, CAT, PEP etc...

Probably why my returns look like this...

https://imgur.com/a/S1vvsqF

Buy and hold strategy of quality companies has served me well for a long time, I no longer chase the bottom.

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Looking for value or just after traditional defensive like PG, JNJ, MRK etc?

If former - (ducks) - then META. Screaming value at this point IMO and I've been accumulating via share purchase as well as selling CSPs.

SCHD if you want to stay conservative but will remain one of the most rock solid buys now & forever.

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23 Years Old

ROTH IRA

VXUS 11.48%

VTI 10.34%

MSFT 8.57%

DIS 6.69%

GOOG 6.78%

AMZN 6.57%

AAPL 6.14%

MRK 5.95%

XLE 5.59%

TGT 4.5%

V 4.32%

AMD 2.92%

SMG 2.68%

BAC 2.68%

401k

S&P Index 65%

Total Int. Index 18%

2060 Index 18%

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Some of them have good analysis if you do your own DD. Wish I would’ve gotten into MRK when a couple of them suggested it last winter

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BMY, KR, STZ, DE, MRK, JNJ, just to name a few.

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Yeah, we've had a good run honestly. I'm up 41% on CAT and 26% on MRK I bought at the end of September.

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FDX BAX ILMN MRK AMGN

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MRK is unstoppable imgimgimg

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Which pharma stock is better? Abbv, pfe, or mrk?

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Anyone got puts on MRK?

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Well I grabbed SBUX/DE/MRK puts

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Tickers of Interest - TL;DR

Gamma Max Cross

  • BABA 12/16 75P for $3.35 or less
  • MRK 12/16 105P for $2.15 or less
  • MET 12/16 75P for $1.25 or less
  • UNG 12/16 21P for $1.95 or less
  • RIO 12/16 62.5P for $1.60 or less

Delta Neutral Cross

  • EFA 12/16 64P for $1.20 or less
  • QCOM 12/16 120P for $4.60 or less
  • NEM 12/16 45P for $1.85 or less
  • ADBE 12/16 322.5C for $14.70 or less
  • FDX 12/16 170P for $4.30 or less

Trading Thesis - Why These Crayons Taste Better

Technical analysis and indicator based trading tend to use past price performance in order to predict important price levels today.

This analysis is based on the current option open interest. With that option open interest, it calculates portfolio-level greeks--notably Delta and Gamma. More importantly, once the portfolio level greeks are established, I can now simulate the change in greeks at different price points. From there, I can find the price levels where portfolio-level gamma is the highest, and the portfolio-level delta is close to 0.

For some tickers, the underlying price reacts strongly off of delta neutral, gamma max, and sometimes both.

It's the reaction off of these price levels in the past that is being used to drive trading signals.

The plays and target entry prices given are calculated using a binomial option pricing model that reflect the expected size and duration of the reaction from gamma max or delta neutral. A lot of these plays are profitable by underlying moves in stock. The best plays benefit from the directional move as well as the increase in IV.

Notes - Something to give you a new wrinkle

  • If the price has moved past the entry price, exercise caution. Something changed between the time these plays were generated and market open.
  • Look to sell half your position on a double, and freeroll the rest to exit at your discretion.
  • I tend to risk up to 1% of my total capital on any trades I take. If my conviction is lower, I'll only allocate 0.5% or even 0.25% of my capital to the trade, and dollar cost average in.
  • The trades were calculated before market open, and so are based on information up to yesterday. Keep that in mind when deciding to enter well after the fact.

FAQ - Because others have already asked.

  • These plays are mostly puts. Are you a gay bear?
    • No. It so happens that the companies have had some recent run-up which implies they are overextended. These trades are primarily some form of mean-reversion either toward or away from an important price level.
  • Are you entering all these plays?
    • No. There have been a dearth of plays in the WSB morning talks, and so I opened up my bag of tools slightly wider to point out more plays with a probable edge to help lead apes to more gain porn. Go through this curated list of plays, pick the ones you like based on whatever additional analysis you use, and get that gain porn.
  • You mentioned a new play on the same ticker in the past. What does that mean?
    • The new play should replace the old play. The old play is likely now invalid and if you haven't entered in, don't chase the price. Remember that a new day's worth of data has been produced and the newer play reflects that data, the older play does not.
  • Where are the crayons? I only see words.
    • Click the links above.
  • Have you back-tested this?
    • Yes. Results show a moderate Sharpe Ratio (1.7), with an expected win rate of 63% of trades (7% margin of error)
  • What is the historical performance?
    • The realized Sharpe Ratio is 1.85 with a 67% win rate. Based on the trade performance so far, there is a 95% chance the expected win rate will be between 49% and 72%. (Stats as of 2022-10-28)
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Hopefully with MRK new acquirement my 100p 12/16 might be worth something

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$70 a week on AAPL is equivalent to 5 cents? Apple is 18% from all time highs? I'm confused here. And some of the other stocks like MRK, ABBV BMY, SCHD, near all time highs. Nice generalization though! FYI my average contract size is around $50, per contract... I guess you don't like money?

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Covered calls selling has been amazing this year!. I do this with lots of individual stocks as well. AAPL, BX, MS, MRK, AABV, NVDA, AMD, QCOM. KO CRM, TSLA, ETSY, GOOG, with over 90% success rate this year. That will probably work until it doesn't, hence I sell 7-14 DTE.

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My risk tolerance might be a little higher, but I do this full time. So I really have to be in tune with everything, the market sentiment, economic events, the Fed, inflation numbers, earnings, ect. I have a spreadsheet I use that I made for myself. With the trade date, expiration date, premium collected, underlying price at the time of the trade, and total collected to date with each individual ticker I trade. I do this with lots of individual stocks as well. AAPL, BX, MS, MRK, AABV, NVDA, AMD, QCOM. KO CRM, TSLA, ETSY, GOOG.

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BMY over MRK. Love the ASML pick, what's your DCA on it?

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  1. ASML 2. CRWD 3. MELI 4. MRK 5. CB
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AAPL MRK KO BX O

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Bearish Divergence on daily for MRK just did a run up from it's Pennant Flagpole is at it's end over bought looking for a retest and puts are cheap 100 12/16

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MRK calls free money

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MRK puts free money

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AFL APD BLK MRK biggest loss is on MPW at -10%

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CRWD, GOOGL, CB, MRK, TSM, TRTN, MA, WM, MSFT, NET

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MRK calls free money

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ADM has been steady and seems to be gaining even more. MRK, JNJ, PFE have been steady too.

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MA, ASML, AMD, WM, CB, MRK, GOOGL, MSFT, CRWD, SNOW

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MRK calls free money

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As much as I'd love to see Elon eat shit for this idiocy, it's just not true that a tweet did this. Look at the entirety of value/defensive sector of the market. It's all down or flat. MRK down 3.8. UNH down 4. AGN down 2. MCD down 1.6. PEP down 2. RTX down 4.5 and the list goes on and none of them were parody tweeted. A lot of these stocks hit high and even all time highs. CPI hit and created short covering in heavily shorted beta names and ignited this rally. Funds are taking profits in the defensive names and switching into high beta names. This happens all the time.

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UNH, JNJ, MRK, BMY -what's up? All down on no news.

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Positions: $MRK 208 $95p 12/16

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Exactly. AMGN MRK DE

Plenty of stuff that I own is up.

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WM, MA, CB, MRK, GOOGL, MSFT, TSLA, NVDA, MELI, ABNB, SNOW

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#Ban Bet Won

/u/Big69MoneyMoves made a bet that MRK would go to 93.0 within 2 weeks when it was 99.2 and it did, congrats gigabrain.

Their record is now 4 wins and 1 losses


^LEADERBOARD - ^FAQ - ^STATS

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Honestly at the end of 2019 i sold my 11 rental homes... After doing my research I wanted a solution that included market beating returns but, steady, increasing income stream, and a bit less volatility.

I rolled all that money in at the beginning of 2020, I bought companies like Amgn, Abbv, MRK, Home Depot, Lowes, Proctor and Gamble, Lockheed martin, Northrop Grumman Avgo, Texas Instruments, Applied Materials, United Healthcare, etc, if anyone cares i can go on and list them all but you get the gist.

So pretty much the latter half of 2020 and 2021 I thought, wow, I really missed the boat because while they went up they weren't getting the love that some of these companies like peloton, carvana, teladoc, google, meta, etc were getting.

Now turn the tables to this year, YTD I am down 2.2%, it is nice being somewhat vindicated in my boring approach. Will have almost 10% dividend increase this year to 76K/yr.

Back to the question. Disney didn't fit my metrics. And maybe it will come back but I think they are going to face headwinds for the foreseeable future. Park income is strong, mostly on the back of them gouging the people who are still willing to go, we live in orlando and never go to disney. I think it is still a bit over priced. I won't own it just like I won't own tesla again.

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Ban Bet Created: /u/Big69MoneyMoves bet MRK goes from 99.2 to 93.0 before 2022-11-21 08:22:40.763128-05:00

Their record is 3 wins and 1 losses.


^LEADERBOARD - ^FAQ - ^STATS

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!banbet MRK 93 2w

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Just a heads up, 2023 Medicare rules come out any day now and there will be winners and losers healthcare stocks. Not saying MRK will directly be affected but it's a catalyst that needs to be on your radar this time of year when trading healthcare stocks. I made an assload accidentally on LHCG calls a couple years ago when Medicare did a huge overhaul of home health and telehealth reimbursements. You basically got to check CMS website everyday to see when the new file is posted. You can definitely get a beat on it if you catch it as soon as it drops and take the time to read through it.

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Just posted a DD come give me shit.

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have you guys seen MRK? its up 20% this past year and insider’s have been selling in the last few days

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It’s actually 3 individual stocks (MRK, MCK and OXY) that make up the 10% in my brokerage , but it’s really even less than 10% if you look at my portfolio as a whole.

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Merck - MRK

Experiencing massive growth and looking to expand business and profit by 20% a year.

Hiring at record levels too

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Hardy's puts printed yesterday. I got in XLF & MRK

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