Flag on the play! How to NOT get roughed up in these market conditions…

Hey there, Power Profit Traders!

Let’s get this out of the way up front… at yesterday’s special Volatility Debrief, my shirt made me look like a referee.

The market has really been roughing up investors lately, so let’s pretend I was going for the referee look – after all, my goal is to help you NOT get roughed up!

Okay, that’s a bit cheesy… but the Volatility Debrief was a BIG hit!

Honestly, I got a bit caught up in all the excitement and I ended up covering more trades and charts than I had planned.

If you missed the session, you can still catch the recording on my Replay Page.

I also went DEEP into how implied volatility (IV) “trigger events” are defined and found using my A.I. software, BRUTUS – and the HUGE IV surge I’m gearing up to trade before March 10!

I’ll talk a little more about that in today’s newsletter and our 11:30 a.m. Power Profit Trades session TODAY, but first, it’s important to understand why there is so much excitement right now about the Surge Strike strategy and volatility trading.

Why are these IV surge event trades so exciting?

Since Jan. 1, if you’d traded the ideas sent out to Operation Surge Strike members, your account would have grown 364%, or over 4.5x your starting amount!

That means, starting with $6,165 and allocating $2,000 per trade, your account would have grown to $28,604!

On the other hand, if you were to have invested the same amount needed to complete every Surge Strike trade into the S&P 500 Index (SPX) instead, you would have lost 11.75%.

Now you understand why I am so excited about this upcoming IV surge trade.

In this kind of high-volatility market environment, you need a strategy that profits from increased volatility.

Surge Strike’s BRUTUS takes the guesswork out of what we do – it tells us what to trade, when to enter, when to exit, and even the expected magnitude of the underlying and IV move.

If you’re interested in becoming a member of Operation Surge Strike, don’t wait too long because there are more trades coming and you won’t want to miss out.

Volatility Was Zooming

I mentioned earlier the returns we have experienced since Jan. 1 with this strategy, and I wanted to take a moment and highlight some of the Top Volatility Wins (discussed in even greater detail during the LIVE session yesterday).


Affirm Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: AFRM)
Farfetch Ltd (NYSE: FTCH)
Zoom Video Communications Inc (NASDAQ: ZM


The trades above are just a few examples, but they show how there are multiple ways to find profit when volatility is surging!

The Most Exciting Boring Stock

On Monday I talked about three sectors I’ve been stalking lately, considering the Russia-Ukraine conflict and volatile market conditions.

One of those is what I call “boring stocks,” or the things you would find in your pantry or under the kitchen sink.

Of those boring stocks we discussed in greater detail, Campbell Soup Company (CPB) is a great example of a Surge Strike opportunity!

Here’s why…


Campbell Soup Company (NYSE: CPB) Stock with IV – March 1


In November-December last year, CPB IV saw a HUGE volatility spike leading up to earnings. Plus, the stock broke higher on the report, after staying in a 2-point range for the previous couple of months.

What’s happening now?

That’s right! CPB is trading within a 2-point range AGAIN.

Anything else?

That’s right! CPB options IV is surging AGAIN.

According to BRUTUS, the time to get in on this trade was actually a few days ago. At this point, most of the juice has been squeezed from this trade, but it goes to demonstrate that even amid the “boring” stocks, there are opportunities.

The “I.T.” Crowd

I introduced you to some of the boring stocks, now here are a couple of stocks in the “I.T.” Crowd: Oracle Corporation (ORCL) and Crowdstrike Holdings Inc (CRWD).

Late last year ORCL dropped leading into earnings, accompanied by a surge in IV.

This year, ORCL is still trending down, which gives us some indication of direction…

But considering how much IV has spiked so far, I can’t imagine what levels we will see by the time we reach earnings in a week!


Oracle Corporation (NYSE: ORCL) Stock with IV – March 1


Looking at CRWD, there was a similar price drop leading into earnings as IV surged last quarter.

The difference is that CRWD has since formed a double bottom, and is now back to its YTD starting point.


Crowdstrike Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: CRWD) Stock with IV – March 1


In cases like this, where there isn’t a discernable price pattern around earnings releases, but IV tends to spike quite a bit, Brutus could indicate the best way to trade is a straddle strategy.

But I won’t make any trades unless my proprietary tools – like in Operation Surge Strike – tell me the time is right.

If you want to hear more about BRUTUS and review my analysis on oil, gold, and other commodity assets, check out yesterday’s replay!

And, of course, catch me at 11:30 a.m. ET again today, where I’ll check in after last night’s State of the Union Address.

Tom Gentile
America’s #1 Pattern Trader

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