This week could be very telling in what to expect from the markets in the first quarter and the rest of 2014 as a number of important companies report Q4 and 2013 year-end earnings. Today brought in some stock moving releases from Caterpillar Inc. (CAT), Apple Inc. (AAPL), Seagate Technology (STX).

CAT reported better-than-expected earnings before the market opened along with a $10 billion buyback program. 

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Options, when used effectively, can turn a non-dividend paying stock--often the case with small-caps—into one that pays you to hold onto shares. This strategy, known as the Buy-Write strategy, involves buying half the shares of a stock you’re willing to own, and writing, or selling, calls and puts against those shares.

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Editor's Note: Walter is the guest author this week. David will be back next week.

Once again, the market has found itself subject to Eurozone woes. Today, the S&P 500 closed down nearly a percent and the DJI fell over 100 points after news that Greece is struggling to cut its budget and Spain’s interest rates continue to hover at an “unsustainable” level.  Furthermore, China’s expansion is predicted to slow further. And, if that wasn’t enough, McDonald’s (MCD) earnings miss has put an unpleasant taste on investors' palates.

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Its earnings season again!  Q2 results began today with a so-so report from Alcoa (AA), but they will end the week with much awaited reports from JP Morgan (JPM) and Wells Fargo (WFC).  To be fair, the market began the week on the tail end of a trio of bad stories, a not-so-dynamic duo of emerging stories from the banking sector, and a single focus on the upcoming election.

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