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By: Adam Stone
February 20th 2014 7:15am GMT, London UK

facebook_like_buttonMany of you probably already know, but Facebook has just made a splash in the markets and the effects have yet to be felt. In after-hours the social media giant purchased the mobile messaging app WhatsApp for a whopping $19 billion. Although it’s not an all cash deal but rather cash, stock, and vested stock deal, it’s still an amazing move by Facebook and spells big trouble for others in the social and messaging market. The stock, which is heavily traded with binary options on a daily basis since its IPO, is likely going to move and move big today. Generally, such massive acquisition by publicly traded companies causes a devaluation in the stock price in the immediate aftermath of the purchase but not for negative reasons. It’s simply seen as a big purchase and as such, the stock price will lose part of its value.

FB stock closed at just above 68 yesterday and in after-hours trading slipped about 2.5% to 66.36. A further drop could be seen today and as such binary options traders should be looking to down options as a means of taking advantage of fast paced stock and its deal making.

For the day ahead, binary options traders will want to focus on other aspects of the trading world and news trading will likely be expressly that magnifying glass. Today specifically, the market will be watching the US economic news which starts off at around 13:00 GMT today with the CPI indicators. The market is expecting a slightly higher figure than the previous release at 1.6% versus 1.5% last month. The figure is heavily scrutinized so expect heavy trading to sway the EUR/USD, major US stock indices, as well as commodities like Gold and Oil.

Initial Jobless Claims, another big indicator will release at 13:30 GMT and will possibly make some waves of its own. The market is expecting a figure in or around 335k as compared to the previous 339k. The fact that the difference isn’t great between these two results will not be the focus however. In fact, the very notion of a continuing trend downwards for the figure is the only matter of interest. Furthermore, markets have shrugged off poor results in recent weeks so long as the 4 week average is heading downwards. This may seem irrational, but seeing as how this is a weekly figure with noise possible in the results from week to week, the 4 week figure is the one many watch to make better judgements of the overall health of the US jobs market. As such, we strongly recommend watching the news releases and not rushing to click up or down upon the release but rather waiting to see how the markets perceive the news. Of course, taking a small position prior to the release is a strong move by binary options traders that help create large profits over time, but require a large dose of luck. So for those looking to keep on the straight and narrow, stick to trades after the fact.

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As COO of GOptions, my first and foremost goal is to provide traders with the most up to date info from the markets. I have been trading the markets since 2004 and have been involved with stocks, binary options, and forex trading since then. I have had no formal market education and pride myself on a self taught approach to everything related to trading. I try to focus though on both the technical and fundamental aspects related to each trading day and bring forward the most important aspects of risk/reward in the market.
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