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Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Spiders (SPY) Jan Put Options

Friday 12/11/2015 (12:16:24 pm, PT)

sold -3 January 2016  $194 puts for $2.95

Why did I place this trade?
  • stochastics in oversold condition
  • 70% probability of success
















Tuesday 12/15/2015 (11:03:43 am, PT)

buy back all 3 puts for $1.55

Why did I close my trade?
  • take profits!
  • FOMC meeting on 12/16/2015

GROSS PROFIT:  $420 (in 3 trading days!!)

Success!



 
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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Spiders (SPY) Dec Put Options

11/17/2015 (11:20:11 am, PT)

sold -3 December 2015  $199 puts for $2.06

Why did I place this trade?
  • stochastics in oversold region
  • probability of success = 70%
  • nice premium


11/24/2015 (10:27:07 am, PT)

bought back all 3 puts for $0.84

Why did I place this trade?
  • stochastics in overbought region
  • take PROFITS!

GROSS PROFIT:  $366 (in 7 calendar days)

Success!



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Friday, November 20, 2015

Russell 2000 ETF (IWM) Iron Condor

10/1/2015 (12:58:12 pm, PT)  low stoch, high IV

buy +1 Nov 2015  $113 call (30% prob ITM)
sell  -1 Nov 2015  $111 call (39% prob ITM)
sell  -1 Nov 2015  $108 put (48% prob ITM)
buy +1 Nov 2015  $107 put (44% prob ITM)


FACTS:

  • net credit received:  $1.25 (or $125)
  • the call vertical is $2.00 wide
  • the put vertical is $1.00 wide
  • zero risk on the down side
  • $0.75 (or $75 risk on the up side)
  • this trade is more bearish than bullish
  • IWM was near $109 on 10/1


11/17/2015 (10:45:51 am, PT) (3 days before expiration)

  • buy back the call vertical for $1.76 (debit) to avoid losing the maximum ($75) on exp.
  • buy back the short $108 put for $0.04 (debit)
  • leave open the long $107 put in case IWM drops A LOT in the next 3 days (anything is possible, right?)


11/20/2015 (expiration)

IWM closed at $116.81

  • it's a good thing I bought back the call vertical on 11/17
  • the long $107 put expired worthless

TOTAL LOSS:  $55 (instead of $75 if I had held the entire trade until expiration)





COMMENTS:

When I entered the trade on 10/1/2015, I was more bearish than bullish.  
However, I also knew that there's always the probability that IWM could rally back up and go through my call strikes.  That's why I kept the risk under control by doing only 1 contract.

My goal was to buy back the entire iron condor at around $0.60 so I could walk away with a 50% profit.  However, I never had the opportunity because IWM started rising right after I placed my trade.

Looking back, I would say that this was a dumb trade.  I should have sold put options instead because the stochastics were in the oversold region and IV was VERY high.  Lesson learned!


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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Spiders (SPY) Dec Put Options

11/17/2015 (12:21:26 pm, PT)  FP

sold -5 December 2015  $190 puts for $1.02

Why did I place this trade?
  • stochastics in oversold region
  • probability of success = 85%


11/18/2015 (1:10:40 pm, PT)

bought back all 5 puts for $0.51

Why did I close my position?
  • I made 50% of the maximum profit in ONE DAY
  • take profits!

GROSS PROFIT:  $255


Success!


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Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Tesla (TSLA) Earnings Play

11/3/2015

sold -1 Nov 6, 2015  $170 put at $0.45
sold -1 Nov 6, 2015  $175 put at $0.76

Comments:
I used two different strikes to spread the risk



11/4/2015

TSLA gapped up over $21 post-earnings, so I was able to buy back both puts at $0.02 each


GROSS PROFIT:  $117 in 1 day


Success!



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Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Visa (V) Earnings Play

Friday, 10/30/2015 (12:48:08 pm, PT)

sell -1 Nov 6, 2015  $76 put at $1.07


Tuesday, 11/3/2015 (6:46:53 am, PT)

buy back my put at $1.00

NET PROFIT:  $3.91

Comments:
  • Visa reported earnings before the Opening Bell on Monday, 11/2
  • Immediately after the earnings release, the stock dropped to an intraday low of $74.53 (not good)
  • By the end of Monday, 11/2, my short put was ITM (not good)
  • On Monday (11/2) evening, I decided to place a closing order to buy back my put at $1.00 to break even and cover my fees
  • Before the Opening Bell the next morning (Tuesday, 11/3), Visa announced that the company was planning to buy Visa Europe for $18.2 billion and the stock shot up
  • My closing order at $1.00 filled 16 minutes after the Opening Bell on 11/3
  • I could have made a lot more $$$$ if I had left my put option alone
  • My trade would have ended perfectly if Visa's CFO had announced the acquisition during the conference call on Monday (11/2) rather than waiting until the next day!!!!


Friday, October 30, 2015

Expedia (EXPE) Earnings Play

10/29/2015 (12:48:54 pm, PT)

sell -1 Oct 30, 2015  $114 put at $1.20

Notes:

  • this is a 1-day trade
  • "earnings play"
  • 84% probability of success
  • "expected move" was $10



10/30/2015 (expiration)

EXPE closed at $136.30

my put option expired perfectly

GROSS PROFIT:  $120

Success!



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Thursday, October 29, 2015

Apple (AAPL) Earnings Play

10/27/2015 (12:58:56 pm, PT)

sold -1 Oct 30, 2015  $101 put at $0.35

Notes:

  • This is an "earnings play" (taking advantage of inflated premiums).  
  • I haven't traded AAPL in a long time, so I wanted to be cautious and sell just one contract.
  • AAPL was around $114.55 and the "expected move" was around $6.64 when my trade filled.
  • The strike price that I selected was twice the "expected move" (being cautious).



10/29/2015 (6:30:25 am, PT)

buy back my put at $0.01 to remove the risk


GROSS PROFIT:  $34

Success!




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Friday, October 23, 2015

Spiders (SPY) Put Options

7/21/2015 (11:49:44 am, PT)  RD

sell  -3 Sept 2015  $205 puts at $2.37

probability of success:  68%



8/24/2015 (8:51:01 am, PT)

The Dow dropped 1000 points this morning.



roll Sept 2015  $205 puts to Nov 2015  $205 puts
net credit:  $1.75



10/23/2015 (12:00:13 pm, PT)

buy back all 3 Nov 2015  $205 puts at $1.98

GROSS PROFIT:  $642

Success!



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Thursday, October 22, 2015

Spiders (SPY) Jade Lizard (options)

7/22/2015 (12:40:03 pm, PT)  stoch top

+4  Aug 28, 2015  $217 calls  (16% prob ITM)
-4  Aug 28, 2015  $216 calls  (21% prob ITM)
-4  Aug 28, 2015  $205 puts  (25% prob ITM)

Net credit:  $1.52


8/21/2015 (8:19:55 am, PT)

Roll Aug 28, 2015  $205 puts to Sept 2015  $205 puts

Net credit:  $2.14 (nice)



8/24/2015 (8:20:54 am PT)

  • Dow dropped 1000 points at the Opening Bell


  • Roll Sept 2015  $205 puts to Oct 2015  $205 puts 
  • Net credit:  $0.75



8/28/2015 (expiration)

  • SPY closed at $199.24
  • Credit call spread expired perfectly



9/18/2015 (10:46:18 am, PT)

  • Roll Oct 2015  $205 puts to Nov 2015  $204 puts (roll down 1 strike)
  • Net credit:  $0.65



10/22/2015 (1:02:45 pm, PT)  stoch top

buy back all 4 Nov 2015  $204 puts at $2.50

NET PROFIT:  $994.31

Success!



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Spiders (SPY) Put Options

7/28/2015 (11:31:08 am, PT) 

sell  -4 September 2015  $205 puts at $2.82


Why did I place this trade?
  • stochastics in oversold region
  • 62% probability of success
 

8/24/2015 (8:23:08 am, PT)
Dow dropped 1000 points at the Opening Bell


Roll Sept 2015 $205 puts to Oct 2015  $205 puts
Net credit:  $0.70



9/18/2015 (11:22:50 am, PT)

Roll Oct 2015  $205 puts to Nov 2015  $204 puts (rolled down 1 strike)

Net credit:  $0.70



10/22/2015 (1:02:45 pm, PT)
stochastics at top

buy back all 4 Nov 2015  $204 puts at $2.50

NET PROFIT:  $650.96

Success!



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Spiders (SPY) Jade Lizard (options)

7/21/2015 (11:58:50 am, PT)  RD
stochastics top

+7 Aug 28, 2015  $217 calls at $0.67  (18% prob ITM)
-7 Aug 28, 2015  $216 calls at $0.95  (23% prob ITM)
-7 Aug 28, 2015  $204 puts at $1.18  (23% prob ITM)

Net credit:  $1.46



8/12/2015 (6:30:02 am, PT)
stochastics bottom

buy back all 7 of the $216 short calls at $0.05



8/24/2015 (7:09:04 am, PT)
The Dow dropped 1000 points at the Opening Bell


 
Roll to Nov 2015  $204 puts 

Net credit:  $3.89 (nice!)



8/28/2015 (expiration)

The Aug 28, 2015  $217 long calls expired "worthless"



10/22/2015 (10:40:11 am, PT)

buy back all 7 Nov $204 puts at $2.64

GROSS PROFIT:  $1862


Success!



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Spiders (SPY) Put Options

7/21/2015 (11:38:56 am, PT)  FP

sold  -4 August 28, 2015  $205 puts at $1.30

probability of success:  75%

Note:
  • I was impatient and sold (to open) these puts even though the timing was horrible (i.e., the stochastics were in the "overbought" region)
  • On August 28 (expiration), these options did, indeed, end up in-the-money



8/21/2015 (7:42:02 am, PT)

Roll all 4 August $205 puts to October 2, 2015  $200 puts
Net credit:  $0.45

Note:
  • The net credit of $0.45 is very small, but I wanted to roll down my strikes for safety.



8/24/2015 (6:59:29 am, PT)

The Dow dropped 1000 points at the Opening Bell.


Roll all 4 Oct 2, 2015  $200 puts to November 2015  $200 puts
Net credit:  $1.55



10/22/2015 (10:33:11 am, PT) 

buy back all 4 Nov 2015  $200 puts at $1.58

Why did I close this trade?
  • stochastics in overbought region
  • SPY up 1.69% today

GROSS PROFIT:  $688

Success!




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Monday, September 28, 2015

Russell 2000 ETF (IWM) Iron condor

9/4/2015 (11:11:31 am, PT)

buy +1 October 2015  $119 call
sell -1 October 2015  $115 call  (37% prob ITM)
sell -1 October 2015  $109 put  (40% prob ITM)
buy +1 October 2015  $107 put

net credit:  $2.02 x 1 x 100 =  $202 received


Analysis:
  • no risk on the down side
  • $198 risk on the up side
  • break even at $117.02


9/28/2015 (9:46:15 am, PT)

buy back entire iron condor for $1.11 (debit)

NET PROFIT:  $78.64


Success!



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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Spiders (SPY) August Jade Lizard

6/25/2015 (12:42:16 pm, PT)  RD

buy +4 August 2015  $216 calls at $1.24  [22% prob ITM]
sell -4 August 2015  $215 calls at $1.60  [26% prob ITM]
sell -4 August 2015  $203 puts at $2.18  [30% prob ITM]


Why did I place this trade?
  • stochastics in overbought region
  • max profit = $1016 if SPY closes between $203 and $215 at expiration


8/12/2015 (6:43 am, PT)  [stochastics bottom]

buy to close the four $215 short calls at $0.04 to remove the risk


8/19/2015 (11:12:45 am, PT)

buy to close the four $203 puts at $0.04 to remove the risk


8/21/2015 (expiration)

the four long $216 calls expired "worthless"

NET PROFIT:  $966.40


Success!!



THANK GOD I closed those four naked puts early because SPY closed at $197.63 on Expiration Friday!!!!  Those puts would have ended up ITM. 

The lesson here is:  
ALWAYS BUY BACK YOUR SHORT OPTIONS AND REMOVE THE RISK EVEN IF EXPIRATION FRIDAY IS JUST A FEW DAYS AWAY!!!



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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Spiders (SPY) Jade Lizard (options)

6/25/2015 (11:50:25 am, PT)

buy  +1 August 2015  $216 call at $1.25
sell  -1 August 2015  $215 call at $1.61  (27% prob ITM)
sell  -1 August 2015  $203 put at $2.18   (30% prob ITM)

Why did I place this trade?
  • stochastics in "overbought" region
  • if SPY closes between $203 and $215, profit = $254
  • if SPY closes above $216, profit =  $154 (fine)


8/13/2015 (12:26:36 pm, PT)

buy (to close) 1 August 2015  $215 call at $0.02 (to remove the risk)


8/18/2015 (9:50:44 am, PT)

buy (to close) 1 August 2015  $203 put at $0.05 (to remove the risk)


8/21/2015 (expiration)

the long $216 calls expired "worthless"

NET PROFIT:  $237.56


Success!







THANK GOD I bought back those short puts early because they would have ended up ITM on Expiration Friday (8/21/2015).  SPY closed at $197.63 on expiration.

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Friday, August 14, 2015

Spiders (SPY) Aug Put Options

7/21/2015 (11:50:17 am, PT)  stoch top (bad!)

sell  -10 August 28, 2015  $202.50 puts at $1.00

Probability ITM:  20%


8/14/2015 (11:42:29 am, PT)

buy (to close) all 10 puts at $0.44

NET PROFIT:  $537.38

Success!





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Friday, July 31, 2015

Spiders (SPY) August Put Options

7/2/2015 RD

sell  -1 August 2015  $191 put at $1.26

Why did I place this trade?
  • stochastics in "oversold" region
  • high implied volatility
  • 83% probability of success

7/31/2015

buy back put option at $0.10

NET PROFIT:  $113

Success!



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Thursday, July 30, 2015

Spiders (SPY) Credit Put Spread

6/30/2015 (9:37:15 am, PT)

sell -10 August 2015  $180 puts at $0.83 (10.27% prob ITM)
buy +10 August 2015  $170 puts at $0.43 (5.50% prob ITM)

Why did I place this trade?

  • stochastics in oversold region
  • high implied volatility
  • max profit:  $400

7/30/2015 (11:42:20 am, PT)

buy to close all 10 of the $180 puts at $0.05
sell to close all 10 of the $170 puts at $0.02

NET PROFIT:  $323.87

Success!



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Friday, July 17, 2015

Spiders (SPY) July Jade Lizard

5/11/2015 (10:44:40 am, PT)

buy  +4 July 2015  $216 calls at $1.78
sell  -4 July 2015  $215 calls at $2.20  (32% probability ITM)
sell  -4 July 2015  $205 puts at $3.03  (35% probability ITM)

Why did I place this trade?
  • stochastics in "overbought" region
  • high probability of success
  • no matter where SPY lands at expiration,  this trade will still be profitable

Analysis:
  • If SPY closes between $205 and $215 (ideal outcome), profit will be $1380
  • If SPY closes above $216, profit will be $980


7/6/2015 (6:30:02 am, PT)

buy back the 4 short calls ($215 strike) at $0.04 to remove the risk


7/17/2015 (expiration)

SPY closed at $212.47 (ideal!), so short puts and long calls expired "worthless"

NET PROFIT:  $1347.51


Success!!





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Spiders (SPY) Put Options

6/9/2015 (12:06:16 pm, PT)

sell  -3 July 2015  $203 puts at $2.18

Why did I place this trade?
  • stochastics in "oversold" region
  • probability of success:  68%

7/17/2015 (expiration)

SPY closed at $212.47, so puts expired "worthless"

NET PROFIT:  $649.39

Success!




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Spiders (SPY) July Ratio Put Spread

5/22/2015 (10:35:02 am, PT)  RD

buy  +6 July 2015  $210 puts at $2.96
sell  -12 July 2015  $209 puts at $2.67 (37% probability ITM)

  • net credit:  $2.38 x 6 x 100 =  $1428
  • max potential profit:  $2028
  • stochastics in "overbought" region

7/16/2015 (6:48:36 am, PT)  stoch top

buy back 6 July $209 puts at $0.05 to remove the risk
leave open July 209/210 debit put spread for potential profit on 7/17 (expiration)


7/17/2015 (expiration)

SPY closed above $212 so debit put spread expired worthless

NET PROFIT:  $1370.27

Success!



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XLI July Put Options

6/8/2015 (12:56:39 pm, PT)  RD

sell  -1 July 2015  $55 put at $0.99


7/17/2015 (10:35:38 am, PT)  expiration Friday

buy back put at $0.18 to remove the risk of assignment
(XLI was trading at $54.84 with no extrinsic value remaining)

Note:  XLI hit a low of $53.35 on July 8 (eek!)

NET PROFIT:  $77.92

Success!



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