12/11 Trades

Looks like it was a quiet day for a lot of people here.
1. May I please call these “Fuzzy” trades? I love them and I’m doing a lot of them (#SyntheticStock Diagonals w/ protection and hedge income—From now on known as #Fuzzies. To me, the Fuzzies have two stages, stage one is recovering the net debit of the trade; Stage 2 is recovery of the spread risk. I spent time this weekend looking at and scoring candidates. The “score” is basically the number of weeks of hedge income that it takes to accomplish Stage 1. The fewer the number of weeks, the lower the score. I’m looking for Fuzzies with a score of less than 5, less than 4 even better. I have a picture in my head of having a portfolio of 10 Fuzzies, each with $10 spread risk, bringing in 10-15K a week in income. So I’m testing these aggressively.

I have a TOS scan for finding high-return covered calls and puts, and it turns out it’s a good scan for finding Fuzzy candidates with low scores. Here’s the scan http://tos.mx/vKzR27

So back to Trade #1: CELG. I happened to catch a big bullish fund order for a Jan risk reversal, so a CELG #Fuzzy was my first trade of the day: Mar 110c/-110p/+100p, Dec 15 110 c. Net debit: 1.38 with a “Score” of approx 2.38 (2.38 weeks to cover the core debit)
2. Oh…here’s a nod to @hcgdavis for the Alpha Shark indicator. Got it. Love it. So scalped a bunch of /NQ today while taking it for a test run. Ended up +$305 on small-lot scalps. Enough to pay for the indicator 🙂
3. NTES. Now this was a franken-trade. It started as one 10-lot #butterfly. As it dropped added another 10-lot butterfly. Last week added a 3rd 10-lot butterfly. Was finally able to close it all out today for a $157 loss. Believe me, I’m happy with that!
4. #Bitties Closed! SPX x 20 lot, NDX x 10 lot. Got 50% target on all of them. The SPX bitties were 7DTE, so was happy to close them asap given the gamma risk. Net profit $1150.
5. Reset 17DTE SPX #Bitties. The Dec 27 2630/2625 for .85 cr x 20
6. NTNX I’ve been holding 703 shares, took 603 off for about $950 profit. Some day they’ll be acquired so I’ll always keep a hundred on. Great stock for swing trading, so will load back up on any dip. My max size position is 3000 shares, but I never seem to get the opp to add that many on.
7. QQQ #JadeLizard closed for 50% profit, this week’s expiration
8. SPY 266/267 #BuCS closed for 90% profit. This was bought based on #UOA (unusual option activity). SPY trades massive volume in fund flow, obviously—but it’s almost all put hedges. Every once in awhile a big bullish trade hits the tape, and those are ones for my attention.
9. NUE Closed a BuCS for 50% profit, this is another one that was bought on #UOA
10. NUE Opened a #Fuzzy Apr 60/60/50 for 1.87 core debit, Dec 15 62 call short for .56, Score is 3.3. There was a lot of bullish option flow on this today….all the way up to the 70 call line.
11 NUE spec trade based on #UOA bought 100 Jan 70 calls for .16, just looking for .21 as my target
12 MU #EarningsRunUp added two more calls to the trade from last week. Looking for 30% profit on these and must close before earnings announcement.
13 AMC #UOA There was unusual activity on AMC right before the other cinema merger happened last week. Turns out AMC confirms they’ve been approached too, regarding investment options. I’m glad I sold a few puts when I saw the fund flow. Netted 50%, $370.00 on a 10-lot
14. MSFT I like to layer on a lot of different MSFT trades. I love what they’re doing with Azure. However I saw a lot of January put buying today on MSFT, so I cut a trade short (#BuCS) for 28% profit vs. the 50% I was looking for. I still have on a MSFT #Butterfly that I’m watching closely. 80/85/90 for Feb.
15. ALGN This is the last of my trades from the tech crash. I defended it resulting in half what the max loss would have been. All closed now for $1150 loss. Classic case of thinking it would come back. Could have been handled better, but could have been handled much worse. I wouldn’t mind resetting with a #bitty or #PutRatioSpread the problem is that it’s just really thin. The Market Makers are not the worst I’ve dealt with (ISRG, KORS, ULTA are worse) but it’s still a struggle.
16. TWTR Opened a #Fuzzy in a 401K. I again saw some large bullish fund flow on TWTR and it had a good score. Mar 22/22/18 core for .78, sold Dec 22.5 call for .46, score is roughly 2. Not sure how this one will work out, but I’m still developing the perfect candidate profile for the Fuzzies.

@fuzzballl I hope you are ok being the namesake on these trades. It’s cute!


Rolled 11 DTE calls (covered) out to 28 DTE for 0.35 credit. Just holding through dividend then will let them be called out. Still have the LEAPs puts I will keep writing puts against. Definite skew to put side on this one now so will probably work out without the calls to write straddles on.


STO January 19, 70 puts @.92

Taking TTD off

With today’s move up, I took the opportunity to close this position for around 75% of the max after having been underwater just 2 days ago. Didn’t want to risk a reversal with opex coming up on Friday.
Bought to close $TTD Dec 15 45 puts @ .35. Sold for 1.45 on 11/13.

Rolling XLK

Been fighting with this ever since I put it on but chipping away at it.
Original trade was a Nov 57/60 strangle. I rolled the puts up to 60 to create a straddle, then rolled the whole position to Dec. I just rolled it again to a Jan 60 straddle for .36 credit. Premium taken in so for is 2.54 with XLK at 63.96. I’m comfortable keeping the short delta in tech for now.


#ShortStrangles – Won’t stop going up. Still no luck getting any stock so let’s go extreme. If I can get stock then I can work on rolling the calls up. In fact looking at spending some of this premium to roll the DITM calls up 5 points. That would leave the position at 170/140 inverted with about 28 dollars of premium received.

Bought to Close WYNN DEC 15 2017 160.0 Puts @ .53 (sold for 6.85)

Sold WYNN DEC 22 2017 170.0 Puts @ 6.03

Getting out of the ring with $M

Well one position at least. Been wrestling with this one since March. Sold puts at the 27 strike with the stock around 31 at the time. Rolled it 5 times and was left with the 27 puts expiring this Friday. With today’s move I’m finally able to get out of this for a profit. So I’m taking it and running.
Bought to close $M Dec 15 27 puts @ 1.38. Overall profit on position is .87.
I’m also short the Jan 20 puts which are mostly profitable.


Bought to close January 18, 45 puts @1.20, sold @2.90

This stock seems to be breaking down so will look at it next year.


#ShortPuts -Another one off the bottom…only one more of the pre-split positions left.

Bought to Close SVXY JAN 19 2018 37.5 Put @ .25 (sold for 1.10)

AAOI deep in the money roll

Rolled $AAOI Dec 15 75 puts out to Jan 19 for 1.20 credit with the stock at 39.11. With continued rolls, basis reduction on this so far is 11.09. After having quite a few positions on this stock since May I’m down to only 2–this problem child one and short March 22.50 puts. Stock has been profitable to trade this year. If I can’t stick the landing, I’m looking for at least a graceful dismount from this position soon.

SPX puts sold

#SPXcampaign Sold $SPX Dec 22nd 2260/2635 put spreads for 8.80. Another bullish position based on potential for Upside Warning hitting tomorrow.


Replacing some expirations: STO for January 26,

SVXY, 60 puts @ .85

SVXY, 70 puts @1.23

SVXY, 75 puts @1.50

SPX long

#SPXcampaign Bought $SPX Jan 12th 2750/2775 call spreads for .45. I set up this spread as a potential to sell, but when I saw the low premium I decided to buy as a low risk shot at a run to 2700. This spread will sell for 5.00 or more if we get there by end of the month.


BTC Dec 15 $72 puts @ $0.04, sold for $0.40


STO Dec 22 $71 #coveredcall @ $0.80, replacing call that expired last friday.

Notable Earnings AMC Mon/BMO Tues:


Notable Earnings AMC Tues/BMO Wed:


Notable Earnings AMC Wed/BMO Thurs:


Notable Earnings AMC Thurs/BMO Fri:


Econ Calendar for week of 12/11/17

Be sure to periodically click “Home/REFRESH” above to keep Bistro features updated.

Items marked with a Blue Star are potentially market moving:

Screen Shot 2017-12-11 at 6.00.40 AM


Spent friday and saturday trying to get home from Florida, so just now getting a chance to post these.

$DWDP $71 coveredcalls
$SVXY $70 puts
$SVXY $80 puts
$SVXY $85 puts
$SVXY $90 puts
$UVXY $16 calls
$UVXY $17.5 calls
$UVXY $23.5 calls
$UVXY $30 calls

Hope you all had a great weekend.