CODX roll

#longcalldiagonals

I took profit on my CODX diagonal (may/aug) and reset the trade this morning into something you might find interesting. I bought a 1/2 size stock position and sold the June 18 straddle for $8.15. This creates a full size covered call profit structure with just 1/2 the stock size. As you probably know, selling a put equates to a covered call. So I have a full size covered call ceiling with only 1/2 the stock. Takes up less buying power. Got much more selling the put than the call, despite it being ATM at the time. Because of that, the smarter trade would have been just selling puts for a full size position (in hindsight).
I hear earnings are tomorrow….

Sue

CODX

#longcalldiagonals

Thanks for the idea guys, I’ve placed the following diagonal:
Bought Aug 9 calls for 6.76
Sold May 15 calls for 1.40

TGIF!
Sue

#longcalldiagonals First step Bought SPXL…

#longcalldiagonals First step Bought SPXL Jan 2021 46 Call @ 12.00. 1 comtract (Only contract today). I will cover as thing recover. Also Trying for TQQQ but no bites.

SWKS

This was a busted #ShortStrangles that I turned into a #CoveredCalls position. After selling for quite a few weeks I’m using this bounce to book it for a .10 loss. Happy to be out and freeing up some room for earnings season.

Sold to Close SWKS Covered Stock @ 99.23 (bought for 99.33)

#fuzzy, #longcalldiagonals, #longputdiagonals, #syntheticstock

12/27 #Fuzzies With just a…

12/27 #Fuzzies
With just a couple trading days left in the year, my focus today was getting fuzzy rolls completed on anything in-the-money that might be exposed to early assignment due to end-of-year activity.
1. CELG BTC Dec 29 106 c for 1.60, STO Jan 12 107 c for 2.70. Yep….big fake out on this. What was firmly ITM this morning quickly became OTM right after my roll. But that’s why NOT legging the roll benefited me. Crappy price on closing out the 106, but fantastic price on the 107. Roll out and up.
2. DWDP There was some really unique bullish UOA on this yesterday, so I took the risky move of removing my hedge so this can run unfettered. BTC Dec 29 71.5 c for .45, currently unhedged.
3. CSX BTC Dec 29 54 c for 1.26, STO Jan 12 55 c for 1.21, roll out and up.
4. New Fuzzy CVX Jun 125/125/115 for 2.33, Jan 12 127 calls for -.94
5. FAS hedge was down to about .04 so I wanted to get a straight-across roll for .80 to Jan 12, the executed roll-spread numbers were all over the place, but they netted out to my .80 credit for the roll.
6. IWM: Dec 29 153 BTC for .96, Jan 5 154 STO for .96….got $1.00 for nuttin’. Roll out and up.

Fuzzies that still need managed this week:
JPM (in the money)
LMT

#fuzzy, #longcalldiagonals, #longputdiagonals

Merry Christmas!

I hope everyone is enjoying opening presents and eating great food! Not running scans for fuzzies like I am 🙂 My trading is very diverse, and probably seems a bit all over the place to some folks. So, since I’m so very interested in #Fuzzies, I thought I’d scale back my reports to be fuzzy-centric for now.
Here’s is a list of all my current fuzzies, what I’ve collected, and where I stand in the trade debit reduction:
1. JPM: Initial Trade Debit: $2.51 Total Collected: $2,120 Revised Trade Basis: $.39
2. DWDP: Initial Trade Debit: $1.44 Total Collected: $390 Revised Trade Basis $1.05
3. CELG: Initial Trade Debit: 2.38 Total Collected: $2,640 Revised Trade Basis: $(.26)
4. RCL: Initial Trade Debit: 3.59 Total Collected: $1,390 Revised Trade Basis: $2.20
5. FAS-1: Initial Trade Debit: 2.08 Total Collected: $780 Revised Trade Basis: $1.30
6. FAS-2 Initial Trade Debit: 2.12 Total Collected: $770 Revised Trade Basis: $1.35
7. *LMT-1: Initial Trade Debit: 6.20 Total Collected: $1500 Revised Trade Basis: $4.70
8. LMT-2: Initial Trade Debit: 6.20 Total Collected: $1600 Revised Trade Basis: $4.60
9. MU: Initial Trade Debit: 2.80 Total Collected: $1,220 Revised Trade Basis: $1.58
10. CSX: Initial Trade Debit: 2.24 Total Collected: $600 Revised Trade Basis: $1.64
11. QQQ: Initial Trade Debit: 2.73 Total Collected: $360 Revised Trade Basis: $2.37
12 NUE Initial Trade Debit: 1.87 Total Collected: ($150.00) Revised Trade Basis: $2.02
13. IWM: Initial Trade Debit: 2.25 Total Collected: $640 Revised Trade Basis: $1.61
14. MCD: Initial Trade Debit: 3.12 Total Collected $1070 Revised Trade Basis: $2.05

***Closed Fuzzies on LMT and TWTR total 1213 in profit
A couple of these have required debit rolls: NUE, IWM, QQQ, DWDP

#longcalldiagonals, #longputdiagonals, #syntheticstock

NVDA

#SyntheticStock -Been waiting for some sort of a pullback to get in this long term Whiz style (although he prefers the #LongCallDiagonals for some reason).

Sold NVDA JAN 17 2020 190.0 Puts @ 37.75
Bought NVDA JAN 17 2020 190.0 Calls @ 43.70

Adding tight disaster puts. If it implodes I’ll roll this down and re-invest the profits back into more longs.

Bought to Open NVDA JAN 17 2020 185.0 Puts @ 35.05

This gives a net debit of 41.00 for the Jan 2020 position. Add the 5 point max downside and get a max loss possibility of 46.00. Based on that, and the 110 weeks remaining in the trade I only need to average about 42 cents per week in sales to cover the absolute worst case scenario. And…NVDA has great weekly premium.

Sneaking my first sale in this week to cover the small DIS loss:

Sold NVDA DEC 8 2017 195.0 Calls @ .48

BIDU Whiz style

#SyntheticStock -Been waiting for some sort of a pullback to get in this long term Whiz style (although he prefers the #LongCallDiagonals for some reason).

Sold BIDU JAN 17 2020 250.0 Puts @ 42.47
Bought BIDU JAN 17 2020 250.0 Calls @ 49.41

Adding a tight disaster put. If it implodes I’ll roll this down and re-invest the profits back into more longs.

Bought BIDU JAN 17 2020 240.0 Puts @ 37.17

This gives a net debit of 44.11 for the Jan 2020 position. Add the 10 point max downside and get a max loss possibility of 54.11. Based on that, and the 112 weeks remaining in the trade I only need to average about 48 cents per week in sales to cover the absolute worst case scenario. And…BIDU has great weekly premium.

So:

Sold BIDU DEC 1 2017 250.0 Calls @ 1.95

#ira

VRX

#LongCallDiagonals – Stubborn stock just wouldn’t come back so rolling…

Rolled VRX NOV 17 2017 14.5 Calls to DEC 1 2017 15.0 Calls @ various fills from .10 – .14 credit

Picking up another 60 to 64 cents of upside…

SQ is a monster

#LongCalls I didn’t post this (sorry) because it’s not my usual forte to buy calls, but on Nov 7th…

Bought two (2) $SQ March 50 calls for .85. They are trading at 3.50 today. I have been trying to add some other calls, and maybe even some #LongCallDiagonals but I never get any kind of pullback.

In the same vein, and for the same reasons (I think mobile pay is the future) I also

Bought two (2) $PYPL April 90 calls for .65 on Oct 26th. Also up but not as much as Square.

I don’t think either are done going up, but it would be nice to have an entry opportunity.

Boring day so step right up!

Options question on a Whiz trade from this morning. What is wrong with this? I’ll post my reply to him at the close today…LOL For the record, I DID NOT take the trade for a few reasons. Trade is a #LongCallDiagonals with protective put. He says max loss is around $5500 for 10 contracts…Hmmm

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New XOM long call diagonal w/protective put 10 contracts

Initial trade:

Buy Jan 2020 65 calls & 65 puts @ 20.75 debit

Weekly sale:

Sell Dec 1 2017 83.5 calls

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AMD

Possible #SyntheticStock or #LongCallDiagonals out to 2020.

Not a big fan of their products but seems pretty low risk at synthetic 12 with disaster put at 10. After this big drop it might grind around for awhile allowing pretty aggressive weekly sales before it heads back up (or down…LOL)

MGM

#SyntheticStock #LongCallDiagonals – Rolling up and out to the monthly picking up another .61 of upside.

Rolled MGM NOV 10 2017 31.5 Calls to MGM DEC 15 2017 32.0 Calls @ .11 credit

SVXY

#ShortPuts #IRA – Bought to Close SVXY NOV 17 2017 80.0 Put @ .25 (sold for 2.50)

#longcalldiagonals

VRX

#LongCallDiagonals #SyntheticStock #IRA -Been waiting for this thing to show some signs of life to get in (again) with a long term Whiz style. 2020’s out so going in with a full position.

Bought to Open VRX JAN 17 2020 15.0 Calls @ 4.20
Sold to Open VRX JAN 17 2020 15.0 Puts @ 4.66

Taking the 46 cent credit from synthetic position applying it to the disaster put…
Bought to Open VRX JAN 17 2020 12.0 Puts @ 2.96

This gives a net debit of only 2.50 for the Jan 2020 position. Add the 3 point max downside and get a max loss possibility of 5.50. Based on that, and the 114 weeks remaining in the trade I only need to average 5.0 cents per week in sales to cover the absolute worst case scenario.

So:

Sold VRX NOV 17 2017 14.5 Calls @ .23

MGM

#SyntheticStock #LongCallDiagonals – Setting up next week. Had to do this as a roll since it’s in an #IRA . Thought I would get filled at .01/.51 but got .04/.54 instead.

Bought to Close MGM NOV 3 2017 31.0 Calls @ .04
Sold MGM NOV 10 2017 31.5 Calls @ .54

AAPL

#SyntheticStock #LongCallDiagonals – AAPL only has 2.5 wide strikes right now so kinda limited on roll up. Best I can do is a small debit on front month roll.

Rolled AAPL NOV 3 2017 160.0 Calls to DEC 22 2017 162.5 Calls @ .95 debit

Synthetic stock working great and this debit reduces front month premium received to 2.65

EWZ

#LongCallDiagonals #SyntheticStock -Been waiting for some sort of a pullback to get in this long term Whiz style (again). This is a half position that I’d like to add to when the 2020’s come out.

Bought to Open EWZ JAN 18 2019 40.0 Calls @ 5.02
Sold to Open EWZ JAN 18 2019 40.0 Puts @ 5.92

Taking the 90 cent credit from synthetic position applying it to the disaster put…

Bought to Open EWZ JAN 18 2019 35.0 Puts @ 3.87

This gives a net debit of only 2.97 for the Jan 2019 position. Add the 5 point max downside and get a max loss possibility of 7.97. Based on that, and the 63 weeks remaining in the trade I only need to average 12.5 cents per week in sales to cover the absolute worst case scenario.

So:

Sold EWZ NOV 10 2017 40.0 Calls @ .46

#LongCallDiagonals help!

If anyone sees or notices any issues with these #LongCallDiagonals please throw it out there. Maybe we can fine tune for even more safety or profits. I got the idea from Whiz but applying it to my own underlyings. He’s been trading them for years but maybe we can improve on it.

Kinda like my cockpit briefing with the other guy (or gal 🙂 ) …if you see me doing something stupid ask me what the heck I’m doing…LOL I’ve got pretty thick skin!

#ira

GE

#LongCallDiagonals -Not in this yet…waiting for 2020’s but here’s what I’m looking at based on Jan 2019 numbers

1. Sell 23 puts and buy 23 calls (synthetic long stock)
2. Buy 20 puts for protection for disasters

All of that for a .75 credit so max loss of 2.25 so only need to sell 3.5 cents per week to cover max loss. Anything above that goes straight to profits.

#longputdiagonals

DIS

#LongCallDiagonals – 115 weeks to go. 🙂

Bought to Close DIS NOV 3 2017 99.5 Calls @ .01 (sold for .36)

Sold DIS NOV 10 2017 99.0 Calls @ 1.36

AMZN

#LongCallDiagonals – Rolling the front month…unfortunately. Talk about capping your gains… 😦

Rolled AMZN OCT 27 2017 990.0 Call to DEC 15 2017 1000.0 Call @ 1.29 credit.

Picking up another 11.29 of upside. I guess the short call can be treated as a trailing stop now. Probably able to roll it up 10 points a month for close to even. If AMZN levels off hopefully I can catch up to it eventually.

HIMX

#LongCallDiagonals – Rolling the front month…

Rolled HIMX OCT 27 2017 10.0 Calls to NOV 10 2017 10.5 Calls @ .10 credit

Picking up another 60 cents of upside…

AMZN double beat

Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN): Q3 EPS of $0.52 beats by $0.49.
Revenue of $43.74B (+33.7% Y/Y) beats by $1.6B.

Stock hitting 1050 in the a/h.

#longcalldiagonals

AAPL

#SyntheticStock #LongCallDiagonals – Booking and selling. Earnings next week so great premium. Selling above the 50ma…

Bought to Close AAPL OCT 27 2017 160.0 Calls @ .09 (sold for .80)
Sold AAPL NOV 3 2017 160.0 Calls @ 1.80

#vxxgame experiment 2 Was out…

#vxxgame experiment 2

Was out on a bike ride before sunset and a thought hit me (almost hit a squirrel and a bald eagle eating road kill as well). I was doing intervals so there was some lactic acid and oxygen debt involved but during one of my recovery periods had a thought about the VXX/VIX trades. Income without capping the upside if set up correctly since these trades are generally so directional.

I will set up some trades next volatility spike but here is the idea. I can’t take full credit, I saw something similar on a webinar once.

SVXY go synthetic long, UVXY/VXX synthetic short or buy XIV stock if you want to play it from that side.

SVXY example. Buy the ATM leaps and sell the ATM put leaps. Buy a put 10 points or so OTM for disaster protection. Then instead of selling a weekly call against the long call, sell a credit spread. You will still bring in a little credit but then you are net long calls about 2:1 ratio so will not cap your upside. The short call is covered by the LEAP so effectively you have free calls with no out of pocket expense except the cost of the disaster put.

You could also reverse it on the downside. Buy a put debit spread or just add another few long puts to your short, then would have a ratio back spread and good gains to the downside.

I think it would solve the problem of a runaway stock but still bring in a credit which is something 99% of the people here like to do. You would still be able to sleep at night when 8/24/15 hits again and the VIX spikes to 100 and SVXY drops to 25. Loss capped to 10 points or wherever you set your short put.

Thoughts, suggestions? Anyone want to set up the opposite on UVXY next vol spike and we will see which one does better? I may do both for a supercharger effect. You could also use all leaps then have a set and forget trade like @ramie77 suggests.

The SVXY experiment has worked well except the short calls cap the gains, I know @fuzzballl and @jeffcp66 are having the same issues on the UVXY diagonals. I have $500 left in time decay over 23 days, once my shorts expire I will close all the positions for a great gain and set up the above if/when we ever have a volatility spike.

#longcalldiagonals, #longputdiagonals

AMZN

#LongCallDiagonals #Earnings – To give my iron flies a little encouragement, I’m rolling down the front month call on the diagonal trade to hedge a little.

Rolled AMZN OCT 27 2017 1000.0 Call to OCT 27 2017 990.0 Call @ 3.55 credit (premium received now 11.75)

AAPL

#LongCallDiagonals – Watching this week’s 157.5’s to hopefully expire. Selling new batch a couple weeks out and before earnings…

Sold AAPL OCT 27 2017 160.0 Calls @ .80

AMZN

#LongCallDiagonals – Taking advantage of high IV in earnings week and rolling my front month as high as I can for even. Weekly squeeze and looking like it’s ready to run…

Rolled AMZN OCT 20 2017 975.0 Call to AMZN OCT 27 2017 1000.0 Call @ .13 credit

Almost right back where the whole thing started but…front month premium received of 44.50 during the dip.

#longcalldiagonals SVXY synthetic rolled the…

#longcalldiagonals

SVXY synthetic rolled the 10/27 78 call out to 11/17 for 1.35 credit. Cost basis now 9.62 and 14.70 depending on lot against original basis of 16.06 and 21.14. It went up too fast to roll the short call weekly.

Lesson learned, next spike will set up additional synthetics with disaster put but will not sell short term calls against it. Not trying to be greedy but had I left it synthetic would be up almost 10k on 4 contracts. By selling calls I have limited it to 8k so still a great return no doubt.

I will keep the experiment going until Jan 2019 but I think we can all see it works and there is such a directional bias with UVXY, XIV, VXX, SVXY probably better to set them up on a vol. spike then leave them alone or sell really far OTM like 30 or lower delta.

AAPL

#LongCallDiagonals – Looks like a 155 pin today. Not gonna quite get it all so selling slightly higher next week…

Bought to Close AAPL OCT 6 2017 155.0 Calls @ .15 (sold for .95)
Sold AAPL OCT 13 2017 157.5 Calls @ .40

#optionladder BTC XBI 10/20 78…

#optionladder

BTC XBI 10/20 78 put for 0.16. Sold for 0.94. No point in leaving the risk for $16 in theta over 21 days.

Sometime the market gods giveth, sometimes they taketh away. No point in tempting the market gods!

#longcalldiagonals

Apparently the SPX and SVXY only go up forever although the charts are starting to look like 2000 and 2008 so there may be a lot of irrational exuberance. So my SVXY 78 call (14 DTE) which I just rolled last week is still DITM and the time value was down to 0.12 so rolled to 28 DTE 78 for 1.15 credit. Brings cost basis down to 10.97 and 16.05 depending on lot.

Now profit is $5312 in 7 weeks on 4 contracts and I am not complaining but if I had not sold the short calls and just did the synthetic long with the protective put would be up 7k+.

I will try to roll it up if we ever get a pullback but right now so far ITM hard to roll it up for a credit unless I go way out in time.

Maybe better just to sell puts on this one and take assignment to go long or start a synthetic long on a volatility spike. Will keep the experiment going, there are still 68 weeks left for it to play out but the first 7 weeks are promising!

I am done paying for option services but Fishback just made their high accuracy options DVD available for $99. Usually sells for $2000. I doubt there is anything earth shattering in it, but they had 300% returns confirmed last year so for $99 I think it is worth taking a look. I will get it and if I discover anything new pass it along. Tripling an account in 1 year would certainly help anyone’s bottom line and I believe that included about 5 losses, not sure if it went full loss or they closed it early or were able to roll it and that is what I am interested in. I think they stick with SPY and QQQ.

If any

AAPL

#LongCallDiagonals #SyntheticStock -Yesterday…been waiting for some sort of a pullback to get in this long term Whiz style. With the 2020 Leaps now available and the stock dropping a little I put on a starter position at one third size. Hoping to get some chances to add…possibly closer to the 200ma.

Bought to Open AAPL JAN 17 2020 155.0 strike #SyntheticStock (buy the calls and sell the puts)
Bought to Open AAPL JAN 17 2020 145.0 Put for disasters (I would take put profits and add to the long position)

Net debit of 19.20 for the Jan 2020 position.

Sold AAPL OCT 6 2017 155.0 Calls @ .95

With 120 weeks to run only need to sell .16 per week to cover the cost. Any more than that goes to the bottom line even if AAPL goes nowhere. Worse case scenario would be they discover iPhones cause cancer and the stock goes to zero. Max loss at that point would be 29.20. To offset that scenario a weekly sale of .24 will be needed.

Edited for clarity of synthetic stock…

$SVXY #ShortCalls #Rollup – rolled…

$SVXY #ShortCalls #Rollup – rolled up this week’s farthest in the money call position.
Bought to close SVXY Sep 29 2017 85.5 Calls/Sold SVXY Oct 13 2017 88.0 Calls for a 0.25 Credit.

#longcalldiagonals

#longcalldiagonals SVXY rolled 10/6 78…

#longcalldiagonals

SVXY rolled 10/6 78 put to extra week for 0.60 credit. I figure as long as I can roll each week for 0.50 or so will wait for roll up until we get a pull back, maybe someday.

Cost basis now 12.12 and 17.2 depending on lot.

The diagonals work on the high vol. products. Does not work as well for spy/qqq as it used to. Infact the leaps are priced with higher vol so hard to make up the theta decay by selling weeklies. Up 4k+ on 8k initial investment so 50% return in 6 weeks but this ticker I think it makes more sense just to go synthetic long on a vol. spike.

However this is an ongoing experiment so will continue it until the end but I may set up another batch on the next vol spike and see how the synthetic long without selling weeklies works.

Off topic

I admit it is boring sitting on cash but I have this feeling that rising interest rates are going to have an impact on the stock market. Also, the Faang stocks are no longer leading the market. That is a bad sign when the generals are not leading the troops. I expect to be very quiet for the next 5 weeks.

#longcalldiagonals

UVXY

#LongPutDiagonals – She’s tanking and I’m rolling. The next one will be to 2019 if needed.

Rolled UVXY OCT 20 2017 26.0 Puts to JAN 19 2018 20.0 Puts @ .13 credit

Also:

With these short puts providing some upside protection for a possible volatility spike (yea right… 🙂 ) I’m rolling up the 2019 disaster calls for a credit. Slightly increases max loss if UVXY spikes to 60 and stays there until 2019 🙂

Rolled UVXY JAN 18 2019 40.0 Calls to JAN 18 2019 55.0 Calls @ 1.15 credit. This in effect lowers the cost of the initial trade entry.

So what’s the big picture? I eventually will have to roll these front month short puts to 2019…probably around a 10 strike. They’ve brought in a total of 3.00 so far…

Synthetically short at 30 so using 10 as a target that’s 20 points of gains. Trade entry was 16.30 debit so max gain is looking like 20.00 – 16.30 + 3.00 + residual value of disaster calls when I decide to close the trade. So possibly a 10 point winner if I’m lucky. Not what I had hoped but still a position that had a low enough risk that it allowed me in at a decent size. I think Jeff is right…just buy the puts and wait with the occasional scalp of a front month…or just synthetic short with a very loose disaster call (based on account size and appetite for risk) and not even sell any front month.

Overall it’ll be a good trade. Happy with the experiment. It’s just hard to fight the never ending lack of volatility.

#longcalldiagonals

AMZN

#LongCallDiagonals #IRA – She’s looking like she wants to go higher here. Making an early roll of my front month sale to a much higher strike and into the week before earnings. This leaves earnings week for a nice roll into the high IV if needed.

Rolled AMZN SEP 29 2017 975.0 Call to OCT 20 2017 990.0 Call @ .46 credit

SVXY put rolls

BTC next week 50 put for 0.23 sold for 1.0
STO Dec 50 put for 1.87. Would not go through as a spread at a decent price. Anyone trading SVXY today the market makers are being extremely greedy and keeping the spreads wide so work them and may be better to do as separate orders than as a roll.

Rolled this week 70 put to 10/6 in a few different accounts for 1.12 and 1.23 credit.

STO Dec 55 put for 2.5 in IRA.

On a separate trade, here is the graph for 3 weeks SVXY #longcalldiagonals since moving the short strike up to 78.

SVXY synthetic

#longcalldiagonals SVXY experiment week 4….

#longcalldiagonals SVXY experiment week 4.

The runaway train has my 76 call way ITM with only a few cents of time value left so rolled this week out to Oct 6 78 call for 0.50 credit. Probably need to roll it up to 90 but want to keep taking in credits and that was as close in time I could go and still take a decent credit.

Cost basis now 12.72 and 17.80 plus a few cents for commissions.

The profit graph is starting to look interesting now. No upside loss and my break even is now mid 60s. Will post later.

Open P/L $2063 in 4 weeks on 4.5 contracts so looks like this will work really well long term. Still have 60+ weeks for the trade to play out. Max risk is now none to upside and $1000 per contract to downside. Bring in another 2000 in premium and risk will be 0.

$WDC

#longcalldiagonals

I’ve been doing one of Fuzzball’s “whiz” trades on $WDC… several weeks ago bought the Jan’19 67.5 call + sold the Jan’19 67.5 put + bought the Jan’19 62.5 put, the combo cost 22.50 at the time. Today I sold the WDC Sep22 90 call for 1.00. I am also short the 90 call for this week, sold last week for 0.91. I’m only trading 2 contracts (one per week), trying to get the hang  of it all. So far it has been really easy to roll, the weekly premium seems decent. The stock has however seen some volatility recently as WDC is attempting to buy Toahiba’s chip unit. Just putting this out there as an idea, working well for me so far… y’all let me know what you think!

#long, #synthetic

SVXY synthetic week 3

Rolled the 75 calls this week up to 76 next week for 0.68 credit. Because I had rolled the 79 down to 75 earlier this week, not much profit this week, but still lowers the cos basis to 13.22 on the first batch and 18.30 on the second batch.

So basically reduce the cost basis by $2-3 each week by rolling the short options. That should create a risk free position in another 6-8 weeks, then any sales is pure profit and any long term appreciation will be icing on the cake all the way to Jan. 2019.

I cannot load the graph from my work computer but max profit next week would be $980 on 4 contracts if we close at 76. Seems like SVXY will be stuck between 70-80 for a while but will roll the short calls up any chance I get.

#longcalldiagonals

AMZN

#LongCallDiagonals – Sold against the drop all the way down now tucking my tail and running…rolling up to the 50ma. If she gets thru that then something more aggressive will be required.

Rolled AMZN SEP 1 2017 955.0 Call to SEP 29 2017 975.0 Call @ .27 credit

CMG

#LongCallDiagonals – After my email exchange with @DJ this weekend I’m bailing on this position for now. He lays out a very good case for more possible downside in this thing. With a small bounce at the open and some weakness now was able to leg out of the Leaps and the short calls for a 1.04 winner.

I’ll keep it on the watchlist and see when she firms up and then re-evaluate….

Thanks DJ for all the effort!

AMZN

#LongCallDiagonals #IRA – Setting up another week…

Bought to Close AMZN AUG 25 2017 957.5 Call @ .16 (sold for 13.50)
Sold AMZN SEP 1 2017 955.0 Call @ 7.36

CMG…again

#LongCallDiagonals #Revenge – Was in a strangle where the put side was DITM. Closed it back on Aug 10th as the stock continued tanking. The plan was to wait for something resembling a bottom along with a few good headlines coming out. Not sure if this is anywhere near the bottom but the news flow is beginning to sound more hopeful.

Starting a long term (lower risk) position to work my way back on this thing. It is a revenge trade so maybe not the smartest thing but gotta take a shot. Need about 1.50 to 2.00 bucks a week to get what I need assuming no increase in the stock…

Here we go:

Long term position @ 44.50 debit

Bought CMG JAN 18 2019 300.0 Call
Sold CMG JAN 18 2019 250.0/200.0 Bull Put Spread

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Front month sale (first of 73 …LOL)

Sold CMG SEP 1 2017 317.5 Call @ 2.30

REGN

#ShortStrangles – Back into an old favorite…filled at the open but could do better now.

Sold REGN SEP 29 2017 430.0/530.0 Strangle @ 7.00

#ironcondor, #longcalldiagonals

AMZN

#LongCallDiagonals – Lots of overhead resistance. Rolling down this week for additional credit.

Rolled AMZN AUG 25 2017 975.0 Call to AUG 25 2017 957.5 Call @ 3.60 credit.

Total credit on this one now up to 13.50

Synthetic SVXY

Having trouble getting my TOS to copy or share at the moment but if you did a synthetic long with LEAPs CC on SVXY you could currently buy the 75 call and sell the 75 put Jan 19 Leaps for 2.55-2.6 debit. Each contract would require margin of $7500. You can then sell next weeks 78.75 call for 2.01. Then each week roll the call. In 2 weeks your cost basis is zero so any additional sales would be profit as long as svxy stays about where it is now. Any upside you make $ on both the call and the put.

In case of a big drop you probably would not get assigned until the majority of the time value is out of the short put or is way ITM.

If I can get my graph to share will post it. I am not doing this now, just an idea but will probably put on a few positions in 2 weeks when some other options expire.

#longcalldiagonals

AMZN

#LongCallDiagonals – Small roll until this thing proves it can get through the 50ma…

Rolled AMZN AUG 18 2017 970.0 Call to AUG 25 2017 975.0 Call @ 1.00 credit

32.80 in front month premium received in just 17 days. Trade could run as much as another 96 weeks to June 2019…

AMZN

#LongCallDiagonals – Keeping up with a lot of the drop. I’ll be selling these aggressively and then hopefully getting out of the way on the way back up (if there is one 🙂 ).

Bought to Close AMZN AUG 11 2017 970.0 Call @ .68 (sold for 17.00)

Rolled this call down from 1000 to 990 to 980 to 970 collecting additional premium all the way down…

Then:

Sold AMZN AUG 18 2017 970.0 Call @ 8.93

Sure can feel the difference in a slightly higher VIX in all options. I’m good with 15 for awhile!

AMZN

#LongCallDiagonals – Selling next week. Feels like it’s going to be a struggle at 1000 for awhile so selling fairly aggressively.

Bought to Close AMZN AUG 4 2017 1010.0 Call @ .44 (sold for 7.20)
Sold AMZN AUG 11 2017 1000.0 Call @ 7.05

EWZ

#LongCallDiagonals #IRA – Appears to be running out of steam so booking a nice winner and freeing up a sizable chunk of margin.

Sold to Close EWZ JAN 18 2019 30.0 Calls @ 9.50
Bought to Close EWZ JAN 18 2019 25.0/20.0 Bull Put Spreads @ .75
Bought to Close EWZ AUG 18 2017 37.0 Calls @ 1.07
Bought to Close EWZ SEP 15 2017 36.0 Calls @ 2.23

After front month premium factored in, a gain of 1.90 each on a good size chunk of contracts. Will definitely re-load this on a pullback.

AMZN

#LongCallDiagonals Here we go…jumping back in. Whiz style but instead of buying a DITM call I’m going synthetic stock with a protective put and selling front months against. June 2019 now available so going out as far as possible.

Bought to Open AMZN JUN 21 2019 1000.0 strike #SyntheticStock @ 38.00
Bought to Open AMZN JUN 21 2019 700.0 Put @ 30.00

Sold AMZN AUG 4 2017 1035.0 Call @ 4.15

Net debit of 63.85 so need to average 65 (.65) dollars per week of front month sales to breakeven. May end up going monthlies if we head back up to give more room. Similar trades on AMZN GOOGL GS JPM EWZ and VRX have capped what could’ve been huge gains due to selling front month too closely.

VRX

#Earnings coming in a couple weeks and I’m planning on something fairly aggressive to the long side in an #IRA so booking my #LongCallDiagonals for nice profits in a different account…

Sold to Close VRX JAN 18 2019 10.0 Calls /// Buy to Close VRX AUG 18 2017 18.0 Calls @ 8.06 credit (bought for 4.78)

Leaving the 7.5/5.0 Bull put spreads on for now…

SVXY

#LongCallDiagonals – Rolling front month short call out and up a little…

Rolled SVXY JUL 21 2017 83.75 Calls to AUG 4 2017 85.0 Calls @ .15 credit

#LongCallDiagonals – Rolled front month…

#LongCallDiagonals – Rolled front month EWZ Jul 14 35 call to EWZ Aug 11 35.5 call for $0.01 debit. New call is still ITM but gained $0.50 in proceeds per contract if I am assigned. Didn’t know what else to do other than close the position. Maybe it will pull back some day.

SVXY another adjustment

#LongCallDiagonals – Rolling front month up and out a week…

Rolled SVXY JUL 14 2017 165.0 Call to JUL 21 2017 167.5 Call @ .05 debit

EWZ

#LongCallDiagonals – Looking at an exit point up around 40 if she gets there. Adjusting the front month calls to keep plenty of long deltas…

Two-thirds of position:

Bought to Close EWZ JUL 21 2017 36.5 Calls @ .20 (sold for .56)
Sold EWZ AUG 18 2017 37.0 Calls @ .60

One-third position:

Rolled EWZ JUL 21 2017 34.5 Calls to SEP 15 2017 36.0 Calls @ .06 debit (original sale of .41)

These will keep long deltas all the way to the 41 area according to the TOS analyze tab. If we get close to that I’ll book it and look for a re-entry point…

SVXY

#IRA #LongCallDiagonals – Whiz style…was gonna do this after the split but taking advantage of the pullback now. One quarter position size just in case the drop accelerates.

Bought SVXY JAN 18 2019 150.0 Call @ 50.53
Sold SVXY JAN 18 2019 100.0/80.0 Bull Put Spread @ 7.03

And:

Sold SVXY JUL 14 2017 165.0 Call @ 3.00

Total position is a net debit of 40.50 with 81 weeks to run…need to collect .50 per week on the front month calls to breakeven.

VRX

#LongCallDiagonals – Trying to take my lessons learned from AMZN and GOOGL. This thing is coming out of a daily squeeze and maybe just getting started. Rolling front month out and up early…this picks up about 100 deltas on the overall position.

Rolled VRX JUL 21 2017 16.0 Calls out and up to AUG 18 2017 18.0 Calls @ .03 debit

Still long Jan 2019 10 calls and short Jan 2019 7.5/5.0 Bull put spreads…

GOOGL identical to the AMZN trade

#LongCallDiagonals – Long term diagonal (Whiz style trade) is pretty much dead money now so booking it. With the near vertical rise in this thing the short term call got away from me. So far ITM now that profit is basically capped on the LEAP call. After rolling the LEAP call up a couple times to reduce risk, I’m closing the whole thing except the Jan 2019 500/400 BuPS which I’ll close if I ever need the buying power. Ideally we get a pullback to start all over again.

Bought to Close GOOGL DEC 15 2017 900.0 Call @ 110.65
Sold to Close GOOGL JAN 18 2019 850.0 Call @ 194.70

After roll ups of LEAP call basis was down to 31.00 and front month sales brought in another 13.9 points.

When it’s all said and done a net gain of 66.95. Worked pretty good but having that front month call in the way really hurt. Next time I’ll be more aggressive getting out of the way. Of course, who could’ve seen a 250 point six month run coming…wow!

AMZN

#LongCallDiagonals – Long term diagonal (Whiz style trade) is pretty much dead money now so booking it. With the near vertical rise in this thing the short term call got away from me. So far ITM now that profit is basically capped on the LEAP call. After rolling the LEAP call up a couple times to reduce risk, I’m closing the whole thing except the Jan 2019 500/400 BuPS which I’ll close if I ever need the buying power. Ideally we get a pullback to start all over again.

Bought to Close AMZN DEC 15 2017 865.0 Call @ 167.20
Sold to Close AMZN JAN 18 2019 850.0 Call @ 239.1

After roll ups of LEAP call basis was down to 30.75 and front month sales brought in another 38.7 points.

When it’s all said and done a net gain of 79.85. Worked pretty good but having that front month call in the way really hurt. Next time I’ll be more aggressive getting out of the way. Of course, who could’ve seen a 300 point six month run coming…wow!

AMZN and GOOGL

Actually needed a pullback in these things. Short calls in the #LongCallDiagonals trades were super DITM. Another 50 bucks would help even more…

EWZ

#ShortCalls – Bought to Close EWZ JUN 16 2017 37.0 Calls @ .03 (sold for .65)

These were sold against July Bull Put Spreads. I’ll be looking to sell ’em again somewhere…

#ira, #longcalldiagonals

EWZ

#LongCallDiagonals – Bunch of calls sold in various positions…closing one batch and re-selling.

Bought to Close EWZ JUN 16 2017 37.5 Calls @ .03 (sold for .56)
Sold EWZ JUL 21 2017 36.5 Calls @ .56

JPM

#LongCallDiagonals – Killing time lowering basis. Getting more aggressive with front month after breaking support…

Bought to Close JPM JUN 2 2017 86.0 Calls @ .01 (sold for .60)
Sold JPM JUN 16 2017 83.5 Calls @ .75

EWZ

#LongCallDiagonals – Replacing the ones closed earlier this week…

Sold EWZ JUN 16 2017 37.5 Calls @ .56

EWZ

#LongCallDiagonals – Really trying to keep the front month calls out of the way on this thing. It’s at resistance so may pull back but playing it safe. I’ll look for something higher to sell.

Bought to Close EWZ MAY 26 2017 35.5 Calls @ .37 (sold for .61)

JPM

#LongCallDiagonals – Adjusting front month sales…

Bought to Close JPM MAY 26 2017 88.5 Calls @ .03 (sold for .45)
Sold JPM JUN 2 2017 86.0 Calls @ .50

EWZ Whiz style

#LongCallDiagonals #IRA – Adding one of his with modified strike prices…he uses long delta 80 Leaps and just buys protective puts 20 percent below the current price. I generally buy about delta 70 Leaps and sell bull put spreads to reduce the entry fee. Either way though, sell front month to reduce basis.

Bought Jan 2019 30 calls and sold Jan 2019 25/20 Bull put spreads (and sold May 26 35.5 calls against these). Net debit of 6.35.

With 87 weeks to go front month calls don’t need to bring in much at all for this to be a zero cost trade…