Overnight trades

I leave you crazy kids for one day and the Market goes haywire?

I’ve never traded blind before, but it’s working out okay so far. Set up some covered call management before bed. Was woken up by heavy rain (typhoon coming) about 2am (11am Portland time) and made a couple of adjustments.

Sold $FB Aug 17th 190 #CoveredCalls for 2.06 and 192.5 calls for 1.70
Sold $MU Aug 3rd 55 covered call for .80
Rolled $AMAT July 27th 46.5 covered call to Aug 3rd 46.5, .33 credit
Sold $PYPL Aug 17th 91.5 #SyntheticCoveredCall for 1.50. Missed the fill on more.
BTC $GUSH Aug 17th 50 call for .25. Sold for 2.15 awhile back.

#OptionsExpiration
— Expiring —
FB 227.5 & 230 calls
— Assignment —
FB 197.5 and 200 puts

Have a great weekend y’all!

Call sales

#LEAPs #SyntheticCoveredCall Sold $PYPL July 20th 87 calls for .90
#PieTrades Sold $AMAT July 13th 46 call for .70.
#CoveredCallCampaign Closed $SQ July 6th 66.5 put for 1.35 to avoid assignment. Sold for 1.43 on June 21st.
#Rolling to: SQ July 27th 68 call for 1.53.

SQ strangle

#LEAPs #syntheticcoveredcall. Sold $SQ July 20th 62/71 strangles for 2.81, as a roll from yesterday’s stopped calls.

Also, #CoveredCallCampaign
Closed on GTC order: $BABA June 22nd 215 #CoveredCalls for .20. Sold for 2.00 in May.

SQ

Jumped back into SQ last week…6/6 BTO Jan 20 60 call at 15.79…Need 0.19 per week to cover…STO 6/15 65 call at 0.53….Today 6/15 rolled out and up to 6/22 66.5 call for 0.51 credit #syntheticstock #syntheticcoveredcall

SQ calls sold

#CoveredCallCampaign Sold both #CoveredCalls and #SyntheticCoveredCall
Sold $SQ July 13th 66.5 call for 1.86
Sold $SQ July 13th 67 call for 1.60

PYPL call sold

#LEAPs #SyntheticCoveredCall
Sold $PYPL Jul 13th 88 call for 1.44 (against long Jan 2019 100 calls)

#LEAPs QQQ Question if anyone…

#LEAPs QQQ Question if anyone wants to opine. I bought 1 QQQ Jan 2020 161 Call @ 19.50. I gave up trying to sell calls against it because of the recent uptrend. I kept having to buy them back, adding to my basis which is now about where I started. I have a nice profit in the call and am wondering where to go from here. I see four options. Try to sell another call against it. Close the position and TTMAR. Roll the call up to say the 165 strike. Or do nothing. If I were to sell a call would it be better to go further out or continue the weeklies trying to whittle away the original basis. Thanks in advance for all your opinions and support.

#strangleroll, #syntheticcoveredcall

TQQQ roll

#LEAPs #SyntheticCoveredCall
Closed $TQQQ June 8th 59.17 calls for 1.00. Sold May 14th for 1.16 (effective price)
#Rolling Sold June 22nd 60.83 calls for 1.20.
May also add short puts if we get any pullback.

Pie, CC, & Leap trades

#PieTrade BTC $AMAT June 1st 51.5 call for .12. Sold for .75 on Tuesday.
Sold June 8th 52.5 call for .55.

#CoveredCallCampaign #coveredcalls
BTC $BABA June 8th 190 put for .25. Sold in a #StrangleRoll for 5.28 on May 10th.
Sold $FB June 29th 200 call for 1.90.

#LEAPs #SyntheticCoveredCall
BTC $TQQQ June 8th 52.5 puts for .20. Sold in a #StrangleRoll on May 14th for 2.10 (effective price)

Leaping

#LEAPs #SyntheticCoveredCall
I’ve been watching @fuzzballl‘s LEAP plays and thought I’d use a couple of Jan 2019 call positions for the strategy. I’ve already been doing this with $TQQQ long 50 calls. (Jan 2020).

In November and this month, I bought two $PYPL Jan 2019 100 calls for 2.66 average price. These are at a small loss now. I need only .08 per week, so I will be selling 2-4 weeks out.
Today, sold PYPL June 15th 83 call for 1.25. I only sold one for now, will likely do these piecemeal rather than all at once. If I start to acquire a lot of these plays, I may prefer all at once.

In Nov, Dec, and Jan, I bought 4 $SQ Jan 2019 60 calls, 3.52 avg price. These are now more than doubled.
I’ll be selling weeklys against this; orders in to catch the next pop. I need only .11 per week.

I bought these OTM so it’s much easier to cover the cost than the TQQQ ITM call purchase.

TQQQ & SQ rolls

#LongLEAPs Closed $TQQQ June 1st 170 #SyntheticCoveredCall for 6.00. Sold in a #StrangleRoll on May 9th.
Sold $TQQQ June 8th 157.5/177.5 strangle for 6.30.

Closed $SQ June 8th 56 call for 1.60. Sold for 1.88 last Thursday. Will wait to roll on the next move up.

TQQQ roll

#LongLEAPs #SyntheticCoveredCall
Short call got breached so executed #StrangleRoll
Closed $TQQQ May 18th 160 call for 5.00. Sold for 1.60 on Friday.
Sold TQQQ June 1st 140/170 strangle for 5.00.

Covered Calls

#CoveredCalls #CoveredCallCampaign #SyntheticCoveredCall #LongLEAPs
Sold $AAPL June 1st 187.5 covered calls for 1.58
Sold $TQQQ May 18th 160 synthetic covered call for 1.60.

#earnings

TQQQ, UVXY, and FDX

#LongLEAPs #syntheticstock #syntheticcoveredcall
Closed $TQQQ May 11th 165 call for .30. Sold for 1.70 on Apr 24th. Sold against the long Jan 2020 150 call. Will sell a new one when we move higher.

#VXXGame Sold $UVXY Sept 20 call for 2.75. (today)
Earlier this week, closed these for profits:
UVXY June 15th 30 call for .40 (sold for 2.125)
UVXY Jan 2019 70 call for 1.20 (sold for 6.50)
UVXY Jan 2019 65 call for 1.15 (sold for 3.50)

#Earnings #Rolling (on Monday)
Closed $FDX May 4th 237.5 put for .24. Sold for 5.55 on 4/11.
Closed $FDX May 4th 235 put for .16. Sold for 6.05 on 4/11.

TQQQ call sold

#LongLEAPs #SyntheticStock #SyntheticCoveredCall
Sold $TQQQ May 11th 165 call for 1.70. Against my long Jan 2020 150 call.

#pietrades A bunch today since…

#pietrades A bunch today since this is effectively expiration day. But it is nice out, first day can wear shorts here so going outside as soon as all the trades execute, still working 1 order.

GM Rolled 38.5 CC 22 DTE to 29 DTE for 0.17 credit. CB now 38.33. Taking forever to work this one back, will just be happy to scratch it so I can use the money somewhere else. For those following, I am taking this off the #pietrade list for a while, weekly premiums are not good enough for as much as it is moving around and to prone to steel tariff tweets.

FAS today 65 CC to next week 64 CC for 1.58 credit. CB 62.07
FAS today 64 CC to next week for 1.59 credit. CB 61.11

LNG Apr. 6 to Apr. 13 55 CC down to 54 CC for 0.52 credit. CB 53.27

ANDV 95/108 15 DTE strangle looking good, probably roll Monday to new week but #jadelizard the call side.

ERX 21/26 long debit 8 DTE should expire for full profit next week. If for some reason stays below 26 will convert to #fuzzy. I can add another 9 months to the long call for $3 and can sell $2 in premium each week, kind of a no brainer. However, this is also part of a deep ITM #syntheticcoveredcall experiment so my plan is to actually roll it next week and re-establish the position. On a percentage basis looks like a 13.7% return every month with moderate risk but very little work. Potentially a 160% annualized return so this is worth trying. I think this is what Chuck Hughes does to get some of his high returns. Buy deep ITM call with almost no time value, then sell ITM call that has a decent amount of time value left. Gives 10-20% downside protection and can still make max profit. I will keep one of these running for a while and report the results as it unfolds. Cheaper way to play a CC or #fuzzy maybe.

NSC 131/143 strangle 15 DTE. It moved around so much still at break even. Hope some theta decay will make some profits this weekend. Earnings late April so will only roll the put side.

UTX 122/132 strangle 36 DTE. Had to adjust. Same problem as NSC. Will let some of the premium suck out of it then only roll the put side. Earnings late April or I may #jadelizard both so there is no risk to the upside.

Hoppy Easter as the kids say! Hope everyone has a good long weekend.

I am still showing paper losses from the SVXY implosion. My net liq. keeps going down because of all the adjusting, only 1 positive week since Feb 6 but it was a good one. However, once these all close will have a nice bump finally and the theta decay is huge now, close to 800 per day, just need a few days of not whipsawing so it makes a difference. Once everything closes in 1-3 weeks will at least be positive for March.

Cheers, Chris

Mini experiment, if it works…

Mini experiment, if it works will call it #syntheticcoveredcall although that hashtag already exists I think it is appropriate. @jeffcp66 if you want to change the name let me know.

Ok, here is the set up. You have to have a slight directional bias or at least think it is going to be flat or only down/up a little. But you can get about 10% protection.

Buy a deep ITM call or put and sell a slightly ITM call or put as a vertical. I used to do these and they generally worked, but had one go out worthless once and just stopped doing them. Now that I know how to roll options much better this may work out better than CC. Also I think bigtrends and hughes used to do a lot of these.

So I was just filled on 25 DTE ERX 21/26 call spread for 4.42. It went through quickly, could probably get a better price. 10 contracts max risk 4450 or so and max profit 580. 13% return in 25 days compared to the CC which would only be 3.5% and much less out of pocket expense.

What could go wrong, deep correction. Break even at 25.54. If we start dropping below that I can either buy some puts or roll the entire spread down, probably at even or slight debit.

Either way, only one way to find out for real, so will update as it moves around.

#fuzzy

#syntheticcoveredcall MYL Sold Jan. 18…

#syntheticcoveredcall #fuzzy MYL
Sold Jan. 18 43 call for .54 to go with MYL trades yesterday

12/8 Happy Friday

1. NVDA: Fully closed the #JadeLizard sold for 3.62, partial cover at 1.62 yesterday, rest covered today at 1.35
2. BA: Closed the contrarian BePS, closed for .66 shy of full loss. Prob of touch is still high enough I should have held, but it’s just continuing to be a train.
3. LRCX: Closed the #PutRatioSpread for over 50% gain, 1.45, $1555.00. Recovery mission on big loss last week.
4. MSFT: #Bitty closed for 50%, this was Jan 80/75 BuPS for .82 cr, covered .41
5. SPX : I’m kind of thinking we see a strong market into next week’s expiration, so rolled the short puts on the #RocketManHedge from 2605 to 2625. Realized $2820 in the roll.
6. SPY: Opened #SpikedLizard for January. Part 1: 264/265/267 for 3.74 cr Part 2 (spike) 260/253 ratio put spread for .05. No upside risk, downside BE is 253 due to the spike. Need SPY price above $260 for meaningful profit. 50% target. I’d like to ladder these every 2 weeks.
7. SPX: Opened 7DTE #Bitty I said I didn’t want to do 7DTE Bitties any more, but betting we see an upside into next week’s expiration. Of course I could be all wrong. Got more credit than usual on these. Dec 15 2630/2625 BuPS for average price of .875 credit, 50% target
8. TXN: Opened BuPS for January 97.5/95 for .72, 50% target
9. TJX: Continued defense. Sold Dec 15 calls to adjust deltas
10. MU: Opened #EarningsRunUp trade based on historical backtesting. Partial position. Dec 22 47.5 call for 1.04.
11. PIR: Closed #EarningsRunUp trade for 28% profit, bought at .35, sold at .45
12. ABBV: Opened #BuPS for January 92.5/90 for .56, target 50%
13. FLIR: Opened #SyntheticCoveredCall for January 47 puts for 1.40, very high historical win rate on short puts for this company
14. BBY: Closed the contrarian BePS for loss, salvaging .60 from max loss
15. AAPL: I already have a BuPS on for next week, used this little upswing today to sell calls converting it to an #IronButterfly.

NTNX #SyntheticCoveredCall I love NTNX….

NTNX
#SyntheticCoveredCall I love NTNX. I love their story. I love their technology. I loved them at IPO. I loved them at $45. I loved them at $14 (yes I held and hedged all the way down). The stock is nice for swing trading. Options are monthlies only (hoping for weeklies soon!). They have earnings on Thursday. Selling an in-the-money put is pretty identical to a #CoveredCalls (without having to buy stock). I would like to get about 15 short puts lined up before earnings, the thought being that stock assignment would give me a 1/2 size position, leaving room for more put selling after the report.
STO tranche #1: Dec 35 puts x 5 at 2.80 Will look to add 10 more over the next 2 days.