Short Strangles on Stocks 9/9 – 9/13

This week’s short strangles (see chart panel below):

Last week’s short strangles:

Results were for the week but during the week (and FB stopped out at breakeven):

CHART KEY: The number in the yellow flag on the lower right is the cost of the strangle. The number in the white flag on the lower right is the price gain on the position (a negative number on the shorts is a gain). The number in the green flag on the lower left of each chart in the panel is the percentage gain or loss on the price of the strangle (not accounting for margin needed for the position).

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$SPY #Options – Day trade for 30% gain

Short Strangles on Stocks 9/03-9/O6

LAST WEEK’S SHORT STRANGLES:

THIS WEEK’S SHORT STRANGLES:

CHART KEY: The number in the yellow flag on the lower right is the cost of the strangle. The number in the white flag on the lower right is the price gain on the position (a negative number on the shorts is a gain). The number in the green flag on the lower left of each chart in the panel is the percentage gain or loss on the price of the strangle (not accounting for margin needed for the position).

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#OptionsStrategy – Stealing money with short strangles on stocks

If there is any way to consistently steal money in the market it might be short strangles on stocks.

That is: with persistence, experience and discipline.

For example last week’s strangles as posted on twitter:

The key is to select the price spreads between the puts and calls for the near Friday’s expiration at a measured distance. There are all kinds of number-crunching strategies for determining the options spread below and above the stock price (Tasty Trade Network is a good reference), but since I believe it is best to keep it simple, and since it’s only for a week, I just eyeball it.

If the stock closes the week between the price of the short put and the short call the short strangle expires worthless, basically a 100% gain.

Those gains stated in the tweet above are for the strangle change itself on the each stock with no consideration for the margin requirements on selling naked options. Needless to say the margins are high and may be prohibitive for most but, even with the high margins, there is three to five percent per week possible on short stock strangle trades and, also needless to say, three to five percent per week adds up over a year’s time.

This week’s strangles:

#Options – Buying calls and puts

There are so many options strategies in the stock market the head spins – a straddle, a strangle, a naked and/or a covered put and/or call, a calendar, a condor, an iron condor, an iron butterfly (isn’t that a rock band?) and any combination of any of these for hedging purposes, for capital appreciation or preservation, for gambling. Mind boggling.

But buying options… Buying options, just plain buying a call or a put, everyone will say is a “fool’s game.”

Regardless of whether a trader buys calls or puts on index ETFs like SPY or QQQ or IWM, or buys options on stocks, there are only three things that can happen – the option goes the trader’s way (good), or the option goes against the trader (bad), the option goes sideways with price decay over time (also bad).

Two out of the three possibilities for the option buyer are losers. What fool would want to play that game?

But is it really a fool’s game?

Doesn’t have to be. Not for day traders.

Let’s take SPY options as the prime example — very liquid across multiple strikes, tight spreads, hardly any time decay on a trade for only a day, a stop-loss is close by and immediate, and the profits, if there is a trend for the day, can be substantial, even rather astounding.

Also great for scalping on any time frame intraday.

The key, as always, is persistence, discipline, experience, and an entry signal the trader is comfortable with taking.

$SPY – dead cat or not, the open always matters…

MARKET TIMING SIGNALS FOR 7/18/2019.

Long-Term Breadth (the NYSI): Sell DAY 2
Short-Term Breadth (the NYMO): Buy DAY 1
Price: Buy DAY 1
Nifty-50-Stock-List: 17 BUYS, 9 NEW BUYS, 8 OVERBOUGHT; 32 SELLS, 2 NEW SELLS, 8 OVERSOLD.
CNN MONEY’S “Fear and Greed” Index: 47, rising, NEUTRAL LEVEL.
Bellwether Stocks: 7 UP, 8 DOWN.

WHAT?

In yesterday’s post it was noted that:

“The market will go down until it doesn’t, and granted, that could be even as early as tomorrow. The VIX remains below 15, which is a bullish level indicating this is likely a pullback and not a serious correction.”

The is pretty much what happened with a gap down before recovering.

While all three of my end-of-the-day signals were on or went to sells on today’s open in options trading and day trading the open always matters.

See the charts below. Color-coding on the these TradeStation charts has been getting simpler and simpler.

Those trades were triggered by the open for each option. They are set for $10K in each trade (what I call the “10KDayTrade” on Twitter) only to make calculating the percentage gains and losses easier. So $10K in 296 call for Friday’s expiration made about $5,900 into the close on the black chart on the left and the brief trade in Friday’s 298 put on the blue chart to the right lost about $900 so the net today across both trades was about 50%.

WHAT NEXT?

Today’s recovery was enough to turn up the NYMO which is a cautious buy signal. I say “cautious” because long-term breadth is declining. Consequently, today’s turn could be a dead-cat bounce with the downward slide resuming in short order. It’s a trade worth taking with a tight, impatient stop — in other words for me it better go my way right away or I’m going away.

At same time, tomorrow’s open, like today’s, is going to matter in both options and day trading. As far as I’m concerned SPY options are always a day trade. Stocks are a different game. Based on today’s close, stocks on my bellwether list to watch for longs tomorrow are AAPL, FSLR, SHOP, TWLO, and NVDA while BABA, WYNN and QCOM may be shorts.

The open for each will tell the story.

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#MarketTiming -Stock options rule the day

MARKET TIMING SIGNALS FOR 6/18/2019.

Long-Term Breadth (NYSI): BUY DAY 10
Short-Term Breadth (NYMO): BUY DAY 1
Price: BUY DAY 1
Nifty-50-Stock-List: 22 BUYS, 9 NEW BUYS, 12 OVERBOUGHT; 28 SELLS, 1 NEW SELLS, 5 OVERSOLD.
CNN MONEY’S “Fear and Greed” Index: 37, Falling FEAR LEVEL.
Bellwether Stocks: 12 UP, 3 DOWN.

OF PARTICULAR NOTE TODAY:

While the SPY options slopped around all day despite the fact SPY itself was up on the open stayed above the open all day long, the real play today in options was in the key stocks.

TSLA’s at the money call gained 87%, NFLX’ in the money call gained 30%, FB’s in the money call gained 92% (see the 5-minute charts below). AAPL’S in the money call chopped to a 12.6% loss.

WHAT NEXT?

The market is consolidating the gains of the past two weeks, which explains the choppy action during the day. Given there were renewed buy signals in short-term breadth (NYMO) and price while long-term breadth (NYSI) continues to rise one can only assume, the advance will resume any day now

If it doesn’t, there could a quick drop before the advance continues. That would be a buy-the-dip opportunity.

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$SPY Options – Weds 285 call fades into the close Tuesday

After peaking at up 20%, the call finished with a .4% gain on the close.

Disappointing for the day trade.

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$SPY – Friday’s calls at the end of the bounce…

Friday’s 285 calls immediately vaulted as high as a 42% gain but wound down for the rest of day, hitting a breakeven stop along the way, and finishing down 52%.

If one studies the day’s bounce from the opening gap down and final reversal at the close (see final chart below), it’s apparent there was not much to do to capture some of the profit on the day before it was all gone on the stop loss. The bearish gap at the open might have given a hint to fast and nimble traders three days was all this bounce would have. Of note, it’s evident how important a stop is to avoid letting a profit turn into an outright loss.

Suspect Friday’s price action is a sign this little three day bounce has reversed and there will be downside next week, but we’ll have to see Monday.

There were no puts to buy on the reversal day since after the early run up SPY never quite fell back through its open.

(click on the chart for the full twitter thread)

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$SPY – Calls on bounce day two

The market followed through strongly Wednesday after a “turnaround Tuesday” on the current bounce signal.

(Click on the chart for the full Twitter thread)