$SPY Options UPDATED – a day worth trading for 95%

For the past three days SPY puts have been itching to go up, and today they went.

See the blue-gray bars on the chart below going into the close yesterday for an example. That’s the way the color-coding has been all three days.

At the moment, the in-the-money 292 put for Friday’s expiration is up 110%, $10K-Plus for each $10K in play.

I define a “trending day” as anytime the calls or puts on the day trade close up with a profit of more than 100% on my system trigger.  That, of course, is yet to be seen today (will update on the close).

UPDATE ON CLOSE: The 292 put closed up 95.09%, $9509 per $10K traded, just missing being an official trending day. It peaked during the day at up 190.5% and gave and intraday stop at up 134.9% (see the end of the blue/gray bars on the updated chart below).

As a result, trending days so far this year remain at 27.

Day trading options on the closest expiration is always volatile.

(right click on the chart for a larger view)

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IS IT A “Fool’s Game” ?

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.

#OptionsTrading – with a dazzling 10 days up in the Nasdaq…

Just a side note on options with the Nasdaq up 10 days in a row (chronicled in the posts below) for the fun of it.

I have three signals that are triggered on the end of a trading day for the next mornings open. They are based on price, breadth and volatility. On July 7th all three registered buys. Since then on a swing trade basis, both breadth and volatility have fluctuated but the price signal has remarkably (and relentlessly) stayed the course for these past nine full days from the open of July 10th.

There are only three things that can happen buying options (in this case, calls) – they go your way, they go down with sideways time decay, or they go against you. Two of the three on the long side will lose money. But when they go your way for a long time, like now, like for 10 days in a row, the results can be dazzling.

All of the call options below were purchasable on the open of July 10th at the prices stated and will expire tomorrow:

TSLA in-the-money (ITM) calls opened at 10.65 and today closed at 19.61.

GOOGL ITM calls opened at 16 and closed today at 51.

AAPL ITM calls opened at 1.41 and closed today at 5.43.

FB ITM calls opened at 3.21 and closed today at 14.52.

AMZN ITM calls opened at 15.10 and closed today at 44.57.

NFLX ITM calls opened at 7.05 and closed today 33.20.

A more spectacular 10-day return one could not ask for – I’ll leave the calculation of each percentage gain to anyone who wants to bother.

(A disclaimer: the information provided here is for educational or entertainment purposes only, mostly my own entertainment, and is not to construed as direct investment or trading advice.)