Archive for: December 2009

December 31, 2009

2009 Stock Picks – End of Year Review

Filed under: Finance,Stock Picks - 31 Dec 2009

At the beginning of last year I joined a group of financial bloggers for a stock picking contest that would last for 12 months with no adjustments allowed.  We didn’t put any money on the line for the contest (luckily).  My picks had a …

December 29, 2009

Sold AXA Naked Puts

Filed under: Finance,Stock Picks - 29 Dec 2009

I started following AXA after Barron’s wrote a bullish cover story on it a few weeks ago.  It gapped up on the next trading day after the article was printed and I waited.  I wanted …

December 27, 2009

Added Short Term Bond ETF

Filed under: Finance,Stock Picks - 27 Dec 2009

I still have $11,100 sitting in my TD Ameritrade account and decided to use it for some static holdings in bonds instead of trading options there with the higher fees than my new Interactive Brokers account.  I think long term bonds …

December 23, 2009

Easing Into EEM Position

Filed under: Finance,Stock Picks - 23 Dec 2009

A few months ago I talked about keeping a regular position in an emerging markets ETF (EEM) to have some international exposure.  Once EEM had a big run up I backed off that plan, but only until today.  As I reflect …

December 20, 2009

S&P 500 Chart (SPX) – Converging Trend Lines

Filed under: Finance,Indices,Stock Charts - 20 Dec 2009

I charted the S&P 500 ($SPX) after the markets closed on Friday, December 18, 2009 when it closed at 1,102.47.
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December 18, 2009

Expect Oil to Stabilize – Added To My UCO Position

Filed under: Finance,Stock Picks - 18 Dec 2009

I misjudged UCO’s potential decline by $0.35.  That’s how much of a loss I would have taken on my UCO December 12 naked puts if I had bought them back today.  Instead, I let the options expire in the money which …

DIA Call Options Assignment

Filed under: Finance,Stock Picks - 18 Dec 2009

Today was a lot more interesting than I thought it would be.  My DIA December 102 call options were assigned which meant I bought 400 shares of DIA at 102 and took a full profit on that leg of the …

December 16, 2009

Still Mostly In Cash

Filed under: Account Summary,Finance - 16 Dec 2009

 I’m still mostly in cash in my account with the following options still losing time value each day.  I’m short all of them except for the DIA 103 calls I used to hedge my short DIA 102 calls.

-4 DIA December 102 Calls (DIALX)
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December 12, 2009

Dow Jones Chart – Giving Resistance Another Try

Filed under: Finance,Indices,Stock Charts - 12 Dec 2009

I charted the Dow Jones Industrial Average (INDU, DJIA, $DJI) after the markets closed on Friday, December 11, 2009 when it closed for the week at 10,471.50.
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