Archive for: July 2013

July 31, 2013

Sold FEZ Naked Puts

Filed under: Finance,Stock Picks - 31 Jul 2013

A few days ago, I mentioned I was interested in adding some international exposure again.  I didn’t want to go back with EEM, my previous go-to international play that focused on emerging markets.  I expect Europe to outperform emerging markets …

July 29, 2013

Return to Mid-Caps

Filed under: Finance,Stock Picks - 29 Jul 2013

I let my last mid-cap exposure expire with my February put option spread.  Until I started writing this, I didn’t realize that I had not gotten back in since then.  In fact, I didn’t believe it had been so long …

July 28, 2013

Dow Jones Chart – Calm Before the Storm

Filed under: Finance,Indices,Stock Charts - 28 Jul 2013

I charted the daily prices for the year-to-date on the Dow Jones Industrial Average ($DJIA, $INDU, $DJI, the Dow) after the index closed for the week at 15,558.83 on Friday, July 26, 2013.

The 20-dma moved above the 50-dma a few days ago …

July 25, 2013

Sold UCO Ratio Put Spread

Filed under: Finance,Stock Picks - 25 Jul 2013

After finishing my long series of UCO trades with a profit last week, I’ve been trying to re-enter my exposure to oil.  The price got a little ahead of itself and there was no way I was going to make …

July 19, 2013

Options Expiration – July 2013

Filed under: Finance,Stock Picks - 19 Jul 2013

For as much money as I had in options expiring today, it was very quiet all week.  The bulk of my options today were on UCO.  The only one that wasn’t on UCO was on IWM.  Here’s how they played …

July 11, 2013

Moving Forward – IWM, DIS & T

Filed under: Finance,Stock Picks - 11 Jul 2013

My account is at a high for the year and has some more room to move higher before next week’s options expiration.  I have less than 1.5% to gain in my account over the next 5 2/3 months to hit …

July 7, 2013

S&P Chart – Can It Last?

Filed under: Finance,Indices,Stock Charts - 07 Jul 2013

I charted the daily prices for the past three months on the S&P 500 index ($SPX) after the index closed at 1,631.89 on Friday, July 5, 2013….

July 5, 2013

Account Clean-Up: UWM & UCO

Filed under: Finance,Stock Picks - 05 Jul 2013

I entered limit orders early in the week to clean-up my account some by closing out some positions that had very little time value left in them.  Both of those orders hit today near the open and I freed up …

July 1, 2013

End of Month Summary – June 2013

Filed under: Account Summary,Finance,Indices - 01 Jul 2013

June was a good month for me.  I was due for my patience to pay off, but it’s funny that I had one of my better months of the year in the month that the indexes suffered their first losses …