Archive for: October 2014

October 29, 2014

Sold BABA December Naked Put

Filed under: Finance,Stock Picks - 29 Oct 2014

As I mentioned in my update yesterday, I was under-invested and felt the need to add some more risk and upside potential to my account.  My small and mid-cap allocation in ETFs takes up roughly 27% and 24% of my …

October 28, 2014

Sold DIS December Covered Call

Filed under: Finance - 28 Oct 2014

Disney ($DIS) is almost back up to my entry point at $90 and I decided to go ahead and plan my exit.  While DIS was trading at $89.16, I sold one DIS December $92.50 covered call for $1.01 and received …

October 24, 2014

YHOO, BABA and TLT Option Updates

Filed under: Finance,Stock Picks - 24 Oct 2014

This was a good week in general for my account.  Everything I owned improved, except for my BA put, but I’m not worried about it long-term.  Yahoo jumped high enough to make my November options extremely cheap, so I decided …

October 17, 2014

Options Expiration – October 2014

Filed under: Account Summary,Finance,Stock Picks - 17 Oct 2014

I skipped writing a monthly option expiration post last month because I had nothing expiring in September.  YHOO, DIS and of course TLT prompted my update today.  My easiest position to watch during the recent mini-correction was my YHOO October …

October 16, 2014

TLT Weekly Put Spread Series – Update 3

Filed under: Finance,Stock Picks - 16 Oct 2014

TLT started to dip into negative territory this morning after running as high as $124.13 at the open (and $127.68 at yesterday’s open).  Like any rally in stocks lately, any weakness in bonds tends to be met with a reversal before …

October 13, 2014

Dumped FEZ

Filed under: Finance - 13 Oct 2014

Europe has been showing signs of weakening for a while and I should’ve reacted quicker.  This morning I capitulated and sold my 200 shares of FEZ for $37.10.  I received $7,418.84 after paying $1.16 in commission.  FEZ was up for the …

October 10, 2014

TLT Weekly Put Spread Series – Update 2

Filed under: Finance,Stock Picks - 10 Oct 2014

The TLT October 10 $117/117.50 put spreads that I sold last week expire this afternoon and look like it will finish far out-of-the-money.  This move against me will give me a realized loss of $79.74 (on top of the realized …

October 4, 2014

S&P 500 Chart – October 3, 2014

Filed under: Finance,Indices,Stock Charts - 04 Oct 2014

The chart below shows the daily prices for the year-to-date on the S&P 500 index ($SPX) after the index closed the week at 1,967.90 on October 3, 2014.

Before the market opened the next day, index futures were predicting a positive open …

October 3, 2014

TLT Weekly Put Spread Series – Update 1

Filed under: Finance,Stock Picks - 03 Oct 2014

I learned a good lesson today as I messed around with TLT put spreads.  When the monthly jobs’ data beat expectations, I thought TLT would drop based on the belief that it was more likely the Fed would raise rates sooner …

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