11 results for tag: Apple


One-tenth of one percent a day

.....in new cash. That is the goal of my options portfolio, which is run like a very tiny insurance company. I get paid to accept a defined amount of risk for a defined period of time, exactly like State Farm. Learn to run your portfolio properly, and it will be a small business with cash flow. You do not have to predict the future, just manage it. Today, the market is down again. Nothing new and I don't care. I care about just one thing - Can I create my cash flow goal for the day? I'm 2/3 of the way there and working on rolling a Facebook option position. That roll is a few cents away from being filled, so it will happen and I will be done for ...

1/3 chance

Today the market was weak again for most of the day. We took advantage of that weakness to increase our short cash covered put vertical on XLP. We sold another single contract spread, so our position is now "short four XLP 50/48 Feb Put Verticals". We have sold them at an average price of .675 and the price to buy the vertical back is now at .625. The position has begun to go profitable as time decay increases a little bit every day. If XLP is weak again tomorrow, we would place orders to increase it to 5 contracts. The trade is working and XLP continues to remain at the top of our relative strength ratings. It's OK to buy on any weakness.  Rem...

Out of Apple, Rolling WMT options to next week.

Our new website will be up soon, and at that time we will start accepting subscriptions again. Also, at that time, this WordPress blog will close and migrate to DeepPocketOptions.com. Please check back often and plan to subscribe when we open! ___________________________________________________________________ No Apple position. We are out for now. Today, we closed our 2 short 123 weekly puts for 5 cents. Our total profit for AAPL year to date is $3263. We have done this entirely by selling put contracts, one contract at a time. There have been 43 different orders placed since the start of the year. We have never owned a single share of AAPL, ...

Expiration Friday

We have a number of positions that need adjustment today. No Apple. We are out for now. WalMart - WMT continues to be sold heavily, but the chart tells a different story. Walmart is in a strong bull market so we let the chart, NOT the market, tell us what to do. Today we buy. (Subscribers get trade details as the orders are entered). We also need to roll our short puts that expire today. We are rolling the 84 puts, the 85 puts, and maybe the 86 puts. Both the 84 and 85 are close enough to the current price of $83.82 that we can roll for enough money to meet our criteria. The 86 strike - maybe not. We may let those shares be put to us and sell ...

Market Movement

We were in and out of Apple again. The portfolio has no position today, yearly profits in AAPL are now $12,594. We had sold some weekly 110 puts and yesterday we bought them for 5 cents each to close the position. Now, we wait for a day when Apple is down a few dollars. At that time. we will look for a high-probability strike and sell some puts. Until that happens, we stay out of this symbol. As a broker friend of mine once said "Patience produces profits". He was right, The WalMart position has taken a hit as WMT has moved lower over the past few days. Our charting system shows Walmart to be in a strong Bull market - so down days are welcome ...

Updating WalMart and Apple

After moving, I got busy and was not able to continue writing for DeepPocketOtions. That project is now under control and there are many trades to talk about since October. Starting with WalMart - our profit for the year was $1130 on October 3rd.  We continued to trade the options, moving in and out of various put, call and stock positions over the last two months. Our profit today stands at $2001 for the year, so it's earning about $350 a month now.  That's a respectable income created from simply selling a few put positions on days when WalMart happens to be down. The current position is short 1 weekly 84 put and short two 86 puts - all expiring ...

Resolution

Yesterday, we talked about the Apple and WalMart positions. Today, we have resolution of those two positions. The three short WMT 76 puts will be allowed to expire so that we will keep the entire $72 that we took in when they were sold. As I write this, there is one half hour left to the market close. WalMart is trading around 77.40 so we are nowhere near the $76 strike price. Yes, we could buy them back now for a penny or two and remove all risk. There is nothing wrong with taking that path and many traders would have rules in place that require the closing of the position. We are sitting on  plenty of cash, so the tiny risk of assignment (if the ...

Finally able to write again….

It's hard to believe that my last post was 5 months ago, but it was! My wife and I were building a house and it became crunch time. If you've never built a custom home - there is only one way to do it. You just have to be there -- as much as possible. The house is done and we are living in it now. My new office is still a pile of boxes, but I have a temporary desk that is workable enough to get me back to work -- because in the world of options, there is always money to be made! Somehow, even though I wasn't able to write, I was able to make time for trading. My Apple options trades continued, and I'm now up about $10,000 on AAPL for the year and up ...

Our Green Apple.

On April 4, AAPL had moved down more than 10 dollars from it's high just two days earlier. After being out of this symbol for a couple of months, I decided to get back in. I sold the 530 put for $5. Apple continued to move down over the next few days, and on April 8 I sold the 520 put for $5. Three days later, on expiration Friday, I rolled the 520 for one week collecting $5 and rolled the 530 for 2 weeks, collecting $9. At this point, for these two contracts and the subsequent rolls, I had taken in $2400. Now the patience came into play. I had to leave these two position alone and wait, but not all that long. One week later, on the 17th of April, I ...

An Apple a Day?

Last time, we started talking about a simple method for trading Apple. We had closed all of our open positions and ended up out of the position. After closing the 535 put for 5 cents on January 17, I opened a new position. AAPL was down about $15 from the previous day, so it was within the rules of our simple trade. On that date, a 540 put was sold for $5. This was closed on the 22nd for 50 cents, resulting in another profit of $450. Why close it for 50 cents? This was a weekly option that was opened on a Friday. The next Wednesday our $5 position had dropped to 50 cents with 2 days left and it didn't seem worth 50 cents risk to the end. We had made ...