Options for Income
|Option Activity for the Week of May 8th|
The last 1.5 months have been going well for my options trading. While last week saw a bit of a step back in terms of realized profits it was still a profitable week and there were plenty of new positions put on that should deliver profits down the line. In Monday's post I covered all of the new or rolled positions and today I'll cover all of the closed positions from the week of May 8th.
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Starbucks Corporation (SBUX) - Put Option
The original put option was part of an earnings play on Starbucks that didn't quite go as planned. However, everything worked out in the end as I was able to roll the position forward a couple weeks, pick up some extra premium in the process and still close the position out for a solid profit.
|Starbucks Corporation (SBUX) May 2017 Put Option - Closed|
EOG Resources (EOG) - Put Option Earnings Play
EOG Resources isn't a company that's heavily followed in the DGI space and for pretty good reason. That had put together a string of consecutive increases, but have kept the dividend at $0.1675 since their October 2014 payout. Since I own a small bit of EOG, it was actually the first company I invested in, I still keep track of how things are going. This was purely an attempt to make a quick buck on EOG as the earnings release meant higher option premiums. Things were looking a bit hairy there for a while, but as the day went on the share price climbed higher, implied volatility was sucked out of the prices and I was able to close out the position for a great 1 day profit.
|EOG Resources (EOG) May 12 2017 Put Option Earnings Play - Closed|
Micron Technology (MU) - Put Option
Micron isn't exactly a company that I want to build up as part of my core portfolio; however, I also believe the business trends for Micron are good and the the implied volatility in the options can make for really good returns.
|Micron Technology (MU) Jun 9 2017 Put Option - Closed|
Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) - Put Option
Similar to the Micron Technology put option this isn't exactly a company that I want to own long term. However, if I see an opportunity I want to take advantage of it and that's just what happened here. AMD's share price sold off around 25% when they released earnings so I took a bit of a contrarian stance here. I also knew going into this trade that I wanted to manage this one rather aggressively since AMD isn't a company I want to add to my portfolio.
|Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) Jun 2017 Put Option - Closed|
Sector Select SPDR Health Care (XLV) - Iron Fly
I didn't think this trade through thoroughly enough when I went to close the position. It had been giving me fits for pretty much the life of the trade; however, that was because I didn't realize the mechanics of it. With many option positions the profit opens up earlier in the cycle if things work out; however, that's not the case with neutral positions right around the money, i.e. the iron fly.
Frankly I closed this position a little too early given the mechanics of the trade. Especially since there wasn't a whole lot of room for implied volatility to come down to help unlock profits. If I had waited until this past Friday to close the position I could have realized a profit around $50 instead of just the $10 that occurred.
Of course hindsight is 20/20, but going forward this is something I'll definitely remember with positions that are similar to the iron fly.
|Sector Select SPDR Health Care (XLV) May 2017 Iron Fly - Closed|
AT&T (T) - Put Option
Since the premium received on this trade wasn't exactly the largest I had planned on just riding this one out until expiration. Although sometimes the market works with you and it just didn't make much sense to keep the position on any more especially since I wanted to free up some capital for any other opportunities that arose.
|AT&T (T) Jun 2017 Put Option - Closed|
iShares Russell 2000 ETF (IWM) - Call Credit Spread
My intention wasn't to take this position off after just 2 days, but if Mr. Market gives you the chance I've found out that you take it. I probably could have waited a bit longer to squeeze a little more juice of this, but I decided it was best to close it out, take my profits and look for other opportunities.
|iShares Russell 2000 ETF (IWM) Jun 2017 Call Credit Spread - Closed|
Apple, Inc. (AAPL) - Put Broken Wing Butterfly
Ideally Apple's share price would have drifted down to the $147 short put's strike, but that wasn't exactly what happened. After putting this position on Apple's share price took off much higher and is now sitting over $156.
I could have waited to just let this position expire OTM, but I decided to lock in some profits here. What I like about the put broken wing butterfly's is that if done for a credit you have no risk to the upside. So I was at a point where I had essentially maxed out my profit potential given where Apple was sitting and the only way I could have made more of the max potential profit was if Apple's share price declined between $8-9 per share in about a weeks time. That certainly could have happened, but I figured it made more sense to just close it out.
|Apple (AAPL) May 2017 Put Broken Wing Butterfly - Closed|
Nike, Inc. (NKE) - Covered Call
I've mentioned a couple times that options allow you to reduce your basis with the option premium that you collect. My position is Nike is a great example of that. I purchased shares back in March for $58.42 per share had I just held onto the shares I'd still own 100 shares of Nike at $58.42 per share.
However with options my basis is much lower. Since purchasing the shares I've written 3 covered call options against the shares collecting premium along the way. In total I've collected $146.77 in covered call premium. So I effectively own my shares of Nike at $56.95 or 2.5% cheaper than if I had just bought the shares and held them.
|Nike, Inc. (NKE) May 12 2017 Covered Call - Expired OTM|
Another way to think of this is that I was essentially able to generate almost 2 extra dividend payments from Nike in just one month.
Pandora (P) - Long Call Earnings Play
This was one of my more boneheaded plays and I let emotion get in the way of sound reasoning. You see rumors had been circling that Pandora would potentially be acquired or merge with an as yet unannounced suitor and I let that cloud my judgement. All in all I can't be too upset since it was only a $26 loss, but it's definitely something I'm going to be mindful of when it comes to taking long shot bets that could potentially have a big payoff.
|Pandora (P) Jun 2017 Long Call Earnings Play - Closed|
Walt Disney Company (DIS) - Put Ratio Spread Earnings Play
As I delve deeper into the world of options there's definitely lessons being learned along the way. Most of all is patience, but that can be said for me with a lot of things. The other is how useful some brokerages are for setting up positions compared to others.
With my current Rollover IRA brokerage firm I'm not allowed to do put ratio spreads even as cash secured. However, I can do it in two trades by selling the two put options in one order and buying the long put in a separate order. This puts on the same position, but makes it exponentially harder to put the position on as well as take the position off. Even though it's the exact same trade the simple fact that you can't do it in one move just adds an unnecessary degree of difficulty.
Going forward though I've found a way around this by doing a broken wing butterfly, but instead of buying the long option that protects the downside close to where my short strike is I'll just go out much further away and buy a really cheap option. I'll have to give up a little bit of profit potential since I have to buy that contract, but considering how much easier it will be to do everything in one trade it's the best move.
|Walt Disney Company (DIS) May 12 2017 Put Ratio Spread Earnings Play - Closed|
In hindsight I really needed to practice more patience with this position. Disney's shares sold off the morning after earnings were released which put this position to the test. However, I should have just let things play out and hope to get a bit of a rebound in the share price as well as the post earnings volatility crush to do its thing to make the options cheaper. Lesson learned.
Walt Disney Company (DIS) - Put Option
I probably shouldn't have put this trade on, but I wanted to try and get back some of the money I lost on the put ratio spread earnings play. Fortunately I was successful with this and was able to cut my overall loss by 40% in just a few hours.
|Walt Disney (DIS) May 2017 Put Option - Closed|
Even though I receive the option premium up front when selling options, I don't count the premium as profit until I close the position or it expires.
Through the first two trading weeks of May I've already surpassed $1,000 in profits which is fun to see especially since the majority of the positions are either defined risk or cash secured so I can't be quite as efficient with my capital as I would like to be. Thus far in May I've generated net profits of $1,075.17 and year to date my net profits are $7,213.71.
I've updated my Option Summary page to reflect these changes.
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