Starting 2017 Off Right
|Nike, Inc. (NKE), Visa, Inc. (V), Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), Realty Income Corporation (O), Becton, Dickinson & Company (BDX) & CVS Health Corporation (CVS) Option Activity|
The first few trading days of 2017 have been quite busy for my options activity. Through just the first 3 trading days of 2017 I've made 14 different option moves across my accounts. That's a lot of activity even after accounting for my increased activity since rolling over my IRA.
Five of those moves are put options opened last year that are now closed, four are put options that were opened, one is a call option that I sold and two of them are put options that were both opened and closed just this week.
Since there's a lot to go over we'll just look 7 different options that are now closed and profits have been booked.
If you're curious what option positions have been opened that I haven't yet been able to cover check out my option summary page.
Nike, Inc. (NKE) - Buy to Close Put Option
In my view Nike is trading on the high end of fair value which means it's close to where I'd like to buy shares, but not quite there. So I've been cycling through Nike put options quite regularly over the past couple months.
|Nike, Inc. (NKE) Jan 13, 2017 Put Option - Closed|
Nike, Inc. (NKE) - Buy to Close Put Option
The previous one was a solid profit, but it wasn't the only put option I had working on Nike.
|Nike, Inc. (NKE) Jan 27, 2017 Put Option - Closed|
Over the past few months I've cycled through 4 different put options on Nike that have yielded a net profit of $206.74. Assuming I only had $5k or so earmarked for Nike that's over $2 per share lower that my cost basis could be reduced by. That's why I like put options as ways to enter into positions in companies I want to own.
Visa, Inc. (V) - Buy to Close Put Option
There was probably a little bit more juice to squeeze from this trade, but I decided to go on and take it off early since I was a bit overexposed via put options. Prior to closing this my cash requirements for this account was just over $100k. Even though many of these put options are at prices where I'd be happy to buy the companies I wasn't comfortable having over 70% of my capital committed at one time.
|Visa, Inc. (V) Jan 13, 2017 Put Option - Closed|
Much like Nike, Visa has been one of my go to companies to write puts on. Over the last few months I've closed out 3 different put options collecting a total of $246.73. I could effectively purchase shares today at $81, but have a cost basis of $78.50.
Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) - Buy to Close Put Option
Much like the Visa put option I left some profit potential on the table in order to get the position closed and reduce my capital exposed to put options.
|Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) Jan 2017 Put Option - Closed|
Realty Income (O) - Buy to Close Put Option
The next put option that I closed was written all the way back in early November. Realty Income has moved much higher since then giving me the chance to close out the position and use that cash that secured the put for better opportunities.
|Realty Income (O) Mar 2017 Put Option - Closed|
I'm pretty happy with this put option since I was able to capture 78% of the maximum profit in only 44% of the time to expiration. Since there wasn't any advantage to keeping the put option opened it made sense to close it out at a solid gain.
Becton, Dickinson & Company (BDX) - Sell to Open & Buy to Close Put Option
I didn't even get a chance to get this one written up before I ended up closing the position. For some reason on Tuesday Becton, Dickinson's shares sold off pretty strongly early in trading. I couldn't find any real reason for the drop so I went ahead and sold the put option on BDX.
Later in the morning on Tuesday the share price had recovered and Wednesday was a very boring day too. That allowed some of the implied volatility to work it's way out of the option market and bring the price of the contract down pretty significantly.
|Becton, Dickinson & Company (BDX) Feb 2017 Put Option - Closed|
Normally I wouldn't look to close out a position this quickly, but it felt about right because of the pretty large profit potential in just about 2 days. I was able to capture 35% of the premium by closing the position out after just 4% of the days. Typically I aim to keep 50%+ of the premium; however, if the market gives me an opportunity like this then I'll take it.
CVS Health Corporation (CVS) - Sell to Open & Buy to Close Put Option
Similar to the Becton, Dickinson put option above I didn't get a chance to get a write up for this option move before the position was closed out. Although 2 days seemed a bit too long of a holding period and with the CVS Health Corporation put option I both opened and closed the put option yesterday. Yep, it was a holding period of a few hours. Now that is definitely not something that I shoot for, but much like the previous put option if Mr. Market is going to give me the chance then I'd be foolish to not capitalize on it.
|CVS Health Corporation (CVS) Jan 13 2017 Put Option - Closed|
CVS goes ex-dividend on January 20th and is one of the few companies that I follow that is offering a good deal at the current prices. It's not quite as good as it was a couple months ago down in the low $70's, but the mid to upper $70's is still an attractive enough value prospect. With the ex-div date coming up I'll be hoping for some weakness on Friday to open up some upper $70's strike put options expiring January 13th.
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.
Thus far in January I've been able to generate $508.37 in profit via closed/expired options. It's obviously early into 2017, but in less than 1 month I've already collected around 50% of the premium that I did for 2016 across 4 months.
I've updated my Option Summary page to reflect this change.
Do you use put options as a way to get paid for your limit order to hit? Or do you prefer to keep your cash fully available to you?
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