Short Puts

February Expiration Week Recap

Posted in Expiration, Position Update, Short Puts on February 21st, 2009 by STO Trader – View Comments
February options expiration.

February options expiration.

All right, February equity options are done. I managed to pull in and retain about $600 for the month. Not to toot my own horn too much, but that’s not bad considering the size of my trading account (deposits totaling $3500), and that I originally received about $890 in cash through the sale of put options on PHM and AFAM. Here’s a review for the last 4-ish weeks on those stocks and the plays I made on them.

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Position Update: AFAM and PHM, President’s Day weekend

Posted in Position Update, Short Puts on February 16th, 2009 by STO Trader – View Comments

Happy President’s day everyone! The markets are closed today, but that just provides and extra day to take stock of where my positions are at and start to look ahead to new opportunities for March. After catching the Saturday morning brunch session with @tickerville through StockTwits, I’m geared up for some new positions.

But, more on new opportunities later. Let’s first dig into updates on our current holdings, as those always need to be the focus over future prospects. There’s only four days left until February expiration, but it only takes a day to wipe out profits if you’re not paying attention.

AFAM chart. Click to enlarge.

AFAM chart. Click to enlarge.

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Position Update: AFAM and PHM – February countdown

Posted in Position Update, Short Puts on February 10th, 2009 by STO Trader – View Comments

Apologies for the lack of posts last week, but time worked against me. Fortunately for my current trades, time is working for me! Last week provided some welcome turn-around in the stock prices of Almost Family (AFAM) and Pulte Homes (PHM). Today, we’re giving some back so far. Here’s a snapshot of my open plays as of this afternoon:

Account snapshot midday 2009-02-10

Midday account snapshot, 2/9/2009

I need to provide an update on where things stand and a glimpse at the the remaining two weeks until options expiration. I was thinking about breaking this into a couple posts, one for each security, but in an effort to get this done sooner rather than later, I’ll keep it combined for this go around. read more »

Current Positions: Almost Family and Pulte Homes

Posted in Short Puts on January 21st, 2009 by STO Trader – View Comments

Let’s kick things off by going through my current positions. Last Friday was expiration for January options. I had already closed out of all my previous positions, so I started to look towards February options for new opportunities. Both Almost Family (AFAM) and Pulte Homes (PHM) have been on my watch list since November. AFAM because it was touching new highs and had building pessimism, which is a good contrarian mix. PHM was put on my list due to an article on Shaeffer’s Investment Research (SIR) about a play on Pulte Home’s long-term support. read more »