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Posted by Martin July 18, 2017

Amazon (AMZN) earnings play #2

In February 2017 I have opened a second earnings play to my previous earnings trade which I haven’t reported here in my blog. The trade also didn’t work as planned so I rolled it into January 2018 hoping the stock would stay within the boundaries of my Iron Condor. It didn’t.   ORIGINAL TRADE: February Continue reading →

Posted by Martin July 12, 2017

New STX Jul28 Iron Condor (ROTH IRA)

UPDATE: July 12, 2017   Great! I just found that STX will be reporting on July 25th instead of August 2nd as was indicated in my broker’s platform. So, now this trade is a total different story as I will now be holding through earnings and I could get busted should the stock move violently Continue reading →

Posted by Martin July 10, 2017

AMZN earnings play

UPDATE: July 10, 2017   As I wrote below, my last roll of AMZN was a mistake. The stock stopped falling and started rallying again. The dip was short lived but the good thing is that it has occurred. Now we had a consolidation and I think the stock will rally up again and may Continue reading →

Posted by Martin July 03, 2017

TECK strangle trade

UPDATE: July 03, 2017 (TRADE CLOSED)   We closed our put side July 14th 16.00 puts for 0.08 debit. This closes the trade for a total profit of 0.70 or $70 premium. This represents the gain of 4.24% for the trade in 42 days or 36.87% annualized profit.   UPDATE: June 16, 2017   Our Continue reading →

Posted by Martin June 28, 2017

TECK strangle trade #2

UPDATE: June 28, 2017   We have 2 days to expiration for this trade and our put side just closed for 0.02 debit:   BTC 1 TECK Jun30 16.00 put @ 0.02 debit   We still hold our Jun30 16.50 calls but they are now in the money. I do not expect the stock to Continue reading →

Posted by Martin June 23, 2017

United Steel (X) trade adjustment

UPDATE: June 23, 2017   X is moving up (although I still believe that in the next ER they will miss badly again) but decided to roll my calls higher. In my previous trade (see below) I sold 18 strike puts to roll the calls up. Those puts were bought back for 0.05 debit today Continue reading →

Posted by Martin June 16, 2017

TECK strangle #3

UPDATE: June 16, 2017   When I was opening this trade I felt confident that this is a safe bet. Apparently not. Mr Market can be very challenging trying to take your money away. That’s why it is important to have a strategy for days when the market goes against you. And believe me, it Continue reading →

Posted by Martin May 30, 2017

ESV – a trade which gives me a headache

Last year I opened a put trade against Ensco plc (ESV) stock. Back then, it looked like a no brainer trade. The trade provided a good premium and it seemed I would be out quickly. Since then the trade went south and I have a hard time to get out. Originally, I sold 11 strike Continue reading →

Posted by Martin April 25, 2017

TECK short strangle

UPDATE: Apr 25, 2017 BTC 1 TECK Apr28 24.00 call @ 0.02 debit The company reported earnings this morning before market opening. The stock tanked almost 6%. This was great for our remaining calls. We closed our call side of the trade this morning. As of now, we are out of the entire trade for Continue reading →

Posted by Martin April 17, 2017

New STX strangle trade

Trading strangles can be very profitable trade if done correctly. Trading strangles during company earnings can be even more profitable. But is can also be quite dangerous. I am posting a new trade for you all to watch, follow or paper trade.