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CBOE’s Useful IVolatility Tool – Website Link

One tool I like to use with stock options, especially on Straddle or Strangle trades, but also long-term trades, is the Chicago Board Options Exchange IVolatility options calculator/pricer. The link is here: www.cboe.com/framed/IVolframed.aspx?content=http%3a%2f%2fcboe.ivolatility.com%2fcalc%2findex.j%3fcontract%3dC44A90FE-8D3F-4F26-A1EA-AAB6AB7CB180&sectionName=SEC_TRADING_TOOLS&title=CBOE%20-%20IVolatility%20Services.

This calculator allows trader’s to put in a ticker symbol and choose their own parameters, such as the strike price, expiration date, current volatility percentage, and the current share price in relation to the strike price. One this information is added in, the calculator will then compute all of the parameters and show the estimated (very accurate) price for both the call and put options. This is especially handy for new option traders, but also very useful for options that have a longer expiration date and time-value left.

I am frequently asked how do I know what a good price to place the sell-to-close order should be on strategies such as the Straddle/Strangle, which has both call and put options placed simultaneously, a neutral-based strategy.

Yesterday, 10/17/16, I placed a Strangle on Netflix (NFLX), using November $115.00 strike price calls and November $85.00 put options. The stock was trading at $100.00/share at the time of placement and fill. I paid $3.10 to place this trade. Since there is about a month of time-value left on both legs of the strategy, I do not want to sell either side of the trade too low. Pre-market on Tuesday, the stock is up about $18.50 a share, so I have a general idea of what the call side will be trading at just based on experience and the intrinsic value alone, but the put side may also still have some value, especially should there be a pull back on the stock.

One important thing: after earnings, the Implied Volatility of a given security will drop. This is because the news is already out as to the results post-earnings and the uncertainty is mostly removed as to what direction the stock will move. When using the IVolatility calculator, as a general rule, I like to lower the volatility percentage about 20 points. So if the chart on the calculator had a volatility percentage of 58 pre-earnings, use 38 when you input the new information. This may be too much, or too little, but it will give you a good idea as to the average drop of volatility. I do this pre-market.

On earnings trades, you can always use trailing stops if you think the trade will keep gaining in value in relation to how the stock is moving.

If you have any questions, you can e-mail me at: kmob79@gmail.com

Daily Options Trading Strategy (DOTS) – Updates List of Stocks Used – Current as of 9/6/16

Here is the current list of stocks used with the Daily Options Trading Strategy (DOTS) as of September 6, 2016:

Tier 1: AAPL, AMZN, BIDU, BABA, GOOGL, FB, NFLX, PCLN, TSLA

Tier 2: BA, BWLD, TWTR, CMG, IBM, FDX, HD, C, FIT

Tier 3: EXPE, COST, SQ, PYPL, DPZ, CRM, DIS, UPS, ULTA

Tier 4: PNRA, PII, INTU, GPRO, FFIV, PX, V, NUGT, AVGO

I separate each group of stocks used into groups of 9, using a grid view. This makes it easier to navigate different tabs and follow each stock without having to close out any tabs or leave any page.

If you have any questions, you can contact me at kmob79@gmail.com.

Thanks.

Next Weeks Earnings Schedule (4/18/16 – 4/22/16) – Busy Week Ahead

Next week will be on of the busiest all year in terms of the quantity (and quality) of earnings trades. Among the stocks reporting earnings are the following that I will most likely be trading: (Note: those in bold take preference)

LII, NFLX, RCL, DFS, HOG, ILMN, INTC, ISRG, EDU, PM, AXP, CTXS, FFIV, CCK, LVS, PKG, TSCO, YUM, TXT, SLM, URI, AMD, AMZN, GOOGL, SAM, BJRI, GM, MAN, MSFT, PII, SBUX, UA, UAL, V, UNP, CAT, HON, MCD, VZ, LUV, ETFC

I use strategies around earnings that are neutral-based, such as the Neutral calendar Spread, the Reverse Iron Condor, and the Straddle/Strangle. These are debit spread strategies that allow movement in either direction, and really, this is the ONLY way to trade earnings consistently and profit as it is a guessing game as to which direction a stock will move post-earnings, no matter how good or bad the results may be on a company’s quarterly report.

If you have any questions about these strategies or about trading stock options in general, feel free to e-mail me anytime at kmob79@gmail.com.

Thanks.

Free Earnings Trade of the Week: Square, Inc. (SQ) – Earnings/Long-Term Trade – Expires June 2016

Square, Inc. (SQ) is scheduled to report earnings after the markets close on Wednesday, 3/9/16.

This trade is both an earnings and long-term trade combo. It expires in June 2016. I have been meaning to buy some (SQ) calls for a while, and with earnings due after the bell today, see an opportunity here. Even if the stock should drop post-earnings, the time-value of this trade will hold value in these calls. If the stock should make a significant move upward, this trade has the potential to turn out extremely well. 9/10.

Entered Trade

Buy 10 SQ Jun16 11 Call


Requirements

Cost/Proceeds
$1,650.00
Option Requirement
$0.00
Total Requirements
$1,650.00
Estimated Commission
$15.00

NBBO
1.35 – 2.00. Try to pay 1.65 or less for this trade. At a maximum, pay up to 1.80. I will post the STC tomorrow before the opening bell.

Update 1: 3:55 pm EST. I I am in this trade at 1.65. Already a nice gain, could sell. But with this amount of time left, June exp. will keep it.
Update 2: 9:25 am EST 3/10/16 : Pre-market, the stock is up about $0.20/share. The earnings report was good, and I see this stock continuing to rise. With a lot of time-value left on this trade, I am placing the STC at $4.00 on the calls, as I see the stock heading towards $15.00/share in the near-term future. I will be updating this trade periodically if there are any changes to the STC.
Update 3: 3:34 pm EST 3/10/16: STC still at $4.00. The stock dropped a little bit, nothing significant. Should make a move upward soon. I do not recommend selling anything short of $3.00 if you do not plan to get $4.00.

Very Active Trading This Week Using The Daily Options Trading Strategy (DOTS)

It has been a busy week using the Daily Options Trading Strategy (DOTS). You can see the trade log at http://kevinmobrien.com/?page_id=480, where I provide the date, time, ticker symbol, expiration date, price paid, and the sell-to-close (STC) price above what was paid per contract. All of these trades are posted in real-time in the Skype/Chatzy chatrooms daily.

If you have any questions about the strategy or stock options in general, you can e-mail me anytime at: kmob79@gmail.com

Also, I provide a free copy of my book on Bollinger Bands and how to use this technical indicator to trade options (and stocks) daily. Just send me an e-mail and I will send you a copy in PDF format.

Thanks.

-Kevin

Free Earnings Trade Of The Week: The Walt Disney Company (DIS) – Reports After The Markets Close On Tuesday, 2/9/16

The Walt Disney Company (DIS) is scheduled to report earnings after the markets close on Tuesday, February 9, 2016.

Last quarter, the stock had the following price movement after reporting earnings:

Nov 6, 2015

114.60
116.75
114.57
115.67
16,803,400
115.67


Nov 5, 2015

113.26
113.93
111.60
113.00
14,843,700
113.00

Historically, (DIS) does not move a lot post-earnings. I like the Neutral Calendar Spread here, which is a strategy that takes advantage of overpriced options and time-decay. The current Implied Volatility (IV) on the February Week 2 expiration is 86.77, while the Implied Volatility on the February 2016 expiration is 54.02. I am expecting the stock this quarter to move around $2.00 -$2.50/share This fits in well with the Neutral Calendar Spread strategy, as the break-even points are wide and the potential ROI is also high. I am giving this trade a 9/10.

Here is how the trade is placed:

Entered Trade

Sell -25 DIS FebWk2 91 Call

Buy 25 DIS Feb16 91 Call


Requirements

Cost/Proceeds
$1,000.00
Option Requirement
$0.00
Total Requirements
$1,000.00
Estimated Commission
$75.00


Greeks / NBBO

IV

DIS FebWk2 91 Call

86.77

DIS Feb16 91 Call

54.02

NBBO 0.30 – 0.50. Try to pay 0.40 or less for this trade. At a maximum, pay up to 0.43.

See the attachment for the profit/loss chart. I will post the price to close this trade out tomorrow before the opening bell.

DIS NCS 2916

Update 1: 9:25 am EST
: I am placing the closing price at 0.80. I will update any changes to this here, if needed.

Update 2: 1:48 pm EST: This trade is looking very good. STC still at 0.80.

Update 3: 2/1116: Position Closed.

Very Active Trading Day on Wednesday, 2/3/16

There have been a lot of very good trades today, all call positions. You can see the these on the Daily Trade Log at http://kevinmobrien.com/?page_id=480.

The Daily Options Trading Strategy (DOTS) does remarkably well in rough market conditions, especially down markets, as there tends to be more trading opportunities than usual, especially call option trades.

One earnings trade today on (GPRO), reports after the bell.

Free Earnings Trade of the Week: Netflix, Inc. (NFLX) – Reports After The Markets Close 1/19/16

Netflix, Inc. (NFLX) is scheduled to report earnings after the markets close on Tuesday, January 19, 2016.

Last quarter, the stock had the following price movement after reporting earnings:


Oct 15, 2015

103.77
104.88
99.10
101.09
48,484,300
101.09

Oct 14, 2015

111.50
111.63
108.05
110.23
33,231,500
110.23

NFLX has been a very volatile stock lately, it has been having up days on really down market days, and vice versa. I think this quarter, the stock is going to make a bigger than usual price move. However, I want to give myself some time on this trade so the Implied Volatility drop that happens post-earnings won’t effect the price of the options too much. I will be using a Strangle strategy with out-of-the-money options and March 2016 expiration dates. This provides a lot of time-value, and should the stock make a big move, up or down, this trade will do extremely well. Even if the stock makes only a $10.00 price move, I do not see the price of the options deteriorating much at all as they have almost 2 months until they expire. While this trade is not cheap to place (using 7 contracts only on each leg), there is not much risk overall. 9/10.

Here is how the trade is placed:

Entered Trade

Buy 7 NFLX Mar16 130 Call

Buy 7 NFLX Mar16 85 Put


Requirements

Cost/Proceeds
$4,480.00
Option Requirement
$0.00
Total Requirements
$4,480.00
Estimated Commission
$21.00

NBBO
6.30 – 6.55. Try to pay 6.45 or less for this trade. At a maximum, pay up to 6.55. I will post the STC orders tomorrow, right before the opening bell.

Update 1: 9:24 am EST
: After-hours yesterday, the stock made a big move, but is currently only up about $2.00/share, most likely due to the futures being down. I am placing the STC on the call side at $9.00, as the earnings report was very good, so expecting it to move back up. On the put side, place the STC at 7.00 for now. I will be updating this trade frequently here.

Update 2: STC on the puts at 9.00


Update 3: NFLX falling, place the STC on the puts at 11.00 now. Will continue updating as needed.

Update 4: 9:40 am EST. STC at 10.00 on the put side. STC at 7.00 on the call side.

Great Start Trading The New Year – Daily Options Trading Strategy (DOTS) – 1/4/16

Yesterday, we had 4 Daily Option Trading Strategy (DOTS) trades, all positions closed out. Each trade was a call position, showing that even in rough market conditions, the DOTS strategy does extremely well. 2008 and 2009 were some of my best years trading, providing plenty of call trades daily. The sell-to-close (STC) orders above the price paid per contract were increased on each trade more than the average, as the current market volatility will provide this. You can see my trade log for the times the trades were placed and the STC price for each trade.

2016 Market & Volatility Expectations – Daily Options Trading Strategy (DOTS)

I am expecting the markets to have a down year overall, with a lot of volatility daily. When using the Daily Options Trading Strategy (DOTS), I actually prefer this, as it tends to bring a lot more daily trades. I especially prefer when the markets open down, as there will always be more call buying opportunities, and the DOTS strategy does have more call trades than put trades on a percentage basis. This type of market volatility also brings increased sell-to-close (STC) orders. The DOTS strategy is unique in the sense that its performance is not based on how the markets overall are trading. It spots daily lows and highs extremely well. The key to the strategy is patience and not having a trigger-finger. However, when the 4 bottom indicator numbers and Bollinger Bands are all aligned for a trade, it must be made.

A few stocks on the DOTS list I like to move up this year are: FitBit (FIT), Twitter (TWTR, see a buyout possibility), and Alibaba (BABA).

For those unfamiliar with my subscription service, my daily Skype/Chatzy part of the subscription provides, in real-time, the DOTS trades I make. Before each trade, I provide the ticker symbol I am watching for a possible trade. This is when the Bollinger Bands start to expand and the indicator numbers are getting closer to a buy point. Once a trade is near, I once again provide the ticker symbol, the strike price, expiration date, my sell-to-close order (above the price paid per contract). Once an order is filled, the group chat and I provide what they paid per contract.

I also take questions all day from my subscribers via the mainchat or through personal Instant Messaging on Skype. It is very community-based.

The subscription also includes access to my Trading Forum, where I post my earnings trades, weekly trades, and long-term trades. These are great sources for added income.

All subscription plans come with a one week, money back guarantee if you are not happy with the service, no questions asked. If you have any questions, you can e-mail me at: kmob79@gmail.com.

Thanks, and Happy New Year.

-Kevin

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