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Updated List of Stocks Used For The Daily Options Trading Strategy (DOTS) – Current as of 8/16/17

Here are the current list of stocks I am using for my Daily Options Trading Strategy (DOTS). I separate the stocks into three (3) tiers, with nine (9) stocks per tier. The Tier 1 are the preferred stocks to trade, and so forth.

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

Tier 2: BA, ULTA, TWTR, CRM, RHT, NUGT, CMG, ULTA, LMT

Tier 3: BWLD, EXPE, AKAM, PCLN, SQ, FFIV, HLF, C, FSLR

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

Earnings Strategy: The Double Neutral Calendar Spread

The Double Neutral Calendar Spread Strategy

The Double Neutral Calendar Spread is a very unique strategy. I have personally never seen anyone really use it the way I do. The strategy can be looked at as a “synthetic” Straddle/Strangle, and is so much cheaper to place than a Straddle or Strangle. Here I will outline the trade, when it is appropriate to use, and show comparisons. This will be a long post, as it does require a lot of examples and complete understanding of the strategy to adapt it to your trading arsenal. It is the type of strategy where you are taking a neutral position and could really care less which way it moves, and at a price that is a fraction of the cost to place as a Straddle, Strangle, or Reverse Iron Condor.

The premise of the strategy is neutral-based, meaning that the direction the share price moves is irrelevant. I use this strategy strictly for earnings trades. While the Neutral Calendar Spread is a neutral trade, this is a trade on volatility and price movement, but in a completely different way than a Straddle or Strangle.

Since Neutral Calendar Spreads offer some of the highest returns with a low cost to place, the goal of the strategy is to have one side of the trade (the call or put side) profit more than the cost to place the trade and off-set the losing side. On average, gains are usually around 100%, sometimes lower, but often much higher. It is not uncommon to pay $0.50 for a DNCS trade and sell it for $1.50. Even selling at 0.75 + is still a very good profit.

Lululemon Athletica Inc. (LULU) reported earnings pre-market today, 9/10/15. To place a Straddle or Strangle yesterday, you would have to pony up a large amount of capital to trade it, with plenty of risk. To buy 10 contracts each on LULU with both calls and puts at $64.00 strike prices, this would have cost you over $6,000.00:

LULU STR 9915

LULU 2 STR 9915

While LULU historically does move a lot after reporting earnings, paying over $3.00 + per contract on both the call and put side is simply too risky. With LULU at $64.05/share at the market close yesterday, to just break-even on this trade using the Straddle, the stock price would have to move to $70.21 on the calls or down $57.79 on the puts. No thanks.

Even if you wanted to use a Strangle, a cheaper alternative to the Straddle, it would still be very expensive (I will use out-of-the money strikes, $3.00 apart from the share price):

LULU 3

While the Strangle is cheaper than the Straddle, there is also more risk, as the share price has to move more in order to profit. Both the Straddle and Strangle have unlimited upside potential should the stock make a meteoric rise or fall. However, if the stock only moved $3.00 or so, the trade would be a disaster, as the Implied Volatility (IV) would drop a lot, losing value on the call and put positions. This is why you have to be very careful and aware of when to these strategies.

This is where the Double Neutral Calendar Spread comes into play. The strategy consist of buying two Neutral Calendar Spreads, calls and puts that are out-of-the-money. Knowing that LULU has a fairly consistent history of making $4.00 + price moves after reporting earnings, here is how the trade would be placed using this strategy:

Entered Trade #1: The Call side

LULU 4 ncs1

Entered Trade #2: The Put Side

LULU 5 ncs puts

 

Combined Trade Placed as One Order

LULU 7 dncs 91015

 

LULU 8 DNCS PL Chart

Depending on your trading platform, this trade can be placed as one order, or you will have to enter each side of the trade separately. OptionsXpress and TOS allow you to do it as one, I believe eTrade, TradeKing, Fiedelity you will have to place it separately. It is important to remember that if placing the trades separately, if one side of the order gets filled, the other side must get filled, as well. The success of the strategy depends on having all four (4) legs.

As it turns out, LULU is down $5.00 a share right at the market open here, a perfect position for the put side of the trade.

What is really great about this strategy is the minimal cost it takes to place and the high ROI. Unlike the Straddle or Strangle, it does not require a massive move to profit. In fact, even if the stock only moved $3.00 a share up or down, this trade still would be profitable. It holds value extremely well too. I have had many instances where the stock moved much more than I anticipated, and I still profited.

It is also important to understand that no matter what, one side of the trade will be a loser. It is the way the trade is structured. For example, on LULU, the call side of the trade is currently going for about $0.20 at 9:51 am EST on 9/10/15. Generally, I like to close out the losing position (the calls in this instance), especially when there are weekly options. When there are only monthly options available to use, which would be September/October, then I tend to hold onto the losing side longer in case there is a reversal, which can happen.

Time-decay is a big factor when using this strategy. As each hour passes, the price will continue to rise on the profitable side. Even if the stock should start to reverse, do not panic and sell too soon. A lack of time is on your side, so to speak.

As I mentioned earlier, if there is a choice between using a high priced Straddle/Strangle or a more safe, extremely less expensive strategy like the Double Neutral Calendar Spread, I will always use the DNCS. It is low-risk, high-reward strategy.

Now to the issue of what stocks to use this strategy with and other notes. You will only want to use this strategy with liquid stocks and especially liquid options. The reason for this is that on non-liquid options, the bid/ask price is very wide. Market makers and a lack of volume make it difficult to exit at the desired price. The entry is that tough to fill, but closing it out will be, so stay away from stocks where there is low volume, and always check the option volume, daily and open interest before placing any trade. A good example of this is a stock like Intuitive Surgical. A great candidate for this strategy based on how it moves post-earnings, the bid/ask prices can be $5.00 apart sometimes. That is simply too wide, and what usually happens is that the bid price will be extremely low, while the ask is high. Even trying to get a mid-point price is difficult because of the lack of volume, so just keep this in mind.

You do not want to use this strategy on a stock like MSFT, T, or other non-volatile stocks that don’t move too much after reporting earnings. Looking at a stocks historical movement after reporting earnings (use at least the last 4 quarters, if not more), will give you a good idea of which strike prices to use. You can also look at the options chain and the at-the-money calls and puts, add those up together, and see the anticipated price movement “priced” in.

This strategy works great on stocks like TSLA, AAPL, BIDU, BWLD, GMCR, Z, YELP, PCLN (depending on bid/ask prices), ULTA, etc..

Choosing the right strike prices to use at first may seem to be difficult, but it is not. Remember, this strategy holds up very well no matter what the movement is (even non-movement), so if the strikes you chose are off a a little, it is not a major issue. If anything, I like to widen the strikes out more on stocks like TSLA just to be on the safe side.

Always use your trade calculator when using this strategy.  If you ever see a Profit/Loss chart that looks like this (another LULU example that shows when the strike prices are too wide apart, using 71.00 strike calls, and $57.00 strike puts compared to the trade posted), do not trade it:

LULU Bad Chart

To understand this, if there are 0.00 ‘s or a negative (in red) in the middle price  (in this case at $60.87), this is a clear sign to steer clear. Sometimes, you will find a stock that you think will be a good candidate for this strategy, but when using the strikes that look like they would work well, they simply don’t align. This happens. Move on to the next trade. Other times, you will need to adjust the strike prices by a dollar, but make sure to never force a trade that isn’t there. As you begin using this strategy, you will become more familiar knowing when to use it. I do recommend using this strategy on stocks you follow or are at least familiar with.

As I write this, LULU has moved down over $7.00 a share, and the trade has still held up remarkably well. However, the goal of the strategy is to exit the profitable side quickly, not to keep it open for too long.

I do use this strategy quite often, especially during earnings season, and post them on my Trading Forum subscription with a full explanation of the strategy for that specific trade and the entry and exit points.  If you have any questions on this strategy, you can e-mail me at kmob79@gmail.com or leave a comment here and I will respond as soon as possible. Thanks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Very Busy Week Trading So Far (6/12/17 – 6/13/17) – Daily Options Trading Strategy (DOTS)

This week has gotten off to a great start using the Daily Options Trading Strategy (DOTS). The daily volatility is providing plenty of opportunities, as the strategy takes advantage of daily swings in stocks. So far, here are the trades placed and closed out:

797. Monday, 6/12/17. AMZN at 9:39 am EST. 1.50 STC order above price paid/contract. June 950.00 calls. Paid 17.50 per contract.
798. Monday, 6/12/17. NFLX at 9:50 am EST. 0.50 STC order above price paid/contract. June 150.00 calls. Paid 3.80 per contract.
799. Monday, 6/12/17. FB at 9:57 am EST. 0.50 STC order above price paid/contract. June 145.00 calls. Paid 2.90 per contract.
800. Tuesday, 6/13/17. NVDA at 10:08 am EST. 0.50 STC order above price paid/contract. July 150.00 calls. Paid 8.80 per contract.
801. Tuesday, 6/13/17. BABA at 10:29 am EST. 0.40 STC order above price paid/contract. July 140.00 calls. Paid 4.50 per contract.
802. Tuesday, 6/13/17. NVDA (again) at 10:46 am EST. 0.40 STC order above price paid/contract. July 150.00 calls. Paid 7.40 per contract.
803. Tuesday, 6/13/17. AMZN at 11:00 am EST. 2.00 STC order above price paid/contract. July 965.00 calls. Paid 30.35 per contract.

Also, today was supposed to be the last day I was offering the subscription match plan (see last week’s post), but will extend that until this coming Thursday (6/15/17). If you have any questions, you can e-mail me at: kmob79@gmail.com

Thanks.

Earnings Trade of the Week: Tesla, Inc. (TSLA) – Reports After the Markets Close On Wednesday, 2/22/17

Tesla, Inc. (TSLA) is scheduled to report earnings after the markets close on Wednesday, 2/22/17.

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

Oct 27, 2016

211.34
213.70
201.65
204.01
204.01
13,093,700

Oct 26, 2016

201.00
203.19
200.10
202.24
202.24
5,632,800

Last quarter, (TSLA) had one of the least moving quarters after reporting earnings in some time. I think this is why this trade strategy here, a Reverse Iron Condor, sets up really well. If (TSLA) reported earlier this week, I would have been more comfortable using the weekly options that expire this Friday. But since tomorrow will already be Thursday, we want to be a little more conservative when choosing to use a weekly with just two days left. Instead, I will use next week’s expiration, which expires next Friday. I like this trade a lot, as I think (TSLA) will make a much larger price move than last quarter, and the break-even points are much smaller than I anticipated. (TSLA) is a very volatile stock in the first place, so this trade should have no problem gaining maximum value. 9.5/10. I am going a bit heavier on this specific earnings trade than usual.

Here is how the trade is placed:

Entered Trade

Buy 20 TSLA MarWk1 255 Put

Sell -20 TSLA MarWk1 250 Put

Buy 20 TSLA MarWk1 290 Call

Sell -20 TSLA MarWk1 295 Call

Requirements

Cost/Proceeds
$4,200.00
Option Requirement
$0.00
Total Requirements
$4,200.00
Estimated Commission
$100.00

NBBO
1.80 2.39. Try to pay 2.10 or less for this trade. At a maximum, pay up to 2.15. See the attachment for the profit/loss chart.

Update 1: 9:22 am EST: Pre-market, (TSLA) is down about $6.00/share. Once volume kicks in, it could go any direction. Since there is over a week of time value left, I am initially going to place the price to close out (net credit) on both the call and put sides of this trade at $4.00 for now. I will be continuously updating this trade throughout the day.

Update 2: 9:44 am EST: On the put side of this trade, place the price to close the position out (net credit) at $4.20. Leave the call side open for now, there is plenty of time left on it, and the Reverse Iron Condor strategy, with two “sides”, the bull call spread and the bear put spread, can do very well by holding one side.

Update 3 12:45 pm EST: No Changes to positions. Will update as needed.

Update 4: 3:40 pm EST. I will update this trade right before the markets open tomorrow morning. In a good spot, should do well on it.

Update 5: 9:15 am EST. 2/24/17: TSLA is down another $4.00 pre-market, so after yesterday’s drop this trade should start really gaining in value. One of the reasons I chose next week’s expiration instead of the February Week 4 (this week) is exactly for how this trade is working out. If I chose this weeks, it is a borderline loss/break-even unless the stock really drops a lot more today. It would have been much more risky move to do. I have the price to close the put side of this trade out at 4.30. The call side obviously has little value, as this is how the strategy is designed, so leave it open. It would cost more to close the position than the value. I will update any changes, as needed, here.

Update 6: 9:40 am EST, 2/27/17: TSLA down big again. 4.30 STC (net credit) on the put side of this trade.

Free Earnings Trade of the Week: Activision Blizzard, Inc. (ATVI) – Reports After the Markets Close 2/9/17

Activision Blizzard, Inc. (ATVI) is scheduled to report earnings after the markets close on Thursday, 2/9/17.

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


Nov 03, 2016

42.96
43.67
42.63
43.37
43.37
12,822,700

Nov 02, 2016

42.63
43.09
42.26
42.60
42.60
7,792,900

The current Implied Volatility on the weekly at-the-money strike price is at 175, which is extremely high. The at-the-money March 2017 strike price is at 36, so there is a major difference. The Neutral Calendar Spread is the strategy to use here. Everything looks good about it: weekly options, price to place the trade, wide break-even points, break-even points, and the high IV on the weekly at-the-money strike price. 9.5/10, trade of the week.

Here is how the trade is placed:

Entered Trade

Sell -20 ATVI FebWk2 40 Call

Buy 20 ATVI Mar17 40 Call

Requirements

Cost/Proceeds
$720.00
Option Requirement
$0.00
Total Requirements
$720.00
Estimated Commission
$50.00

NBBO -0.29 – 0.43. Try to pay 0.37 or less for this trade. at a maximum, pay up to 0.38. See the attachment for the profit/loss chart. I will post the price to close this trade out right before the markets open tomorrow.

Update #1: 9:20 am EST – Pre-market, the stock is up about $4.70/share, but do expect the share price to fall. I am placing the price to close this trade out at $0.60 (net credit). I will update any changes here throughout the day.

Update #2: STC (net credit) now at 0.50.

The Daily Options Trading Strategy (DOTS) Weekly Update & Market Volatility

It has been a very busy week so far using the Daily Options Trading Strategy (DOTS), especially on Monday. This strategy does extremely well in volatile markets. Here are the trades placed and closed out so far:


– Monday, 11/14/16. BABA at 9:35 am EST. 0.23 STC order above price paid/contract. December 90.00 calls. Paid 3.93 per contract.
– Monday, 11/14/16. FB at 9:37 am EST. 0.35 STC order above price paid/contract. December 115.00 calls. Paid 5.30 per contract.
– Monday, 11/14/16. AAPL at 9:39 am EST. 0.30 STC order above price paid/contract. December 110.00 calls. Paid 1.74 per contract.
– Monday, 11/14/16. C at 9:53 am. 0.17 STC order above price paid/contract. December 55.00 puts. paid 2.17 per contract.
– Monday, 11/14/16. GOOGL at 10:45 am EST. 1.40 STC order above price paid/contract. December 755.00 calls. Paid 19.70 per contract.
– Tuesday, 11/15/16. BA at 10:00 am EST. 0.34 STC order above price paid/contract. December 150.00 calls. Paid 2.40 per contract.
– Wednesday, 11/16/16. NUGT at 9:43 am EST. 0.20 STC order above price paid contract. December 9.00 calls. Paid 1.90 per contract.
– Wednesday, 11/16/16. TSLA at 10:15 am EST. 1.00 STC order above price paid/contract. December 180.00 calls. Paid 8.50 per contract.

To see my trade log, you can visit the link here: http://kevinmobrien.com/?page_id=480

If you are interested in my subscription service, I provide each trade on Skype and Chatzy in real time, with the ticker symbol, strike price, expiration date, and my sell-to-close price, which is the amount above what is paid for each contract. I also interact with all subscribers throughout each trading day. The subscription also includes access to my Trading Forum, where I post my earnings, weekly, and long-term trades.

I currently have reduced subscription rates and offer a one week money back guarantee if you are not happy with the service.

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

-Kevin

Free Earnings Trade of the Week: Six Flags Entertainment (SIX) – Reports Before the Markets Open 10/26/16

Six Flags Entertainment Corporation (SIX) is scheduled to report earnings before the markets open on Wednesday, 10/26/16.

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


Jul 27, 2016

56.16
58.30
56.00
56.69
3,912,700
56.02

Jul 26, 2016

59.22
60.00
58.85
59.46
1,378,000
58.75

This is one of those trades where the price to place it alone makes it worth trading. Last quarter, (SIX) did not make a significant move at all, and while I am expecting the stock to move more this quarter, the break-even points on the P/L chart using a Neutral Calendar Spread strategy are very wide. The only minor issue regarding this trade is the lack of weekly options. other than that, this is an excellent set-up here. I am still giving this trade a 10/10 if you are able to get the order filled at my recommended price. It will retain value regardless how it moves tomorrow once the markets open.

Here is how the trade is placed:

Entered Trade

Sell -50 SIX Nov16 50 Call

Buy 50 SIX Dec16 50 Call

Requirements

Cost/Proceeds
$1,000.00
Option Requirement
$0.00
Total Requirements
$1,000.00
Estimated Commission
$125.00

NBBO
0.00 – 0.30. Try to pay 0.20 or less for this trade. At a maximum, pay up to 0.22. See the attachment for the profit/loss chart.

I will post the price to close this trade out tomorrow morning, right before the markets open

six-ncs-102516

Update 1: 10/26/16, 9:25 am EST. – Pre-market, the stock is down $1.25/share. I am placing the price to close this trade out (net credit) at $0.50. I will update any changes here.

Update 2: 10/26/16. 10:10 am EST. This trade is in a good spot. Just need time-decay to kick in. Be patient with the trade. STC still at 0.50.

Update 3: STC *(net credit) now at 0.40

Excellent Week Trading Earnings & The Daily Options Trading Strategy (DOTS)

Is has been a great week so far both with the start of Earnings Season and the Daily Options Trading Strategy (DOTS). Here is the list of DOTS trades so far this week (10/17/16 – 10/20/16):

630. Monday, 10/17/16. AMZN at 9:41 am EST. 1.50 STC order above price paid/contract. November 815.00 calls. Group chat paid an average of 32.85 per contract.
631. Monday, 10/17/16. ULTA at 9:47 am EST. 0.60 STC order above price paid/contract. November 260.00 calls. Paid 7.60 per contract.
632. Tuesday, 10/18/16. TSLA at 1:14 pm EST. 0.70 STC order above price paid/contract. November 195.00 calls. Paid 10.30 per contract. Quick trade.
633. Tuesday, 10/18/16. TSLA at 1:20 pm EST. 2.20 STC order above price paid/contract. November 195.00 calls Paid 9.60 per contract. Used a Trailing Stop.
634. Wednesday, 10/19/16. NUGT at 10:18 am EST. 0.25 STC order above price paid/contract. November 13.00 calls. Paid 2.45 per contract.
635. Wednesday, 10/19/16. ULTA at 10:01 am EST. 0.44 STC order above price paid/contract. November 255.00 calls. Paid 6.16 per contract.
636. Thursday, 10/20/16. BIDU at 9:39 am EST. 0.55 STC order above price paid/contract. November 175.00 calls, Paid 7.75 per contract.
637. Thursday, 10/20/16. TSLA at 9:41 am EST. 0.90 STC order above price paid/contract. November 200.00 calls. Paid 8.75 per contract.
638. Thursday, 10/20/16. AAPL at 10:40 am EST. 0.30 STC order above price paid/contract. November 115.00 calls. Paid 3.90 per contract.

You can see the Daily Trade Log at the top of the page.

As far as earnings, every trade so far this week has been a winner (already closed out). I also placed 3 new Earnings trades today.

earnings-kob-oct-week-3

Next week is stacked with earnings, one of the biggest weeks really in the next few months. During slow periods today, I was preparing for a busy week next week.

I have reduced the subscription rates during the busy period during earnings season (until October 31st).

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

Thanks again.

-Kevin

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.

Updated Daily Options Trading Strategy (DOTS) List of Securities Used – Current as of 6/15/16

Here is the current list of stocks I use for the Daily Options Trading Strategy (DOTS). Updated on Wednesday, June 15, 2016. I have removed (LNKD) from Tier 1 due to Microsoft’s acquisition of LinkedIn http://www.cnbc.com/2016/06/14/microsoft-got-linkedin-users-at-a-discount.html?__source=yahoo%7Cfinance%7Cheadline%7Cheadline%7Cstory&par=yahoo&doc=103711613 and replaced it with (BABA):

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

Tier 2: BA, ULTA, TWTR, CMG, SQ, IBM, GPRO, FIT, V

Tier 3: DIS, EXPE, FFIV, CRM, DPZ, FDX, PANW, STZ, PX

Tier 4: BWLD, COST, UPS, MNST, AVGO, HD, PII, INTU, LULU

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