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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

Earnings Season Starts This Week – Will Be a Busy Few Weeks Trading

With Alcoa (AA) and the big bank stocks reporting earnings this week (C), (JPM), (WFC), the next month will be full of earnings trades. I use trading strategies that take a neutral approach towards earnings. These include the Strangle, the Reverse Iron Condor, and the Neutral Calendar Spread.

There are still a couple of days left for the reduced subscription rates + match plan that I am offering.

If you have any questions about options or the strategies mentioned above, please e-mail me at: kmob79@gmail.com

Thanks.

-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.

A Look at Next Weeks Earnings Releases and Trading Opportunities (7/18/16 – 7/22/16)

Next week, July 18th – July 22nd, will be full of some very good earnings trades. Here is a list of the stocks I will be looking to trade .

NFLX, VMW, YOO, ISRG, LMT, MSFT, UNH, AXP, EBAY, FFIV, IMAX, INTC, LVS, MAT, PII, QCOM, TSCO, URI, AMD, ATHN, SAM, COF, DHI, DPZ, DNKN, FLEX, GM, P, PYPL, SBUX, SYK, HON, VFC

As earnings season kicks into full gear next week there should be at least a few weeks with a lot of activity. When trading earnings releases, I use neutral-based strategies such as the Reverse Iron Condor, the Neutral Calendar Spread, the Double Neutral Calendar Spread, and the Straddle/Strangle.

If you have any questions about these strategies, stock options, or the subscription plans, you can e-mail me at: kmob79@gmail.com

Very Busy Trading Day Using the Daily Options Trading Strategy on Thursday, June 16, 2016.

Today, 6/16/16, was a very busy day using the Daily Options Trading Strategy (DOTS). Here is the list of trades made and closed out already.

550. Thursday, 6/16/16. TSLA at 9:41 am EST. 0.70 STC order above price paid/contract. July 215.00 calls. Paid 9.85 per contract.
551. Thursday, 6/16/16. BA at 9:51 am EST. 0.25 STC order above price paid/contract. July 130.00 calls. Paid 2.35 per contract.
552. Thursday, 6/16/16. FIT at 9:57 am EST. Original STC at 0.15 (Sold at break-even). July 13.00 calls. Paid 0.75 per contract.
553. Thursday, 6/16/16. FB at 10:04 am EST. 0.30 STC order above price paid/contract. July 115.00 calls. Paid 2.55 per contract.
554. Thursday, 6/16/16. BABA at 10:06 am EST. 0.30 STC order above price paid/contract. July 75.00 calls. Paid 3.50 per contract.
555. Thursday, 6/16/16. BIDU at 11:01 am EST. 0.60 STC order above price paid/contract. July 165.00 puts. Paid 7.00 per contract.

Here is the link to my Daily Trade Log using the DOTS: http://kevinmobrien.com/?page_id=480

This strategy works great in up or down markets, but actually prefer the markets to open down, as this presents more call buying opportunities. Overall, 5 call trades and one put trade so far…

The subscription service provides all of these trades in real-time, using Skype and Chatzy simultaneously, providing you with the ticker symbol, expiration date, STC (sell-to-close price above what is paid per contract) in advance of each trade, and when the position is closed out and at what price. The subscription also includes access to the Trading Forum, where I post my Weekly and Earnings trades, along with some long-term trades.

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

Thanks again.

-Kevin

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

Earnings Trade of the Week: PVH Corp. (PVH) Reports Earnings After The Markets Close On 5/25/16

PVH Corp. (PVH) is scheduled to report earnings after the markets close on Wednesday, 5/25/16.

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


Mar 24, 2016

92.43
95.25
90.69
94.29
3,632,200
94.25

Mar 23, 2016

88.30
88.96
87.42
87.63
1,677,800
87.59

(PVH) has been a consistent winner over the years using a Neutral Calendar Spread, which I will also use here. I like this trade a lot. It has wide break-even points. If the stock only makes a marginal price move post-earnings, this trade will do extremely well, and still has plenty of room even if it moves more than expected. I am giving this trade a 9.5/10. Here is how the trade is placed:

Entered Trade

Sell -15 PVH Jun16 90 Call

Buy 15 PVH Jul16 90 Call

Requirements

Cost/Proceeds
$1,200.00
Option Requirement
$0.00
Total Requirements
$1,200.00
Estimated Commission
$45.00

NBBO
0.50 – 1.10. Try to pay 0.80 or less for this trade. At a maximum, pay up to 0.90. See the attachment for the profit/loss chart.

PVH NCS 52416

I will post the price to close this trade out tomorrow morning, right before the opening bell.

Update 1: 9:25 am EST on 5/26/16: I am placing the price to close this trade out (net credit) at $1.60. I will update any changes to this here, as needed.
Update 2: 3:20 pm EST on 5/26/16: I am increasing the price to close this trade out (net credit) to 1.70.
Update 3: 1:05 pm EST on 5/27/16: Current price to close this trade out now at $1.60.

Free Earnings Trade of the Week: CarMax Inc. (KMX) – Reports Before The Markets Open 4/7/16

CarMax Inc. (KMX) is scheduled to report earnings before the markets open on Thursday, 4/7/16.

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

Dec 18, 2015

53.44
53.90
50.57
53.49
20,119,800
53.49

Dec 17, 2015

58.81
59.16
57.11
57.15
4,757,100
57.15

While the stock moved down a decent amount last quarter, it wasn’t too significant. Even if the stock were to repeat the same movement this quarter, the Neutral Calendar Spread strategy will do well. The current Implied Volatility on the April 2016 calls is 76, while the May 2016 calls are at 42, so this is an angle to take advantage of, especially on a non-volatile stock. I am giving this trade a 9/10.

Here is how the trade is placed:

Entered Trade

Sell -25 KMX Apr16 52.5 Call

Buy 25 KMX May16 52.5 Call


Requirements

Cost/Proceeds
$1,375.00
Option Requirement
$0.00
Total Requirements
$1,375.00
Estimated Commission
$75.00


Greeks / NBBO

IV
KMX Apr16
52.5 Call
76.21

KMX May16
42.02


NBBO
0.40 – 0.75. Try to pay 0.55 or less for this trade. At a maximum, pay up to 0.58. See the attachment for the profit/loss chart.

KMX NCS 4616

I will post the price to close this trade out tomorrow right before the opening bell.

Update 1: 9:25 am EST:
Pre-market, the stock is up about $1.70/share. It also had a bit of a run-up late yesterday before the markets closed, but nothing major. I am placing the price to close this trade out at $1.50 for now. I will update any changes here, if needed.

San Diego, CA Seminar : Trading Earnings and Weeklies Using Debit Spreads (June 13 -17, 2016)

I will be holding a seminar in San Diego, CA from June 13th – June 17th, 2016 (Monday – Friday) on how to trade Earnings and Weeklies using Debit Spreads. The strategies being discussed and trading are the Neutral Calendar Spread, the Double Neutral Calendar Spread (a synthetic Strangle), Reverse Iron Condor, and Straddles/Strangles.

The cost of the seminar is $799.00 and includes a three (3) month subscription to my Trading Forum (where all earnings and weekly trades are posted) and to my Skype chatroom.

These strategies are neutral-based in that there is no preference for a specific direction a stock moves post-earnings. I have been trading these for many years and have also taught many other traders how to use these profitable strategies.

The Neutral Calendar Spread in particular is a great strategy that can be placed at a minimal cost and brings a very high return on investment. This strategy takes advantage of high Implied Volatility (over-priced options), a lack of a big price move ( it still has wide break-even points), and time-decay. For whatever reason, this strategy is under-used by many traders. During the seminar, I will be teaching this strategy in-depth and what to look for when spotting potential trades. I will also show when it is best to avoid this strategy for earnings an earnings trade. The Neutral Calendar Spread also hold value very well even if the stock moves more than expected post-earnings. For those who cannot trade full-time, this strategy does not require a lot of time management, as companies report earnings either before the markets open or after they close, so it is very easy to set your price to close the trade out well ahead of the bell.

The Reverse Iron Condor is different than the Neutral Calendar Spread in that it does require a stock/security to to make a pre-determined price move, up or down. Choosing the right strike prices is crucial to the success of this strategy. Strike price increments available on a specific security are also very important when using this strategy. What I like about this strategy is it is a lot less expensive to place than the Straddle or Strangle and requires less movement. The potential gains are capped, however, and known at he time of placement. On the same hand, once the security moves past the required strike price(s) to gain maximum return on investment, it can immediately be closed out. I also like to trade this strategy with securities that have weekly options, such as Citigroup (C) and the SPDR Gold Shares (GLD), among others.

The Straddle and Strangle are strategies that require a large price move to profit. A Straddle is when you buy both call and put options with at-the-money strike prices. The Strangle is buying both calls and puts with out-of-the-money strike prices. The benefits of these strategies is that there is unlimited profit potential on the call side and a high profit potential on the put side. When accurately predicting a large price move on the Straddle or Strangle, the ROI can be very significant. The drawbacks of using these strategies is that they are generally a lot more expensive to place than the Neutral Calendar Spread or the Reverse Iron Condor. If you place a Straddle, for example, and the stock fails to move much post-earnings, you will be looking at a significant loss. This is why I prefer to buy longer term expiration dates to give the trade plenty of time to make the necessary move to profit in case it initially does not. While you will pay more for this time-value, I look at it as a security blanket. Using weekly options with the Straddle or Strangle is very risky. Another strategy I use is called the Double Neutral Calendar Spread, which is similar to the Strangle, but can be placed at a fraction of the price. It requires buying two (2) Neutral Calendar Spreads, a call side and a put side, both using out-of-the money strike prices. The strategy is very unique, and while there aren’t a lot of opportunities to trade it, when there are this strategy works great.

The seminar will go into great detail on all of these strategies and we will be trading them live. I guarantee you will leave the seminar with full knowledge on how to trade them successfully. After the seminar, you will have full access to the Trading Forum and my Skype chatroom where I answer any questions you may have throughout the day.

The seminar starts at 5:45 am Pacific Time on Monday, June 13th, 2016 and will meet each day throughout the week at the same time each morning until Friday, June 17, 2016. Each day, the seminar will last until 2:00 pm Pacific Time.. I will be catering breakfast Monday through Friday.

Once registered, I will promptly e-mail you a receipt of payment and for admission to the seminar.

The seminar will be held at the San Diego Convention Center:

111 West Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101

http://visitsandiego.com/

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

Free Earnings Trade of the Week: Red Hat, Inc. (RHT) – Reports After The Markets Close On Tuesday, 3/22/16

Red Hat, Inc. (RHT) is scheduled to report earnings after the markets close on Tuesday, 3/22/16.

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

Dec 18, 2015

83.01
83.99
80.45
81.40
7,692,400
81.40

Dec 17, 2015

78.81
79.34
77.66
78.86
2,688,600
78.86

(RHT) can be very unpredictable in terms of price movement post-earnings. A few keys to picking a strategy to use is the amount of movement allowed (up or down), strike price increments available, and the cost to place the trade. On this specific (RHT) trade, I think the Neutral Calendar Spread strategy is the right way to play this trade. The break-even points are very wide, and the price is very good. Even if the stock moves $5.00 + or more either way tomorrow, this trade will still do well and hold value even if it moves more than that, so I consider this trade very low risk with great potential. 9.5/10.

Note: I recommend placing this trade as soon as possible, as the value will most likely increase throughout the day. There is a possibility that the trade can be closed out for a profit by the end of the day if filled early. I will post that at the end of the trade details.

Here is how the trade is placed:

Entered Trade

Sell -25 RHT Apr16 75 Call

Buy 25 RHT May16 75 Call


Requirements

Cost/Proceeds
$1,875.00
Option Requirement
$0.00
Total Requirements
$1,875.00
Estimated Commission
$75.00

NBBO
0.40 – 1.10. Try to pay 0.75 or less for this trade. At a maximum, pay up to 0.85 if late.

If there is an opportunity to close out the trade early (taking less profit) if your order is filled at 0.80 or less, place the closing order out at 1.25 as a day order only.

I will post the price to close this order out tomorrow pre-market, right before the opening bell
RHT NCS 32216
See the attachment for the profit/loss chart.

Update 1: 9:25 am EST: Pre-market, the stock is down about $2.50/share, so using the Neutral Calendar Spread strategy looks very good here. I am placing the price to close the trade out at 1.90 for now. I will update any changes here, if needed.

Update 2: 1:05 pm EST. This trade is looking excellent right now. Time-decay and the current movement is going to increase value quickly. The price to close the trade out is still at $1.90.

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