Market Summary
Friday is Quadruple Witching day when stock index futures, stock index options, stock options and stock futures expire. Also, Friday is the SPY Ex. Dividend date and historical trends suggest that the SPY 3Q dividend should be $.69 per share which is the amount the EFT is expected drop in value if the price is flat at the open. We are forced to take the draw down on the SPY call spread and immediately exit the position to avoid the risk of assignment on the $144 short call. It is highly improbable that the SPY ETF will pull back much over the next week and too risky to do a short term trade adjustment.

SPY Position Update
SPY closed at $146.70 on Wednesday – the July call spread is approx. $3,600 in the red

The August 13th ouch Potato published a September expiration month SPY bear call spread
We plan on immediately closing out this position tomorrow for an approx. $3,600 loss (see tables below)

Exit Plan
As mentioned above, it is risky to continuing maintaining the short $144 SPY call contracts as traders will start exercising the option to assign the contracts ahead of Friday's expiration date.

Gregory Clay

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