A lot of that conviction came from short covering but earnings produced that short covering.

The move higher did not come soon enough for Cliff's Resources. We were stopped out on Tuesday early morning dip for a minor 40-cents loss. I probably set the stop too close because I was concerned about the lackluster market.

After today's rally most of the current strikes are well below the stock price. However, Wynn Resorts lagged today's rally after Goldman gave them a price target on Tuesday of $88 and that was exactly where they were trading. They moved down -1.63 today in a bullish market. I am recommending we close that position at tomorrow's open. It is currently a breakeven at $2.61x$2.69.

I raised the stops on nearly everything else. We could close all the positions today and have a good month so I don't want them to fall back into the loss category.

Jim Brown



Current Portfolio


Current Positions


Current Position Changes


CLF - Cliff's Resources - Stopped
Stopped on Tuesday for 40-cent loss

WYNN - Wynn Resorts - Close
Close the Short May $80 Put at the open on Thursday.

Check for stop loss changes in the portfolio graphic.


New Recommendations


None


Margin Requirements:

There are several different formulas for determining margin requirements for naked put writing. These are normally broker specific and some can require larger margin requirements than others.

Here is the most common margin calculation for naked puts.

100% of the option premium + ((20% of the Underlying Market Value) - (OTM Value))

For simplicity of calculation simply use 20% of the underlying stock price and you will always be safe. ($25 stock * 20% = $5 margin)


Prices Quoted in Newsletter

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When discussing fills or stops the prices quoted are the bid/ask at the time the entry trigger or exit stop is hit. This is NOT a price that someone on staff actually got using a live order.

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