Google disappointed investors in several ways on Thursday and the stock was knocked for a -$30 loss in afterhours.

Google posted a 23% rise in quarterly revenue but failed to hit the whisper number. Also causing hard feelings was a nonstandard 3 line press release and the announcement the CEO, Eric Schmidt, would no longer take part in quarterly conference calls. Everything about the earnings riled analysts and investors and the stock dropped from the $595 close to $565 in afterhours.

This monster drop in Google put pressure on the futures and it appears we are headed for a negative open on Friday. It is possible Google's mistakes could be the one rotten egg that runs the entire omelet.

I am raising stops again to protect our gains. I still believe we will see additional market weakness by the end of next week so an early exit would be fine with me.

Jim Brown



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WYNN - Wynn Resorts - Closed
The Short May $80 Put was closed at the open on Thursday @ $2.84 for a loss of -.24 cents.

Check for stop loss changes in the portfolio graphic.


New Recommendations


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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)


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