Goldman Sachs rebounded on the strength of the Warren Buffet support over the weekend.

Goldman shares rebounded +4.30 on Monday to close just under $150. We got a decent entry on Goldman and hopefully it will stick.

Potash spiked into the green at the open to trigger the play but then crashed for a -1.43 loss. I raised the stop loss in case this is a new trend.

Wynn also rose at the open and kept rising all day to add $3.64 for the day. We have a good entry on Wynn but the option premium dropped slightly on the opening spike. I raised the stop on Wynn as well.

CREE spiked higher at the open and never looked back. Since we were selling a call we wanted a negative open to institute the play. Since CREE was never negative the play was never triggered and it is now cancelled.

ATI rallied at the open to pull us into the position then collapsed to stop us out at $54.25 by late morning. The option was 90-cents at the open and $1.05 at the exit so there was only a minimal loss.

Despite today's +143 gain in the markets I am still worried that the gains won't stick. Today's high was another lower high and without a continuation move tomorrow I think the bears will be loading up again. Today's rally was prompted by short covering thinks to the Greek bailout and that is old news now.

I am going stand aside on adding new plays until we see what happens to market direction.

Jim Brown



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ATI - Allegheny Tech - Stopped at $54.25
Short May $50 Put @ $.90, closed at $1.05, -.15 loss.

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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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