The bulls ran out of liquid cheer and the hangover started before the morning was even over. Heck of a way to kick off the July option cycle.

The lackluster market rallied right to resistance on the S&P-500 at 1105 and died. It was though they presented their ticket to the rally and the gatekeeper denied it. There was not even a credible attempt to crash the gate. This was fairly depressing given the two-day ramp late last week. I thought sure the bulls would at least make a decent try before giving up.

We achieved entry on all but one position. SalesForce.com (CRM) was positive for a few seconds but in the time it took to enter an order it was already negative and dropping fast. Positive for only 15-20 seconds at the open is not really a positive open in my book. If you are waiting to confirm the stock opened positive I hope you required a little more confirmation than that.

I am placing the CRM trade on hold. Maybe after a three-day rally it simply needed to take a rest. I am also leery of the market again and don't want to throw good money after bad. I will let you know when/if we should try again.

Check the stops in the graphic. I tightened some because of the market weakness.

Jim Brown



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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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