The market volatility bit us today with two positions stopped out on the market weakness. Fortunately there was no loss.

Walter Energy (WLT) knocked us out with the dip to our stop at $78.95 this morning. The option was trading at $1.00, which was the same price we entered the trade making it a breakeven.

Wynn Resorts toughed out the morning dip but then gave up ground at the close to knock us out of that position at $88.95 and $1.55 on the option. That gave us a small profit of 53-cents. Not exciting but always better than a loss.

Amazon, F5 Networks and Mosaic are still in rally mode but First Solar lost some traction.

I have mixed emotions about Friday with the S&P back testing support at 1120. As long as that level holds the bulls will be back. Under 1120 and I think we are setting up for a month end swoon. This is going to be a key level.

Jim Brown



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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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