We rarely hold over an earnings event and NetFlix has earnings on Wednesday.

With the recent divergence in opinions over NetFlix and they wide range of estimates over earnings it could be a disaster in the making.

We have a short February $75 put and NFLX was $97.81 at the close. Normally being more than $20 OTM would be enough to protect us but you never know.

The put has declined to only 52 cents so closing it early will not cost us any money. We are up +$2.50 on the trade so better safe than sorry.

Buy to close NFLX Feb $75 Put, entry $2.98, currently .52, +2.46 gain.

NFLX Chart

Expedia (EXPE) was stopped out today but I will cover that in the next newsletter.

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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