Comments from the Feds most recent meeting minutes spooked the market and stocks reacted with the largest daily decline in three months. Wednesday's slide marked a rare return of nervousness to the stock market after the major indexes solid march higher this year. The CBOE Volatility index, or the VIX, a measure of investor fear, jumped 19.3 percent - the biggest daily gain for the VIX since November 2011. Now appears the be an opportune time exit our SPY February 22nd expiration credit spread(s)
SPY Position Update -----------------------------------------------------------------
SPY closed at $152.34 on Wednesday
The February 6th Couch Potato published a trade adjustment closing out of a February expiration SPY bear call spread and opening a February 22nd expiration put spread
We plan on closing out this position for an approx. $800 gain tomorrow (see tables below)
You can just buy back the $147 short put contracts to close the position if you have difficulty selling the $144 long puts as part of a spread trade.
As mentioned above, the February 22nd expiration SPY contracts expire this Friday. Today's price action should be considered a signal to exit SPY ETF put and call spread contracts that expire this week as it is not worth the risk to maintain these positions into expiration.
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