Despite the negative market every position we had moved higher.

We exited two more plays today when the option price hit our exit targets. Amazon gained another $2 and the option traded as low as 11-cents to easily clear our exit target at 25-cents for a $1.75 profit on the position.

VMWare only gained 30-cents for the day but it was enough to let the option trade at our target price of 20-cents for a $1.15 profit.

NOV should be the next exit with the option trading today at 13 cents and our target is 10-cents.

F5 Networks continues to move higher but the option appears to be stuck in the 30-40 cent range. That stock has too much volatility and the premium is eroding slowly. We have a $120 put and the stock is at $139 so it is only a matter of time.

The OIH option traded down to 21-cents with our exit target at 20-cents. You can't get much closer than that.

The option on RIMM traded as low as 35-cents and we are targeting 20-cents so we need a couple more days of a positive market.

The two aggressive positions are doing very well with a combined profit as of today's close of early $10 per share. We could exit now and do very well but I want to let them ride for a while longer. I am not objectionable to taking profits soon and looking for an opportunity to buy back in on a dip.

We will continue to let our current positions deteriorate and look for a market decline to add some new plays. I don't want to "buy the top" of this current rally.

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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