The Humana recommendation was not triggered today because of the decline at the open.

The S&P futures are down -8 points tonight so it looks like a rocky open on Wednesday. I recommend we cancel the outstanding play on Humana. We may take some lumps at the open on Wednesday so there is no use adding to that pain with a new position.

Oil prices are nearly flat so the APC and RRC positions we entered this morning could remain safe. The other three positions in MHS, WTW and LO are well above the stops and those stocks have been bucking the market so maybe we will escape there as well.

The S&P has declined to lower support on the downtrend channel so any dip could be bought for a trading bounce but I am not betting on it.

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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