Trading Summary

Update February 8th

Total Open P&L down -$40.70.

TradeOpenDaysP&L
CAT Short Call Spread 28-Jan-16 11 -49.8
FCX Iron Butterfly 28-Jan-16 11 -15
COH Assignment 8-Feb-16 0 24.1

Coach (COH) After being assigned the short stock position, I decided to sell an ATM put option. If the market falls, I will be exercised on the put and take delivery of 100 shares closing out my short assignment at the same price. I received $75 for the sale of the put. I still have risk on the upside if the market rallies. If this happens, I will perhaps look to sell another put with a higher strike depending on how far the market trades.

Freeport-McMoRan (FCX) down 6%. Spread showing small loss of -$15.

Caterpillar (CAT) good to see a reversal; down 2.33%. Spread made some ground but still showing a loss of $49.10.


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