16% Return for May Expiration

In total I made $169 in profits using around $1,000 in risk capital for the trades closed out on the May expiration.

I took positions in 12 stocks for 14 trades in total, as I made two adjustment trades in MRO and ETE. VALE was the biggest winner with a gain of $360 and the biggest loser was EMC, losing $160.


$LC CEO Dumped

$LC Stock Tanks 35%

Massive volumes went through the $8 puts in the weeks leading up to Lending Clubs dismissal.


From +$300 to -$100

Market Close May 9

Net P&L continues to slide, down after today's session to -$110. Not much action on the options currently showing gains and the options that are out-of-the-money continue to bleed value due to time decay. The lesson for these type of earning announcement trade ideas is that I should get out in the days post announcement instead of waiting for option expiration.

I took on a new position today; long $10 HIMX call, which expires this week. They release earnings Thursday.

Open P&L -$110.

EMC Long Put13-Apr-1626-140
ETE Long Call19-Apr-1620155
MRO Long Call19-Apr-1620-71
KEY Long Call20-Apr-1619-72
MS Long Put20-Apr-1619-65
VALE Long Put21-Apr-1618153
JNPR Long Put21-Apr-1618-24
KMI Long Call28-Apr-1611-92
IPHI Long Call29-Apr-1610-45
NG Long Call29-Apr-1610-60
MRO Short Call29-Apr-161052
CTL Long Put2-May-16795
HIMX Long Call9-May-1604

May 9, Top 10 Option Volume Opportunities

SymbolTypeStrikeExpirationVolumeOpen Int

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Time Decay Graph - shows the erosion of value accelerates past the 30 days mark

As options approach their expiration date, their value can erode quickly. If you're long out of the money options then this effect can be quite dramatic; you can lose money even when the market moves in the right direction.


HRB Move an Inside Job?

HRB Stock tanked on Wednesday the 27th after the company reported a disappointing tax season. Outlook remains bleak for the stock and their next report is due out in June.

However, it appears someone knew of the pending downward move in the stock.

Option scanning tools showed that the $23 put option had significant volume trade the day before the stock plummeted. 19k options traded through one strike, which saw the puts outnumber the calls traded by 5 to 1. The next day, HRB drops 13.56%.

The Puts rose 386%


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