Looking back at price quotes of Thursday's session, it was possible to sell a December 975/980 RUT Bull Put spread for 0.30 - 0.35 credit with a 90% probability of success. I couldn't pull the trigger because I am not in front of my computer these days. I traveled to Ottawa from Toronto on Thursday (5 hour trip) for some tourism with my girlfriend for my birthday, which was yesterday. So, no trading for me. In fact I didn't think I would write an article this weekend but this is a great hobby for me and I know my readers are expecting it,...plus, my princess is sleeping and not demanding my attention.
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McClellan: -98 (neutral)
48.51% of stocks are above their 20 SMA (neutral)
61.83% of stocks are above their 50 SMA (neutral)
To me we are in no man's land and there is room for the markets to move with strength in either direction. We are at the top of the uptrend channel, but who knows. Based on the fact that we are not overbought, a break out might result, specially at this time of the year. Be very conservative with Calls selling, or avoid it altogether until this thing reaches more overbought levels.
SPX 1565/1570 Bull Put Spread This was originally part of an Iron Condor. I closed the 1800/1805 Call side this week to mitigate risks and travel to Ottawa with more peace of mind. With SPX at 1770, the remaining Bull Put spread is totally safe and will expire worthless this week for full profit.
SPX 1520/1525 Bull Put Spread Sure winner. Will be left to expire worthless and save closing commissions.
RUT 1160/1165 Bear Call Spread With RUT trading at almost 1100 and a 97% probability of success, this position feels really comfortable entering expiration week.
November expiration should be very peaceful for the Lazy Trader and a $480 credit for the model portfolio is very likely to be obtained, which will result in a > +4% portfolio growth and that will improve the performance for the year to something higher than +8%.
SPX 1600/1605/1835/1840 Iron Condor once again the 1835 short Call is the only thing that could be a concern at some point, as December expiration is still far (40 days) and it is typically a bullish month. Other than that, I'm not too concerned at this moment. Probability of success 79%.
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Action plan for the week
There is nothing to do with the existing November positions.
As for December, my plan is to close the 1835/1840 Call side of the Iron Condor for profits at some point. But there is a momentary small loss there at the moment. I would be able to close it if we got a healthy pullback. In respect with new positions, I won't open anything right now unless we reach an extreme overbought or oversold level. Obviously, at this time of the year I would prefer an oversold level, but you never know what the market is going to give. If we reach overbought levels I will sell Calls in RUT but I will be very conservative and far out of the money.
Thursday: Jobless claims, Trade Balance, Non Farm productivity, Trade balance,European GDP.
Friday: European CPI, Industrial Production, NY Empire State Manufacturing Index.
Good luck these week folks!
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