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Thursday, March 27, 2014

May 2014, RUT Credit Put Spread

Here's today's trade:
Buy 2 RUT May 1000 Put @4.60
Sell 2 RUT May 1010 Put @5.20

Credit: 0.60 ($120 for 2 contracts per leg)
Margin: 9.40 ($1880 for two contracts per leg)
Days to expiration: 49

RUT closed today at 1151. The 1010 short strike of this credit spread is over 12% below the current price. I feel that's pretty safe.

The market is close to a short term oversold extreme.Notice how I say short term. Of course the market is not oversold in respect with valuations. With more than 60% of securities trading above their 200 Day Moving Average we cannot say it is an undervalued market. But I don't care about that number (two hundred days MA). I care about what is going to happen in the next 4 to 5 weeks. In the short term, I feel we are close to a rebound when only 29% of the stocks are trading above their 20 Day Moving Average. Even if I'm wrong, I have 12% as cushion for error. I like this position.

Here's a chart of RUT at market close for future reference
(Click on image to enlarge)

With this trade, these are the positions in the portfolio:
April RUT 1080/1090/1280/1290 Iron Condor $480 credit, 83% probability of success with 21 days to expiration

May SPX 1695/1700/1960/1965 Iron Condor $320 credit, 80% probability of success with 49 days to expiration

May RUT 1000/1010 Credit Put Spread $120 credit, 94% probability of success with 49 days to expiration

I would like to open another trade in the April expiration cycle. Let's see if the market keeps falling in the next few days to add an April Credit Put spread .

Check out 2014 Track Record

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Weekend Portfolio Analysis (April 11, 2014)
Weekend Portfolio Analysis (April 18, 2014)
Weekend Portfolio Analysis (April 26, 2014)
Weekend Portfolio Analysis (May 3, 2014) 
Weekend Portfolio Analysis (May 10, 2014

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  1. Very nice trade this morning. RUT should have been very easy to fill. I don't know what is up with SPX. Even when your price is the mid, it still will not fill. Like I said, I place most of my trades during the last half hour.

    You have a typo on the title - May 2014, RUT Credit Pur Spread

    I think you positions are safe for now.

  2. Thanks for the correction. I fixed the typo.

    I agree that getting filled on RUT is waaaaaaaay easier than SPX. I still don't understand why people say it is liquid. Or how Karen says she has no problemas with liquidity. Maybe because she only trades one option and not a spread? I don't know.


  3. Yeah. I think just selling puts would make it fill easier.