It was a pretty hectic week for me with a work deadline in a few hours and some heavy tasks that took a while. I had to put 8 solid hours yesterday as I watched my beloved Blue Jays completely demoralized the New York Yankees. It's only today that I have time to write on the site, and quite a start for the day it has been with ideas flowing easily. I thought my brain would be burned out. But nop. Here I am.
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McClellan: +47 (neutral)
Number of Stocks above their 20 Day Moving Average: 43% (neutral)
No man's land once again. This is not the time for me to attack. Under these circumstances I play Iron Condors 8 weeks out, but November expiration is still too far for my personal liking (10 weeks away). So, I wait. In the meantime, I'm just like a sniper waiting for a price extreme to sell out of the money Calls or Puts, but obviously this is not the right time.
In the picture above, the little horizontal yellow lines represent my positions. All of them looking great. Resistance for the SPX, same as last week, 1990, 2040, 2135. Support 1868, 1820. In an ideal world I want to sell options above the high resistance numbers and below the support areas, but I want to do it during an extreme market mood once price has already advanced in one direction. So, not all the ingredients are there. That simple. Staying out of trouble for now.
RUT 900/910/1330/1340 unbalanced Iron Condor
SPX 1650/1675 credit Put spread
They will both expire on Friday morning for full profit. It is good to finally be through with the September cycle. It will end up as a 6% loss for the portfolio. I could have done a couple of things better in retrospective, but fortunately, we are "right side of the chart traders". We're real. I feel I traded fairly well and defended my capital effectively during the violent moves that we saw in late August. No regrets.
SPX 1700/1710/2195/2200 unbalanced Iron Condor
This one is looking very comfortable right now. With SPX sitting at 1961 very far from my pain points and now with an overall 92% probability of success. I like it, and will keep riding it.
Action Plan for the week
I'm really happy to say I have nothing to do this week. I'll let the September positions expire on Friday. I'll keep riding the October Iron Condor which is very unlikely to have any problems at all this week.
In addition to this I will wait for a market extreme. Give me a 3% rally or sell off and that will get me interested. If that happens I will start evaluating the RUT 1260/1270 Credit Call spread or the RUT 970/960 Credit Put spread using October options. If we don't have these type of moves, I will honor my alias, I'll forget about the markets and focus on developing good software for society during my working hours.
Thursday is the key day of the week.
Sunday: Chinese Industrial Production
Tuesday: German ZEW Economic Sentiment. US Retail Sales.
Wednesday: Europe's CPI, US's Core CPI
Thursday: FOMC Statement, Janet Yellen speaks.
Good luck this week folks!
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