BOUGHT +1 SAP 100 NOV 08 37.5 PUT @4.20

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The market is hanging by a thread at the moment. S&P is trading just above 850, a major support. I don't know if we're going to break down from here. The probability doesn't seem to favour either way significantly. With my deep long positions, I simply can't risk the possibility of another meltdown in market.

That's why I have ditched my SAP short put to minimize my risk and to sleep better for the rest of the option expiration week. I decided to dump SAP because it looks like it has the most downside of all my options holdings. I don't want to unload my equity share holdings now because I can wait on those, otherwise I would have dumped ESLR or DELL. SAP share price is just sitting on a major support level, and a head and shoulder neckline too. If it breaks from here, it could trigger a lot of stops and drop down too fast for me to cover.

I shorted the SAP Nov 37.5 put for \$3.40 and just covered them for \$4.20 (accepted the ask price). That is a major loss of \$80 + \$15 commission.

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SOLD -1 SAP 100 NOV 08 37.5 PUT @3.40

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Wrote a put on SAP. Fee \$7.50. The market looks poised to move up. S&P at 895 risk/reward at this point looks favourable. I am merely picking some strong companies to ride up this short term up leg of the broad market.

SAP has ZERO debt and \$2 billion in cash! It isn't going down anytime soon. The \$34 support looks strong and the upside looks open. Max pain for Nov is \$45. Again, I'm in this for a favourable risk/reward ratio.

Upside: \$2B in cash and \$0 debt. Battered software stock with a waterfall dive just 2 months ago. Possible reverse head and shoulder formation in the making. Confirmation if it breaks \$40. Lots of unfilled gaps between \$45 - \$55.

Resistance: \$40

Downside: Some sort of triangle forming, but volume not decreasing as shown in consolidation. Still an unfilled up gap below \$33.

Support: \$32.40, high of 10/28 and low of open gap.

Bottom line: At \$34.50, the upside/downside ratio is about 2 to 1. Plus the broad market looks poised for a run up.

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