Bought +2 Strangle GLD 100 JUL 09 91/90 CALL/PUT @3.15 ISE, GLD mark $90.11

GLD tanked further and then hovered around \$90 today. Seeing that \$90 is a major pivot point and is in the middle of a large trading range (Figure 2), I'm placing an options strangle to bet that it's going to move outside of the immediate \$90 region. The breakeven move required is below \$86.85 or above \$94.15. Which is about 3.5%.

Note the Bollinger Bands on the daily chart, Figure 1 right-side, depicting the lower and upper boundary to be \$88.30 and \$95.91. Furthermore, the Bollinger Bandwidth is near the bottom of the channel, which means volatility has been low.

I have set an alert at \$3.00 on the strangle premium. This should signal looking for an exit. However, it's obvious now that I'm horrible at setting stops on a strangle. For this trade, I'm going to treat the long and short side separately. So once a move has started, I'll place stops for the in-play side of the trade.

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[Gold Shares SPDR]: http://traderpau.files.wordpress.com/2009/06/2009-06-23-gld.png [Gold Shares SPDR]: http://traderpau.files.wordpress.com/2009/06/2009-06-23-gld_prop.png

Posted 23 June 2009 in stocks.

Bought +3 STRANGLE XLF 100 JUN 09 13/12 CALL/PUT @.69

I bought three 13/12 June strangles as XLF is hanging around \$12.50 today. My reasons are as follows:

  1. S&P500 is approaching 950 on a giant gap up today. This is an important pivot on many levels. So we either turn back down or break upward from here. Either way, we're at the top of a month-long trading range from beginning of May. See Figure 1.
  2. XLF is testing a trendline from May 2008. This line has been well respected for a year. So a significant move is expected. See Figure 2.
  3. XLF is now at the neckline of an inverse-head-and-shoulder formation and in the middle of a big trading zone, from around \$9.15 to \$15.33. Again, we either break up or not with a big move. See Figure 2 again.

Risk: \$0.69

Stop: if the total premium falls below \$0.50

Target: \$15.33 to the upside and \$9.15 to the downside.

Reward / Risk = 2.83 / 0.69 = 4.1 (upside) AND 3.35 / 0.69 = 4.86 (downside). Both are less than 5.0, but that's because I'm calculating using the maximum potential loss. The R/R would be above 5.0 if I use my exit stop of \$0.50 on the premium.

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ETF][][/caption]

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ETF][][/caption]

[S&P 500 ETF]: http://traderpau.files.wordpress.com/2009/06/2009-06-01-spy.png [Financial Sector SPDR ETF]: http://traderpau.files.wordpress.com/2009/06/2009-06-01-xlf_prop.png [Financial Sector SPDR ETF]: http://traderpau.files.wordpress.com/2009/06/2009-06-01-xlf.png

Posted 01 June 2009 in stocks.