Week In Review – December 5 – 9, 2016


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Week in Review

December 5 – 9, 2016

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Weekly Up to Date Performance

December 5 – 9, 2016

New Record, new record and more new records.

How often can you say that?

That pretty much sums things up, as the S&P 500 was up 3.1%

This week had no new positions opened as I was happy just going along for the ride.

More importantly, while conserving cash from the previous week’s assignments, there was again opportunity to put some idle positions to work with the sale of calls on 3 uncovered positions.

Existing positions did well, but with Friday’s decline in commodity pricing, ended up not being able to keep up.

With one more closed positions this week we did break the 30 mark for the year. Still a paltry number as there are almost 1000 closed positions in the nearly 5 years of recommendations.

This was mostly a week to watch.

I don’t mind doing that and haven’t minded as long as that means things are moving higher.

Despite a bit of lagging this week as commodities saw declines on Friday, I was pretty happy.

That’s because there were 5 ex-dividend positions and I was able to keep alive that DOH trade, without losing the position to assignment.

What i didn’t do, and in hindsight should have, was to have recommended more of those DOH trades to subscribers.

Even though i do post them, I decided that it was just too much to have to juggle several of those at one time.

That would have been the case this week.

While I don’t mind the risk – reward imbalance, it’s definitely not for everyone.

Plus , it also requires being glued to the ticker, especially as trading nears the end of
ading for the day.

That’s what happened with a short position I opened late this afternoon and I was prepared to make an offsetting trade heading into the closing bell.

The problem is that doesn’t leave much time for anyone else to follow that lead.

Oh well, it was still a good week and the rally continues.

Next week the FOMC reports and I think there’s even more to come, but I am happy to be squirreling away some cash.


This week’s details may be seen in the Weekly Performance spreadsheet * or in the PDF file, as well as in the summary below

(Note: Duplicate mention of positions reflects different priced lots):

New Positions Opened:  none

Puts Closed in order to take profits:  none

Calls Rolled over, taking profits, into the next weekly cycle:   MRO

Calls Rolled over, taking profits, into extended weekly cycle:  none

Calls Rolled over, taking profits, into the monthly cycle: none

Calls Rolled Over, taking profits, into a future monthly cycle:  none

Calls Rolled Up, taking net profits into same cyclenone

New STO: none

Put contracts expired: none

Put contracts rolled over: none

Long term call contracts sold:  none

Calls Assigned:  none

Calls Expired:  none

Puts Assigned:  none

Stock positions Closed to take profits:  none

Stock positions Closed to take losses: none

Calls Closed to Take Profits: none

Ex-dividend Positions    GME (11/29 $0.37), MOS (11/29 $0.275), ANF )11/30 $0.20), BAC (11/30 $0.075)

Ex-dividend Positions Next Week: HPQ (12/12 $0.13), M (12/13 $0.38), BBBY (12/14 $0.125)

For the coming week the existing positions have lots that still require the sale of contracts:   AGQ, ANF, AZN, BBBY, BBY, CHK, CLF, COH, CSCO,  CY, DOW, FAST, FCX, GDX, GM, GPS, HAL, HFC, HPQ, INTC, IP, JCP, JOY, KMI, KSS, LVS, MCPIQ, MOS, NEM, RIG, WFM, WLTGQ, WY (See “Weekly Performance” spreadsheet or PDF file)

* If you don’t have a program to read or modify spreadsheets, you can download the OpenOffice Suite at no cost.