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2 SPY 200.71
+0.57 (0.28%)    
3 CELG 95.02
+0.32 (0.34%)    
4 FB 74.82
+0.96 (1.31%)    
5 GOOGL 582.36
+2.04 (0.35%)    
6 GS 179.11
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Posted by on in 2014

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Here's a list of optionable biotech / drug stocks that I'm following or building option positions on.

07232014 close prices:

AMGN  122.01 +.90 (+.74%)
BIIB 337.60 +33.93 (+11.17%)
CELG  89.12 +2.462 (+2.84%)
GILD 90.34 +1.01 (+1.13%)
IBB 259.34 +5.66 (+2.23%)
PRGO 157.28 +1.95 (+1.26%)
REGN 310.27 +4.25 (+1.39%)
VRTX 98.14 +.40 (+.41%)

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Posted by on in 2013

A few option ideas.
by Bill Baker, J.D.
SINL Editor and Publisher

06272014 Close

CXO 142.04 +2.86 (+2.05%)
Permian Basin Play

Calls:
CXO Jan 17 '15 $185 call  b. 1.40 x a. 1.80
CXO Jan 17 '15 $190 call  b. 1.05 x a. 1.30
CXO Jan 17 '15 $195 call  b. .40 x a. 1.00

Puts:
CXO Dec 20 '14 $90 put b. .45 x a. .75
CXO Dec 20 '14 $85 put b. .25 x a. .65
CXO Dec 20 '14 $80 put b. .15 x a. .50

VRTX 93.77 +.60 (+.64%)
Fast Moving Pharma Play

Calls:
VRTX Jan 17 '15 $130 Call put b. 1.60 x a. 2.20
VRTX Jan 17 '15 $135 Call put b. .80 x a. 1.75
VRTX Jan 17 '15 $140 Call put b. .45 x a. 1.45

 

Puts:
VRTX Oct 18 '14 $62.50 Put put b. .25 x a. .85
VRTX Oct 18 '14 $65 Put put b. .40 x a. .95
VRTX Oct '18 '14 $67.5 Put put b. .60 x a. 1.25

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Posted by on in 2014
A few option ideas.
 
06262014 Close

ABBV 56.51 +1.51 (+2.75%)
 
Calls:
ABBV Feb 20 '15 $62.50 call  b. 1.30 x a. 1.70
ABBV Feb 20 '15 $65 call b. .80 x a. 1.20
ABBV Feb 20 '15 $70 call b. .35 x .55
ABBV Feb 20 '15 $75 call b. .10 x a. .30

Puts:
ABBV Nov 22 '14 $42.50 put b. .20 x a. .40
ABBV Nov 22 '14 $45 put b. .35 x a. .60
ABBV Nov 22 '14 $47.50 put b. .60 x .80

SLB 116.12 +2.27 (+1.99%)

Calls:
SLB Feb 20 '15 $145 call b. .55 x a. .61
SLB Feb 20 '15 $140 call b. .87 x a. .95
SLB Feb 20 '15 $135 call b. 1.38 x a. 1.49

Puts:
SLB Nov 22 '14 $90 put b. .41 x a. .48
SLB Nov 22 '14 $92.50 put b. .54 x a. .59
SLB Nov 22 '14 $95 put b. .68 x a. 75
 
SNDK 102.64 -0.37 (-0.36%)
 
Calls:
SNDK Jan 17 '15 $135 call b. 1.15 x a. 1.28
SNDK Jan 17 '15 $140 call b. .81 x a. .89
SNDK Jan 17 '15 $145 call b. .55 x a. .62
 
Puts:
SNDK Oct 18 '14 $70 put b. .43 x a. .48
SNDK Oct 18 '14 $67.50 put b. .32 x a. .43
SNDK Oct 18 '14 $65 put b. .27 x a. .37
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Posted by on in 2013

by Bill Baker, J.D.
SINL Editor and Publisher

On 11/05/2013 TSLA closed at $176.81 +1.61 (.92%) and reported earnings after the 11052013 market close. Tesla's earnings report was not received well and the stock was down $18 - $20 or more after hours and before the market open.

SIDE NOTE -- hypothetical combination

On 10312013 hypothetical investor buys:

100 TSLA Mar 22 '14 $295 Call @ $1.55

100 TSLA Jan 18 '14 $80 Put @ $0.53

On 10312013 hypothetical investor sells:

100 TSLA Mar 22 '14 $295 Call @ $2.30

100 TSLA Jan 18 '14 $80 Put @ $0.35

On the morning of 11052013 before TSLA reported earnings after the market closed, there was a small profit in the position opened on 10312013. Should an investor take the profit or wait for the earnings report?

On 11/06/2013 TSLA closed at $151.16 -25.65 (-14.51%)

If the above-mentioned option investor close out the option combination that they set up, they would have realized a profit of .57 or approximately $5,700 before commissions.

If they waited until after earnings, their combination would have looked like this:

 100 TSLA Mar 22 '14 $295 Call -- bid .53 x ask .82

100 TSLA Jan 18 '14 $80 Put -- bid .45 x ask .57

Assuming sales at halfway between the post earnings bid and ask prices (TSLA $295 Mar 22 '14 Call at .675 and TSLA $80 Jan 19 '14 Put at .51;  the above-mentioned investor would have realized a losss of .895 or $8,950 if they had waited until after TSLA reported earnings to close out their option positions.

As we, know, there is usually a premium associated with option prices when they are purchased or sold in the days before an earnings announcement. Especially when we are talking about highly anticipated earnigs that have a potentially dramatic impact on stock prices. Options on stocks such as GOOG, AMZN, TSLA, NFLX, AAPL, PCLN often have premiums baked into their prices in the days before earinngs are reported.

If the TSLA example I have used in this article, post earnings, TSLA would have had to close 45 to 50 points higher or 40 to 45 points lower than  than its $151.16 11062013 post earnings close price in order to break even. Therefore, post earnings, TSLA had to reach a price of approximately 201 or 110 in order to break even on the 10312013 option combination that is presented at the start of this article. On the other hand, you could have purchased a TSLA options 5 5 or 6 days before earnings and taken your profit before the earnings report.

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Posted by on in 2013
Date Time (PDT) Symbol Price
09-26-2013 8:06 AM AMZN 317.20
9:21 AM V 193.77
9:57 AM YHOO 32.83
10:10 AM EBAY 56.79
11:23 AM IBB 210.28
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Posted by on in 2013
09252013 ARWR 113.28 9:49 am
BA
FB
CVX
HHC
JPM
SINA
GOLD
FNV
GLD
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Posted by on in 2013

EG test

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Posted by on in 2013

 

Open UL Symbol Option Symbol Expir
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ID intraday, CL close, BMO - before market open (within 2 hours of market open)

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04162013 BMO GS
04172013 BMO BLK
04172013 AH VMW
04182013 AH GOOG
04222013 AH NFLX
04232013 AH AAPL
04242013 AH CLF
04242013 AH BIDU
04252013 AH FB
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by Bill Baker, J.D.
Editor and Publisher, SINL
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After the markets closed on 02132013, ANGI posted a very positive earnings report while also providing a very positive outlook for the next quarter.

On 02122013, in an SINL article titled, Earnings season ending --  rally fizzle or drizzle -- good news, bad news, worst news -- one post earnings and one pre-earnings play, I wrote:

On 02112013, ANGI closed at 13.93 up .84 (6.42%).

Here are 2 ways to play ANGI as it moves closer to its earnings report:

10 ANGI MAY 18 2013 $15 calls 02112013 closing bid/ask .95 x 1.10
10 ANGI MAY 18 2013 $12.50 puts 02112013 closing bid/ask .90 x 1.05

10 ANGI AUG 17 2013 $15 calls 02112013 closing bid/ask 1.30 x 1.50
10 ANGI MAY 18 2013 $12.50 puts 02112013 closing bid/ask .90 x 1.05

At the market close on 02142013, when ANGI closed at $16.86 +3.24 (23.79%), here's what these ANGI positions looked like:

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by Bill Baker, J.D.
Editor and Publisher, SINL
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As earnings season passes into the rear view mirror, we are left with what appears to be a weakening equity market rally. Will the rally fizzle or continue to drizzle gains? This rally will ultimately fizzle out but may still have some life left in it. Investors should use strategies that help protect their equity investments against the significant downside risks that currently exist in the equity markets.

The good news is that the Fed's easy money, low interest rate policies and monthly purchases of $85 billion worth of Treasury debt have created an equity market rally. The bad news is that this reckless policy is causing the U.S. National Debt to balloon above $16 trillion.

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Posted by on in 2013

by Bill Baker, J.D.
Editor and Publisher, SINL
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On 02082013, LNKD closed at 150.48 +26.39 (21.27%).

In my 01252013 SINL article titled LNKD, I wrote:

As we move further into earnings season, let's take a look at LNKD. On 01242013, LNKD closed at 121.22 up .96 (.80%). LNKD is due to report earnings after the market closes on 02072013.

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As of 02012013, at the market close, here's the big story ---

Dow 14,010 - S&P 500 1,513 - Nasdaq 3,179

Will the equity markets continue to rally? Will this rally crash and burn? I don't know, you don't know and nobody else knows. If anybody tells you they know, they don't, they're only guessing.

Let's take a look at some ways to take a position in this rally that will provide the flexibility to play either side:

 

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by Bill Baker, J.D.
Editor and Publisher, SINL
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Successful stock and option investing is a combination of luck, skill, timing and pricing. Getting the right timing and pricing are dependent upon your level of skill and luck. I am particulary fond of the Wikipedia definition of luck: Luck or chance is fortune (whether good or bad) which occurs beyond one's control, without regard to one's will, intention or desired result. It's hard to say how much of a role luck plays in option investing because luck is an intangible.

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