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  • Optionity Daily Report 03/19/2013 0 comments
    Mar 19, 2013 7:46 PM | about stocks: SPY, AXP, CHL, CSCO, F, GE, INTC, KO, MDLZ, MMM, MSFT, ORCL, PEP, PFE, QCOM, SYY, TEVA, TSM, UTX, VOD, WM

    Date: March 19, 2013

    Daily Market Statistics

    Source: Barrons

    S&P 500 5-Day Daily Chart

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    Source: Google Finance

    Economic Calendar

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    Source: Briefing

    Options Market Recap

    The market sentiment was driven by greed with Fear & Greed Index at 64, which had decreased from the previous day closing of 72. As reported by CBOE, the total put/call ratio was 0.97 for the day. The index put/call ratio was 0.81, and the equity put/call ratio was 0.72. The CBOE volatility index (VIX) put/call ratio was 0.45. The stocks with unusual call activities had been identified through our daily options scanning process, with the scanning criteria where the daily call option volume ratio was above 2.00 (2x of the average call option volume) with a call option volume above 20,000. Unusual option activities can be an indicator or precursor of a major movement for the underlying stock.

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    Market Volatility and Analysis

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    For Option Equity Put/Call Ratio, the MACD (12, 26, 9) turned slightly bullish. RSI (14) is increasing and indicating a slightly bullish lean. RSI (14) closed at 53.42 (previous closing of 50.18). MACD Histogram is currently at 0.005. If MACD and RSI both become bullish, then market is expected to decline.(click to enlarge)


    SPY opened higher and closed lower at $154.61 (-0.23%). The volume was 38.94M. On weekly basis, the MACD (12, 2, 9) is showing a bullish trend but the MACD Histogram decreased and closed at 0.675. SPY is currently trading above its 200-day MA of $119.31 and its 50-day MA of $140.35. RSI (14) decreased to 70.79 from 71.98 with a decreasing buying momentum, where above 70 is considered as over-bought. The next resistance is $161.10 (R2).

    Optionity Core-20 Options Portfolio (Credit Put Strategy)

    Stock criteria:

    1. Large Cap with low beta
    2. Fair/Under-valued
    3. Consistent, strong earnings
    4. Dividend distribution
    5. High liquidity, large volume
    6. Good/strong economic moat

    This options portfolio consists of 20 core stocks. The portfolio will employee mainly the credit put strategy with the primary objective of generating consistent cash flow. The portfolio focuses on 1) sufficient sector diversification 2) risk/reward ratio control 3) margin of safety by leveraging options.

    Daily portfolio performance will be updated at Seeking Alpha Instablog and

    Transaction details will be updated whenever new position is opened or the existing position is closed/expired/adjusted.

    Core-20 Stocks Update

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    Pending transaction(s) to be setup:

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    Existing Position(s):

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    *New position opened

    Closed Position(s):

    Core 20 Positions:

    GLW credit short put spread $11/$12 Mar. 15, 2013 ($0.23 credit, established on February 7, 2013) => Closed short put $12 at $0.07 on February 20, 2013. $0.16 profit (20.78% Return on Margin, 13 days, including non-trading days). $11 put position was sold for $0.04 on February 26, 2013, adding $0.04 to the total profit.

    Other Options Positions:


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