Date: April 11, 2013
Daily Market Statistics
S&P 500 5-Day Daily Chart
Source: Google Finance
Options Market Recap
The market sentiment was neutral with Fear & Greed Index at 64, which had increased from the previous day closing of 62. As reported by CBOE, the total put/call ratio was 0.87 for the day. The index put/call ratio was 0.81, and the equity put/call ratio was 0.62. The CBOE volatility index (VIX) put/call ratio was 0.34. 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.
Source: Schaeffer's Research
Stocks with Unusual Volume
Below is the top 10 list obtained from AVAFIN.com for options alert with the following screening criteria:
- Unusual Volume
- 300% spike in volume
- In all sectors and all industries
Market Volatility and Analysis
For Option Equity Put/Call Ratio, the MACD (12, 26, 9) continues to be bullish. RSI (14) is increasing but still indicating a slightly bearish lean. RSI (14) closed at 48.52 (previous closing of 46.74). MACD Histogram is currently at 0.005. The market is expected to decline if both MACD and RSI are bullish. Watch out for "Sell in May and Go Away" effect.
SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust (NYSEARCA:SPY)
SPY opened nearly flat and closed higher at $159.22 (+0.31%). The volume was 25.78M. On weekly basis, the MACD (12, 2, 9) is showing a bullish trend and the MACD Histogram increased in the last trading day and closed at 0.583. SPY is currently trading above its 200-day MA of $120.37 and its 50-day MA of $141.66. RSI (14) increased and closed at 75.21. The next resistance is $161.10 (R2).
Optionity Core-20 Options Portfolio (Credit Put Strategy)
- Large Cap with low beta
- Consistent, strong earnings
- Dividend distribution
- High liquidity, large volume
- 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 Optionity.com.
Transaction details will be updated whenever new position is opened or the existing position is closed/expired/adjusted.
Core-20 Stocks Update
Source: Seeking Alpha
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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.
ORCL credit short put spread $29/$31 May 17, 2013 ($0.32 credit, established on March 21, 2013) => Closed position on April 11, 2013. $0.23 profit (13.69% Return on Margin, 21 days, including non-trading days).
Other Options Positions:
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