Europe Rallies, Boosts U.S. Futures
Even though the Ifo Institute’s index of western
German business confidence declined to an eight-month low, European stocks have
rallied as positive forecasts from several companies have boosted the indices.
Currently, the FTSE 100 is up 74.10 points, or 2.53%, the DAX is up 78.06 points,
or 2.72%, and the CAC 40 is up 90.53 points, or 3.30%.
Here in the US, DJI
futures are 92.0 better, S&P futures are up 10.00 points, and Nasdaq 100
futures are up 12.00 points. In Asia last night the Nikkei fell 156.23 points, or
1.68%, and the Hang Seng fell 72.77 points, or 0.79%. Interest rate futures are
lower this morning, the dollar is higher, crude futures are down about $0.25, and
gold futures are slightly lower.
It is critically important (for the bulls) that this rally hold today. They can
then begin working the “double bottom” story, and they might be able
to keep the market afloat into the quarter-end mark-up Monday. Shorts need to be
on their toes, as this is the perfect pump-up environment. On the other hand, if
today’s opening rally fails to hold, Thursday and Friday could be violently
Volatility was mostly unchanged yesterday. The options market is
beginning to accept the fact that the most likely direction is DOWN, and is
therefore no longer a surprise. Expect this to continue as investors withdraw
from the market place. The VIX rose .67 to 45.38, the VXN fell .45 to 59.85, and
the QQV rose .23 to 52.14.
Update:Â (09 /24/ 02)
- We sold the December 30 puts at $3.30, and the underlyer (C + 0432TAP.A +
.0887 TAP.B) at $29.37. This takes us out of our September/December 30 put
calendar spreads (long at $.975, 25%) at a price of $3.30 – ($30.00 -$29.37) =
- We sold the January 30 puts at $3.60, and the underlyer (C + 0432TAP.A +
.0887 TAP.B) at $29.37. This takes us out of our September/January 30 put
calendar spreads (long at $1.20, 25%) at a price of $3.60 – ($30.00 -$29.37) =
MMM (2) — Sold another 25% of the October 110/120 put spread at $5.00. Working
the balance at $6.00.
Working Orders (Old Recommendations):
Recap of open trades
Call Spread Positions
C — Long the January/September 30 put calendar spread at $1.20 (50%). Sold
half at $2.45 on 9/16/02. Sold remainder at $2.97, 9/24/02.
Sold 25% at $4.00 on 9/17/02, sold 25% at $4.00 and 25% at $5.00,
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