How Low Can It Go?
Stocks are poised to open slightly higher on
Merrill Lynch’s view that the economic upturn will cause a rise in corporate
profits. However, this is pre-announcement season and tech investors may be a
Asian markets were mixed as Japan fell to a three-week low, Taiwan closed +1.3%,
and Korea suffered its biggest drop in six weeks. Europe was slightly higher,
with the DAX +.76 % and the FTSE +.56%.
At 9:00 a.m. CST, Existing Home Sales is due out, -540,000 is expected (5.5
million units). Last month’s figure was 6.04 million units.
At 10:30 a.m. CST Federal Reserve member Hoening speaks at the University of
The VIX is now probing the lows of August of
2000, settling at 19.62, down .36 on the day. The VXN actually settled up
.59 at 37.56, and the QQV settled .22 lower at 31.65. How low
can it go?
I REPEAT: Although volatility may be undergoing a structural
change, we still consider volatility levels this low to be a red flag and a
cause for concern! If you are exposed to the market and are concerned,
puts could not be any cheaper, make use of them!
Trade Updates (3/22/02)
PowerRating) — Investors long the July 50
calls at $3.30 (50%) may sell the July 60 calls against their positions at
$1.00. This will roll us into the July 50/60 call spread at $2.30.
PowerRating) — Investors long the April
22.5/25 reverse collar (long the April 25 calls, short the April 22.5 puts) at a
$1.15 credit (75%) may want to consider the following roll: Buy the Disney
April 22.5 put/April 27.5 collar (buy the April 22.5 puts, sell the April 27.5
calls) for zero. This will "roll" you into the DIS April 25/27.5 bull
call spread at a $1.15 credit.
Recap of open trades
HAL — Long the July 17.5 buy-write at $14.50
Call Spread Positions
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