Rock And Roll

I think we need to start celebrating
Boxing Day here as well…

We are looking more or less unchanged ahead of what will
undoubtedly be
another very
quiet trading day. Most of the European markets are closed,
and
there is little, if any, news expected.

Some reports have surfaced that bin Laden died of
“natural causes”
earlier
this month and was buried in the Tora Bora area. Since this
news
can’t be confirmed or denied, I wouldn’t expect it to have an
impact.

Holiday sales reports should start to drift in and could
cause some rock
and roll in the
retail sector, which has been incredibly strong of late.

Already, Yahoo!
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is out saying that sales
volume was up 86% vs. last
year.
This has already boosted Yahoo! shares by more than $1.00 in
pre-market
trading. Naturally, the other e-tailers should go along for
the
ride —
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,
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+/~$1.00 also.

Once again, focus on the
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index. It needs
to get off of its butt soon
or
it will be in trouble technically.

Updates:

Cold weather pouring into the country may boost Nat
gas/Producer stocks.

We will take another look at our Dynegy
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ratio
spreads at lunchtime.

Current Recommendations:

Continue Gamma scalping the
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straddle.

Rolls/Adjustments:

None

Recap of open trades:

Long-term

Airline calendar spreads


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Jan./Oct. 25 call calendar @ .75 — Oct.’s went
out worthless,
holding the Jan.
25 calls.


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Jan./Oct. 25 call calendar @ .70 — Oct.’s went
out worthless,
holding Jan. 25
calls, looking like rip-ups.

Reverse Collars


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Jan. 12/15 reverse collar (long the Jan. 15
calls, short the
Jan. 12.5 puts)
@ .05 average. Stop below.


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March 17.5/15 reverse collar (long the March
17.5 calls, short
the March 15
puts) @ 1.50 credit average.

Buy-writes

*
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Jan. ’03 10 buy-write @ 5.15 (2 units) —
hold.

*
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Jan. 12.5 buy-write @ 9.60 — hold.

Proxy buy-writes


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Jan. ’03 35/Jan. ’02 40 call calendar @ 5.00 —
hold.

BA Jan. ’03 40/Nov. ‘ 01 40 call calendar @ 3.00 — hold.

Complex Strategies


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— Long 1 unit of the Jan. 10 calls and short
2 units of the
Jan. 7.5 puts @
$1.00 credit.


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— Long the Jan. 60 straddle at $6.50, (50%)
— hold.

Short-term

Call Positions


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Jan. 12.5 calls @ 2.40 — hold. Stop below.

Put Positions


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— Long the Jan. 35 puts @ 1.15 (100%) — hold.


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— Long the Jan. 55 puts @ 2.35 (50%) — hold.

Put Spread Positions


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— Long the Dec. 55/60 1:2 ratio put spread at
.30 — hold.


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— Long the March 55/65 put spread @ 2.125
(100%) — hold.


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— Long the Jan. 60/70 put spread @ 3.00 (50%)
— hold.

STOPS


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: Stop @ 12.25 close only.


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: Stop @ 13.95 close only.


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: Stop @ 11.95 close only.



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