That Sucking Sound

Welcome to winter solstice.
Now the days start getting longer, whoopee!

Futures are a bit better across the board this morning. Q3
GDP came in
at -1.3% vs.
consensus -1.1%, and the Deflator came in at 2.3% vs.
consensus
2.1%. Both numbers are mildly bearish, but because they are
such
laggards, will likely be ignored. The University of Michigan Revised

Sentiment numbers and Personal Income/Spending
(9:00 CST) is likely to
have a
greater impact.

Today is a futures/options witching day. On options
expiration day,
stocks tend to
be “sucked” to the nearest strike price with the greatest

open interest. Now December is not a really
big month in terms of
options
open interest, but it is something to keep an eye on given the
thinness
of the market.

Looking at the
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s, there is an open interest of
280,296 contracts at
40.00, far
greater than any adjacent strike. Look for the QQQs to get
“sucked”
up to 40.00.

Technically Speaking:

*The COMP closed below its 200-day moving average, the
last of the major indices to give it up. The
50-day moving
average is 1851.9.

*The QQQs closed below the 50% retracement of the May to
September sell-off (39.42). The 50-day moving
average comes in at 38.00.
There is a
38.2% retracement of the Sept. 21 to Dec. 6
rally
at 37.11.

*The
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index closed a smidgen below its
50-day moving
average (507.72).
The 38.2% retracement of the Sept. 27 to
Dec.
6 rally is
496.21.

*In the S&P Cash, 1130.34 is a 50% retracement of the
May
to September sell-off, and
1119.50 is the 50-day moving average.

Updates:

Our December Positions:

Tomorrow is December options expiration, and we need to
recap our open
positions in the
December options:


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— Long the Dec. 60 puts and short 2 Dec. 55
puts for a $.30
debit.
Currently, BAC closed at 63.10, so it appears as though the entire

spread will expire worthless, and we will lose
$.30. There is no bid for
the
Dec. 60 puts, so we hold and hope to get lucky tomorrow.


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— Long the Dec. 20/25/30 call or put
butterfly at $1.75. Currently, DELL is closed at $ 27.58. That gives the
butterfly a value of
$2.42 today
at expiration. A butterfly reaches its point of maximum
profit
if the stock expires at the short strike. In this case, that
would
be the 25.00 strike. This means that holders of this butterfly are

SHORT DELL (until it reaches 25.00).

Therefore, if you are bearish on DELL, you might want to
hold this
spread. if you are
bullish, you might want to get out. If you have no
opinion,
you may want to scale out of the position.
Possible
Escape Hatch: If DELL rallies to 30.00, the spread will expire
worthless.
If you are worried about this scenario and need to make a
quick
move, you could look to buy the Dec. 27.5 calls (settled at ~
$.40)
to protect yourself.

Current Recommendations:

NONE

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.

Butterflies


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— Long the DELL Dec. 20/25/30 call butterfly
at 1.75. See
above.

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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*Options trading involves substantial risk
and is not suitable
for all investors. Also note that
spread strategies involve multiple
commissions and are
not risk-free. Most spreads must be done in a margin
account.

* Because of the importance of tax
considerations to all options
transactions, the
investor considering options should consult with a tax
advisor
as to how taxes may affect the outcome of contemplated options
transactions.

* Supporting documentation for claims,
comparisons,
recommendations, statistics or other
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upon request. One or
more of the contributors to these commentaries may
have
a position in one or more of the securities mentioned.
It
is important to note that the options strategies discussed herein are
not
suitable to all investors. Options are complex investment tools and
involve
substantial risk. Moreover spreading strategies do not eliminate
risk
and involve multiple commissions.

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