Will It Fail Again?
The futures are firm at this hour, bolstered by
Personal Income (+.4% vs. +.1% expected) and Personal Spending (+.4% vs. +.2%
expected). The semiconductor sector has been hanging on by a thread, so it is
PowerRating) turn to act as cheerleader this morning, stating that the
“December quarter was the bottom,” raising estimates for Q1 2002, and
saying that it expects a return to profitability in the second quarter. This
should give the semis a pop (put buying opportunity?). it will be interesting to
see if it holds.
Overseas, stocks were mixed, with London’s FTSE
100 gaining 0.3% to 5114 and Germany’s Xetra DAX up 0.3% at 5052. Japan’s Nikkei
225 climbed 2.1% to 10,812, while Hong Kong’s Hang Seng fell 0.6% to close at
The market starts the day in poor technical shape
after successive days of reversal. The
PowerRating)s are within spitting distance
of their lows. Holders of QQQ puts should take profits there and look to reset
Yesterday the VIX ended the day up .04 at 23.13,
the VXN was up .43 at 46.19, and the QQV was up .65 at 39.22. Volatility is STILL
way too cheap! If you want to play the markets, regardless of direction, long
options are the only way to go.
Trade Updates (yesterday)
PowerRating) — Once again we were able to snap up some QQQ
April 35 puts at $2.05. When the QQQs hit our first resistance level, we took
partial profits at $2.50 this afternoon. (We kept some also.) We will continue to
engage in this as long as the market lets us get away with it!
We remain scale-up buyers of April puts in the
QQQ. After today’s hideous performance by the QQQs, we will be ready to step in
at the following levels:
- 34.26 — Market profile rotation level.
- 34.50 — Market profile rotation level.
- 34.97 — Market profile rotation level.
- 35.22 — 50% retracement level of the September to December rally.
- 35.64 — Gap from Feb. 15.
Disney (DIS) — 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:Â 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.
Schlumberger (SLB) — Investors long the SLB May 55/60 call spread at $1.50 may
purchase the May 60/65 call spread at $1.30 to roll into the May 55/65 call
spread at a cost of $2.80.
Recap of open trades
DIS — April 25/22.5 reverse collar (long the
April 25 calls, short the April 22.5 puts) at a $1.15 credit (75%).
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