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What To Focus On - Part Two

My blog of November 27th was entitled "What to Focus On". Please read it. This week we are feeling a bit of a hangover. Last's weeks triple witching event is over. Stocks that were forced to contract in price to sqeeze out spectatate positions on them are now free to resume there old trading patterns. This Monday morning at 10:20 a.m. the Djia is up 301 points. There are also losers. So now what? Mark on your calendar exactly three months down the road how the markets traded on the first morning after one of these triple witching events and use this same logic to catch the upside on the next "hangeover" day like this. How do you pick the winners? Find a few stocks that have enjoyed a recent upswing and play them to pop on the first trading session after one of these events. This blog is just an observation.

"Looking at "Ford" Options And Trying To Illustrate How Volatile They Are"

Let's start with a definition of volatile. "Liable to change rapidly and unpredictably, especially for the worse". "Ford" is priced somewhere in the $13.00 range with with volatile "Put" and "Call" options offering excellent liquidity. Here now is a five day chart on "Ford" and here is the closing price of the 13.50 series of "Call" options. Let's see what happens tomorrow.
Bid .14 and ask .15. Buy one hundred contracts near the close today and see if you can get out tomorrow morning and make $500.00. Yet then again the chart is going sideways so what happens if the stock sells off on the opening tomorrow and your stuck with "out-of-the-money" Call options" with only four days life left in them? That wouldn't be fun to wake up to. The chart doesn't help us very much. The point is that looking for directional moves on stock early in the week is a difficult game to play. Here now is the next days action. What a drop in price.
Bid .07 Ask .08. Down half price on the opening. The "Puts" as shown in the following cart have doubled in price and more. Yet look at how small the volume is on the "Puts" compared to the volume on the "Calls". That's always the way it is. People tend to have a bias towards playing the upside.
With this type of downward momentum is it not now time to looking at the upside again? Here at 10:35 a.m. are are a look at the 13 series of "Calls" and a new five day chart. It's suprising what can happen in the market in just ninety minutes of trading time.
Would you ever want to play in this type of action? More trading news to follow. Here now is an end of day, five day chart and a look at how the 13 series of "Call" options ended up trading. Let's remember we were previously looking at the 13.5 "Calls" which have quickly become orphans. So many players are in the 13.5 "Calls". What caused today's decline? All I could find was some chatter about "Ford's" output being off ten percent or so last year. Why is that news now relevant?
Wednesday March 17th after the close and a look at the 13 series of "Calls". Look at their interday low.
Now a Thursday after the market closed recap. "Ford" closed the day at 12.50. The early morning upward movement did allow an opportunity for yesterday's "Call" option trader's to bail out at nice profits but you had to be nimble. Look at how they spiked to the upside!
Here is where it starts to get really interesting. Look at where the 12.5 "Calls" are with one days trading life left in them. Notice how the open interest in these "Calls" shrunk considerably. It's dangerous holding onto options going into their last day of trading life. Here is what happened. Friday turned out to be an up day. At 12:30 p.m. with only a few hours of trading life left Ford was way up in price. The .08 cent options went up to over .40 cents.
What a ride for a lucky few. To read my most recent blogs scroll up and hit the back button. The blogs directly below are older posts.

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