Deere On Earnings

Here is a look at Deere towards the end of the afternoon after an earnings report. It got beat up pretty bad. What we are now looking at is a printout of one option series which will be expiring the next day were trading towards the end of the trading session. Would now be a good time to buy into these 395 Calls and try to play tomorrow's upside? Lets look at how these options traded the next day. Can you see they hit a high of $4.65 sometime during the following day? I did two very small trades on the Friday morning bounce back. I just wanted to cover my commissions a make a touch. Remember Deere options are extremely difficult to play and with only hours to go before they expire its not bad to take a profit whenever you see one. .................. My times in were 10:14 to 10:31 a.m. and 10:59 to 11.09 a.m. I missed the elusive high of $4.65 which happened after I got out. Part Two. Going forward. Let's look at Deere's five day chart and look at how the 400 series o

Towards Understanding the Bids and Asks and a Look at Friday Morning Reversals on An Option That Expired That Day.

Trying to get a fill can sometimes be an exacerbating experience. On Thursday of last week I wanted out of a Caterpillar 175 Call and had to cancell and wait and resubmite my ticket three times. Why? Whenever my sell ticket would pop up halfway between the bid and ask they would bump down their bid. Cancel my ticket and the bid would move up again. Now take a look a this quote. This time it's of Caterpillar last Friday thirty nine minutes into the trading session.The stock was clearly dropping.
At 10:09 a.m. Caterpillar was going down in price after a slight morning uptick. Look at how wide apart the "Bid" and "Ask" where on the Caterpillar 180 Puts. If you want to buy in and place an order of lets say $1.40 what do you think will happen? Watch the bid jump to $1.40 and the ask to $1.65. If you let it sit for a couple of minutes and nothing happens you might decide to cancell your order. What typically then happens is that the bid and ask will drop down again, perhaps to bid $1.20 ask $1.49. It then becomes a bit of a game of cat and mouse. The net effect is that the house wins. Why? Well these are Puts and if the stock starts to drop in price then you are shut out of the action. By keeping you out of the action your not catching a strong directional move. Now look at what happened. In this instance, these Puts in the $151 range ended up trading as high as $239.
Here now is it's one day chart.
Lets now go from the 10:09 a.m. printout to the 4:00 p.m. printout.
Once again. the high on these Puta was $2.39 which doesn't leave much profit if you bought in at $1.51 range on small quantities. The name of the game would be to buy in during the first five minutes or so of trading before it's reversal downwards actually started to happen. These options traded down to a low of $.43. You can see all of this better if you look at it's five day chart as shown below.
It closed Thursday at 183.14 and jumped slightly in the first few minutes of trading to 184.33. That's when you would have had to jump into the Puts for like $.50 a contract to triple your money in the first hour of trading. Yet then again, that's what last day option trading is all about. Who would be brave enough to be purchasing the 180 Puts that expire that same day on a stock heading up to the $184.00 price range? Some people would, knowing that Caterpillar had dropped on the previous opening to under $175. Friday mornings are the best time of the week to catch this type of action. You have to be glued to your seat if you want to attempt this type of trading.


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