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.

A Fireside Chat - One Year Options and Thirty Day Options. Which is Better?

Some say to think small, not big. Trying to play Disney options is thinking big. It is a stock slighty out of favor. If we start with it's a three year chart, we will see it is down by about 50% over that period of time.
Now it's one year chart. If the stock can break 110 in early 2024 the sky is the limit. It does have a lot of moving parts so anything could happen.
Look at these Calls options one year out. One year in options buys a lot of time.They look reasonable. If the stock ever inched up to the $105.00 price level in the three or four months these options would jump up in price by about 50%. Even more if they had really good news.
Yet it's the "what-if" aspect of the equation that castes such a trade in doubt. "What if" stories just don't cut it. There are to many variables in play. Then again, why are we even thinking of long-term Call options after a December's rally? Let's switch gears. If consumers are out spending for X-mas why not think about going short on Costco (buying Puts) to catch the January blues? Yet then again with interest rates potentially going down and fresh money coming into the market why are we thinking of Puts? Look at this article.
Look also at how this stock is opening as of late. Why try and fight a strong stock? I have never witnessed a five day trading pattern like this.
Let's look at a thirty day chart.
So the question now is are 30 day Puts better than 90 day Calls? Not really. In option trading it's best to sit on the sidelines when you think the markets are going in the wrong direction. This week the markets are in a holiday mode but next week could be a different story.**** A next week look at the same situation. Costco is down a chunk. The Puts were where the action was at.
When a strong stock dips it sometimes goes right back up again. Short term dips in this stock historically have not lasted very long.


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