Entries by Dan Sheridan

Live Iron Condor in BABA

Currently trading at $187, the stock has been in a range between roughly 170 and 200 since Mid August, about 6 months. I put on an Iron Condor today. Sell 1  Apr 6  207.5 Call,  Buy 1  Apr 6  212.5 Call, Sell 1  Apr 6  167.5 Put, Buy 1  Apr 6  162.5 Put,  Total Credit  $85. Margin or risk for 1 contract is $415. The expiration of April 6 is 31 days from today. Looking to buy in the spread around .30  Debit.  The profit target would be $55 on capital of $415 for 1 contract, or a yield of 13%. If Baba goes against me price wise, I will close out the Iron Condor if the spread price that I sold for .85 credit, trades over $2. Dan Sheridan dan@sheridanmentoring.com

Live Iron Condor Trade

18 Day SPX Iron Condor Live Trade put on around 11:30 am central today when SPX was about 2715.  S 1  Mar 23  2805 C,  B 1  Mar 23  2815 C, S 1  Mar 23  2575 P,  B 1  Mar 23  2565 P, $1.70 Credit, Margin $830. Delta of short put and call at trade entry was  12 and 13. Plan is to make 7-8% of $830 and not to lose more than 10% of $830. As of 2:43 central today, SPX has run up to 2727, up 36 for the day. The spread is trading at around $2 right now, we are down 30 divided by 830 or 3.6% now. Would look for possible adjustment when short call delta hits around 19, right now it’s at 16, with SPX at 2726. I might roll up my short calls 5 points  at an adjustment point as a possible adjustment. Dan Sheridan dan@sheridanmentoring.com

Update to Monday Blog on High Octane Butterfly

Closed High Octane Butterfly from Monday near the close yesterday for a credit of 1.50 Credit. The loss was very small, $5. I originally bought the Butterfly Monday for 1.55 debit. The original Butterfly was B 1 Feb 28 2755 C, S 2 Feb 28 2765 C, B 1 Feb 28 2775 C, $1.55 Debit. Why did I take it off yesterday? Yesterday, SPX traded up to 2789, over 20 points away from our short strike of 2765, not good with a 2 Day Butterfly! When the market backed off strong yesterday towards the close, I had the opportunity to take it for almost Breakeven and did so. Why did I wait till yesterday to get out when my plan on the Blog Monday was not to stay in the trade Monday for over 2 hours? Because I only put 1 contract on, $155, I got sloppy and didn’t follow my strict risk management and stayed in longer than I wanted to , looking for a profit. I got lucky yesterday when SPX backed off but always want to follow my plan! Dan Sheridan dan@sheridanmentoring.com

High Octane Live Butterfly

At 11 am central today with SPX at 2765, I bought 1  Feb 28  2755 C, S 2  Feb 28  2765 C,  B 1  Feb 28  2775 C, for $1.55 Debit ( Margin/Risk  =  $155 for every 1 contract). Game Plan is to sell it for $1.85 Debit or 20% profit. I will only stay in this trade till 1 central time today or if SPX hits 2755 or 2775, whichever comes first, at that point , will exit trade.   Dan Sheridan dan@sheridanmentoring.com

Blog Update from Monday’s Live SPX Iron Condor

During a Webinar for Ally Invest Monday, I did an SPX Iron Condor for $1.70 Credit. Details on the trade are in Monday’s Blog titled “Live Iron Condor Trade”. Today I took the trade off for a debit of $1.25. The net profit was $45 for every 1 Iron Condor or a yield of 5.4% in 2 days. With the market relatively stable in the morning today and the VIX dropping almost 4 ½  points  , I got the opportunity to take it off for good profit today. Dan Sheridan dan@sheridanmentoring.com

Live Iron Condor Trade

With SPX at $2659  +40 Points, I did an Iron Condor in the Mar 29 Expiration, 45 Days out. Sell 1  2830 Call,  Buy 1  2840 Call,  Sell 1  2370 Put,  Buy  1 2360 Put. Total Credit $1.70, Maximum Risk and Capital allocated is $830. (Trade was discussed earlier today in a webinar with Ally Invest) 4 Step Risk Management Plan #1  Set Up:  Picked Short Strikes by Selling a 12 Delta in the Calls and Puts. Expiration is 45 Days out from Today. #2  Profit Target and Max Loss. Looking to make 8% on Capital or risk of $830,  that would be about $65 per every 1 Iron Condor. I would have an order in to buy back the spread at  $1.05 Debit. If the market goes against me, don’t want to lose more than 15% of the $830 Capital or about $125. So if the spread expanded to $2.95 from the initial $1.70 credit, would get out. Why am I willing to lose 2X what I am hoping to make? I don’t want to lose more than I make, but to give the probabilities time to work, I have to give myself more room before I adjust. Steps 3 […]

High Octane Butterfly Trade

I put on the below trade earlier today in a webinar with AllyInvest. Trade:  High Octane Butterfly trade Buy 1 SPX Nov 29  2590 C,  S 2  Nov 29  2600  C,  B 1  Nov 29  2610 C,  $3.15 Debit Risk Management: I would sell out the Butterfly for $3.50 or higher, about 10% yield on every 1-2-1 Butterfly. If the Debit goes under $2.80, would get out. Would get out of trade by 10 am central tomorrow at the latest. Dan Sheridan  dan@sheridanmentoring.com

Live Broken Wing Butterfly Trade

I put on this trade today around 1:20 pm central time in Sheridan TV. I bought 1   2560 C , S 2  2590 C,   B 1  2615 C,  for an  $11.90 Debit. SPX is trading at $2589 and I am trading the Dec 1 Expiration, 15 Days out. 4 Step Risk Management Plan Step #1     Set Up:  Sold ATM Call 2 times, Bought the ITM call, 30 points lower than the ATM call, and also Bought 1 call 25 points higher than the short call. My beginning position Greeks are about short 4.34 Deltas for every 1-2-1 Butterfly. Shorter than I normally do , but with the market so high already today , I decided to be a little shorter when starting. This just means I would adjust quicker on the upside than the downside. Step 2     Profit Target and Max Loss-  8-10 % profit and 10-12% Max Loss on Capital in this example of around $1190, my debit. Would have order in to sell Fly for $12.80 or $12.85 for profit. If the Spread value went under 10.70, would get out Step 3-  When to Adjust?  Downside: 2570.  Upside:  2600 Step 4-  How […]

SOM TV Live Trade Today

With SPX  at  $2588, I put on an SPX Double Calendar. Here is the 4 Step Risk Management Plan Step 1: Set Up:  B 1  Dec 8  2600 C, B 1  Dec 8 2560 P,  S 1  Nov 24  2600 C, S 1  Nov 24  2560 P,  $15.20 Debit. Short Strikes  17 Days from Expiration and Long Strikes 31 Days from Expiration. Started my Call Calendar up about 12 points from the current price. Put Calendar was 30 points below the current price. Profit Target Step 2:  Profit target and Max Loss: Profit Target 8%, would sell out Double Calendar for $16.40 Credit. If the Debit of the spread goes under $13.80, would sell out Double Calendar for about a 10% loss at $13.80 or $13.70 Credit. Step 3:  When to Adjust?  Upside, around the short strike of the calls. Downside?  Would look for a possible adjustment the first 2 days of this trade, about 10 points from the short put strike. Step 4:  How to Adjust?  Upside? Take off the Put Calendar  Downside?  Take off the Call calendar