For those of you that follow my Fab 5 basket of stocks, this is a position that I have on to once again give it a shot at the $100 Roll (entry on July 12). You also know that I am a big fan of using Option Collars on these positions (when feasible) and find myself in a position with this trade where the collar will be VERY important in protecting the overall trade.
Here is a summary:
- Long the stock on July 12 at $93.20
- Sold the stock today at $90.50 before it hits the trail stop (would have hit it)
- Sold the August 100 Call at $1.85
- Bought the August 95/90 Put Spread for $1.40
Today I had adjusted the trail stop on the long stock position to $90.20 with the thought that it may be able to hold the $90 level. This also sets the loss on the stock to $3. I sold early for a loss of $2.70.
Why did I sell early? One of the indicators that I use intraday is Accumulation/Distribution and it was showing no signs of buyer interest. I sold the position before it hit the stop as I felt it would test the $90 level easily (and it has).
I have now began the process of planning my exit of the August option collar component. My current thinking is this:
- I will monitor the short August 100 Call position closely with a stop at $.80
- I am monitoring the value of the August 95 Put – currently at $6.50
- The August 90 Put strike sits as the current price level so I am looking for a hold – would be ideal for me.
With the loss of $2.70 on the stock plus the $.45 credit collected on the collar I have a net loss of $2.25 to work towards covering.
I think it is very possible to be made whole in this trade and this just shows a great example of just how valuable a Collar can be – is there when you really need it.