Live: Friday, Oct. 19, 2018

3:20 p.m. New York time

I’m wrapping up trading for the week. On Saturday, look for The Week Ahead, a discussion of next week’s economics reporting.

11:20 a.m. New York time

I’ve passed on HAL after preparing an analysis.

10:10 a.m. New York time

As the week winds down, so does the pace of earnings announcements. I have one potential earnings play on my desk, HAL, and shall analyze it this morning.

Today’s Book

The Laws of Human Nature

by Robert Greene

Robert Greene’s new book delves deeply into the subject of our emotions as an essential tool for our social species, where relating to others — empathy — can mean the difference between life and death. Knowing why we have emotions, knowing how and when to control them and understanding the motivations and emotions of others, these are the goals discussed by Greene, along with tactics for mastering this complex core of the human experience.

As one of my early trading mentors one told me, emotion is the enemy of success. “Whether you make money or lose isn’t how you judge a trade”, he continued. “If you followed your rules, then the trade was a success.” Greene’s book provides a map toward the destination of mastering that enemy.

More about the book

My present options holdings:

sym option debit share price curr % max profit net prft/shr $ option days left
C 2.83 69.24 18.0 0.62 28
EWZ 1.01 39.25 (17.4) (0.15) 28
HON 5.99 155.65 5.5 0.35 28
IBM 9.10 131.55 (34.0) (2.31) 28
JNJ 5.93 139.20 (5.9) (0.33) 28
PM 3.73 88.69 (8.7) (0.30) 28
SPY 4.22 279.15 3.2 0.14 28
STZ 9.80 224.56 (16.7) (1.40) 28
WBA 3.99 77.48 (12.1) (0.43) 28

And shares holdings:

sym share price net result % net profit $ days held
AAPL 220.65 -1.5% (3.31) 35
CHK 4.85 21.3% 0.85 35
FXI 39.78 -3.5% (1.43) 35
SPXU 36.01 -11.2% (4.55) 157
TSLA 266.01 -12.8% (38.98) 18
VNQI 54.07 -4.8% (2.74) 36

By Tim Bovee, Portland, Oregon, Oct. 19, 2018

Tim Bovee, Private Trader tracks the analysis and trades of a private trader for his own accounts. Nothing in this blog constitutes a recommendation to buy or sell stocks, options or any other financial instrument. The only purpose of this blog is to provide education and entertainment.

No trader is ever 100 percent successful in his or her trades. Trading in the stock and option markets is risky and uncertain. Each trader must make trading decisions for his or her own account, and take responsibility for the consequences.


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