Live: Friday, Oct. 26, 2018

3:30 p.m. New York time

SPY has began its 2nd wave rise, as the Elliott wave count suggested it. I count it as an A wave within the 2nd wave. The best tactic would be to enter my bear position during the C wave. I shall be keeping a close on eye on it.

I shall post my weekly discussion of economic reporting, “The Week Ahead”, on Saturday.

11:25 a.m. New York time

Using Elliott wave analysis, by my count SPY continues to work its way down the final wave within the 1st wave of Minute degree {+1}. Once that is complete, then I would expect a 2nd wave to the upside, most like in the form of a Zig-Zag, to be followed by a sharp decline, a 3rd wave, to the downside.

I plan to enter SPY at some point in the 2nd wave.

The SPY chart covers 30 days with 30-minute bars.


9:50 a.m. New York time

I have two potential earnings plays in my pool this morning, and both have market capitalizations that are a bit lower than I like. I prefer to trade market caps of $100 million and greater, although I will sometimes go below that minimum in order to, for example, add a sector that I don’t yet have in my mix.

The two are CL and GT, each with implied volatility ranks in the 2nd percentile (61-80).

Also this morning, I shall take a look at the Elliott wave analysis of SPY to determine whether to re-enter my bear position.

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Here’s where my options positions stand this morning.

sym option debit share price curr % max profit net prft/shr $ option days left
C 4.03 4.24 (16.8) (0.58) 21
EWZ 1.04 39.48 (20.9) (0.18) 21
GILD 5.75 67.82 7.0 0.43 56
HON 6.80 147.21 (7.3) (0.46) 21
IBM 9.83 125.60 (44.8) (3.04) 21
JNJ 5.88 138.11 (5.0) (0.28) 21
MCD 7.24 174.05 (16.8) (1.04) 21
MSFT 8.04 107.47 6.5 0.56 56
PM 4.39 89.85 (28.0) (0.96) 21
STZ 6.45 209.58 23.2 1.95 21
UPS 9.05 106.34 (10.4) (0.85) 56
WBA 3.54 75.31 0.6 0.02 21

And my shares positions.

sym share price net result % net profit $ days held
AAPL 217.48 -2.9% (6.48) 42
CHK 3.78 -5.5% (0.22) 42
FXI 39.06 -5.2% (2.15) 42
SPXU 41.14 1.4% 0.58 164
TSLA 317.86 4.2% 12.87 25
VNQI 52.79 -7.1% (4.02) 43

By Tim Bovee, Portland, Oregon, Oct. 26, 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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