Live: Wednesday, February 5, 2020

3:20 p.m. New York time

I’ve entered a short iron condor position on XLK. And that’s a wrap for the day. I still have some funds so I’ll poke around tomorrow and see what I can find.

3:05 p.m. New York time

I passed on XLP because I couldn’t construct a position that would give me enough return to be worthwhile. I analyzed XLE and placed a trade, but I haven’t gotten a fill and lowering the ask would reduce my profit more than I’m willing to do. So I shall let it sit and either be filled at my price or expire unfilled. It’s up to the market.

2:55 p.m. New York time

XLI short iron condor filled.

2:35 p.m. New York time

XBI short iron condor filled.

2:30 p.m. New York time

XLV short iron condor filled.

2:11 p.m. New York time

QQQ short iron condor filled and the analysis has been posted.

2:10 p.m. New York time

OK. I have orders in for short iron condors expiring March 20 on these symbols: XLE, XLB, XLV, XLP, XLI, XBI and QQQ. It’s the first time in a long time that I’ve seen the Qs with enough volatility to support one of my options plays.

No fills on any of them, so I shall spend the rest of the session seeing if I can rectify that.

12:30 p.m. New York time

Yesterday was entry day for my short iron condor options positions expiring March 20. However, I still have four live February 21 positions, so I had to wait a day for funds to clear into TastyWorks, the brokerage I mainly use for options trading. Low cost, great interface.

So I shall be jumping into the March positions today. Happily, compared to prior months, implied volatility is up, and I have a rich number of ETFs to choose from. Onward.

10:20 a.m. New York time

In my short iron condor options positions, EEM returned to profitability today. However, it’s still not a low enough debit to cover my costs, so I shall take no action today.

In stocks, I entered one new position in today’s focus portfolio, Growth, and moved one one position, from Robotics, to the Bench

Stock Trades

  • Growth Portfolio
    • Entry
      • SNX, for a $142.43 debit.
  • Robotics Portfolio
    • Benched
      • SNPS, which ceased to qualify for the portfolio because the Zacks rank dropped from 2 (buy) to 3 (hold). It qualifies for the Bench, however, because at least one of the strategy scores is A, B or C. In this case, the Momentum score is A. SNPS at entry was trading at $149.13/share and was benched with the price at $155.81. Under my rules, if the rank moves below 3 or all of the strategy scores are worse than C, the SNPS will lose its spot on the Bench and be sold.

By Tim Bovee, Portland, Oregon, February 5, 2020


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