Redeemed myself today – VERY risky Apple (AAPL) trade +248% – Back in the game!


Okay, so yesterday with $4500 in my account I took a BIG bet on Apple’s stock that since it was swimming around $630 and not dropping that it would move higher. It did move higher into the close so I double upped big time on AAPL OCT 670 CALLS @ $.23.  Now, I bought 1 contract of AAPL OCT 670 CALL @ $2.71 only a few days earlier. I think only 2 days earlier. So $3 to $.18 cents isn’t that promising to just JUMP into, but I felt the bear gunslingers in this trade were getting tired and the bulls were regaining energy. I mean, how much positive news does it take to make Apple move again??? All good news and the stock was just constipated sitting on its ass. Once that poop went through it would run again. Well, I was in luck today because although there were always rumors finally luck came my way with an actual fact that Apple was going to show a product in the next week. Apple went from +$5 to +$13 making the out of the money calls suddenly more volatile and quickly change from snails to rabbits immediately as the market maker saw the opportunity to make money. Believe it or not this happened in less than 45 minutes. My option doubled and I couldn’t even be sold out of my GTC because I had an ALL OR NONE on my price of $.50 with the current bid/ask of $.67-.70. In a helpful way that ended me gaining another +$3000 profit as I cancelled it and did a limit price opening it up to partial fills taking around 1-2 minutes of complete thrill as I saw it being filled up at $.80 instead of $.50 (+248%). I wanted AAPL to reach $650. This was my target to sell out but I was able to sell out quickly around $647-648 with my option target above what I wanted. I didn’t wait. I wanted to be out of this trade BADLY. I like big fat tech stocks but not in near death $0 expiring options.  I know what happens at the end of expiration when you wait – and HOPE – nadda – zero – sorrows – and lack of discipline that only leaves you unable to stay in the game. I told myself if Apple didn’t do shit today I would sell out at a bigger loss if it ended at $.10 to $.18. However, today I really got lucky and the support on technical charts which I saw a crater forming over the 5-10 day chart make Apple finally pop – however Apple could have just continued to fall – so I WAS lucky on this one even though Apple really was constipated in price. I would have stayed in the trade if my options weren’t near death because it’s a high probability chance that AAPL now will move even higher tomorrow with a big white candle with a kicker bullish chart setup. I’m happy with the cash I got and I’m on to a less risky in-the-money intraday trade. I’m better at trading intraday – smaller profit – less stress – no worries what the price will be the next day.

My currently account status

August 15th, 2012 – began trading again and started with $2000

October 15th, 2012 – into my tenth trade with an ending balance of $12,500 (up 525% – 60 days)

In my my 12 month plan I would be in month 4 so I am 2 months ahead. See post here how to make a million in 12 months trading options IF you are the BEST if you suck you’ll loose your ass.

The baby boomer rumor, have you heard it? + todays review

I’ve read three economic books so far all printed in different years from 1997 to present and they all have their own version of what will happen when the baby boomer wave hitting the age of 65 will start around 2008. All books agree it could cause major turmoil in our healthcare system, social security, economy, and most of all for us traders the stock market reaction. Basically in a nutshell we have to pay for all these elders, or at least the ones that want to stop working, unlike my parents in their 70’s still working just normal jobs. My parents are basically living proof if you don’t save you are basically going to work until you die, unless of course I can change things which I am trying to do. Don’t get me wrong my parents have retirement income and tiny social security payments but I want to earn enough to set them free finally, even if they want to keep working.

2 good books on this subject are Boomernomics and Alan Greenspan’s “the age of turbulence”.

“the worst that can happen” thinkers

Here is a quote from an article I read today that supports what Alan Greenspan said in his book just 2 years prior:

“the boomers’ retirement could cause stock prices to fall 40% to 50%”

“Even if boomers want to sell, Dr. Siegel argues, there will be plenty of younger and newly wealthy people in China, India and other emergent countries who will be ready to buy all the securities that the boomers want to dump.”

“The Congressional Budget Office projects that Social Security spending, absent changes, will grow from about 4% to 6% of the U.S. economy in the next 25 years, while Medicare and Medicaid will grow from 4% to 8%. By 2050, programs for the elderly are likely to eat up as big a share of the economy as the entire government does today — forcing working Americans to face a possible 50% increase in their taxes.”

“David Walker, the U.S. comptroller general, thinks failure to come to grips with that fundamental fiscal problem could hold the seeds of the U.S.’s demise. “The Roman Republic fell for many reasons,” he has said, “but three reasons are worth remembering: declining moral and political civility at home, an overconfident and overextended military in foreign lands, and fiscal irresponsibility by the central government.”” – Alan Murray, WSJ

More recession thoughts:

“Kasriel said that if banks have to report more losses due to bad bets on subprime mortgages, they will be unwilling, or unable, to make large loans to businesses and consumers.”

“So even if the Fed keeps cutting interest rates, the impact of the cuts may be “less potent” than rate cuts in previous recessions since consumers and businesses may not be able to borrow enough to keep spending. That could make this recession more like the one in 1991-92 than the relatively short and mild recession of 2001.”

“Historically, and not surprisingly, recessions accompanied by declines in consumer spending tend to be more severe. And people are going to be constrained from spending by the declines in housing,” Kasriel said. – Chris Isidore, CNN Money

“the upside” thinkers

Quote from an article about rate cuts that backs the statement about financial stocks rebounding first – think about it. If homes are bought again and mortgages are taken out, at 52 week lows, hitting 200DMA lines, with low PEGs and low PE’s these should be first to rise:

“Rate cuts are designed to stimulate borrowing and, in turn, business activity and the overall economy. They also will eventually boost profit margins for banks and other lenders, which have been working to lower costs and raise cash levels through layoffs and stock sales after having lost billions of dollars to bad mortgages and mortgage-related investments. Those companies — including Citigroup Inc., Washington Mutual Inc. and Merrill Lynch — were the big winners Wednesday.”

“What has happened is the Fed is flooding the system with liquidity and eventually we should see some traction in the economy. And stocks tend to respond first,” said Steve Goldman, chief market strategist at Weeden & Co.” – Madlen Read, AP Business Writer

So this brings me to the fact that home prices from my research looking and interested in buying in many different states prices have already fallen a good 15-20% which backs up the current economist. We also continue to see major layoffs and “restructuring” financial statements in big companies. We also know from lower earnings and screaming “slower growth economy” fears that companies Price to Earnings (PE) growth will be lowered which will lower stock prices. Even though financial stocks have major downtrend lines, lots of debt and bad loans, it does seem since they are down the most and have already took on the pain they would be most likely to move up first. You can’t pound a stone into the ground. Currently financial stocks have been flat on the ground dead and with the rate cuts they gained around 5-15% in the past week. Will this break a major downtrend? Time will only tell us and then make our own decision to buy or wait…

Todays big swing I think at least for the short term will make stocks rally. But if you watch big stocks BIDU and GOOG they dropped! Really tells a lot about the market including RIMM and buddy AAPL. These big tech stocks didn’t go with the flow and they are actual profit machines.

Quotes cited from:
Associated Press
Wall Street Journal
CNN Money