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August 30, 2022
Sell HALF of your SPY March 420 Puts.

The market puked on the close yesterday and is down again this morning. That means it’s time to exit our QQQ December 285 calls as I’ve given this market enough rope, and it’s time to move on. However, at the same time, we are also going to sell HALF of our SPY March 420 puts for a quick profit.

To execute this trade you need to:
Sell to Close HALF of your SPY March 420 Puts

Please note, if you are bullish on the market, you can hold a couple QQQ calls, just in case this is one last shakeout.

If you are bearish or need a hedge, you can choose to hold your full SPY put position.

However, I am fully exiting our QQQ Calls and keeping half of our SPY puts.

August 11, 2022
Roll Position: Sell your SPY September 455 Puts, and Buy the SPY March 420 Puts (exp. 3/2023).

Today we are going to exit the final piece of our SPY September 455 puts that worked very well. However, because we have a very bullish portfolio, we are going to immediately roll into a buy of the March 420 Puts so that we have a hedge in the portfolio.

To execute this trade you need to:
Sell to Close the SPY September 455 Puts

Then

Buy to Open the SPY March 420 Puts

As is always the case when we buy puts against a bullish portfolio, we hope these puts lose value and the balance of the portfolio continues to trade higher.

Two more points …

This new hedge will allow me to add even more bullish exposure to the portfolio should the market continue to strengthen.

If you do not own the September puts, I have no issue with you buying the March puts.

May 11, 2022
Sell a Third of Your SPY September 455 Puts

The market has stabilized (MAYBE) in the last two days, and I’m slightly encouraged that for now the indexes didn’t fall apart after a “hot” CPI number this morning. Because I’m a touch more intrigued about market stability, I am going to lock in our big profits on another piece of our SPY puts, while at the same time selling another piece of our MRVL calls that are, for the time being, not working.

To execute this trade you need to:
Sell to Close a Third of your SPY September 455 Puts

Please note, in this wild market, these sales could be a mistake in the blink of an eye. Also, if you are bearish on the market, I have no problem with you continuing to hold your SPY puts looking for greater downside.

April 11, 2022
Sell a Third of Your SPY Sept. 455 Puts for $28.50 or more.

While I am on vacation, I am still monitoring the market and our positions. Today we are going to take advantage of the market’s weakness and lock in a profit of approximately 25% on our SPY hedge.

To execute this trade you need to:
Sell to Close a third of your SPY September 455 Puts

If the market continues to weaken, we may end up selling additional positions in the days to come.

March 31, 2022
Buy S&P 500 ETF (SPY) Sept. 455 Put (exp. 9/16) for $25 or less

While I think the market looks pretty good, the VIX, and option prices in general, have fallen to the point that it makes good sense to add a bearish position to the portfolio to balance off our bullish positions.

To execute this trade you need to:
Buy to Open the SPY September 455 Puts

The most you can lose on this trade is the premium paid, or $2500 per put purchased.

Stepping back, it’s possible that I will get both trades wrong. Maybe the S&P 500 charges higher, which would hurt our puts, while MRVL falls apart.

That being said, I like the way MRVL looks, and with a diversified portfolio of stocks, with the potential to add even more exposure, it makes sense to add a hedge today.

Below are three notes on MRVL:

Today – Bank of America: “Management meeting bullish tone, multi-engine growth across top end markets … Solid demand visibility across key infrastructure markets ... strong model leverage w/ $4 in long-term EPS power ...” Maintain BUY, 115 PT

Last week – “We like MANGO!” ".. a combo of MRVL, AVGO, AMD ADI, NVDA GFS and ON. We have high conviction these stocks are levered to the right end-markets with solid demand visibility.”

3/14 – In an interview on CNBC’s Mad Money, Matt Murphy said all five of the company’s end markets are growing, but the data center market has been on fire. Demand and CapEx from the cloud is very strong, he added. He expects 5G revenue to accelerate this year, especially in the second half. Demand continues to outstrip supply due to supply chain issues. Murphy sees “very robust demand” in 2023 and 2024.

Position (Original)SPY September 445 Put
Position StrategyBuy Put
Opened DateMarch 24, 2022
ExpirationSeptember 16, 2022
Net Price23.43
Strike445
Jacob Mintz is a professional options trader and editor of Cabot Options Trader. Using his proprietary options scans, Jacob creates and manages positions in equities based on unusual option activity and risk/reward.