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Buy 5 BHP March 9.49 Calls @ 0.05

That represents $0.17 x 5265 to close out the position. As these are covered calls I own 5625 BHP against which I write these calls. Since doing this BHP has gone from $9.95 to close today at $8.93 so it’s fallen $1.02 (my average buy price was below $9.95).

In the same time I’ve earned net premiums of 0.24, 0.185 and 0.17, or 0.495 all up (less commissions). So I’m facing a net loss. I don’t feel bad about this as I think BHP should bounce back nicely. There is a risk of overtrading here.

BHPEL down to 0.075

OK, it appears that I have wondered from my trading strategy and am trading on emotion. Yes it is good to take insurance — in my case I did that by buying BHPEL back at 0.105 yesterday to close out my position.

I didn’t expect BHP to hit $9.49. For the record I don’t think it will hit it before 27 Feb 03 when the calls expire. But what if it did? So I closed out.

I need to document my trading strategy and follow it for a few trades.

Buy 5 BHP Feb 9.49 Calls

I bought them back at 0.105 (0.005 profit) to close out the position. That makes it my worst option trade to date. I’m out $230 in commissions. Something is going on with BHP and I have no idea. Neither does my broker. I could hold on, if BHP hits $9.49 I get exercised and pay selling commission, or the option expires worthless. Either way I have too much to do to hover over the markets hoping.

After calling the order, I changed my mind. I’ll tough it out and see what happens. I have the ALL trade’s profits as a buffer. Luckily (?) it was too late, the trade went through and my position is closed out.

If BHP continues to rally I’ll write a 9.97 call next and should get good premium.

Write 5 BHP Feb 9.49 Calls

OK after some needling I’ll blog when I do an option trade as well. Basically all I’ve done since November 2002 is write covered calls on my BHP holding. The deals were
5 December 10.21 BHP Call options
Each contract is 1053 shares so 5 = 5265 shares
Premium received $0.30 x 5265
bought them back to close out the position at $0.06
Income on deal is $0.24 x 5265 = $1,263.60 less commissions (~$240.00)

5 January 9.97 BHP Call option
Premium received $0.20 x 5265
bought them back to close out the position at $0.015
Income on deal is $0.185 x 5265 = $974.03 less commissions

Today wrote 5 February 9.49 BHP Call options
Premium received $0.11 x 5265
Income on deal so far is $0.11 x 5265 = $579.15

I don’t expect to buy them back to close out the position because
1) the options expire 27/2/02 – only 15 days away;
2) they are worthless unless BHP breaks $9.49 in that time;
3) I’ve become more bearish on BHP so I don’t mind being exercised.

Sell 920 NCP @ 10.85

NCP opened at 10.90 (up 0.32) and slid down to 10.79 at midday. The entire portfolio is in profit. But I don’t think things have bottomed yet.

So I decided to sell half the NCP holding at a close to high price of 10.85 at 3:00pm.

I am overweight NCP and that exceeds the 3% target gain. So if NCP heads down I’m still in profit. If it keeps climbing I’ve taken some profit and it is cheap insurance.

Buy 5745 ALZ @ 1.40

ALZ is Australand. They are property developers.
At a Freestyler Network meeting in late July, I was told ALZ paid a 3c fully franked quarterly dividend (ex-div 9-Aug) and the stock was around $1.40.
Downside analysis should it become a long term hold:

  • An annualised 8.57% yield before franking credits.
  • My overall portfolio is underweight Sydney real estate (I’m bearish on it but I’ve been wrong before). So stock market exposure to the property market.