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Monday, June 4, 2012

Continuation Transactions -- Hartford Financial Services Group, Hess Corp., Market Vectors Russia Index ETF, Morgan Stanley, and Mylan Inc.

Today, June 2012 covered calls positions were established by selling calls against long positions in the five remaining equities in the Covered Calls Advisor Portfolio (CCAP). The detailed transactions history for these positions are shown below. The overall return-on-investment results for each position will be calculated and presented when the position is closed.

1. Hartford Financial Services Group -- Continuation
The transactions history is as follows:
03/23/2012 Sold 3 Hartford Financial Services Group (HIG) Apr2012 $21.00 Put Options @ $.67
Note: the price of HIG was $21.29 today when these Puts were sold.
04/22/2012 HIG Apr2012 Puts expired.
300 shares HIG purchased at $21.00 per share.
04/25/2012 Sold 3 HIG May2012 $21.00 Calls at $.65
Note: the price of HIG was $20.72 when these Calls were sold.
05/19/2012 HIG May2012 Call options expired.
06/04/2012 Sold 3 HIG Jun2012 $16.00 Calls at $.69

2. Hess Corp.(HES) -- Continuation
The transactions history is as follows:
03/19/2012 Bought 200 HES shares @ $62.572
03/19/2012 Sold 2 HES Apr2012 $65.00 Call Options @ $1.24
Note: the price of HES was $63.24 when these calls were sold.
04/22/2012 Apr2012 HES options expired.
05/01/2012 Sold 2 HES May2012 $55.00 Call Options @ $.74
Note: the price of HES was $53.35 when these options were sold.
05/19/2012 HES Jun2012 Call options expired.
06/04/2012 Sold 2 HES Jun2012 $42.50 Calls at $1.18

3. Market Vectors Russia ETF(RSX) -- Continuation
The transactions history is as follows:
03/23/2012 Bought 300 RSX @ $30.85 03/23/2012
Sold 3 RSX Apr2012 $31.00 Calls @ $1.10
Note: the price of RSX was $30.95 these call options were sold.
04/22/2012 RSX Apr2012 Call options expired.
04/25/2012 Sold 3 RSX May2012 $31.00 Calls at $.35
Note: the price of RSX was $29.72 when these call options were sold.
05/19/2012 RSX Jun2012 Call options expired.
06/04/2012 Sold 3 RSX Jun2012 $24.00 Calls at $.50

4. Morgan Stanley(MS) -- Continuation
The transactions history is as follows:
04/04/2012 Bought 300 MS @ $18.82
04/04/2012 Sold 3 MS Apr2012 $19.00 Calls @ $.66
Note: the price of MS was $18.87 today when the call options were sold.
04/22/2012 Apr2012 MS options expired.
04/26/2012 Ex-dividend of $15.00 ($.05 per share * 300 shares)
05/01/2012 Sold 3 MS May2012 $18.00 Call Options @ $.32
Note: the price of MS was $17.42 when these options were sold.
05/19/2012 MS Jun2012 Call options expired.
06/04/2012 Sold 3 MS Jun2012 $15.00 Calls at $.32

5. Mylan Inc.(MYL) -- Continuation
The transactions were as follows: 03/07/2012
Bought 500 Mylan Inc. Shares @ $22.51
03/08/2012 Sold 5 MYL Mar2012 $23.00 Calls @ $.26
Note: the price of Mylan was $22.75 today when the calls were sold.
03/18/2012 Mar2012 options expired.
03/19/2012 Sold 5 MYL Apr2012 $23.00 Calls @ $.47
Note: the price of MYL was $22.73 when these options were sold.
04/22/2012 MYL May2012 Call options expired.
04/25/2012 Sold 5 MYL May2012 $23.00 Calls at $.30
Note: the price of MYL was $22.20 when these call options were sold.
05/19/2012 MYL Jun2012 Call options expired.
06/04/2012 Sold 5 MYL Jun2012 $21.00 Calls at $.28

4 comments:

  1. Jeff,

    Good to see that you are back in action. Did you sit out the last two weeks due to personal reasons or financial ones? If they were financial, I hope that you'll share your thinking.

    Jack Follick

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  2. Jeff,

    I was interested in learning how you would manage these positions.

    If these covered call positions should rally between now and the 3rd Friday of June, would you roll out the options into July to avoid selling the underlying position at a loss from your initial purchase?

    Tim

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  3. Jack,

    Good observation. My normal process is to sell options for the following month sometime during the first week after expiration. With the increased volatility, it took me longer to get comfortable with the strike prices I wanted to select this month. I expect to return to my normal process again beginning this month.

    Jeff

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  4. Tim,

    Yes. In the rally scenario you describe, I'd likely roll up and out to July. The primary reason would not be to avoid selling the underlying at a loss (since these holdings are in a non-taxable IRA account). Rather, it would be because I believe that all positions in the portfolio are fundamentally undervalued. Thus, I will sell out of them when either: (1) some fundamental aspect of an equity's situation changes; or (2) if I find a different equity to replace it with that I believe has greater upside potential.

    Jeff

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