November 2010 | Members


Please remember, ALL “Exit Targets” and “Stop Targets” are targets.  You should not have any “Hard Stops” entered to close any trades or “Exit Orders” in your brokerage account unless we list one.  We will send out an “Alert” or “Trade Update” if we want you to close a position OR if a new trade comes out.  Otherwise, follow instructions at all times in the 9am and 1pm updates.  Also, we will usually give you a heads-up if we think we are going to send an email outside of these time frames but it is rare that we do.

12:35pm (EST)

CBOE Holdings (CBOE, $24.18, up $0.03)

December 25 calls (CBOE101218C00025000, $0.70, flat)  

Entry Price:  $0.75 (11/8/10)

Exit Target: $2.40+

Return: -7%

Stop Target: None

Action:  Continue to hold.


Juniper Networks (JNPR, $35.14, down $0.67)

December 35 calls (JNPR101218C00035000, $1.60, down $0.40)

Entry Price:  $1.05 (11/8/10)

Exit Target: $2.10+

Return: 52%

Stop Target: $1.15 (HARD STOP)

Action:  We have placed a HARD STOP on the calls in case Juniper loses momentum.  The options have traded to a low of $1.38 but the trend is still higher.


Darden Restaurants (DRI, $49.51, up $0.86)

December 49 calls (DRI101218C00049000, $1.95, up $0.35)

Entry Price:  $1.20 (11/8/10)

Exit Target: $2.40+

Return: 63%

Stop Target: $1.10, raise to $1.25    

Action:  Shares have set another 52-week high today.  Continue to hold.


Aruba Networks (ARUN, $22.55, down $0.17)

January (2011) 25 calls (ARUN110122C00025000, $1.30, flat)

Entry Price:  $1.20 (11/2/10)

Exit Target: $2.40+

Return: 8%

Stop Target: 90 cents

Action:  The company reports earnings on Wednesday.  Continue to hold.

PowerShares QQQ (QQQQ, $52.58, up $0.07)

January 53 calls (QQQQ110122C00053000, $1.60, down $0.05) 

Entry Price:  $1.54 (10/27/10)

Exit Target: $3.00+

Return: 4%

Stop Target: $1.50

Action:  Continue to hold. 


American Tower (AMT, $51.81, down $0.55) 

April (2011) 60 calls (AMT110416C00060000, $0.80, down $0.10)

Entry Price:  $0.65 (10/20/10)

Exit Target: $1.30+

Return: 23%

Stop Target: None

Action:  These options have 151 days before expiration.  Continue to hold.

Chesapeake Energy (CHK, $22.51, down $0.21)

January (2011) 25 calls (CHK110122C00025000, $0.50, down $0.05)

Entry Price:  $1.15 (10/13/10)

Exit Target: $2.30

Return: -57%

Stop Target: None

Action:  Continue to hold.     

Dendreon (DNDN, $35.33, up $0.20) (COVERED CALL)

December 40 call (DNDN101218C00040000, $0.80, flat)  

Entry Price:  $41.96 (9/13/10) sold October 45 call @ $1.30, (11/11/10) sold December call @$1.75
Exit Target: $45
Return: -9%
Stop Target: None

Action:  Dendreon opened at $41.96 and you could have sold the October 45 call option for $1.30 on 9/13/10.  This lowered the cost basis to $40.66. 

On 11/11/10 we sold the December 40 call option for $1.75 which lowered our cost basis to $38.91.  If the stock gets “called away” from us by mid-December then we make 3% in 3 months.

Other 2010 Portfolio OPEN positions (2):  These are trades that are still open in the portfolio that have longer expiration dates or are on “hold” but are not worth mentioning until they turn around.  We are still keeping track of the trade and we will record the results, accordingly, when we close them or the options expire.  Click on the 2010 Portfolio link in the Members Area to view ALL open/ closed trades. 

Intel November 18 puts (strangle trade from October) 

Biodel March 7.50 calls (from October)

TiVo November 12 calls (from August)


These trades are NOT recommendations until we send out an alert.  These are trades that we like but have not added to the portfolio as an official recommendation because of market conditions or because we are waiting for better entry prices.  We will not list entry prices because these stocks are on the verge of breaking out or they could sell-off. 

Foster Wheeler (FWLT, $28.08, down $0.03)

December 30 calls (FWLT101218C00030000, $0.65, flat)

January (2011) 32 calls (FWLT110122C00032000, $0.60, flat)

Action:  Watch for now.

Ingersoll-Rand (IR, $42.27, up $0.26)

December 45 calls (IR101218C00045000, $0.45, up $0.05)

Action:  Watch for now. 

JDS Uniphase (JDSU, $11.65, down $0.02)

March 13 calls (JDSU110319C00013000, $0.75, flat)

Action:  Watch for now. 

3M Company (MMM, $86.47, up $0.23)

December 90 calls (MMM101218C00090000, $0.65, up $0.05)

April 95 call (MMM110416C00095000, $1.45, up $0.05)

 Action:  Continue to watch. 

BMC Software (BMC, $44.59, down $0.41)

December 50 calls (BMC101218C00050000, $0.50, down $0.10)

Action:  BMC continues to be a rumored buyout target.  

Riverbed Technology (RVBD, $28.97, down $0.18)

December 35 calls (RVBD101120C00060000, $0.35, down $0.05)

March 40 calls (RVBD110319C00040000, $0.70, flat)

Action:  Watch for now.