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Wynn Resorts (WYNN, $102.71, up $0.07)

September 80 puts (WYNN120922P00080000, $0.40, down $0.05)  

Entry Price:  $0.85 (8/2/12)
Exit Target:  $1.70
Return:  -53%
Stop Target:  None

Action:  Shares held $100 yesterday after trading to a low of $101.54.  There is risk up to $112.  We still believe once shares fall below $90, a test to $80 will come into play, possibly $60.  The 52-week low is $90.11 which was set just last week.      


Veeco Instruments (VECO, $37.89, up $0.79)

September 30 puts (VECO120922P00030000, $0.45, down $0.10)

Entry Price:  $0.90 (8/2/12)
Exit Target:  $1.80
Return:  -50%
Stop Target:  None

Action:  Shares hit a 52-week high is $38.11 yesterday.  We are looking for shares to drop below $33-$32 which would get a test to $30 back into play.  Shares continue to show strength and we may add the September 40 calls (VECO120922C00040000, $1.30, up $0.25) on a close above $38.


Apollo Group (APOL, $28.22, up $0.11) 

September 24 puts (APOL120922P00024000, $0.65, flat)

Entry Price:  $1.10 (7/31/12)
Exit Target:  $2.20
Return:  -44%
Stop Target:  None


Action:  DeVry (DV, $19.68, up $0.04) will announce earnings today and we expect them to disappoint Wall Street.  Hopefully, shares selloff and the damage hits the entire sector.  Apollo Group hit a fresh 52-week low of $25.77 last week and we have a near-term target of $20.  Longer-term we expect shares to trade to the mid to lower teens.  A break above $30 would force us out of the trade.


Other 2012 Portfolio OPEN positions (8):  These are trades that are still open in the portfolio but are down over 50%.  They have longer expiration dates and are on “hold” but are not worth mentioning until they turn around.  This means we would not open any new positions.  We are still keeping track of the trades and we will record the results, accordingly, when we close them or if the options expire.  Click on the 2012 Portfolio link in the Members Area to view ALL open/ closed trades.

Bank of America January 12.50 calls 2013 (from March 2012)


iShares Dow Jones US Real Estate August 57 puts (from June 2012)  

AOL August 24 puts (from June 2012)  

Consumer Discret Select Spiders August 41 puts (from June 2012)

Freeport McMoRan Copper & Gold August 29 puts (from June 2012)

PowerShares QQQ August 59 puts (from June 2012)


Dow Jones Industrial Average Spiders September 119 puts (from July 2012)

S&P 500 Spiders September 123 puts (from July 2012)



These trades are NOT recommendations.  They 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 try not to have more than 12-15 open trades at any one time which is why we created a Watch List.  We will not list entry prices because these stocks are on the verge of breaking out or they could sell off but these are the trades we are watching as new candidates. 

Pepsi (PEP, $72.57, up $0.28)

September 72.50 calls (PEP120922C00072500, $1.00, up $0.12)

September 75 calls (PEP120922C00075000, $0.20, up $0.03)

October 75 calls (PEP121020C00075000, $0.55, up $0.05)

January (2013) 80 calls (PEP130119C00075000, $1.27, up $0.21)

Thoughts:  If the bulls continue to run, we can play the “safer” stocks for little pops.  Shares of Pepsi are at 52-week highs and could make a run at $80 if the all-time high of $79.79 from January 2008 is challenged.


Technology Select Sector (XLK, $29.96, up $0.01)

September 30 calls (XLK120922C00030000, $0.65, flat)

Thoughts:  The Tech Spiders are on the verge of a breakout.  We would like to see the ETF traded down to $29 but the chart is showing a run to $35 could be coming.


Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing (TSM, $14.09, down $0.08)

January 15 calls (TSM130119C00015000, $0.60, down $0.05)

Thoughts:  The bid/ask on the nearer-term options are a little whacked so we decided to profile the January 15 calls which have a B/A of 55/60 cents.  We would wait for a move above $14.50 to go long.


Buffalo Wild Wings (BWLD, $72.75, down $1.19)

September 80 calls (BWLD120922C00075000, $0.75, down $0.30)

September 65 puts (BWLD120922P00065000, $0.95, up $0.15)

Thoughts:  Shares of BWLD have been volatile of late.  In late July, the stock fell from $78.90 to $70.43 the day after the company reported earnings and traded down to $68.71 intraday.  The recovery high was $75.01 which is near-term resistance.  This is the level we will need to watch for a bullish breakout and buy calls. A move below $70 would suggest we use put options for a possible test down to $65-$60.


SanDisk (SNDK, $41.70, down $0.38)

September 45 calls (SNDK120922C00045000, $0.70, down $0.20)

September 38 puts (SNDK120922P00038000, $0.70, flat)

October 35 puts (SNDK121020P00035000, $0.80, flat)

Thoughts:  We would wait for a move past $42.75 before going long which is the end of July high.  A close below $40 would be bearish and could lead to retest of $35 or worse. 


Dillard’s (DDS, $70.31, up $0.90)

September 75 calls (DDS120922C00075000, $3.05, up $0.70)

September 60 puts (DDS120922P00060000, $1.60, down $0.15)

Thoughts:  Shares were up to $75 in after-hours last night on good earnings.  The options are expensive and this would make a pricey strangle option trade.   


Broadcom (BRCM, $33.90, down $0.33)

September 35 calls (BRCM120922C00035000, $0.80, down $0.20)

September 32 puts (BRCM120922P00032000, $0.75, up $0.05)

Thoughts:  The 52-week high is $39.66.  We would wait until shares clear $35.25 before going long and on a break below $32 we might look to go short.


Ingersoll-Rand (IR, $44.21, up $0.54)

September 40 puts (IR120922P00040000, $0.50, down $0.10)

September 45 calls (IR120922C00045000, $1.15, up $0.20)

Thoughts:  A move above $43.50 could lead to a test of the 52-week high which is $45.62 which is why we have listed the calls this week.  We are looking for a drop to $36 by mid-September and would wait for shares to move below $41 before playing the puts.   


Akamai Technologies (AKAM, $36.18, down $0.16)

September 33 puts (AKAM120922P00033000, $0.55, flat)

September 37 calls (AKAM120922C00037000, $1.25, flat)

Action:  A close above $36 could lead to a test of the 52-week high of $39.14.  If shares make a move past $40 it would represent blue-sky territory and a possible push to $45-$50. A drop below $33 would be bearish and could lead to a test of $30.


KLA-Tencor (KLAC, $52.91, up $0.13)

September 55 calls (KLAC120922C00055000, $0.70, down $0.05)

September 48 puts (KLAC120922P00048000, $0.50, down $0.05)

Thoughts:  We have recommended 4 put option trades on KLAC since April and they made 172%, 144%, 29%, and 6%.  It might be time to get bullish if $50 continues to hold.  Shares look headed to double-nickels ($55) but a move below $50 would reverse the recent uptrend.