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Trade Alert - (SPY)
Sell Short the S&P 500 SPDR (SPY) October, 2012 $132 Puts at $1.60 or best
expiration date: 10-19-2012
Portfolio weighting: 5%
($5,000/100/$1.60) = 11 Contracts
Market volatility is low and may go lower. So I am going to convert my outstanding position in the (SPY) October, 2012 $138 puts from an outright put to a 1:1 $132-$138 put spread.
This will protect us from time decay in the October options and falling volatility, plus reduce the entry cost of our position by a third. I picked the $132 strike because it sits just above a rising 200 day moving average at $131.75. It also reduced the capital I have at risk in this position from 5% to 3.2%.
Profit at expiration for the $132 put only is: (11 X 100 X $1.60) = $1,760, or 1.76% profit for the notional $100,000 portfolio.