It was another red day in the market as fears over interest rate hike continues to spook investors. Most of the stocks in my watchlists were in the red and even my beloved bank stock, Bank of America, closed lower.
My semiconductor chip company stocks, AMD and Nvidia, initially started the day in green but were also dragged down by the market at closing. I close my AMD PUT contract (details here) to free up capital to sell a ITM Nvidia PUT instead. The details are as follow:
Type of Option: Cash Secured PUT
Strike Price: $275
Sold when Nvidia was at $276 (ITM PUT)
Date of Expiration: 18 Feb 22 (36 days contract)
Premium Collected: $1,673 (6.08% returns)
I sold a PUT on Nvidia as I feel that owning at $275 is an attractive price for me. If I minus off the premium of $16.73, my average price on Nvidia is $258.27. Nvidia has been one of my high conviction stocks and helped me made good money in 2022. I am hopeful that they will have a good upcoming earning results, which can propel the share price further. Else, I will be happy to own the shares for the long term, because I feel that Nvidia will one of the biggest players in AI, data centers, crypto, gaming and metaverse.
The Price To Pay
As AMD share price has dropped by quite a lot since the day I sold the PUT contract, I had to close the contract at a loss. I paid $1,649 to buy back the AMD PUT contract and suffered a loss of $638 (-4.4%). The premium I collected from selling Nvidia PUT contract helps to offset this loss.
Selling Tesla LEAPS (20 Jan 23)
Tesla’s share price rose more than $30 on the day before, giving investor hope that it will start to rebound towards earning seasons. However, it plunges more than 6% yesterday. When I saw Tesla’s dropping more than $30, I sold this LEAPS, that was still profitable, before it was too late. I bought this LEAPS at $2.9k and sold it at $4.7k. While I could have sold when it was $6+k but profits are profits and no one can really predict the future.
The market is likely to remain volatile until the day where the rate hikes are implemented, so I am reminding myself to take smaller profits whenever I can. Unlike 2021 where every dip was quickly bought up, this time round, every rally was short-lived. Thus, it is important that we have holding power to wait it out for the market to rebound. This holding power can be in the form of holding shares (for selling covered calls or cash-secured puts aka the Wheel Strategy) or very long term (maximum duration) options contracts (LEAPS).
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