After a massive selloff on 13 Jan 22, the market opened in the green on 14 Jan, which is surprising as the premarket was red. Bank of America (BAC) was down close to 2% following the mixed results from big banks and I took the opportunity to sell a PUT on BAC shares, with a strike price of $50, an expiration date of 18 Feb 22 (35 days) and collected a premium of $275 (5.5%).
I also took the opportunity to load up 3 x Netflix LEAPS (strike price: $1,325, expiration date: 19 Jan 24, premium: $525, expected growth: 5.45) to average down the LEAPS I bought previously. Netflix’s share price has taken a hit over the last 2 months, falling from its all-time high of nearly $700 in mid-November 2021 to its current share price of $515. I still believe in the future of Netflix as it is not just a movie streaming platform but also a movie studio that can produce blockbuster movies and series, such as Squid Game, Money Heist, Red Notice.
As the share prices of my covered call stock positions continue to fall, it is a good thing for the options seller (me) as the premium will drop and I can buy the contract back at a lower price to close it. I close my covered call positions in Palantir and Pinterest to lock in profits and earn $400 in 2 days while the stocks are falling!
I open new covered call positions in these 2 stocks to collect new premiums for next week. So, if the share prices stay sideways or go down, I will be collecting these premiums without having to sell away my existing shares. Otherwise, I will close the contracts and suffer a small loss (depending on how much the share price rises) before they expire next week. This is one way how we can continue to earn some returns in a bearish market.
I hope this sharing has been useful and I wish you all a happy weekend ahead.
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