[4 Feb Trades] Closing All My Covered CALL Contracts

The market opened higher on 4 Feb 22 (Friday), boosted by good earnings reports from Amazon and Pinterest. While I did not think that these contracts would be exercised as the strike price was still higher than the share price, I decided not to leave anything to chance and closed the contracts early. The final premiums collected are in bold brackets.

Name of StockAverage Price (USD)Strike Price (USD)Current Share Price
(USD)
Premium Collected (USD)Returns (%)
Pinterest63.531.527.2560 —> (57)0.94 (0.89)
Nio43.52523.9625 —> (20)0.57 (0.4)
Palantir21.781412.9414 x 13 = 182
—> (154)
0.59 (0.50)
Apple181.5177.5172.3945 —> (43)0.24 (0.23)
Tesla1082950923.32260 —> (260)0.24 (0.24)
Subtotal572 (534)

The only contract that I did not close was Tesla as the premium was still high and I was confident that it would not hit the strike price of $950. So, the contract expire worthless as it eventually ended trading at $923.32.

It had been an extremely difficult week to trade as the market was highly volatile. The week started with the market rallying, signaling that the rebound might be here. However, the market lost steam in mid-week and Facebook’s earnings report dragged down the tech and social media stocks. On the last day, Amazon saved the market from spiraling down again.

Come next week, I feel that the market may edge up higher but it also largely depends on the CPI (Consumer Price Index) data that is released on Thursday (10 Feb 21). If it falls below expectations, then the market may slide down again on Thursday.

So, celebrate the small wins, and any profits, no matter how small, are still profits. Be proud of what you have achieved and hang in there if you are losing money. I wish all of you the best of luck!

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