IB Account Week Ending 12/18/20, New High, New Position on BMY

Our IB Account had a good week increasing by 4.23% to $358,143 a new high. MTD Dec is up 9.5%.

Account positions are in the table below. On Friday the monthly and weekly options expired. In the column below under Options we show the trade/position we moved into for next week/month. ATEC, BCRX, DXCM and STE are monthly options so the diagonal trades changed our positions from Dec 18 expiry to Jan 15 expiry. The positions are carrying an unrealized gain of $101,089.

Last week we opened a new position on BMY. We are bullish on the stock and looking to capture the upcoming $.49 dividend. We were aggressive in setting up the initial position. We purchased the stock at $61.52, and sold Dec 24 $65 Calls for $.11 to establish the covered call. We also bought a Dec 24 $63/$65 Bull Call Spread (looking to make a profit on the stock rising and closing at $63+ at expiry on Dec 24) and sold a Dec 24 $62 Put (looking to generate profit by capturing $1.08 premium if the stock stays above $62….with the risk of having to purchase more BMY shares if the stock were to go below $62).

On Friday we closed the Bull Call Spread selling the Dec 24 $63 Calls and buying back the Dec 24 $65 Calls making a small profit on the position. Goldman Sachs had upgraded BMY and increased the target price from $82 to $86 which made us comfortable with the bull call spread strategy anticipating the stock would run up. When the run up seemed to stall on Friday we closed the bull call spread.

If the three days the position has been open we generated a mostly unrealized profit of $734, a return of 4% or 484% annualized so far.

New Approach to Entering a CC Position, Selling Naked Put, getting Assigned then selling Calls

On 11/16 we took a different approach to establishing a new covered call position on Smile Direct Club (SDC). The stock was beaten down after a good earnings call. Rather than buy the shares and sell call options we wrote Nov 20 $9.50 Puts for a credit of $.49. The stock went up and on 11/18 we purchased the Puts back for $.03 and sold Nov 27 $11 Puts for a credit of $.27.

On 11/20 we were assigned the 2,000 shares at $11. Out net price for the shares was $11 – $.46 – $.27 or $10.27 per share.

Following assignment we established the covered call by writing Nov 27 $12 Call options for a credit of $.45.

As of 11/14 we had a profit of $2,060 on the shares, profit of $1,798 on the options and a combined profit of $3,858 in 8 days, ROI of 17.5% or 800% annualized.

This is the first time I have used naked puts and assignment as a strategy to establishing a stock position then selling call options against the newly acquired shares. In this instance it seems to have worked out well…..but selling naked puts creates a temporary position with unlimited loss so you really need to be committed to owning the stock no matter what happens.