Trader’s Report July 4th

Good Day Traders,

Overview & Highlights:   This past week the markets made an insane move after the initial BREXIT burp!  Straight down followed by straight up with few clues if any the surge would be so powerful.  Now we wait for what is next.  Will resistance hold and July turn weak like it has about 7 out of the last 10 years?  We shall see.

For Early Warning members Mike will share his partial entry trades if he takes a position based on the Standby Alert.  As we’ve seen this year few entry triggers have been provided after the preliminary alert.  There are nuances each year for the EWA strategy and this year this is the nuance which we will take action to trade with.  Additionally, the short term courtesy alerts for the Inverse ETF’s will help add to the strength of this alert strategy.

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Mid-Week Market Sanity Check Topic:  Selling Option Premium for Profit

Managing Existing Trades:   Positions open for 2 strategies.

Strategy I Portfolio Building:  Closed all positions week of 6/27
Weekly Profit

Sold final 100 shares at 42.60 Profit = $100.00
Position 1: Long 100 shares of TZA – Sold 6/27 at 42.60 on gap
Bought 200 shares of TZA at 41.60
T1 =  5% -10% to close 100 Shares
T2 = Time Stop of July 1st
Stop Loss  = Will hold and sell weekly covered calls on remaining position to reduce cost basis while waiting for the Market downturn.  Will hold until July 1st.
Hit T1 sold 100 shares at 43.79 for a gain of 5.26% or Profit of $219.00
Approaching Time Stop sold 100 shares at 42.60 for a gain of 2.4% or Profit of $100.00
Total Profit = $319

Strategy II Income Generation:

Weekly Profit
GLD closed second ¼ of 12 contract spread:  Profit of $483

Trade 1:  GLD 19Aug 122/127C Debit Spread bought for $1.49 as a seasonal trade on Gold
Sold ¼ of 12 positions at $250 for a profit of $303. 
Sold second ¼ of 12 contract position on 7/1 at 3.10 profit = $483

Sell last ½ at $4.00 and $4.50 if price moves quickly. 

For members wanting to better understand this Strategy there is a very good training video at:

Strategy III Wealth & Income Generation Trades:  Two Foundational Positions are in place to sell weekly options against.  The recalculated weekly revenue needed from these foundational positions was forward in an update report earning last week.  My objective with this Strategy is to collect enough weekly premium during the life of the LEAPS Strangle on both SPY and TSLA to both pay for the capital invested and gain between 50% – 100%.

Tip for Experienced Option Traders: Occasionally after a weekly trade goes against me but the trend appears to be changing I will add one naked contract over and above my foundation position and close this out after it gains at least half of the premium I’ve collected.  Doing naked options is not for everyone and I keep my risk small by only doing one contract above my covered limit.  In other words, if I can sell 4 contract covered by my long leaps I’ll sell one additional.  This helps hedge the losses a bit but it this tactic is not without risk and must maintain a tighter stop than I would normally use with the regular position.

Note:  We do our best to get both text alerts and email alerts out in a timely manner, occasionally there will be trades that are missed because of delay in the Text or Email alert applications.  Additionally, please double check with your broker to assure they allow spread trades like we do with Strategy III.  Some do and some don’t.

Additionally, it is crucial when selling premium against the Long LEAPS position that the premium collected cover the weekly cost of holding the LEAPS plus an additional amount to over this amount as a gain.  This is one of the reason I sell premium of weekly options that are close to be “At The Money”.  I base my selling on the expected move during the next week.  If one is not bringing enough weekly premium this trade will not work out as well and may wind up being a losing trade.

Strategy III Weekly Results Week ending 7/1:
SPY:  Loss = -$60
TSLA:  Loss = -$205

Trade 1:  Foundation Position is 4 contracts of SPY Jan17 205C and 4 contracts of SPY Jan17 200P Current Trade—Currently Up 17.85%; Premium Collected since opening trade on 1/4/16 = $5290
Sold 4 contracts of SPY 8Jul 210C at 1.21—Potential Profit $484

Trade 2:  Long TSLA Jan17 250C & Long Jan17 220 + New Positions Jan17 210C and 220P: Current Position Total Invested $14,900
Currently Up 53.52%: Premium Collected since opening trade on 9/28/15 = $12,445 + New Positions at $1,104.50 = Total Collected $13,550
Sold 2 contracts of TSLA 8Jul 217.5C at 3.55—Potential Profit $710

Several members have asked about this strategy and a more detailed explanation is available at:

I posted a video about how to choose the weekly options to short for this strategy. It can be viewed at:

Additionally, some of these trade may be selling weekly puts on up trending stocks.  If you are interested in parallel trading this strategy register at this link:  

Potential Set Ups for this week:  Moving into the summer months with vacations, range bound markets and volatility I will look to trade just a handful of stocks and Index ETF’s.  Focusing on just a few big movers between Keltner Channels and 20 period moving average envelope on various time frames may setup some solid quick trend trades.  This will also keep our analysis more manageable from a time efficiency perspective.

Still valid: One observation over the past few weeks is that many stocks are showing ‘V’ bottoms.  This type of bottom tends to be weak and can provide some violent correction once the momentum starts running out.  Because of this we need to adjust expectations for returns on individual trades to smaller profit targets and tight stops.  5% – 15% are great objectives for initial targets and if hit setting breakeven stop losses is prudent. 

Pre-Earnings Trade:  In the next 4 weeks some of my favorites will report earnings.  These include: TSLA (8/3), FB (7/27), AMZN (7/28), GOOGL (7/28), NFLX (7/18) and BIDU (7/28).  Buy shares of these stocks can be expensive but buying an out of the money call option and then selling premium against it over the next few weeks and letting Implied Volatility increases the value of the long option can be very rewarding.  I’ll look for an appropriate trade set up then treat it like a Strategy II & III trade.

Pre-earnings trades can be a great supplement to the portfolio building portion of Strategy I.  Depending on the stock and technical analysis they tend to be predictable and repeatable.  For busy traders focusing on pre-earning opportunities can free one up from the necessity of constantly chasing stocks during other periods of the year.  The process repeats four times a year and capturing a 5%-15% return four times a year can compound very nicely! 

Upside:   Stocks: CME, VNTV & INCY

Downside:   EW, WBMD, UBNT, ANET & WYNN

On the Radar:  Stocks & ETFs that could go either way include:  UPRO, SPXU, TQQQ, SQQQ, TNA, TZA & their associated non-leveraged Index ETFs. TSLA (Currently in downtrend channel), NFLX, BIDU, CME, WYNN, PAYC, WOR, XRS & NTES

Stocks identified by ** that are close to a potential entry point.

Early Warning Alerts for Leveraged Index ETFs:  Standby Alert issued on 6/27.

Closed TZA trade for a gain of 2.52% or $210.00
Aggressive entries on TNA & UPRO yielded a quick return but there was no trigger for a regular EWA trade.  Several members have asked to be notified when Mike enters even partial positions on the Standby Alert and we will provide this going forward.  Be aware this could set up more whipsaw but the market thus far this year has not provided many sound entry triggers after the Standby Alert.
Partial positions this week included 1/3 position opened on 6/27
Bought 60 shares of TNA at 54 and sold on 6/29 at 59.61 for a 10.4% gain or a profit of $366.60
Bought 55 shares of UPRO at 57.34 and sold on 6/29 for a 11.65% gain or a profit of $367.40

EWA Account Return to date:  5.5%


Updated EWA videos will be posted by Saturday July 9th and will include some of the enhancements made to provide additional courtesy trading opportunities. 
The Early Warning Alert Service hit all eight major market trading points in 2015.  See this brief update video for more details:  Early Warning Alerts Update Video  or at

If simplifying your life by trading along with us using the index ETF is of interest, you can get the full background video at:

General Market Observation:   A leftover thrust down on Monday in honor of BREXIT and then off to the races or at least back to resistance the rest of the week.  What now?  If we take a step back and observe price action on the SPX from mid-March through the end of June, the S&P Index has moved a lot and gone nowhere.  Most of the price action has taken place between the 2025 and 2120 levels.  From high to low in this trading range is about 4.8%.  Since June 8th, the SPX has been in a short term downtrend showing lower highs and lows on the daily chart below.  What should be our expectations for this week?  Price action has reacted back up to the resistance zone between 2100 and 2120.  If the range bound pattern continues to have an effect on prices then a pullback is in the offing.  For those members who were on Wednesday’s training you can see how price is being contained within the Keltner Channel.  When price approaches the top of the channel look for short-side trades in the Index ETF’s or upside trades in the Inverse Index ETF’s. 

If prices did gap up towards the 2120 level it would be an appropriate point to nibble on a downside trade.  In the current market environment, I would limit my position size to no more than ½ of a full position until Tracking Indexes settle on a longer term direction.

The current Indexes are very prone to move based on emotional reaction to news and economic reports.  This week’s Job’s and Employment Situation reports hit on Thursday and Friday respectively.  These are potential market moving reports.  Also notice that over recent months the markets have tended to achieve their big moves between Wednesday and Friday.  If this pattern continues it makes our analysis on Tuesday evening through the rest of the week most important.  We are still in a tight stops and quick profits setting and will remain so until the Indexes settle on a firm direction.

Last week Gold rallied with the US Indexes.  This is interesting action because typically these entities do not move in the same direction.  This may bring credence to a flight to quality scenario for global investors.  Gold and other precious metals are rallying on global weakness and the US Indexes are benefiting because the US markets are still perceived as a somewhat of a safe investment in a low interest environment. 

The SPX and RUT appear to be the strongest of the three Tracking Indexes with the NDX being the weakest. 

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SPX:   Downside Market Short the SPY, SPY Puts or SPXU. 
Preferred Long ETF’s:  SPY, UPRO and SPXL

NDX:   Downside Market Short the QQQ, QQQ Puts or SQQQ.
Preferred Long ETF’s: QQQ and TQQQ

RUT:   Downside Market Short the IWM, IWM Puts or TZA. 
Preferred Long ETF’s:  IWM and TNA

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Index Returns YTD 2016

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ATTS Returns for 2016 through June 24, 2016


Percent invested initial $100K account:  Strategies I & II invested at 7.7%; Strategy III invested at 25.98%.


Current Strategy Performance YTD (Closed Trades)
Strategy I:  Down -1435.05 or -2.05%
Strategy II:  Up $2391.00 or +23.91%
Strategy III:  Up $15758 or +60.77%
Cumulative YTD:  16.7%

Active Trend Trading’s Yearly Objectives:

–          Yearly Return of 40%
–          60% Winning Trades
–          Early Warning Alert Target Yearly Return = 15% or better

For a complete view of specific trades closed visit the website at:  
Updated first full week of each month.  The next update July.

For our all Active Trend Trading Members here’s how we utilize our trading capital
Trading Capital Setup and Position Sizing:  Every year we start the year off trading a $100K margin account split up into the three strategies used with the Active Trend Trading System.  
–          Each trader must define their own trading capital in order to properly size trade positions to meet their own risk tolerance level!

–          Strategy I:  Capital Growth—70% of capital which equates to $140K at full margin.  This strategy trades IBD Quality Growth Stocks and Index ETFs.  Growth Target 40% per year.

–          Strategy II:  Short Term Income or Cash Flow—10% of capital or $10K.  This strategy focuses on trading options on stocks and ETF’s identified in Strategy I.  The $10K will be divided into $2K units per trade.

–          Strategy III:  Combination of Growth and Income—20% of capital or $20K.  This strategy will use LEAPS options as a foundation to sell weekly option positions with the intent of covering cost of long LEAPS plus growth and income.

–          The $70K Strategy I portion of the trade account is split between up to 4 stocks and potentially a leveraged Index ETF.  Actual number of shares will vary of course depending on price of the entity traded and amount of margin available.  We have found that limiting open positions to only 5 entities greatly reduces the trade management time requirements for members.

–          Naked Puts or short term options strategies will be used occasionally for Income Generating Positions

–          None of the trade setups are recommendations to trade only notification of planned trades from set ups using the Active Trend Trading System.  Each trader is responsible for establishing their own appropriate risk level if they decide to parallel trade.

The Active Trend Trading System objective is to provide a clear and simple system designed for members who work full time. 

Outs & Ins:   MBLY and WOR make their 2016 debut on the IBD 50 list.  MBLY has just recently gone back into an uptrend so look for pullbacks to the 8/20/50 day moving averages for potential entries.  AMBA often moves in concert with MBLY and appears to be finishing a bottoming pattern.  WOR is approaching overhead resistance at past highs.  It is not in a buying position and needs to pullback for a potential entry.  Volume on WOR shows buying around earnings.

The Running List is up to 201 stocks that have appeared on the IBD 50 year to date.  Many stocks on both list have followed the Indexes’ quick move up and are in need of pullback prior to long trades.  In case the Indexes do rollover EW, WBMD and UBNT look like good downside candidates.  VNTV and WOR are potential upside candidates after pullback bounce triggers.

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