21 January 2020 TUESDAY newsletter/commentary

Greetings 21 JAN 2020  TUESDAY:

Closing Purchase this morning:  I bought back the MAR20 Corn 365-strike PUT at .75 cents this morning ($37.50).  I had sold it on 17 DEC2019 at 2.125 ($106.25.)   Thus, the profit on each option = $106.25 – 37.50 = $68.75 (excluding comm.)


New Trade today:  I sold the MAY20 Corn 370 PUT for 4.0 cents ($200).  The Prob OTM is only 76% and is a little more risky than I usually trade.  Usually I like to see Prob OTM at 90% or higher.  This is a seasonal play. Here is the 15 years average pricing timing chart for MAY Corn (below.)  You can see the tendency for MAY corn to be steady to rising between now and April.  The expiration date of this short 370 PUT is  April 24, 2020, about 94 days out from today.  The initial margin deposit about $625.

Here is the MAY2020 corn chart indicating my short 370 PUT:

Here is a page from my book that explains some facets of the seasonality of corn:  Seasonal Commodity Charts – Designed by Mother Nature, available on Amazon.com at this LINK 


NEW TRADE TODAY:  I sold the APR20 Crude Oil short strangle  70 CALL and 45 PUT – for a total of 0.22 ($220).  I got .11 for each of these options.  The Prob OTM is about 95%.  The expiration date is 56 days out on March 17, 2020.   The initial margin requirement was about $1194.  Caution:  You can see on the chart below when Crude Oil price spiked to $65 less than a month ago due to MidEast tensions.  At any time, this can happen so this trade is risky for this reason.  Just this morning in the news an Iranian minister issued a $3 million dollar bounty for anyone who assassinates President Trump.  I will have to follow the news closely, but I am willing to take this risk.  The APRIL 20 Crude Oil futures are trading about $58.35 / barrel this morning.


Summary:   I closed the short MAR20 Corn 360 PUT and sold a MAY20  Corn 370 PUT.  I also sold the APR20 Crude Oil short strangle for 0.22 ($220) today.  These are my only outstanding positions for now.   I shopped to sell Gold options today but decided to wait.  The stock market still at all-time highs, and though I’m not predicting it, I will wait for a pull back and for Gold prices to spike higher.  OR if new record highs continue, I will visit the idea of selling Gold CALLs.  For now, I’m aside on gold.  (Gold prices are inversely correlated with the stock market Indexes, usually.)

Comment:  Phase ONE of the China/USA agreement is done.  Grain traders are left hesitant to believe that China will rush to increase grain purchases, even though the politicians (again) say it will happen.  These things are tentative and slow to develop.  Talk this morning is that Phase Two, may turn into Phase “2A” (some partial agreement) next.  Of course traders and farmers very understandably have a “wait and see what happens” attitude – since news has been unreliable, changes fast,  and the timing of any progress is dependent on a verification process that seems non-existent so far.  In other words, it will take some action to convince traders that any large buys are going to happen any time soon.

That is all today.  Have a great week and thank you. – Don

Don A. Singletary


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